Tag Archives: ASBESTOS

HSE following through on strategy

At the beginning of the year we wrote a blog outlining the HSE’s strategy for 2017. The majority of that article focused on how the HSE were focusing on the health of employees, including Occupational Stress and Health, Musculoskeletal Disorders and Occupational Lung Disease. We are now starting to see some serious fines being delivered […]

Are you doing enough to protect your employees from Asbestos?

There have been a number of prosecutions recently of companies who have failed to protect their employees from being exposed to asbestos. Most prosecutions occur where companies have failed to consider the possibility of asbestos or have continued to work without adequate measures in place after asbestos has been disturbed. In these cases it will […]

Are you making your employees ill?

It is a very worrying statistic that for every 1 accident related fatality in construction, approximately 100 construction employees die from a work related cancer. In September and October 2014 the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) ran a campaign to improve health and safety on construction sites. HSE Inspectors were tasked with ensuring high-risk activities, […]

SAFER SITES: Targeted inspection initiative for Autumn 2014

From yesterday, 22 September 2014, HSE Inspectors will carry out unannounced visits to sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.  Throughout the month long initiative, Inspectors will ensure high-risk activities, particularly those affecting the health of workers, are being properly managed. If unacceptable standards are found Inspectors will take immediate enforcement action. During inspections, […]

Does your face fit?

Many professionals within the construction industry are waking up to the risks posed by airborne dust particles, yet there are many whose awareness of the legal requirements remains worryingly limited. Everybody jumps at the very hint of asbestos fibres, yet attitudes remain blasé toward other harmful substances, such as silica and wood dust which can […]

HSE Announce Construction Site Inspection Priorities 2013 / 14

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced its priorities for construction inspectors over the coming year.  It’s clear from this plan of work that budget cuts are biting at the HSE.  Compared with the 2012/13 plan there’s less emphasis on the HSE’s role in developing industry standards with partners and more on core activities. […]