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2006 Review of Domestic Gas Safety – Improved Gas Safety Scheme

In the April edition of the newsletter we reported on the outcome of the 2006 review of domestic gas safety and that Lord McKenzie had accepted the advice of the Health and Safety Commission on proposals for an improved gas safety regime. One of the key proposals was to deliver improved consumer gas safety and benefits to gas installers through the establishment of a new gas installer registration scheme.

HSE announced the competition to run the new scheme on 27 July and published it in the Official Journal of the EU. An advert was also published in the Financial Times on 31 July. The new scheme will be operational from July 2008 and replace the present scheme run by CORGI.

The new scheme will include a five-year agreement between HSE and the new provider. The agreement will set out a series of tasks that must be carried out and performance will be monitored by HSE. HSE will be seeking innovative proposals for delivering the new scheme which will bring benefits to gas consumers and gas installers. Some of the benefits to be delivered will include:

HSE has developed the specification for the new scheme in consultation with stakeholders with the proposals gaining general acceptance and support.


The open competition involves a two-stage process in which interested parties are invited to submit a written prequalification statement to establish their competence to submit a full bid. The deadline for this is 3 September 2007. Selected bidders will be invited to submit full bids during October and November and the successful candidate will be announced early 2008.

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Ladder Exchange – it’s not too late

I would like to say “thank you” to all local authority colleagues who have put time and effort into the Ladder Exchange scheme so far, please keep up the good work. The amount of interest that the initiative has generated has been amazing. I cannot tell you yet if your work has managed to take the 4,000 ‘dodgy’ ladders out of the workplace that we aimed for. That will have to wait for a future edition.

If you spot a ‘dodgy’ ladder on your site visits, you can still take part in Ladder Exchange. Please stay on the look out for substandard access equipment. Speedy Hire are keeping their Ladder Exchange offer open. HSS Hire continue to offer new ladders at their sale price until the end of August, although the hire offer ends next week.    

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Risk Assessments - Examples

As announced in the July edition of this newsletter HSE, working with LACORS and others, is producing clear and concise examples of what a 'good enough' risk assessment might look like for particular industries and business sectors. 

These example risk assessments will not be ready-made assessments that businesses can just adopt as their own.  Instead, they are intended to:

Three new additional example risk assessments were recently published - for an estate agent, a convenience store/newsagent and for a general office cleaning contractor.

HSE plans to publish more example RAs over the autumn - including for industries such as catering, hairdressing, cold storage warehousing and gaming - and will keep you informed as they are released."

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Myth of the month

Health and safety is all about banning everything from hanging baskets to ladders and requiring vast quantities of paperwork for even the simplest job - well, it is if you believe the popular stories. HSE is fighting back and has launched a 'Myth of the month' feature which uses cartoons to tackle some of the most common health & safety fallacies. It aims to help businesses avoid wasting time and effort on trivia and unnecessary bureaucracy and helps them focus on the risks that really matter to their business and their workers.

Each month a new myth is published on HSE website and is now readily accessible from the link in the right hand column of this newsletter.

Each myth includes links to practical information that can help businesses protect people and comply with the law with a minimum of fuss. If you like the cartoons, why not use your contacts to spread the word?

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Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) upcoming health and safety events this autumn

Managing Health and Safety in the Beauty Sector

With the increased spread of infections and health problems in the beauty industry; EHP’s need to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in order to improve current health and safety conditions. This seminar is accredited with five hours and 35 minutes of CIEH CPD activity and will ensure EHP’s are able to confidently apply new and existing legislation to enforce good health and safety practice throughout the beauty industry.

Managing Asbestos: A practical and legislative update

This workshop has been specifically designed to explain the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (CAR 2006) from an EHP perspective. Using a practical approach, legal knowledge is updated and clarified, leaving delegates equipped to manage asbestos control and apply the new standards which determine licensable and non-licensable work. Accredited with five hours and 45 minutes of CIEH CPD activity, this workshop will give you the confidence and practical experience to assess and manage the risk of asbestos effectively.

Preventing and Controlling Legionella Outbreaks:

This workshop has been designed to provide you with advice on how to successfully implement enforcement strategies to help prevent and control legionella outbreaks.  This includes increasing delegate’s awareness of the ACOP(L8) with respect to the enforcement responsibility of EHPs and subsequent advice published.  Accredited with five hours and 45 minutes of CIEH CPD activity, case studies include an insight into what actually happened at Forum 28, Barrow-in-Furness, Britain’s worst outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease.  This workshop will also demonstrate how to manage artificial water systems and services and raise delegates’ awareness about legionella bacteria through epidemiological statistics.

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Withdrawal of Local Authority Circulars (LACs) relating to Lead Authority Partnership’s (LAPs)

A number of queries have been received following the recent withdrawal of a number of LACs which related to specific LAPs. Withdrawal of such a LAC does not signify the end of a partnership, merely that the LAC contained incorrect/ outdated information.

Environmental Health Officers can access the current LAPS database via the Extranet.

Remember, you will need your User name and Password to access the information.

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Updated 2019-01-31