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Workplace major injuries hit an all time low for 2012/13

7th November 2013
Figures published by the Health and Safety Executive show an 11 per cent drop in major injuries compared to 2011/12. The provisional statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that in Britain between April 2012 and March 2013: 19,707 major injuries such as amputations, fractures and burns, to employees were reported (a rate of 78.5 injuries per 100,000 employees) –...
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Revision to the International EMS Standard ISO 14001

7th November 2013
The revised edition of the international standard for environmental management systems – used by over 285,800 organisations worldwide – has just moved a step closer to completion, with an agreement reached on the draft text for the next round of consultation. The EMS standard is being revised in line with a new high-level structure for all management system standards adopted by ISO, and...
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RIDDOR Changes from 1 October 2013

4th October 2013
On 1 October 2013 changes were introduced to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) that will simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents. The main changes are in the following areas: The classification of 'major injuries'...
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First Aid Changes

4th October 2013
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 have been amended to remove the equirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications. The change is part of HSE's work to reduce the burden on businesses and put common sense back in to health and safety, while maintaining standards. The new approach applies to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors. Information, including the...
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OHSAS 18001 to be transformed to an ISO Standard

6th September 2013
The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has approved the creation of a new project committee to develop an International Standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S). BS OHSAS 18001 is the British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems, and provides the basis for managing health and safety in the workplace. It is the world’s...
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Removal of employers' strict civil liability for injuries in the workplace

6th September 2013
Employees injured at work will only be able to pursue health and safety claims based on common law negligence, so employers will no longer be liable for events completely beyond their control. By virtue of section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (the 2013 Act), Section 47 of the Health and safety at Work etc Act 1974 (the 1974 Act) is amended. The amendment demonstrates that...
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