News Updates June 2012

Bite Sized News Updates from the HSE

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 A pensioner who repeatedly ignored HSE’s prohibition notice has been jailed following his third prosecution.

The HSE was notified last year that Mr M, 77, had carried out a number of repairs and inspections on inflatable’s despite being given a Prohibition Notice in November 2008, which ordered him to stop undertaking work of this nature.One of the bouncy castles that he repaired was left in an unsafe condition, which meant there was a risk that children’s fingers and toes could have got trapped in open seams. Mr M also failed to identify a number of other safety failings in the course of his other inspections, including holes, sharp seams, and a lack of anchor points. He had also failed to attend a hearing.

He has since appeared in court, and pleaded guilty.He has been sentenced to 62 weeks in prison.


The HSE has announced it will be re-drafting the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations for reissue in 2014.

Details will be presented to the HSE board in December. However, the Executive indicated that the new Regulations are likely to be based more closely on the requirements of the EU Temporary or Mobile Construction Sites Directive. A spokesperson for the HSE said, “While many aspects of the [CDM] package work very well, such as the technical standards required during construction work, other aspects continue to cause concern for the industry, including coordination of health and safety prior to construction work starting. “HSE is looking at how these concerns can be addressed, so the CDM regulatory package is focused on maintaining and improving health and safety standards for construction workers across the industry.”


Legionellosis is the collective name given to the pneumonia-like illness caused by legionella bacteria.

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and Legionella bacteria.  It is widespread in
natural water systems, e.g. rivers and ponds. However, the conditions are rarely right for people to catch the disease from these sources. Outbreaks of the illness occur from exposure to legionella growing in purpose-built systems where water is maintained at a temperature high enough to encourage growth.

For example the most common sources of legionella in man made systems are cooling tower (including evaporative condensers), hot and cold water systems used in all sorts of premises (work and domestic), and spa pools.
Everyone is susceptible to infection. People can catch Legionnaires’ disease by inhaling small droplets of water, suspended in the air, containing the bacteria. If you are an employer, or someone in control of premises, including landlords, you must understand the health risks associated with legionella.

As an employer, or person in control of premises, you must appoint someone competent to help you meet your health and safety duties.

If it is found that the risks are insignificant, and properly managed to comply with the law. You will not need to take any further action. But it is important to review your assessment periodically in case anything changes in your system.


Safety is not always the most exciting subject. However, below are a few great safety slogans to help keep things interesting, but always remember that safety is no joke!

 * Keep safety in mind. It will save your behind.

 * Those who work the safest way- live to see another day

 * Falling objects can be brutal if you don’t protect your noodle

 * While on a ladder, never step back to admire your work


 Visit our web page to download free self-user risk assessments, templates and manuals.


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.



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