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Safety Alert – Cylinders manufactured fr…


There have been several recent catastrophic failures of aluminium cylinders used primarily to contain gases for underwater breathing apparatus and manufactured from aluminium alloys HE30/AA6082 and AA6351. These cylinders should...

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Safety bulletin – Ergonomic Issues of DP…


A semisubmersible DP drilling rig lost control of position for several minutes.  During this time it was obliged to shear the drill pipe and disengage the lower marine riser package...

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Safety bulletin – Offshore Crane Safety …


This Alert is to remind duty holders of the requirement to have measures in place to verify the correct operation and the correct settings of all safety systems and limits...

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Suspended ceiling inspection


1 September marks the deadline by which theatre owners should have had their suspended plaster ceilings inspected by a specialist to ensure that they are safe. New guidance about this...

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Safety notice – Use of barrier glands in…


The current International Standard allows the use of a ‘standard’ Ex certified flameproof gland as opposed to a Ex certified ‘barrier gland’ without the requirement to apply the previous flowchart...

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Written by Steve McClean   |   04 June 2012
Client/ Contractor Health and Safety tenders and accreditation schemes

These days Client organisations are putting tremendous pressure on small organisations to comply with health and safety requirements before they are awarded contracts or enter onto a select list. To try and reduce the bureacracy (which none of us like), a number of Contractor schemes have been introduced to which Contractors can join to show they meet specific standards of competence in Health and Safety. These schemes include the Contractors Health and safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS), ContructionLine, SafeContractor and Safe-T-Cert. However, to join these schemes takes a considerable amount of time and effort in ensuring the health and safety management system meets the scrutiny. This is where we can help. Safety Management continues to work with a number of clients on assisting them on compliance with these schemes and we have a 100% record. For more information follow this link.

Written by Steve McClean   |   30 May 2012
Northern Ireland’s first Corporate Manslaughter conviction

A farming company has become the first company in Northern Ireland to be convicted under new Corporate Manslaughter legislation. The fine is the largest of its kind in Northern Ireland for a Health and Safety Offence.

JMW Farms Limited (Co. Armagh) was this week fined a record £187,500, plus £13,000 costs, at Belfast's Laganside Crown Court for Health and Safety failings that led to the death of 45-year-old employee, Robert Wilson.

The judgment follows a joint PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) and Health and Safety Executive (NI) investigation into the fatal incident, which took place on a pig farm owned by JMW Farms Limited at Tynan, Co Armagh, on 15 November 2010.

Mr Wilson, who was working at the meal-mixing plant on the farm, was killed after being struck by a metal bin which fell off a forklift. The forklift was being driven by Mark Wright, one of the company directors. The investigation revealed that the bin had not been attached or integrated with the forklift. It was also revealed that it was not possible to insert the lifting forks into the sleeves of the bin as the forks were too large and incorrectly spaced.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector, Stephen Wright, added: "This was a joint investigation between the PSNI and the Health and Safety Executive (NI) and should send a clear message that there is no hiding place for anyone that breaks the law."

In June this year, another corporate manslaughter trial is due to get underway. Greater Manchester-based Lion Steel Equipment Ltd has been charged with Corporate Manslaughter, along with three individual directors who face gross negligence manslaughter charges.

These cases highlight the need for Employers to ensure that they are up-to-date and compliant with health and safety. SMC Ltd has a range of Training courses (including the IOSH Safety for Senior Executives), and Consultancy services (such as the development of Health and Safety Management systems) that are designed to assist employers meet the highest standards and stay within the law.

Written by Administrator   |   02 April 2012
New Asbestos Regulations


The new Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 come into force on April 6 2012.  The new regulations comply with a European Commission ruling that the UK hasn’t fully implemented a directive concerning the protection of workers from asbestos.

From 6 April 2012, some non-licensed work needs to be notified to the relevant enforcing authority and brief written records should be kept of non-licensed work, which has to be notified. By April 2015, all workers/self employed doing notifiable non-licensed work with asbestos must be under health surveillance by a Doctor. Workers who are already under health surveillance for licensed work need not have another medical examination for non-licensed work. BUT medicals for notifiable non-licensed work are not acceptable for those doing licensed work.

Further information can be obtained from the HSE website
Written by Steve McClean   |   30 March 2012
Changes to RIDDOR from 6th April


The 6th April 2012 sees an important change to the The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). 

The regulations require employers to report to the 'Enforcing Authority' (either the HSE or Local Authority) the more serious work-related injuries and ill health as well as incidents that have the potential to cause serious harm. Under current rules when an employee is absent from work for more than three days following an incident, employers are required to report the injury to the enforcing authority (normally via the RIDDOR Centre).

The change is being introduced as part of the Government’s commitment to reducing the health and safety burden on businesses with the aim of less frequent reporting of minor accidents.

From the 6th April, the trigger point for reporting accidents will increase from over three days to over seven days incapacitation (not including the day of the accident).This means that if a worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would normally be expected to do for more than seven days, it will be reportable. In addition, the deadline for reporting the over 7 day injury has been increased to 15 days from the day of the accident.

This means that many organisations will have to change their internal procedures on reporting, and may need to train their staff in the new requirements. If you need any information or advice, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

More information can be found at the HSE website
Written by Steve McClean   |   10 January 2012
HSE to start charging for 'Fee for Intervention'

From April 2012 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be charging for their time if dutyholders are found to be in breach of health and safety law. The HSE will recover costs from the start of the intervention, where the breach was identified, up to the point where the matter is remedied and the HSE intervention concludes.

According to the HSE website.."The Government has agreed that it is right that those who break the law should pay their fair share of the costs to put things right - and not the public purse". 

Whilst the final costs have yet to be finalised it is anticipated that an hourly rate of £124.00 will be charged for any time that HSE Inspectors spend identifying and helping remedy minor breaches.

A copy of the consultation document HSE proposal for extending cost recovery can be found on the HSE website