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Shattered Lives Update

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The advertising part of the Shattered Lives campaign is now complete. Early indications are that it has been a "shattering success," according to Frank Dolan the Campaign Manager. There has been more than 800,000 visitors to the campaign website - more than for any other HSE campaign. A full evaluation is ongoing and the results will be made available.

There are plans to re-run the adverts in the summer, but it is now time to use the momentum created by the adverts to help prevent slips, trips and falls from height accidents. We know from the Stop Slips in Kitchens campaign how vital LAs are in cascading materials to duty holders and persuading them to take action. You can take Shattered Lives messages to every workplace you visit and use them to help prevent slips, trips and falls.

A number of new tools to help duty holders and workers prevent these accidents will be introduced over the next few months. The first of these - a number of new tool-box talks - is now on the website. They are aimed at the catering and hospitality sector, maintenance, food retail and food manufacturing sectors – mostly LA enforced areas. They will help duty holders inform their workers how to manage effectively the slips, trips and falls risks within their workplace. Further information is a available from:

Food Retail stop slips and trips tools now available

A new slips and trips hazard spotting checklist and a ‘risk mapping’ tool, aimed at food retail establishments, is also available.

Money off work at height training

One of the activities that private sector training providers are using to support the Shattered Lives Campaign is incentivising businesses to take up work at height training. The offers are all aimed at improving the competence of those who work at height and those who manage the work. The training subjects include: safe ladder use; safe use of podiums and tower scaffolds; powered access; and the requirements of the Work at Height Regulations. If you come across a company that would benefit from this training please direct them to one of our partners on the HSE website There are links to the providers on the web page.

Copies of the Stop Slips in Kitchens pack

If you need copies of the Stop Slips in Kitchen pack please contact Helena Allum.

dangerous ladderLadder Exchange 2008 – don’t let dodgy ladders shatter lives

Last year’s Ladder Exchange initiative took 4,192 substandard ladders out of Britain’s workplaces. It was only a success because of the commitment and enthusiasm of colleagues in Local Authorities. We know that there are still a lot of ‘dodgy’ ladders out there. LAs reported that they found a substandard ladder in one in three premises they visited.

Ladder Exchange received some excellent press coverage and was used by LAs to promote ladder safety across their area. We plan to start a new Ladder Exchange initiative in the autumn. This year we want to take 5,000 substandard ladders out of use. Our partners, ladder manufacturers and retailers, are keen to be involved again, but without you it will not be a success.

Please include Ladder Exchange in your programme of planned interventions where possible.

Local Authorities’ Science and Technology Initiative – Further Applications For Planned Projects

This article informs LAs about the change to the way that their needs for planned scientific work will be handled in future.

HSE’s LA Science &Technology (S&T) Initiative will end in March 2009. At its meeting in March this year, HSE’s S&T Governance Panel agreed that it would be extremely difficult to progress further applications for planned projects that could not be completed before march 2009. This decision also acknowledges the amount of work still to be completed and in the pipeline.

This does not mean that LA needs in this area will no longer be supported. After March 2009, LA S&T needs will be considered alongside HSE’s in the new Science Planning process. The first Science Plan, for 2009-11, is currently being developed by LA representatives and HSE.

If LAs have science needs which cannot now be handled by the S&T Initiative or have such needs in the future, they should ensure that they are identified in this new science planning process. More detailed information on this process and how LA needs are identified and progressed will be available via the Extranet when available. In the meantime, if you identify a project that you think should be progressed, please let your Partnership Manager know. They will then ensure that LAU are made aware of this need.

There is no change in the way that reactive support work commissioned. LA requiring such support should, in the first instance, contact either their local Enforcement Liaison Officer or Mark White at HSL.

Two research reports, produced from completed projects, have recently been published and can be viewed from the links below;

RR627 - Health and safety in nail bars

RR623 - Occupational asthma, respiratory issues and dermatitis in hairdressers and nail bars

Local Authority / HSE Partnership Conference 2008
Delivering Priorities Together

Hilton Hotel, Manchester Deansgate, 5 November 2008

This year’s national Local Authority / HSE Partnership Conference will take place at the Hilton Hotel , Manchester Deansgate, on 5 November 2008.

We anticipate an exciting programme of speakers including Lord McKenzie, Minister for Health and Safety and HSE Chair, Judith Hackitt.

Due to popular demand, in 2008 we are reinstating the HELA Awards for Innovation.

In addition to having the usual overall award winner and runner(s) up, decided in advance by a panel of judges drawn from LAs, HSE and HELA, we will this year for the first time, also hold a ‘people’s award’, voted for by delegates attending the conference.

We are pleased to report that this year we will  be reducing the cost to delegates of this year’s conference to £110 plus VAT and as in previous years, elected members may attend free of charge when accompanying a health and safety professional.  The delegate rate will include a buffet lunch and all refreshments.

We will start taking bookings soon, but in the meantime, please make a note of the date in your diaries.

Upcoming CIEH Events

Visit for full information and details of offers running on some events or contact Karen Gough on 020 7827 5856 or email

A fresh approach to food safety training
An essential update to enhance your knowledge and training techniques
Tuesday 10 June – Birmingham

Health and Safety 2008: a new approach
Incorporating occupational health into your training delivery
1 July – Manchester
23 September – London

The Legal Implications of Drains and Sewers:
Explaining sewerage law and clarifying your legal knowledge
Wednesday 7 May – London
Tuesday 8 July – Manchester
Wednesday 10 September – London
Thursday 6 November – Birmingham

Noise as a Nuisance:  Training on the new provisions
Wednesday 28th May – London
Thursday 12th June – London

Addressing the Challenges of Conflict Resolution:
An essential update for the workplace
Tuesday 24 June – London
Thursday 30 October – Birmingham

The Impact of New Legislation for Care Homes:
Complying to the Corporate Manslaughter Act and the Health and Social Care Bill
Thursday 26 June 2008 – London

HHSRS training: the principles of good enforcement
Thursday 5 June - London
Wednesday 16 July - London
Thursday 18 September - London

Updated 2019-01-31