Each month the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has a particular focus. We look at what is happening in January as well as some key prosecutions in this month’s HSE update.
With the reintroduction of national lockdown measures across England, the HSE is expected to maintain its focus on Covid-secure workplace inspections in January. Attention towards the protection of home workers will also continue, as many people return to remote working arrangements. As an employer, it is important to remember that you have the same health and responsibilities for home workers as for any other workers.
Prosecutions in December covered separate incidents involving five fatalities and twelve major life changing injuries and illnesses. These prosecutions led to fines exceeding £1 million, with one company being ordered to pay a total of £349,527 for an injury on their premises.
Commonly identified issues across December’s cases include:
- A lack of suitable and sufficient risk assessments
- Control measures not being implemented
- Unsafe systems of work
- Provision of improper training and information
- Ineffective Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEVs) and PPE
- Inadequate guarding and supervision
To ensure that these problems do not arise within your business, it is crucial that your risk assessments are suitable and sufficient. You should also consider whether these assessments have been carried out by people that are competently trained.
AHR Consultants have an extensive portfolio of health and safety training courses, each ensuring that your employees have the knowledge to do their jobs safely. We can also act as your competent person and provide onsite risk assessments, giving you peace of mind when it comes to protecting your business.