Looking ahead in health and safety.

murmerlastUrban and Civil

Nov 16, 2013 (3 years and 6 months ago)

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Looking ahead in health and
safety.

Dr John Herbert

Director of Health, Safety & Environment, EEF Sheffield

Looking Ahead in Health & Safety


Current Performance


Corporate Manslaughter


Sensible Risk Management


Physical Agents Directive


Directors Duties


CDM Revision


Future Changes




WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
SAFETY AND HEALTH ISSUES?



RISK


SAFETY






HEALTH

FATAL


Disabling

Major


Acute


Chronic


FATAL

ACCIDENT

injury


injury


illness


disease


DISEASE

-

practical solutions

-

transparent danger

-

no technical
challenge


241 deaths

30,000 major injuries

274,000 over 3 day

-

insidious danger

-

few effective solutions

-

unquantifiable “loss”



3,500
-

50,000 deaths

2,200,000 ill
-
health cases

The UK Agenda



Simplification


New routes to regulation and enforcement


Worker involvement


Directors’ responsibilities


Joined up health and wellbeing agenda


Rehabilitation


Sensible approach to risk management

Sensible Approach to Risk Management


Risk aversion is negatively impacting competitiveness


Claims culture


Drive for risk elimination


Employers don’t know when they have done ‘enough’



Risk cannot be eliminated


Effective risk management is about ‘balance’



HSE ‘Get a Life’ Campaign


Supported by EEF and other key H&S Organisations



HSE Myth of the Month Campaign



Key ongoing issue



Physical Agents Directives


Originally proposed 1992



Now being implemented as suite of 4 Directives


Vibration


Noise


Electromagnetic Fields


Optical Radiation



New obligations on employers to control
workplace exposure

Control of Vibration at Work Regulations
2005


Hand
-
Arm Vibration


Action Value 2.5 m/s
2


Limit Value 5 m/s
2



Whole Body Vibration


Action level 0.8 m/s
2


Limit Value 1.15 m/s
2



Implementation


6
th

July 2005


Transitional arrangements until
July 2010 for equipment in use
before 6
th

July 2007



Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005


Focus on ‘Control’



Revised Exposure Limits


Lower Action Value 80 dB(A)
LEP,d


Upper Action Value 85 dB(A)
LEP,d


Limit Value 87 dB(A)
LEP,d



Implementation


6
th

April 2006


Additional 2 years for the entertainment sector


Electromagnetic Fields


Protect workers from EMF



Short term effects


Electrical excitation at low frequency


Localised heating at high frequency



Sets limits for exposure



Risk Assessment based but…


No evidence of ‘harm’ therefore no risk


No risk = no health and safety benefits



MRI Situation now accepted and being reviewed


4 year implementation delay for research

Optical Radiation


Same format as other PA directives



EL for man
-
made sources of optical
radiation



Manage exposure to natural UV



Processes include welding, lasers,
foundries Etc



No regulatory impact assessment



Expect implementation 2010

Directors’ Duties for Health and Safety


New HSC Guidance Document be Published 29
th

November 2007



Output from joint HSE / IoD Project



Aims to communicate good practice to
motivate company directors



Focuses on business benefits of effective
Health and safety management



Specific guidance for SMEs may follow

LEADING HEALTH & SAFETY AT WORK


DRAFT IoD/ HSC GUIDANCE

4 Point Agenda:



PLANNING: Policy, Agenda, Visibility, Strategic Issue


a
Corporate Governance Issue



DELIVERY: Procurement/ Supply Chain Issues, Resources,
Competency/ Training, Risk Assessments, Worker
Involvement, Management of Change



MONITOR: Reactive & Proactive, Health & Safety Audit



REVIEW: Annually (at least), Reporting, Address
Weaknesses/ Celebrate Success!


Revised CDM Regulations



Consolidates current CDM and CHSW Regs


Clearer more straightforward requirements


Abolishes role of planning supervisor


Introduces new role for CDM co
-
ordinator


New ACOP
-

now available



Key Focus Areas


Improved risk management


Improved communication and co
-
ordination on
site


Focus on planning and management of projects


Emphasis of client duties



Implementation 6
th

April 2007


New Legislation


Commencement 1
st

October 2007




33 new / revised Workplace Exposure Limits



Coal mines (inhalable dust) Regulations


Pending New Legislation

Commencement 6
th

April 2008



Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide
Act 2007



Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005


Application to music and entertainment
sectors

Europe

Breaking News



EC considering Directive on MSDs


Consultation complete


Decision to follow



Being identified as Better Regulation
opportunity as it would replace the Directives
covering DSE and Manual Handling