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HSE asks for comments on proposed changes to guidance on risk assessment and hazardous substances in the workplace 11 October 2016

The UK Health & Safety Executive wants to make some changes to current guidance on risk and has asked for comments from stakeholders before it is published. The organisation is also inviting comments on a proposed review of regulations governing hazardous substances in the workplace. ...

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UK rocket motor company fined for safety failings 12 July 2016

An engineering company in Worcestershire, has been fined more than £380,000 for safety failings. Worcester Crown Court heard how an employee of Roxel (Rocket Motor) Limited was inspecting a rocket motor for damages received during the manufacturing process. The UK Health and Safety Executive reported that the emplyee used a fibre optic light to illuminate a conduit on the ‘charge’ of the motor....

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News Extra: HSE business plan for 2016/7 focuses on control of risk and low-frequency, high-impact incidents 01 July 2016

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) business plan for 2016/7 identifies control of risk and low-frequency, high-impact incidents as two particular areas of focus for the period. Alongside the other stated priorities, providing an effective regulatory framework and leading to improve workplace health and safety, HSE says these two areas are at the heart of its strategic intent to establish a 21st-century, world-class occupational health and safety system.<...

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HSE publishes UK offshore safety stats for 2015 14 June 2016

The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published its Offshore Statistics & Regulatory Activity Report for 2015. The report provides details of offshore injuries, dangerous occurrences and ill health reported to HSE under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), and HSE’s regulatory activity offshore during 2015....

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Martin Temple appointed new Chair of HSE 25 April 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions has appointed Martin Temple as Chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Board. Temple has more than 30 years of experience in private and public sector roles, including senior positions at the Sheffield Hospital Trust, EEF Manufacturers’ Organisation and 600 Group....

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Welsh vehicle seat manufacturer fined after worker injured in explosion 25 April 2016

A vehicle seat manufacturing company based in Ebbw Vale has been fined after a worker was injured in an explosion. Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard how an operator at Sears Manufacturing Company (Europe) Limited suffered burns to his head and hands in the 26 January 2015 incident....

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HSE Business Plan 2016/17 to focus on low-frequency, high-impact catastrophic incidents 19 April 2016

The Health & Safety Executive’s latest business plan, published in April, has low-frequency, high-impact catastrophic incidents as one of its particular areas of focus. The other main priority areas include leading and engaging with others to improve workplace, providing an effective regulatory framework and securing effective management and control of risk....

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Chemical company fined £200,000 following toxic chemical release 25 March 2016

A chemical company was sentenced today in Leeds Crown Court for safety breaches when a very toxic chemical was ejected under pressure. A company maintenance technician unintentionally opened a valve on top of an isotanker at Syngenta Ltd’s Huddersfield plant resulting in the release of between 3.5 and 3.8 tonnes of paraquat dichloride solution. ...

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DSEAR violations land company and director with fines of almost £30,000 12 February 2016

A manufacturing company based in Shrewsbury and its director have been fined after an empty 45 gallon steel drum once containing flammable liquid caught fire and exploded when being cut in half. Shrewsbury Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of SPEL Products had reported the incident, that this particular work method had been in use for a significant period of time, and that previous incidents had occurred....

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UK onshore gas pipelines – HSE safety update 11 January 2016

A recent report published by the HSE’s Hazardous Installations Directorate Gas & Pipelines Unit provides an update on the state of onshore gas pipelines in the UK, presenting a broad range of safety performance indicators (SPIs) from across Great Britain’s gas transmission, distribution and other hazardous pipelines sectors.  ...

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