New code curbs unnecessary council safety checks, councils will now work with HSE to focus on high risk industries

by Alex on May 31, 2013

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A recently introduced code will reduce the amount of enforcement visits on low risk industries by the local authorities, and instead local authorities will focus their energy on higher risk activities in specific sectors such as building, manufacturing, and wholesale premises to name a few.

It will see tens of thousands of businesses removed from health and safety inspections which are not justified on a risk basis, including most shops and offices.

Minister for Employment Mark Hoban said:

We need health and safety that protects people where there are real risks but doesn’t stifle businesses.

There are too many examples of local councils imposing unnecessary burdens by inspecting low risk businesses. This new code should put a stop to this by putting common sense back into the system.

HSE Chair Judith Hackitt said:

Real improvement in safety performance will come from targeting those who put their employees at greatest risk.

Local inspectors have a very important role to play in ensuring the effective and proportionate management of risks by businesses, and the code is designed to guide them to do this.

It sets out how targeting should be achieved, providing certainty for both businesses and regulators. HSE will be working with local authorities to ensure the code is successfully implemented.

The nominated hazards are now subject to proactive inspection by local authorities will include the following:

  1.  Legionella infection
  2. Explosion caused by leaking LPG
  3. E.coli/cryptosporidium infection
  4. Fatalities/injuries resulting from being struck by vehicles
  5. Fatalities/injuries resulting from falls from height/ amputation and crushing injuries
  6. Industrial diseases
  7. Falls from height
  8. Crowd control & injuries/fatalities to the public
  9. Carbonmonoxide poisoning
  10. Violence at work

A full list of the hazards and industries that will be proactively monitored can be found here.

Local authorities around the country will now work with HSE in better enforcing the high risk industries, this now means there’s an even greater chance that businesses that fall within these industries will be inspected with greater frequency and rigour than in the past.

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