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Workplace Health and Safety - Project Work and Law Enforcement Plans

In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Section 18 Standard) Regulation and Enforcement Officers carry out a range of alternative interventions. Using evidenced based intelligence, officers engage in significant local and national health and safety issues.

Regulation and Enforcement Officers will be focusing on the following alternative objectives during 2014-15, the full Health and Safety law Enforcement Plan for 2014-15 can be downloaded here.

Work at height, asbestos management and ornate ceiling management in theatres
In response to the ceiling collapse at a theatre in Hammersmith, London in 2013 we will undertake intervention visits at all of the theatres in Birmingham to ensure that duty holders are managing the risks posed from the collapse of ornate ceilings, asbestos and work at height.

Business Forum

The Business Forum enables us to meet with businesses to discuss health and safety concerns, topical issues and national consultations etc. Our next Health & Safety Business Forum will take place on 23rd April 2015 at the Hollyfields Centre, Birmingham. The event will include a presentation covering Managing Contractors/CDM, the Sentencing Guidelines and an update on the work that we are doing across Birmingham. lf you would like attend, places must be pre booked so please email hst@birmingham.gov.uk or contact Terry Mallard on 0121-303-9915

Reducing the risk of legionella
This initiative will ensure that the risk of Legionella is appropriately controlled at source, we will continue to build on last years work of assessing compliance in other risk areas e.g. spa pools and jacuzzis etc. and aim to inspect all 14 Local Authority regulated cooling towers, and inspect a sample number of leisure businesses.

Raising safety standards in premises using gas appliances
Following on from the positive work we have undertaken in previous years identifying gas safety issues in catering business, we will visit 100 catering businesses this year to undertake intervention visits to assess gas safety standards. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Gas Safety in Catering and Hospitality information sheet provides guidance on how you can ensure your business complies with the current gas safety requirements, the information sheet can be downloaded as a pdf document at Gas Safety in Catering and Hospitality Information Sheet.

Promoting safe working with students on work placements
We will continue to run the Safe@Work scheme and aim to run to 10 events this year to help pupils to understand the need for a safe working environment and reinforce the principles of sensible risk management.

Machinery guarding in catering premises
To ensure safety standards are maintained in the catering industry, intervention visits will be made targeting premises with band saws, meat slicers, meat mincers and compactors. This initiative follows a number of serious incidents involving unguarded machines.

Noise at work and crowd control in licensed premises
Following In response to a change in licensing laws and the rise in the number of premises playing loud music, we will undertake intervention visits to public houses and nightclubs that play loud music to identify whether noise at work is being managed. In response to the fatal incident at a night club in Northampton in 2011 we will also assess the management of crowd control.

Migrant workers
Health and safety awareness amongst migrant groups working in the UK has been identified by the HSE as a national priority, we will be contacting businesses employing migrant workers and community groups & associations to promote health and safety awareness.

Falls from height in child care premises
Following two separate serious recent incidents when children fell from height at children’s nurseries we will be working with colleagues in Childrens Services to identify children’s nurseries and will undertake intervention visits to assess whether the risks from falls from height are controlled.

Workplace transport and work at height in warehouses have been identified as national priorities by the HSE, we will be undertaking intervention visits to warehouses across Birmingham to assess whether risks from workplace transport and work at height are controlled.

Primary Authority Partnership

We continue to develop health and safety Primary Authority Partnerships with businesses and are pleased to be working with:

  • Marks and Spencer
  • John Lewis Partnership [including John Lewis and Waitrose]
  • Gala Bingo
  • Claire’s Accessories.

We hope to announcing new partnerships in 2015. For more information on Primary Authority Partnerships please visit the Better Regulation Delivery Office web pages at http://www.bis.gov.uk/brdo/primary-authority

2013-2014 Health and Safety Law Enforcement Plan

During 2013-2014 we undertook a number of alternative interventions in line with HSE guidance. For more information see section 6 (Review of Health and Safety work undertaken in 2013/2014) of the 2013-2014 Law and Enforcement Plan attached below. Interventions included the following:

  • Business Forum
  • Inspection of cooling towers
  • Carbon Monoxide poisoning from workplace vehicles
  • Gas safety in catering premises
  • Machinery guarding in catering premises
  • Machinery safety and Local Exhaust Ventilation in wood cutting premises
  • Car park swing barrier safety
  • Reducing risk of Legionella – Spas and Hotels

Health and Safety ABC

Birmingham City Council is working with the Health and Safety Executive, who have launched a set of free tools and guidance to help small and medium sized businesses, visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/abc/ to find out more and get started with sensible health and safety.

Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel

If you believe that you have received incorrect or unfair health and safety advice from one of our officers, then you may want to contact The Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel who will look investigate your complaint. The panel consists of independent members who will have the competence and experience to assess advice that has been given on regulatory matters. For further information on The Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel and to find out how to make a complaint please refer to:-


To report a Health and Safety issue or for further advice and information visit our Health and Safety at Work web page.

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