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Government Priorities and Performance Framework

As part of the Comprehensive Spending Review in October 2007, central Government has set out its priorities. These are enshrined in a number of Public Service Agreements (PSAs).

Public Service Agreements 2008-11

Each Public Service Agreement has a lead Department whose Secretary of State will have overall accountability for delivery. Other Government Departments will then contribute to any PSAs where they have a relevant interest. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions will lead on two Public Service Agreements: "Maximise Employment Opportunity for All" and "Tackle poverty and promote greater independence and wellbeing in later life".

Activity to improve health, work and well-being will deliver on a Government commitment to reducing health inequalities and social exclusion. It will contribute to these PSA targets, together with a further PSA target on safer communities. One of the Department’s Strategic Objectives (DSOs) also includes an improvement in the incidence of work-related ill health and injury. Work by LAs and HSE on work and well-being will also contribute to the new National Indicator 173 for maintaining people in employment and out of Incapacity Benefit (for English councils).

Further information could be obtained from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) website at the following link:

Local Area Agreements

First drafts of all LAAs have now been submitted to Government Office to highlight local priorities and targets. There is evidence that a number of LAAs include the health, work and well-being indicator, NI 173. HSE is presently producing a guidance document to highlight the contribution that health and safety can make to the national indicator set. This will be sent to all LAA coordinators, Local Strategic Partnership Chairs and LA Chief Executives in mid-February. HSE’s Partnership Managers will continue to negotiate with Government Office and LAA teams to encourage the inclusion of health and safety activity in LAAs.

LAS&T initiative – motorsport projects

During the initiative, the following projects for work in the area of ‘motor sports’ have been approved. These are:

  1. An assessment of the effectiveness of stockcar fencing,
  2. An assessment of the H&S risks associated with leisure use of All Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s),
  3. An assessment of barrier safety at go-karting venues, and
  4. An assessment of the safety of barriers at outdoor motocross events.

Besides these projects, HSL have to respond to specific incidents and have work in similar areas that are being funded by HSE. Of particular interest in this latter category is the work on the safety of ‘mini-motobikes’.

The project to assess the effectiveness of stockcar fencing has been completed. Its recommendations have been discussed with the sponsor LA/LACoRS and are to be taken forward following discussions with the Industry and the LA Motor Forum.

As a consequence of HSL workload, the following timetable to complete the LA S&T projects has been agreed.

Project Date for completion
An assessment of the H&S risks associated with leisure use of All Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s). July 2008
An assessment of barrier safety at go-karting venues December 2008
An assessment of the safety of barriers at outdoor motocross events March 2009

It has to be recognised that this timetable may be delayed should HSL need to respond to further incidents, of which there have recently been two.

Safety at pinspotter/pinsetter machines: an update

The December 2007 edition of LAU News introduced this topic. We can now report on progress to date and provide further guidance material.

In early January 2008 HSE Mechanical Specialist Inspector Tom Hinks and Roger Upfold, HSE Inspector with responsibility for Product Supply, met with representatives of the UK bowling industry at a meeting of the Ten Pin Bowling Proprietor’s Association which was held in Newbury. 

At this meeting, the problems with safety at existing machines were outlined and details were given about the two known fatalities. Advice was provided on the specific risks and the issues that should be considered in any assessment of risk to improve the management of risk. It was emphasised that any assessment should take account not only of the long term where physical safety upgrades to these machines will almost certainly be required, but also in the short to medium term where adequate safe systems of work, training, competence and supervision will be important for delivering safety. 

Given the number of machines in the UK (3000 plus in around 200 centres) it is anticipated that full implementation may take 2-3 years from now and proprietors were encouraged to formulate action plans, proactively liaising with their local authority health and safety inspector. It is suggested that at this stage enforcement action may not be necessary where reasonable time bound action plans for safety at these machines are developed by individual bowling centres.

At the meeting representatives of Brunswick Bowling and Qubica AMF, the two main manufacturers of pinspotters/pinsetters, outlined the safety upgrade kits they have developed for many of their models of machines and which they will shortly be offering to users to address most of the safety issues identified.

Although the Ten Pin Bowling Proprietor’s Association represent a significant proportion of the UK bowling centres, particularly those who are part of the larger leisure chains, many small independent operators are not members and so many not be aware of the issue. To address this we have asked Brunswick Bowling and Qubica AMF who have supplied almost all existing UK machines to write to known users alerting them to the risks, reminding them of safety procedures, and of the availability of safety upgrade kits. We understand that these letters may go out in the next couple of months.

A fuller explanation of the matter and suggested solutions is also available in parts 1 and parts 2. It is hoped that further detailed information to assist users assessing risks and provide summary technical information will shortly be available.

CIEH/LACORS Way Ahead Conference, 28-29 February 2008, Stratford upon Avon

HSE is one of the sponsors at the forthcoming CIEH/LACORS Way Ahead Conference in Stratford upon Avon. Both CIEH and LACORS will have a stand and the speakers include HSE Chief Executive, Geoffrey Podger, Health and safety Commissioner Sandy Blair and Clive Grace, Chair of LBRO.

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Updated 2019-01-31