Northern Ireland rejects RIDDOR changes

Northern Ireland rejects RIDDOR changes

Northern Ireland will not follow the rest of Great Britain in extending the threshold for reporting under RIDDOR from over-three-day injuries to over-seven-day injuries, after a public consultation by the HSENI found mixed views on the change.


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
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)

Confirmed – Fee For Intervention scheme

The scheme will see HSE charging employers for certain work including certain site inspection, follow up advice and service of enforcement notices. The HSE has also published the first detailed guidance on how the scheme will operate, which includes details of the level of charges, when a charge is likely to be imposed and the process open to employers who wish to contest charges imposed on them. A link to this guidance is attached below:

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Progress Report Implementation of H&S Reforms

The Minister was speaking to representatives from some of the country’s main trade and industry bodies in London and emphasised what is being done to help organisations – particularly small and medium-sized businesses – understand and comply with their health and safety duties.