European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) runs this week from 22-30 November – an initiative aiming to raise awareness of sustainable resource and waste management amongst a wide range of audiences including public authorities and private companies.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently updated their website with a new information sheet to help those involved in the selection, management and use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs).
Recent figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that although Britain remains one of the safest places to work in Europe, an estimated 28.2 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2013/14.
The HSE are now proposing to develop an Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) in a reduced form, subject to Board approval and then proceed to gain the relevant Government clearances to allow the draft CDM 2015 Regulations to come into force in April 2015.
Vehicles at work continue to be a major cause of fatal and major injuries. According to the HSE there are over 5000 incidents each year involving transport in the workplace. Approximately 50 of these incidents result in people being killed. It is estimated that up to one-third of all road traffic accidents involve someone who is at work at the time1. The HSE have published a new guidance document, HSG136, which has been updated to take account of new advice on workplace transport safety and also to reflect changes to relevant legislation and associated guidance. HSG136 provides specific guidance on controlling risks associated with workplace transport including safe sites, safe vehicles and safe drivers.