Archive for September, 2012

Public Bodies (Abolition of Environment Protection Advisory Committees) Order SI 2012/2407

This Order came fully into force on 20 September 2012 and applies to England only.
It is made in accordance with the Public Bodies Act 2011 and abolishes the Environment Protection Advisory Committees established in England under the Environment Act 1995. It also removes the requirement for the Environment Agency to…

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Public Bodies (Abolition of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Courts Administration and the Public Guardian Board) Order SI 2012/2401

This Order came fully into force on 19 September 2012 and applies to England and Wales.
It is made in accordance with the Public Bodies Act 2011 and abolishes the Public Guardian Board and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Court Administration.
Revocations and amendments
This Order revokes the:

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Court Administration (Specified…

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Public Bodies (Abolition of Crown Court Rule Committee and Magistrates’ Courts Rule Committee) Order SI 2012/2398

This Order came into force on 18 September 2012 and applies to England and Wales.
It is made in accordance with the Public Bodies Act 2011, and abolishes the Crown Court Rule Committee and the Magistrates' Courts Rule Committee.
Revocations and amendments
This Order amends the:

Magistrates' Courts Act 1980;
Senior Courts Act 1981;
Courts and…

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Public Bodies (Abolition of Regional and Local Fisheries Advisory Committees) Order SI 2012/2406

This Order came fully into force on 20 September 2012 and applies to England only.
It is made in accordance with the Public Bodies Act 2011 and abolishes the regional and local fisheries advisory committees established in England under the Environment Act 1995. It also removes the requirement for the Environment…

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Northern Ireland launch NVIR-O-CERT

A ground breaking initiative designed to improve the environmental performance of the construction industry in Northern Ireland was launched this week by Environment Minister Alex Attwood.

NVIR-O-CERT is an environmental management system tailored to meet the needs of the construction sector. It has been developed by the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) with the support of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). The new system will require participating companies to commit to continual environmental improvement.

Speaking at the launch the Minister said, “Building and civil engineering projects have a major impact on the environment through waste produced, energy used and the risk of damage to our natural habitats and watercourses. This impact must be carefully managed to ensure that future generations can benefit from a high quality natural environment alongside a high quality built environment. Many local construction companies already take their environmental responsibilities very seriously. They also acknowledge that effective environmental management can result in significant business benefits. However, NVIR-O-CERT will provide an important focus for companies wanting to improve their performance; it has the potential to raise the standards of environmental management right across the industry, from the largest to the smallest business.”

He continued, “I commend the Federation for taking the lead in this initiative and look forward to continued improvement in environmental management from the local construction sector.”

NVIR-O-CERT is initially being launched in Northern Ireland, however the CEF is working with its sister organisation in the Republic of Ireland, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) to clean up and extend the scheme across the island of Ireland.

For more information, see the:

  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2007/291.
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R&R fined

R&R Ice Cream Ltd, an ice cream manufacturer in Leeming Bar, Yorkshire, has been successfully prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after one of its workers broke his arm.

Sam Goodall was working on the ice cream production line when his glove got caught and his arm was subsequently drawn into an in-feed conveyor belt. As a result, Mr Goodall broke his arm in two places and dislocated his wrist, requiring him to take six weeks of his own R&R.

The company was fined after Northallerton Magistrates' Court heart that they removed part of the line, leaving a gap in the side of the conveyor. As Mr Goodall put his hand into the gap to retrieve some trapped lids, his glove became entangled and his arm was drawn into a moving part of the machine.

R&R was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,294 after admitting a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations SI 1998/2306. They also contravened the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations SI 1999/3242.

HSE inspector Kate Dixon said, “I am pleased that Mr Goodall has made a full recovery, but many other employees sustain permanent disability or impairment because machine safety has been neglected. Unguarded or poorly guarded machinery is the cause of many injuries in workplaces across the country. Employees should not be exposed to risks to their safety through their everyday work.”

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A Guide to the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006

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Sensible risk management

Health and safety law is often used as an excuse to ban or prohibit certain activities, none more so than activities involving children.

Many provocative headlines have been produced reinforcing this flawed notion, the most famous of which being “Health and safety bans kids from playing conkers”. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has joined forces with the Play Safety Forum to produce a joint high-level statement that gives clear messages tackling these misunderstandings.

It is an approach which has drawn support across the water. Jim King, acting Deputy Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) said of the statement, “The HSENI welcomes this statement which helps to bring clarity to an often misunderstood topic. Health and safety law deals with health and safety in the workplace but it is clear that attitudes towards personal safety and the ability to assess risk are developed from a very young age. These life lessons are then carried into the workplace. The HSENI fully supports the principles contained within the statement.”

You can view the HSE news article, which includes a link to the statement, at http://cedr.ec/ed.

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Working with slurry safely

Many farmers carry out the mixing and spreading of slurry regularly. It is one of many important jobs that has to be done. The task therefore becomes a habit and with that familiarity comes a lack of perception of the dangers.

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland's (HSENI) ongoing advice is to take a few moments to review the job and make preparations to do the whole job safely. To help with this they have produced the leaflet: “Slurry gases can kill“.

The leaflet includes information on:

  • what is in slurry gas that makes it dangerous?;
  • which one is most dangerous?;
  • how is hydrogen sulphide given off?;
  • what happens in the tank when mixing starts?;
  • what is the problem for the farmer?;
  • how do you know if gas is present?;
  • will a facemask be any help?;
  • how do I help someone overcome by slurry gases?;
  • what about spreading slurry?
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Slurry gases can kill

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