HSE Welcomes Government’s Draft Fire Bill

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has welcomed the publication of the government’s draft Building Safety Bill, which aim to create the biggest change in building safety for a generation.

HSE will also lead the government’s Joint Regulators Group (JRG), which will provide coordinated leadership to local authority and fire & rescue regulators during the transition to the new regulatory regime. It will support the development of close working arrangements between the BSR and local regulators, while continuing to work with early adopters to trial new safety approaches.

The JRG will be chaired by Peter Baker, Director of the Building Safety and Construction Division of HSE said: “The BSR will create a new era for building safety,

The UK has left the EU – Brexit: Transition period.

Brexit: Transition period.

The UK has now left the EU. The transition period is in place while the EU and UK negotiate new arrangements for a trade deal. It will end on 31 December 2020.

Your responsibility to protect the health and safety of people   affected by your work activities remain the same during the  transition period.

The guidance health and safety made simple: the basics for your organisation will help you to comply with the law.

You should continue to manage risk in your organisation in a proportionate way. Guidance

 

Revised leaflet for employers deals with upper limb disorders

Managing upper limb disorders in the workplace
A brief guide
This revised leaflet for employers deals with upper limb  disorders (ULDs) which affect the shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and fingers, as well as the neck.

It explains:

  • what upper limb disorders;
  • their symptoms and causes;
  • how to manage the risks around them;

what employers can do to help their workers.

It now includes a simple filter to help identify low-risk tasks which do not need further assessment.

The main messages about the actions employers and     workers should take to prevent risks have altered very little since the previous 2013 version.
There is no change in policy or regulation.
INDG171(rev 3) published Jan 2020.

 

CQC State of Care Report 2019

 

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its annual assessment of health and social care in England.

The state of health care and adult social care in England 2018/19 maintains that, overall; the quality of care across
England is improving slightly though the care sector is one of continual challenge..Read

 

CQC fine two unregistered providers

CQC fine two unregistered providers £4000 each for providing services.
CQC has issued fixed penalty  notices to Helping Hands Care Services LLP and TD Homecare Services Limited, both in Freshwater, Isle of Wight after admitted providing care services while unregistered.
Helping Hands Care Services LLP from 23 October 2017 to 5 November 2016 and TD Homecare Service Limited from 18 July 2018 to 17 May 2019

It is an offence under the Health & Social Care Act 2008 to carry out a regulated activity – in this case, providing personal care – without being registered with CQC.
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Brexit

Brexit.

Your duties to protect the health and safety of  people affected by your work will not change with Brexit.

  • Our guidance, Health and safety made simple: the basics for your business will help you to comply with the law.
  • You should continue to manage risk in your business in a proportionate way.
  • We have made minor amendments to regulations to remove EU references but legal requirements will remain the same as they are now.
  • Health and safety standards will be maintained.

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Statement of commitment between: Local Authority and HSE Regulatory Services.

Statement of commitment between:
Local Authority and HSE Regulatory Services.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and LA representative bodies across GB have discussed, developed and agreed a ‘Statement of Commitment (SoC).

  • The SoC has been endorsed by the Local Government Association (LGA),
    The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and the
    Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health in Scotland (SOCOEHS).

The SoC has now been launched on HSE’s website and can be viewed here

HSE will also be working with LAs to develop supporting materials which will be made available in due course.