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News - 7 October 2013

HSE announces important changes

October sees two revised health and safety regulations take effect that will help businesses more easily comply with the law.

The first major change is The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 that have been amended to remove the requirement 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.

The second is in changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995, that  have been introduced that clarify and simplify the reporting requirements, 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' to workers has been replaced with a shorter list of 'specified injuries'
  • The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness
  • Fewer types of 'dangerous occurrence' require reporting

The changes affect all employers - including the self-employed.

Mike Twomey, Marketing Manager, and Health & Safety officer of ABDS comments:
“The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain's national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related 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. These changes are there to help all businesses, especially the SME sector, reduce the burden of red tape and grey areas. For more information go to www.hse.gov.uk

Neither change alters the duties and responsibilities already placed on employers. For example, businesses still have a legal duty to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.

The amendments to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 do not affect how an incident at work is reported and the criteria that determine whether an incident should be investigated.

For those who are looking for a more personal approach on a range of issues, including Business strategy, business recovery, sale or acquisition, VAT and all other tax strategies, contact us at ABDS.

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