8th April 2013
HSE Report on Recent Activities and Future Plans
Tim Galloway, Head of Operations, London for HSE gave a presentation on Recent Activities.
The government is committed to reducing the current 21,000 Statutory Rules and Regulations.
Hence HSE has already implemented 8/18 recommendations of the Lofstedt Review. These include Setting up a Myth Busters Panel, and Developing a web-based advice resource The Health and Safety Toolbox: How to control risks at work. The HSE has also just started recovering some of its costs under the Fee for Intervention regime.
Estates Excellence is an innovative approach to helping SMEs on industrial estates. This is a partnership between HSE and leading employers in offering seminars, training and advice to SMEs. Pilot projects have been very successful so there is a plan to introduce it on the Park Royal estate in London next year.
HSE is planning to carryout less inspections. However, these will be focused high risk industries, "poor performers" and topics such as asbestos and legionella.
8th April 2013
Annual General Meeting
The meeting started with the Group's Annual General Meeting; the Agenda and Supporting Papers are available to download. There were no controversial items on the agenda so the AGM was quickly completed. The Committee Page gives the names of the new committee.
A presentation was made to Gill Elwell and Roger Hinds to mark their retirement from the committee after about ten years valuable service. The photo above shows left to right Elaine Tym, out-going Chairman; Lisa Hayes in-coming Chairman, Gill Elwell; Tim Galloway, speaker and Roger Hinds.
25th February 2013
H&S Law and How to Stay out of Jail
Kizzy Augustin, a Solicitor at Pinsent Masons LLP, gave a presentation on H&S Law and How to Stay out of Jail.
She highlighted the trend towards holding individuals and corporations to account for violations of H&S law. Particularly when a person had been killed. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 makes it much more like that directors and senior managers could be taken to court to face criminal charges.
The Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 has, on conviction, increased the size of fines and the likelihood of an individual being sent to jail. It is now much more difficult to recover legal costs from the other party. Kizzy referred to some recent cases to illustrate the impact this is having on individuals and corporations.
She also provided three top tips on how to create a robust H&S System and hence reduce criminal liability in the event of an investigation or prosecution from an Enforcing Authority.
Her stimulating presentation concluded with an enthusiastic round of applause from an appreciative audience.
25th March 2013
H&S Culture versus Finance
Oliver Sanandres, Corporate Health and Safety Manager for the City of London, gave a presentation on H&S Culture v Finance.
The City of London Corporation, in keeping with many other organisations, has been faced with demands to cut costs. Consequently, the H&S budget was cut and staff levels reduced. This had a serious impact on H&S standards; accidents and cost had increased.
The current strategy is to embed H&S into the management system. This has required a multi-pronged approach to persuade managers to take ownership of H&S. Training has been carefully targeted. Managers have been given Key Performances Indicators to ensure they are accountable. Costs of Injuries and Ill Health have been quantified. Hence it becomes possible to justify the cost of the H&S Budget.
Oliver explained that he reported directly to the Chief Executive of the Corporation so it was essential to talk about H&S in terms that are familiar to top managers. Hence he strongly recommends that all H&S Professionals should become conversant with this style, so that they can present an effective case for improving H&S.
14th January 2013
Asbestos Management and Removal
Stewart Powell, Technical Director of eBrit Services Ltd, gave a presentation on Asbestos Management and Removal.
He started with some useful background information on the properties and uses of asbestos over the last 100 years. Asbestos has been widely used in the construction industry because it has several very useful characteristics.
However, due to the serious health hazards, the use of all Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) was banned by the EU in 1999.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR) sets out the main legislative requirements. This is supported by several publications by HSE giving guidance on the requirements.
A Duty Holder, a person with responsibility for the repair and maintenance of non-domestic premises, is required to Survey their premises, Identify any ACM and establish a Management Plan.
There are two types of survey; a Management Survey and a Refurbishment and Demolition Survey, this is a lot more thorough and intrusive.
Stewart recommended using a consultant that had been certificated by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service). He suggests, this should result in a good quality report and give good value for money in a timely manner.
14th January 2013
Asbestos Management and Removal (contd)
The Management Plan needs to recognise that ACMs can usually be divided into two groups. There are High Risk materials such as asbestos insulating board, spray coatings and thermal lagging, where asbestos fibres can be relatively easily released into the air. Secondly, there are Low Risk materials, such as corrugated asbestos cement sheets, floor tiles and textured ceiling coatings, where the asbestos is only present in small quantities and tightly bound into the base material. These materials are much less likely to release airborne asbestos fibres that can be breathed into the lungs, where they might cause cancer.
Where the ACMs are in good condition the Management Plan usually calls for them to be protected from disturbance and left in-place. This will require all maintenance and modification activities to be controlled so that ACMs are not inadvertently disturbed.
When it is decided to remove or demolish ACMs, then specialist contractors are usually needed to conform to the detailed procedures set out in the CAR 2012. These procedures were described by Stewart so that H&S professionals might recognise the good working practices that should be used by contractors.
Stewart finished this comprehensive review with a Q&A session. Should any future queries arise, then Stewart has offered to be provide a free advice and explanation service to LHSG members. His contact details are on the last slide of the presentation where one can find his website, email and phone number 07920 025560.
10th December 2012
CDM and Building Regs Update
Chris Lawson, Director of CDM and Health & Safety Consultancy at Royal HaskoningDHV, gave a presentation on CDM and Building Regs Update. Both the CDM Regs and Buildings Regs are due to be changed in the near future.
The CDM Regs specifies the H&S responsibilities for Client, Designers, Contractors and the CDM Co-ordinator on relevant Construction Projects.
This has inevitably resulted in a considerable number of changes to the many definitions and details contained in the CDM Regs.
Chris outlined the provisions and gave some practical examples on how they could be implemented.
The HSE plan is to issue draft proposals in early 2013 with consultation in autumn 2013 and to enact new CDM Regs in 2014.
10th December 2012
CDM and Building Regs Update (contd)
The Department for Communities and Local Government has recently published the Building Regs 2013 - Amendments to the Approved Documents and further explanation can be found in their Consultative Document - Changes to the Building Regs.
These are aimed at making improvements and reducing the regulatory burden on the building industry. Hence some parts have been amalgamated to avoid conflict and confusion. Also the thermal insulation requirements have been increased to meet future energy targets. There are also changes to the electrical and fire requirements.
The elements that may be of more interest to H&S specialists include, the protection from Radon gas is now to be based on more up-to-date maps showing more areas of England are in the at risk zones. Also, the document on Access To and Use for Buildings will move from reliance on written Access Statements to a more risk based approach.
The consultation phase was completed in early part of 2012 and the new Regs publish in December 2012. These provisions will generally come into Force on 6th April 2013. Although changes to Part L – Conservation of Fuel & Power will generally take immediate effect, as of 9th January 2013.
12th November 2012
Renier Barnard, Health and Safety Consultant with Workplace Law, gave a presentation on Business Continuity.
Previously, he had been a Local Authority Health Safety and Emergency Planning Officer responsible for producing and maintaining major emergency response and activation plans and associated emergency management. Hence he was eminently well placed to speak on this topic.
Emergency planning should aim where possible to prevent emergencies occurring, and when they do occur, good planning should reduce, control or mitigate the effects of the emergency.
It is a systematic and an on-going process which should evolve as lessons are learnt and circumstances change. Organisations should aim to maintain plans which cover:-
• Planning for emergencies
• Reducing or mitigating the effects of emergencies
• Planning for Business Continuity.
Renier's presentation was well received by those present.
_________________________________This meeting was sponsored by Integral UK Ltd.
12th November 2012
Business Continuity Contd
Don Urquhart is HSE & CSR Director of Integral; in addition to being a stalwart member of the LHSG committee.
Don gave short presentation on the major activities and ethos of the Company.
They are principally providers of property maintenance services to wide range of public and commercial enterprises.
To avoid the problems of sub-contractors and to maintain their reputation they have a well established programme on training and career development for their staff.
They can be contacted through Don or their website.
17th September 2012
Safety is a Can Do Business
Neal Stone, Director of Policy and Communications at the British Safety Council, gave a presentation on Safety is a Can Do Business.
His presentation gave an excellent review of information available on the internet that should be of interest to senior managers and directors.
He discussed these topics in some detail and commented on the progress of the current government initiatives.
This is all designed to support the idea that good safety is good for business.
15th October 2012
Water Safety and Legionella Compliance
Greg Davies, Head of Service Development at Assurity Consulting Ltd, gave a presentation on Water Safety and Legionella Compliance.
Although it is commonly known that a serious outbreak of legionella from a water system (frequently a cooling tower) can cause multiple deaths, it is often not properly appreciated by many organisations.
Greg is accredited as an Expert Witness and has been involved in many investigations, including the legionella outbreak in Barrow-in-Furness in 2002.
To control these risks, Greg advocated giving careful attention to the HSE's Approved Code of Practice for the Control of Legionnaires Disease. He also explored the ramifications of a failure to comply, to both the infected individuals and the company and employee found to be liable.
At the end of the meeting, the audience gave an enthusiastic round of applause in appreciation of an authoritative presentation that offered a wealth of practical advice.
_____________________________We are deeply saddened to have to announce that Gordon Hicks MBE, died on 24 July 2012 at Frimley Park Hospital.
24th July 2012
Gordon Hicks MBE - Died
Gordon was a longstanding member of LHSG, and held several positions on the Executive Committee over many years, including 23 years as Honorary Secretary.
He was a committed health and safety professional. Amongst his achievements he lead, and organised, campaigns to offer support and advice to SMEs.
He was awarded the MBE in 1999 for his contribution to the London Occupational Health, Safety and Hygiene Group. He also won the Maurice Adamson Award 2011 in recognition of his outstanding individual contribution to the Safety Groups Movement.
Owing to recent ill-health, Gordon had been unable to attend LHSG meetings for a while. However, he continued to support, mentor and advise the Committee, whenever he could.
Gordon will be greatly missed and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family.
10th August 2012
Gordon Hicks MBE - Obituary
After the funeral there was a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate Gordon's life.
It was held at the Sunninghill Parish Church where Gordon had taken an active part in the life of the community.
The congregation were given an insight to Gordon's eventful life written by Andrew, Gordon's son, and this is available as a download.
Liz Ferrier gave a moving eulogy on Gordon's 44 years service with the London Health and Safety Group. For much of this time Gordon was an influential member of the management committee.
His cheerful countenance and carefully considered point of view will be very much missed by the Group.
Donations at the service were presented to the nominated charity; Ascot District Day Centre in Sunninghill. The committee has made a donation directly to the Centre on behalf of the Group. Should you wish to make a personal donation, then the contact details are at http://www.ascotdaycentre.co.uk .
18th June 2012
Selection and Control of Contractors
June Walton, from Lovell Partnership Ltd, gave a presentation on the Selection and Control of Contractors.
Accidents by contractors can be costly and damage the client's reputation hence the need for robust management.
June described their system for vetting and rating new contractors, evaluating H&S at the pre-order stage, followed by monitoring site performance and finally an end of contract review that is recorded on the vetting file. This was illustrated with numerous examples at each stage of the process.
18th June 2012
Selection and Control of Contractors (contd)
The meeting was sponsored by
Vital ID Inc. and Treive Nicholas introduced their product range.
He explained that there was a vital need to have personal identification details immediately available in the event of an emergency.
Several major companies were using these products because they recognised the value of attaching personal ID to PPE.
21st May 2012
Visit to the London Eye
Our visit to the London Eye started with a presentation on the many safety issues that must be considered when running this iconic tourist attraction.
The management is keenly aware of the twin horns of the dilemma. To stop will reduce their income by thousands of pounds per hour. Whereas, the consequences of a serious accident is liable to become a big story in the media when there could be a disastrous lose of reputation.
The considerations include a first aid emergency, lightning, gusty high winds, etc. these problems are exacerbated by the fact that visitors are locked into the capsule for the 30 minutes "flight". There is also the possibility of sabotage and "working height" is clearly an issue for cleaning and maintenance.
21st May 2012
Visit to the London Eye (contd)
The visit was very much enjoyed by everyone.
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News Pages for previous years are to be found on the Archive Page.
NB:- These reports have been written by a member of the audience so they may not fully reflect the views of the speaker.
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