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Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act

The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act received Royal Assent on Tuesday, 30 October 2007. It introduces a range of devolutionary and deregulatory measures to ensure a local government system in England that gives local people more influence over the services and decisions that affect their communities, and provides effective and accountable strategic leadership.  The Act gives effect to the Local Government White Paper (Strong and Prosperous Communities) published in October 2007.

The Act sets up a new Local Government Performance Framework.  Local Strategic Partnerships – led by local authorities and including key local partners - will agree a Sustainable Community Strategy (SCS).  The SCS provides the local area’s ‘story’, and articulates the longer term ambition, evidence and rationale behind the focus of a three-year LAA which implements the SCS.  The LAA will include ‘up to 35’ local improvement targets which local authorities and their partners negotiate with Central Government. These are drawn from 198 performance indicators which include one on health and wellbeing at work.

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Local Authority (LA) Science and Technology (S&T) Initiative: Interim Evaluation of Planned Projects

Local Authorities will recall that, in the November 2006 LAU Newsletter, we announced the need to undertake an ‘Interim Evaluation’ of the LA S&T Initiative. This evaluation would support interim funding, post 2009, until a final decision on long-term funding was announced.  The evaluation, which was due to be undertaken during 2008, would collect information on planned projects completed before early 2008.

Since then, a decision has been taken to ‘mainstream’ LA S&T needs, incorporating them in the wider science planning (and funding) process that HSE is working on. As a consequence of this decision it has been agreed that there is now no need for the interim evaluation.

There is still a need for the full evaluation post 2009. We continue to urge LAs that have had projects completed to support this work so that there is evidence to present to HSC that the S&T Initiative has had a significant impact on health and safety outcomes.

If you are the contact point for a project and move on to another role, please let us know who takes over the responsibility for the project.

Workplace health connect

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Board considered a paper on the future of the Workplace Health Connect pilot service at its meeting on 5 September.  The Board agreed the following:

  1. the workplace Health Connect pilot would run its full course and finish as planned in February 2008, with the final evaluation report delivered by November 2008;
  2. the continuation of the work to explore how HSE can best provide support to Small/Medium sized enterprises (SMEs), specifically asking for the preparation of a Spending Review bid (for the SR2007 exercise); and
  3. agreed in principle to HSE working in partnership with the Welsh Assembly to pilot a new Welsh service for one year, subject to further discussion and agreement.

The pilot service will run, as planned, until 22 February 2008. I would be grateful if you could continue to ensure that all relevant staff in your Local Authority are aware of this and that it is business as usual for the service and, in particular, its five regional pathfinders in London, West Midlands, North East, North West, and Wales.

Local Authority Enforcement Officers should continue to recommend the service to smaller businesses where appropriate.

Upcoming CIEH Events

Due to overwhelming demand extra dates have just been announced for the final workshops of 2007!

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Preventing and Controlling Legionella Outbreaks:  Local authority enforcement training

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Legionnaires’ disease remains an extremely topical subject due to continued high profile legionella outbreaks and the increasing number of reported cases.  While specific requirements have been in place for legionella management for over 15 years, many organisations still fail to meet them.  This one day workshop has been designed to provide you with advice and guidance on how to successfully implement enforcement strategies to help prevent and control legionella outbreaks.  You will also be provided with an insight into what actually happened at Forum 28, Burrow-in-Furness, the repercussions it had and the lessons to be learnt from Britain’s worst outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease.

“Infection with legionella bacteria can be fatal in approximately 12% of reported cases.” - Report of the public meetings into legionella outbreak in Barrow-in-Furness, August 2002, HSE

This workshop is accredited with 5hrs:45minutes of CIEH CPD activity

The new private water regulations:  Meeting the challenges

2008 will see radical changes to the way PWS are dealt with by environmental health departments.  The European Drinking Water Directive will bring a different approach to different supplies with risk assessment allied to formal enforcement becoming standard procedure.  This one day workshop will provide you with thorough technical training and legislative updates, whilst explaining the new supply classifications, monitoring regimes, parameters, reporting and charging systems to you.

This workshop is accredited with 5hrs:45 minutes of CIEH CPD points

Coming in 2008!

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Updated 2019-01-31