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As Health & Safety and Climate & Environment area lead for the North, Mike has extensive experience in a range of industries including manufacturing, construction, utilities and property management over an eighteen year period. Having worked in-company as well as in consultancy roles, he is experienced at implementing and running management systems to BS EN ISO 9001, BS EN ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001. This has recently led to Mike becoming EEF’s representative at the British Standards Institute on the committee, working on the development of ISO 45001, the ISO replacement for BS OHSAS 18001. Experienced in construction related issues from a client, consultant and contractor perspective, Mike has helped organisations from the shop floor up to executive levels.

The HSE Triennial Review

Every three years, the work of the HSE is reviewed and EEF’s Chairman, Martin Temple led this latest review and report.  The review illustrated the importance of the HSE and the work that it does across all areas of UK industry but also delivered significant changes to the Health and Safety Executive and the health and safety system. 

One of the most notable recommendations to the HSE was to review the often controversial “Fee for Intervention” which has damaged the perceptions of, and relationships with, Health and Safety Inspectors with the strong recommendation to remove the scheme if it cannot be proven to have been effective and a new approach to measuring the HSE’s effectiveness will also be introduced.  The HSE will also develop closer links with other Government Departments and Local Authorities to ensure that workplace health and safety implementation is simpler and quicker.

Changes to Legislation

There have been a number of legislative changes that are relevant to health and safety practitioners and business owners, one of the most significant being the “Deregulation Bill” which has exempted self-employed people from HASAWA unless they are working in defined, high risk activities.  A further 14 statutory provisions were removed from law in April 2014 as part of the latest round of “Löfstedt” updates also, while the HSE Approved Codes of Practice reviews in to COSHH (L5), Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare (L24) and DSEAR (L138) amongst others are now complete.

The HSE continue to review and improve construction and design management regulations, including a consultation on the replacement of the Approved Code of Practice with a suite of sector specific, tailored guidance aimed particularly at smaller projects.  The overall objective is to ensure that workers are better protected through improved health and safety practices, while simplifying the regulations and reducing bureaucracy and red-tape.

The Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) regulations are also under review and new regulations are expected in 2015. The key areas of these changes focus around the introduction of a new classification system, better public access to information relating to the hazards stored on COMAH sites and improved safety reports, notifications and emergency planning.

Keep up-to-date

EEF Training offer a range of training courses that are designed to ensure that you’re always up-to-date with the latest developments and changes in health and safety.  The NEBOSH Award of Health and Safety at Work course is designed to provide delegates with a rounded understanding of the basics of creating a healthy working environment and it is available at EEF Training venues around the country.

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