HSE Update 9/10/20

HSE Update 9/10/20

Construction health inspection initiative underway
HSE is carrying out its latest construction health initiative with health and safety inspectors targeting construction sites across Great Britain.
The initiative is now underway and runs until Friday 30 October.
The focus will be on protecting workers from respiratory risks and occupational lung disease; looking at the measures businesses have in place to protect their workers’ lungs from the likes of asbestos, silica and wood dust. This is part of HSE’s longer term health and work strategy to improve health within the construction industry.
COVID-security is a critical health risk and will also be covered by the initiative.
For more information on the initiative, read HSE’s press release.

Protecting vulnerable workers during the coronavirus pandemic
You should make sure you consider the risk to workers who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus and put controls in place to reduce that risk.
Our guidance explains what you should do as an employer to protect vulnerable workers during the pandemic.
It covers the following topics:
• supporting workers in higher-risk groups
• clinically extremely vulnerable workers
• supporting extremely vulnerable workers returning to work
• protections in local lockdown areas
• pregnant workers
There are also links to the latest information on shielding and protecting workers in England, Scotland and Wales.

COVID updates and guidance
HSE has published a range of coronavirus-related guidance and information, which you may find useful.
It includes:
• Gas safety
Guidance for landlords, gas engineers and clinically vulnerable (shielded) tenants
• First aid
First aid requirements in non-healthcare settings, as well as first aid cover and qualifications, during the pandemic
For all the latest information and advice visit our coronavirus pages.


Manufacturer fined after worker’s arm caught in machinery
A company that manufactures composite hose products has been fined after a worker injured his arm in machinery.
The inexperienced agency worker was injured when he was pulled into a spinning lathe, sustaining open fractures to his right arm. Read the full press release.
Other recent enforcement news includes:
MoD accepts Crown Censure over fatal diving incident
Animal feed company fined £140,000 after serious injury to employee


Check, Change, Go: Prepare your business for the end of the transition period
The UK has left the EU and is leaving the EU single market and customs union. The end of the transition period means businesses should take action now to prepare for guaranteed changes and new rules from January 2021.
To support business preparations the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting a series of free, live and recorded webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take.

See the full schedule and sign up to for live sessions.

(Following the initial broadcast the webinars will be available on demand)