Health and Safety updates

Two revisions to health and safety regulations took effect on 1st October. Overall press release at http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2013/hse-legislation-changes.htm.

— Changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 “clarify and simplify the reporting requirements, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents”. The main changes:
– The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’
– The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness
– Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ require reporting
The change affects all employers and the self-employed, new web-based information and guidance at http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/index.htm.

— The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 have been amended to remove the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications, http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/.

A new edition of HSG107: Maintaining portable electrical equipment has also been published. This guidance is for managers, electricians, technicians and users and gives sensible advice on maintaining portable electrical equipment to prevent danger. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg107.htm.