Each month the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has a particular focus. We look at what is happening in October and also some key prosecutions in this month’s HSE update.

HSE Focus

In October, the HSE will be focussing on dust hazards within construction. This will include businesses that have notified the HSE under CDM Regulations so could extend to major refurbishments in care homes, offices, warehouses, etc. They’ll be looking at measures in place to protect workers from respiratory risks and occupational lung disease.

The HSE is also carrying out Covid-19 spot inspections in areas with high infection rates. All businesses need to make sure they are Covid-Secure and have a suitable and sufficient Risk Assessment, however, if you are based in one of these areas it must be your top priority.

Prosecutions

Prosecutions in September covered separate incidents involving two fatalities and four major injuries. These prosecutions led to fines exceeding £2,000,000 and included a Director being issued a 12 week prison sentence.

Commonly identified issues in these cases were inadequate risk assessments, no safe systems of work, missing control measures, and insufficient training, supervision and contingency planning.

If the worst happened, how confident would you be in your Health and Safety arrangements?

Remember, the HSE can, and will, prosecute serious near misses. You could end up with a fine or worse! Even if no injury has occurred if it could be argued that a deficiency could have led to an injury.

We can act as your Competent Person and help you prevent accidents and provide suitable evidence that you did everything reasonably practicable. Call us today on 0345 076 2288 or send us an email to see how we can help.