HSE has recently issued a Safety Alert relating to problems with solid fuel back boilers. The alert can be accessed via this link: http://www.hse.gov.uk/services/localgovernment/boilers.htm
All local authorities should have received a request to complete the LAE1 form for 2007/08. The LAE1 form and guidance are available on the HELA Extranet using this link: https://extranet.hse.gov.uk/C16/Local%20Authority%20Returns/default.aspx
The layout of the LAE1 form is similar to previous years. It has been revised to reflect the changes in Fit3 priorities for 07/08 (this data is now recorded in a separate form, LAE1_Fit3 summary 0708).
The deadline for completion is 30 May 2008. It is important that this form is completed and submitted in accordance with the instructions on the form by this date. This allows us to process the data and publish as early as possible on the HELA Extranet and also in HSE publications.
HSE Statistics are looking at better ways of dissemination of the statistics this year. Any views or comments will be gratefully received, via the ‘lastatistics’ email account detailed below.
If there are circumstances which may prevent you from returning a form this year, please advise the LA statistics team as soon as possible (contact details as below)
As a person responsible for ensuring or enforcing health and safety, have you inspected premises or investigated an accident and thought “Why was the place built/laid out in this manner, using unsuitable/slippery materials? At the design stage, was there no consideration given to accessing heights for cleaning or maintenance, moving/storing of stock, flow of vehicles around the site? Why was this not addressed before it presented a problem/caused an accident?” If so, read on…
As of April 2007, local authority enforcement officers were provided with the legal means to tackle these issues. The revised Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) came into force in April 2007 and are now the main health and safety legislation for the construction industry. They require measures to be taken to control risks on site, and to control construction risks that may arise from the procurement and design process. In the majority of cases, HSE retains the responsibility for enforcing the regulations. However, Local Authorities (LAs) are now able to enforce the CDM 2007 in some circumstances and promote safer and healthier construction-related working practices in many circumstances.
The Local Authority Construction Engagement Project (LACE) was initiated, in part, to engage LAs in the drive to improve construction industry health and safety. LACE aims to encourage Local Authority departments to act as “eyes and ears” for construction poor practice, to advance best practice and to disseminate construction health and safety information to a range of people. Councils’ procurement officers, health and safety inspectors, planners, building control officers, highways officers and trading standards officers are all (singly and in a seamless, cohesive manner) in a prime position to promote improvements in health and safety in the construction industry (and beyond!) through their involvement with clients, designers, builders and allied trades people.
As a Secondee to the LACE Project from Leeds City Council, I would welcome comments, queries, related anecdotes or contact from anyone who may be willing or able to contribute to the Project.
In the last edition of the newsletter, we announced that due to popular demand we will be reinstating the HELA Awards for Innovation in 2008. Winners will be presented with their awards at this year’s Partnership Conference taking place on 5 November 2008 at the Deansgate Hilton Hotel, Manchester.
We can now report that, in addition to having the usual overall award winner and runner(s) up decided in advance by a panel of judges drawn from Local Authorities, HSE and HELA, we will this year for the first time, also be having a ‘people’s award’, voted for by delegates attending the conference.
Six entries will be shortlisted from all those received and each one will give a poster presentation at the conference. Each shortlisted entry will also be awarded one free place at the event and successful applicants will be notified immediately after selection, shortly after the closing date below.
Judges will select their own winners in advance from this six and conference delegates will have an opportunity to vote for the entry which they consider to be the most innovative. All winners will be announced in an awards ceremony at the end of the day. We think this will be a good opportunity to add some extra interest and delegate participation to the day’s proceedings as well of course being an excellent way to share good practice.
The revised closing date for entries is Friday 26 September 2008.
Once again, examples of where innovative working could be demonstrated might include:
Application packs can be downloaded from HELeX using the link below.
Or from the LAU Website