UK Health and Safety Executive News and Updates

WOBO has included these activities taking place within the UK and provided by the Health and Safety Executive as they provide updates that may be used around the globe. 

Incidents of buildings collapsing into roads or because the work has rendered the structure unstable during demolition works have resulted in emergency road closures. This has necessitated interventions by authorities to deal with dangerous structures.

Recently, during demolition work on a town centre site, a building collapsed.

It breached the hoarding around the site, the front elevation falling onto the road and it was only by good luck that both the highway and footpath were empty.

The public road was closed for a period following the incident and the collapse became the subject of an investigation by HSE.

Clients, contractors and other stakeholders need to thoroughly plan, manage, and monitor all demolition work. HSE’s website has guidance on:

Engineers discussing at an industrial facility

Make sure you are prepared when an inspector calls

It is important to be prepared when an HSE inspector calls at your business. They will look at how you keep your workers, and anyone who may be affected by your work, healthy and safe.

They may also give you health and safety advice or make sure you are providing suitable welfare facilities.

We have resources that will help you prepare as they explain:

HSE as a market surveillance authority for workplace products

As one of the UK’s market surveillance authorities, HSE monitors and enforce legal requirements on the safety of most products used in the workplace, including any risks to health.

HSE has a duty to notify the Secretary of State about unsafe or non-compliant products and of the measures taken and communicated by an economic operator.

Products that present a serious or high risk to the health and safety of the user, and products that have been recalled, are published as product recalls and alerts on GOV.UK.

The Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc.) Regulations 2015 – Post Implementation Review

HSE is completing a Post Implementation Review, which is a statutory requirement to ensure that Regulations such as The Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc.) Regulations 2015 (SCR15), are fit for purpose and continue to deliver on their intended objectives.

To support our analysis we are requesting that operators, trade associations, and other interested parties complete the survey below.  The survey seeks information on the operation of the regulations and some aspects of costs.

The survey is open to all interested parties until 23 June 2024.

Take part in the survey – We intend to publish our findings in Summer 2025.

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