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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 focussing on the following alternative objectives during 2013-14, the full Health and Safety law Enforcement Plan for 2013-14 can be downloaded here.

Carbon monoxide poisoning from workplace vehicles
Working in partnership with West Midlands Health and Safety Liaison Group the project will gather intelligence and visit those premises requiring advice and support. Visits will be made to a range of premises including indoor karting centres.

Business Forum
On 1st May 2014 our fifth Health & Safety Business Forum will take place at the Thinktank, Birmingham. There will be presentations covering Work at Height and Asbestos. The Business Forum enables us to meet with businesses to discuss topical issues, national consultations etc. 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.

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Reducing the risk of Legionella
This initiative will ensure that the risk of Legionella is appropriately controlled at source e.g. through the inspection of cooling towers. 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
Building on the success of the work in 2012/13 we will continue to visit catering businesses and will assess gas safety standards at catering premises this year. The HSE issued a revision to the Gas Safety in Catering and Hospitality information sheet in July this year, the information sheet gives 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
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.

Machinery safety and Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) assessment in high risk premises
To ensure safety standards are maintained intervention visits will be undertaken at premises cutting wood. This initiative follows a rise in previous enforcement activity and after a number of incidents involving poorly guarded woodworking machines.

Swing barrier safety
This initiative follows a major incident resulting in prosecution after a member of the public received serious head injuries. A number of car parks with swing barriers will be visited to assess whether the risks posed by unsecured barriers are being adequately managed. More information on controlling the risks posed by unsecured car park swing barriers can be found on the pdf document below:

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 look forward to announcing new partnerships in the near future. 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

Last Years Health and Safety Law Enforcement Plan

2012-2013 saw us undertake a number of alternative interventions in line with HSE guidance. For more information see section 6 (Review of Health and Safety work undertaken in 2012/2013) of the 2012-2013 Law and Enforcement Plan attached below. Interventions included the following:-

• Business Forum

• Reducing the Risk of Scalding in Hostels & Care Homes

• Reducing risk of Legionella – Spas and Hotels

• Window Restraints in Care Homes

• Gas Safety in the Catering Sector

• Primary Authority Partnerships

• School Safety Award

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:-

http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/challenge-panel.htm
To report a Health and Safety issue or for further advice and information visit our Health and Safety at Work web page.