Ports and logistics e-bulletin issue No. 2: September 2012
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Proposed Revocation of the Docks Regulations 1988
The Board has agreed proposals to revoke a number of regulations as part of HSE's programme of work to make the health and safety system easier to understand to help increase levels of compliance.
Following consideration of consultation responses and HSE's expert views, the Board agreed to recommend the revocation of 13 of the 14 legislative measures put to them, agreeing that they can be removed without any compromise on health and safety. This is because they duplicate protections found in other more recent regulations, are redundant or do not deliver the intended benefits.
The Board stressed the importance of engaging with employers and employees to ensure that there is a clear understanding that the required standards remain the same and that the changes will simply remove duplication of regulation.
The Board has asked for additional information on the work that is being undertaken to maintain standards if the Docks Regulations 1988 are removed and will make a decision on whether to recommend revocation once this has been provided.
We will keep you updated with developments on the revocation of the Docks Regulations 1988.
Port Skills and Safety Ports Guidance Information Sheets
Port Skills and Safety has available a range of ports industry specific information sheets covering health and safety and skills that are available free to download via their website. There are currently 10 information sheets available covering topics such as container handling, wet and dry bulk cargo handling and mooring. More information sheets will be added in future.
Current HSE Consultations
- CD243 - Proposals to simplify and clarify RIDDOR reporting requirements
This consultation seeks views on proposals to revise Britain’s occupational accident and disease reporting requirements, made under the Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (as amended) (RIDDOR ’95). Changes are proposed to provide clarity for businesses on how to comply with requirements. Consultation began on 2 August 2012 and ends on 28 October 2012.
- CD242 - Public consultation on proposals to exempt some self-employed people from health and safety legislation
This consultation sets out the proposals the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has identified to give effect to the recommendation in Professor Löfstedt’s report "Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety legislation", to exempt from health and safety law those self-employed whose work activities pose no potential risk of harm to others. Consultation began on 2 August 2012 and ends on 28 October 2012.
Load Security On Double Deck Trailers
For both hauliers and society as a whole, double-deck vehicles offer clear benefits over conventional single-deck vehicles as their increased payload allows goods to be transported on fewer vehicles. For the haulier, this means a reduction in costs, and for society as a whole this means fewer heavy goods vehicles on the road and a reduction in emissions, road wear and congestion.
As the use of double-decks becomes more widespread, it is becoming increasingly important for consignors, hauliers and delivery sites to ensure that vehicles are loaded and unloaded safely in order to reduce the risk of personal injury and also to reduce the economic costs of load shift and vehicle instability in terms of vehicle and product damage, time delays and additional costs, and reputational harm.
This new HSL Research Report (RR924) report seeks to identify good practice in the safe use of double-deck trailers, with regard to vehicle stability, load safety, and safe loading and unloading
Fee For Intervention
HSE proposes to introduce a fee for intervention cost recovery scheme with effect from 1 October 2012, subject to Parliamentary approval of the proposed Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012.
These Regulations will put a duty on HSE to recover its costs for carrying out its regulatory functions from those found to be in material breach of health and safety law.
A material breach is, when in the opinion of the HSE inspector, there has been a contravention of health and safety law that is serious enough to require them to notify the person in material breach of that opinion in writing.
HSE and the government believe it is right that businesses and organisations that break health and safety laws should pay for HSE’s time in putting matters right, investigating and taking enforcement action. Without FFI, this is paid for from the public purse.
The proposed Fee for Intervention hourly rate for 2012/13 is £124.
FFI will also encourage businesses and organisations to comply in the first place or put matters right quickly when they don't. It will also discourage those who undercut their competitors by not complying with the law and putting people at risk.
Two new leaflets explain the changes – Guidance on the application of FFI and FFI – What you need to know
New Health And Safety Toolbox
The way in which small businesses access official advice about health and safety online is to change, as HSE unveils a new Health and Safety Toolbox.
Health and Safety Toolbox: How to control risks at work builds on the basics laid out in Health and Safety Made Simple and provides the next level of advice to help businesses identify, assess and control common risks in the workplace.
The Toolbox demonstrates the progress being made by HSE in simplifying guidance and making it easier to access.
The launch of the Toolbox also meets Professor Löfstedt's recommendation that HSE should continue to help businesses understand what is reasonably practicable for specific activities where the evidence demonstrates that they need further advice to comply with the law in a proportionate way.
It offers practical advice, tools and case studies for controlling commons risks such as slips and trips, working with electricity and machinery. Risk assessments and policy statements for business can also be produced by using the tools available.
Dutyholders can use the Toolbox to help ensure compliance with health and safety law ahead of the start of Fee for Intervention – HSE's cost recovery scheme – which comes into force on 1 October.
Recent HSE Prosecutions
- Grimsby firm fined after worker's warehouse death - A Grimsby haulage company has been sentenced for safety failings after a worker was killed when a row of steel coils 'collapsed like dominos' trapping him under their five-tonne weight.
- Feed firm is fined for driver's injuries in lorry fall - A Devon firm has been prosecuted after a driver suffered severe injuries when he fell from the top of a lorry onto a concrete floor while removing the cover from his load at a Wiltshire feed mill.
- Forklift driver's lucky escape at Hemel warehouse - A forklift truck driver could have been seriously injured or even killed when the vehicle he was operating overturned at a warehouse in Hemel Hempstead, a court has been told.
- Port berth operator fined after worker's legs amputated - A berth operator at an Essex Port has been fined £20,000 for safety failings after an employee had both legs amputated after they were crushed by a cargo container.
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