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Health & Safety Works are a specialist health and safety consultancy offering a dedicated health and safety advisory service to small and medium sized businesses across Cambridge, East Anglia and London. Our services range from health and safety reviews, audits, risk assessments and advice through to the provision of health and safety training that includes IOSH certified courses.

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Higher Fines 2015

In 2013/14 in the UK, 133 people were killed at work and 70 members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

However, to date, there have been only eight convictions for corporate manslaughter in England and Wales since the legislation was introduced in 2007. The largest fine issued thus far was handed down just a few weeks ago when a company was found guilty of corporate manslaughter and fined £500,000 following the death of an employee.

Given the fact that £500,000 is the biggest fine handed out so far, it is evident that the proposals from the Sentencing Council to substantially increase the fines are set to shake things up and ensure that companies start to take health and safety more seriously.

Under tougher sentencing guidelines proposed in November, large firms convicted of corporate manslaughter will face fines of up to £20m.

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May 2014 News update

This year has been very busy and we continue to develop as a Company.

The following Regulations are under review by the HSE:

CDM Regulations –

  • the CDM-C role will go and there will be a principal designer role.
  • removal of the domestic client exemption with transfer of current CDM duties to the contractor/designer
  • introducing a duty on information, instruction, training and supervision to replace the duty to assess competence;
  • replacement of the ACOP with tailored guidance          

PUWER ACOP

New ACOPs have been issued of the following:

Control of Asbestos Regulations  New ACOP, there were 5 key changes.

Legionnaires' disease. The control of legionella bacteria in water systems.  New guidance and ACOP.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations New Guidance and ACOP

The HSE state this is to "to clarify and simplify practical advice to help dutyholders comply with the requirements of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health".

The main changes to the COSSH ACOP, released on 3 December, includes updating the material supporting regulations 7, 9, 10 and 11 to take account of legislative changes, such as the Regulations for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP).

Additionally, advice provided in the appendices to the previous ACOP has either been repositioned next to the relevant regulation or will be made available separately on the HSE website.

Workplace Health Safety and Welfare Regs 1992 ACOP has been up dated.

The 5 original DSEAR ACOP’s have been consolidated into a single document.

The ACOP for the Management of Health and Safety at Work 1992 has been removed and not replaced. The HSE now direct you to guidance on their website.

Finally HSG65 Managing for Health and Safety has been updated to simplify it.

HSW Ltd has been extremely busy over recent months with both new and existing customers.  We have recently started working with Biotech Company TwistDX undertaking a complete Health and Safety review covering their Science Park and Babraham Road premises.  We are also now working with Norwich Research Park where we have been asked to help with Laboratory Specifications.

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Laboratory Safety IOSH Accredited Course

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We are now the only Company in the UK to provide a IOSH accredited Laboratory Safety Course.

 We started the accreditation process last year and have finally achieved accreditaion.

Two courses scheduled for later this year at St Johns Innovation Centre for up to 10 delegates, this is a two day course and the cost includes all materials, coffee tea and lunch.

See our courses page for dates and costs.

This is an assessed course and all delegates who pass will gain an IOSH certificate.

A course book is also Included.

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Filed Under: Business News / H&S Projects

Summer 2013

We have been very busy over the last year, so we have had little time to upate this section of the website,

We are still working with  a pharmaceutical company  in developing their safety management system over their three sites. We are implementing a computer based CoSHH system that will help to ensure all SDS's are mainitained on line and up to date. This should safe a lot of time with the management of SDS's.

We have aslo been involved in property surveys and construction projects at Cambridge Colleges, these included boiler installations and lead roof work.

Earlier this year we were approached Cranfield University School Of applied science to look at their CoSHH procedures and practices.

This involved assessing CoSHH related safety in a variety of research environments:-

  • Research Welding,
  • Vehicle traction testing on loose surfaces,
  • Soil, household waste and sewage sample dust exposure,
  • Nanoparticle research
  • Fermentation and analysis of sewage
  • Exposure powdered metal coatings, this included exposure to silica, alumina, nickel and chrome.
  • Testing to destruction of Formula One carbon fibre body structures.

We assessed the current procedures and controls and submitted a report with recommendations.  As can be seen from the Research involved this was not a straight forward application of the COSHH regulations.

  • Along with the report we produced documentation to cover,
  • Chemical Storage
  • CoSHH Health Surveillance
  • CoSHH Exposure Monitoring
  • Guidance on Fume Cupboard and Microbiological Safety Cabinet Use
  • Use of Nano Materials
  • PPE Guidance

The Cranfield School of Biological Science’s aim was to obtain certification to OHSAS18001 which we are pleased to say that with our input to their CoSHH systems they achieved in April with only 3 minor non-conformities.

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Autumn 2012

Health & Safety Works Ltd has been busy throughout the year looking into many different areas of H&S for clients.

This has varied from bespoke CoSHH and Risk Assessment training, Building Safety Surveys to Ergonomic Risk Assessments.

Across the last year we have 15 Clients on an annual retainer for HSW Ltd to be their named competent person for all H&S matters, as well as welcoming some new companies to our Client list; Bluestone Creative  an office based web design company, Abbey Barns a Private House Estate management company and SDM Construction amongst others.

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Health & Safety Works provide health and safety consultancy, support and training to companies across East Anglia: