Welcome to the new style Local Authority Unit Newsletter “LAU news”. The new style is designed to be more web friendly and is easier for the reader to view on screen. As ever, we would welcome any feedback on what you think. The original sections of the newsletter are now divided into separate areas, but you can move back to the editors page and main index at any stage. In addition, you can easily link to the LAU section of the main HSE website. We have also placed some links to the HSE website you may find useful. Myth of the Month (there is an article about this in the newsletter) and ‘What's New’ can be accessed from the Editors notes page. I find Myth of the Month both funny and informative - hope you do too. In addition to the change in format, we will be changing the way the newsletter is sent out. The next edition will be sent out from “The Manager of LAU News” email address. This new method will assist in the administration and maintenance of our mailing list. Anyone wanting to be added to the mailing list will be asked electronically to subscribe, this will be free of charge and the newsletter will be sent to all via email.
In this month's edition, you will find articles on the COSHH interactive website, gas safety, ladder exchange, training courses from CIEH and sensible risk management. We are heading down the road where anything connected with Health and Safety is automatically seen as preventing people having fun or stupid or both. We really need to stop this if we can!
The HSE What's new page gives you access all new material on both the HSE website and the LAU webpages. (On the what's new page select 'Browse by category' from the left hand menu, then select 'Local authorities'.)
‘What’s new’ is now readily accessible from the link in the right hand column of this newsletter.