Archive for August, 2014

Ladder safety highlighted at the Ladder Exchange 2014

The annual Ladder Exchange scheme is up and running through until December this year!

In the scheme, users of ladders can take damaged, old or broken ladders to participating partners to exchange the old for a new one at a discounted price.

The scheme highlights the need for safe equipment, with falls from heights accounting for the main cause of death or injury at the workplace.

The Ladder Exchange estimates up to two million ladders are in daily use in the UK, and the Ladder Association, who are running the Exchange, want to emphasise the importance of ensuring the ladders used are in good working order.

Visit http://www.ladderexchange.org.uk/ for more details, including finding your nearest partner. We advise you to take a few moments out to scroll through the “Idiots on Ladders” section, for clear, comprehensive demonstrations on how not to use ladders.

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Regulation (EU) 895/2014 (OJ:L244/6/2014) amending Annex 14 to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

This Regulation amends Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and establishing a European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
It amends Annex 14 to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 which sets out the list of substances subject to authorisation, adding the following chemicals:

formaldehyde, oligomeric reaction products with aniline (technical…

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HSE launch consultation on LOLER

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are seeking opinions on a draft Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) relating to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations SI 1998/2307.

Professor Ragnar Löfstedt has conducted a review and proposed the clarifying of:

  • which equipment is subject to the provisions of the Regulations; and
  • the role of the competent person.

The proposed amendments will be of most interest to those that:

  • work with any lifting equipment provided at work;
  • employ such people;
  • represent them; and
  • act as a competent person in the examination of lifting equipment.

Any comments or responses must be sent to the HSE by 14 October 2014.

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HSE launch consultation relating to the Confined Spaces Regulations

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are seeking opinions on a draft Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) relating to the Confined Spaces Regulations SI 1997/1713.

After conducting a review, Professor Ragnar Löfstedt has proposed some changes such as clarifying the definition of a confined space.

The proposed amendments will be of most interest to those:

  • involved in work within confined spaces;
  • who employ or train such people;
  • that represent them.

Any comments or responses must be sent to the HSE by 30 September 2014.

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DRAFT: L29 The Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014

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Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations SI 2014/1663

These Regulations come into force on 1 October 2014 and apply to England, Scotland and Wales.
They put in place provisions to protect people and the environment from contained use of genetically modified micro-organisms and to protect people from contained use of larger genetically modified organisms.
They also consolidate, revoke and replace…

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Regulation (EU) 379/2014 (OJ:L123/1/2014) amending Regulation (EU) 965/2012 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures related to air operations pursuant to Regulation (EC) 216/2008

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 965/2012, which sets out technical requirements and administrative procedures related to air operations under Regulation (EC) 216/2008, on common rules in the field of civil aviation.
Legislative background
Those involved in the operation of certain aircraft have to comply with the relevant essential requirements set out in…

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HSE backtracks on plans to scrap CDM ACoP

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have announced that they will not go ahead with plans to abolish the approved code of practice (ACoP) to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) SI 2007/320.

They have agreed to keep a simplified ACoP, after a consultation returned most were in favour of keeping an approved code.

An ACoP is a guidance tool. If the advice of the ACoP is followed, it is sufficient for legal compliance.

32% of 1213 in a survey said they would like to see the existing ACoP withdrawn and replaced with sector-specific guidance.

Over two thirds, however, said they felt that withdrawing CDM2007 and replacing it with a more generalised duty to check contractor's fitness was unclear. Despite this sentiment, the HSE are said to be in favour of making this change, but have said they would clarify the wording in the regulations.

Further changes include:

  • replacing the CDM co-ordinator, who is responsible for embedding safety throughout the life-cycle of a project, with a new principal designer role;
  • extending the duties of the CDM to clients on domestic projects; and
  • dutyholders must notify the HSE of a construction project within 30 working days and more than 20 workers on site simultaneously. 

The consultation on the draft for CDM 2015 returned 1427 responses, some of which were from CDM co-ordinators whose roles would be terminated under the proposals. A further 400 were respondents in the entertainment sector, which would see a knock on effect from the planned extension to their sector of EU legislation covering mobile and temporary sites.

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CD275 – Consultation on Draft Approved Code of Practice (ACOP): Safe use of lifting equipment (L113)

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CD274 – Consultation on draft Approved Code of Practice (ACOP): Safe work in confined spaces (L101)

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