The success of the recent Ladder Exchange initiative was very much down to the 60 Local Authorities who agreed to participate. So far, thanks largely to your efforts, nearly 2,800 dodgy ladders are no longer in use by Britain’s workplaces. If you are interested in getting involved in Ladder Exchange it is not too late – the offer at Speedy Hire carries on until Christmas, contact your local branch for more information.
We are kicking off the New Year with a new ‘Slips, Trips and Falls’ media campaign. Many of the audiences we want to contact as part of the campaign will be very familiar to LA colleagues. The slips part of the campaign is aimed at food manufacture, food retail and catering. I know many of you will have been involved in the ‘Stop slips in kitchens’ initiative, the new campaign will incorporate this theme. There are practical things that duty holders can do to reduce the risk of a slip or trip in all of these environments, together we can give them the information they need.
The falls from height element of the campaign will again focus on maintenance personnel, and we will also be addressing trips and falls in the construction sector. Over the last few years we have concentrated on making sure duty holders choose the right access equipment for work at height. This time we want to make sure employers and their workers have the right knowledge and experience to do the job safely, including selecting the right work equipment.
I know many of you will have plans in place for February and March 2008 and I am sorry to drop this on you at this late stage. There is no need to change your plans, but I am sure you will want to take the opportunity to refer to the Slips, Trips and Falls Campaign during dialogue with dutyholders around this time. Of course, planning for 2008/09 is underway and the Campaign will provide a helpful springboard for operational activity in the coming financial year. We will get more information to you in future editions of LAU News.
The latest edition of this newsletter, produced solely for Local Authority colleagues, is now available from HELex
This edition highlights some of the successes of the last year and previews the rest of this year and next.
Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) are currently doing a project on "Managing health and safety in swimming pools" and are specifically interested in any issues that have caused confusion in terms of interpretation of "supervision arrangements to safeguard pool users" that have occurred between LA inspectors and Pool Operators. This is also relevant to interpretation of risk assessments. In addition, we would be interested in any accident data or direct knowledge of non-serious accidents and near misses at swimming pools.