HSE’s h & s guidance for new & temporary workers…

With summer arriving and the subsequent increase in seasonal work, it’s worth noting the HSE’s health and safety guidance for new & temporary workers…

Workers are as likely to have an accident in the first six months at  a workplace as during the rest of their working life.
Visit the  HSE website for advice on protecting new workers.
And 6 steps to protect new starters. All organisations must be aware of their health and safety responsibilities for agency workers and temporary employees too.   Be ready Read

 

NHS Trust pleads guilty to breaching H & S at Work etc Act 1974

Royal United Hospitals (Bath) Foundation Trust pleased guilty to a charge under the H&S at Work Etc Act

This follows an HSE investigation into how Royal United Hospitals Bath managed the risks to patients from legionella bacteria in its hot and cold water systems, between 1 July 2009 and 28 August 2015.

The defendant will be sentenced at a later date.

Social Care Partners Forum – Key Messages

Key Messages from the meeting on 7th March 2016.

Please find below the three key messages:

The Forum heard presentations from the
Cabinet Office on the Cutting Red Tape Review on Adult Social Care

and from Department of Health on the Government’s response

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CSSIW gave a presentation on lessons to be learned for the Operation Jasmine investigation in South Wales.  Margaret Flynn’s review In Search of Accountability is publicly available.  ( added by NASHiCS only – Margaret has agreed to present at our Forum in Lincoln on the 13th Sept )

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Members agreed that it would be appropriate to conduct a major stocktake of this Forum’s future and leadership at the next meeting in the light of: the new work-streams (and possibly new fora) that will emerge from the DH/DCLG Action Plan; interest in creating a similar forum in Scotland, and a review of the products of the three SCPF Working Groups.

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Health and Safety in Care Homes (HSG220) Published

The guidance is aimed at those providing and managing care homes.

It has been extensively rewritten, with a number of new topics, and brings together key messages on risks to both workers and residents.

This new edition is being published in a period of change.  You will be aware that currently HSE and local authorities investigate serious incidents involving workers or residents in care homes (according to the allocation under the Enforcing Authority Regulations).  It is anticipated, however, that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England will soon become the lead investigator of incidents where residents have been harmed because of unsafe or poor quality care.  These, and any other changes in regulation across Great Britain, will be reflected in future editions.

This guidance is available to buy or download online at
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg220.htm
HSG220 (2nd edition)   Published 2014    ISBN 978 0 7176 6368 2    Price £15.50

Publication of Revised Legionella ACOP (L8)

Practical advice on controlling legionella bacteria in water systems

Health and safety information on managing and controlling legionella bacteria in water systems has been updated and clarified.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised the Legionnaires’ disease Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) (L8), removing the technical guidance, which will be published separately online. The L8 ACOP was one of several identified for review and revision, consolidation or withdrawal in line with a recommendation by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his report ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all’.

Press notice of publication of L8 ACOP and HSG274 Technical Guidance (3)