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.
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.
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’.
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:
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.
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) Change – 6 April 2012
This message is about the change to the legal requirement on employers and people in charge of work premises who have to report accidents to their employees or self-employed people working at their premises. Continue reading →