Category Archives: New and changing publications

Environmental management systems

The British Standards Institution has published ISO 14004:2016 “Environmental management systems, general guidelines on implementation”.

The new standard looks at the relevant elements of an environmental management system and explains what needs to be taken into account when formulating policy. There are practical guidelines that take account of the new requirements of ISO 14001:2015 and it can be used on its own or in conjunction with that standard.

The document is available as hard copy or a pdf from BSI Sales at a cost of £212.

Clients of PHSC plc subsidiary companies can access the content at reduced rates.

Safety signs and signals

HSE has published an updated version of guidance note L64, which sets out what employers must do to meet the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996. This third edition of the document brings the guidance up to date with regulatory and other changes, such as those concerning the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemicals (Amendments to Secondary Legislation) Regulations 2015.

The version of the Regulations included in the document has been amended to reflect those changes, with the emphasis still being on signs only being used where significant risks remain despite putting in place all other relevant measures. Hard copies of L64 (revised) can be purchased for £15 from HSE Books, or a free download version can be accessed at: www.hse.gov.uk/ pubns/priced/l64.pdf

Construction guidance

The Health and Safety Executive has release guidance book L153 to support CDM 2015. Although they are part of the “legal series” of publications, they do not have the status of an Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) and it is a moot point as to whether an ACoP will be forthcoming. A free copy can be downloaded at www. hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l153.pdf

As mentioned in the last edition of PHSC Safety News, the Construction Industry Advisory Committee has produced some sectorspecific guidance and copies can be accessed at the Construction Industry Training Board website www.citb.co.uk

Health and safety in food and drink manufacture

A new edition of booklet HSG252 “A recipe for safety” has been published, superseding the previous version that dated from 2005. This new document was revised by a partnership of HSE and a working group of the Food and Drink Manufacture Health and Safety Forum.

There is greater emphasis on the occupational health aspects of food manufacturing and some general updating and refocussing. As well as employees and management, the target audience for this practical advice includes, health and safety professionals and health and safety representatives. There is advice on management of risks, and various references to where more detailed guidance can be found. A free copy can be accessed at www.hse. gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg252.htm

CDM 2015 draft guidance

In anticipation of Parliamentary approval for CDM 2015 (see New and Changing Legislation above), HSE has issued an 84-page draft copy of Legal series guidance book L153. A final version will be published on 6 April 2015 when the regulations are scheduled to come into force.

There are also six draft industry guidance documents produced by CONIAC (Construction Industry Advisory Committee). They are aimed at clients, designers, principal designers, contractors, principal contractors and employees respectively. The purpose is to enable the various dutyholders to understand their responsibilities ahead of the new regulations. Copies can be accessed at the Construction Industry Training Board website www.citb.co.uk

New codes on lifting operations and work equipment

Following extensive consultation, a new Approved Code of Practice and guidance booklet has been issued on the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). It can be downloaded free of charge at http://www. hse.gov.uk/ pubns/priced/ l113.pdf

The introductory section states that the main changes include: insertion of a simple decision tree to explain how to decide whether equipment is subject to the regulations; standardising the guidance so that it is in line with other advice, an example being that lifting equipment should not be used near overhead power cables; and expanded advice to show that LOLER applies across all sectors with lifting equipment including the health and social care sector.

A similar process of updating has been applied to the supporting information for the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), where the new Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance can be found at http://www.hse. gov.uk/pubns/priced/l22.pdf

Revisions to the guidance material include minor changes to some ACOP paragraphs in an attempt to clarify information, greater use of lists, and updated references to legislation. There are also short summaries in front of each regulation and much of the background material in the previous version has been removed

Risk assessment guide

A new edition of leaflet INDG163, a brief guide to controlling risks in the workplace, has been published. Formerly called “Five steps to risk assessment”, the new version contains broadly similar guidance but the proforma assessment for the employer’s completion that appeared at the back of earlier versions has been removed. Download the new leaflet at www. hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg163.pdf

Consultation on draft Approved Codes

There is a short window of time in which interested parties can express opinions on HSE’s revised draft Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) to the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000. Details can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/ consult/condocs/cd270.htm

There are no plans to change the regulations themselves, and the intention is to shorten and simplify existing document L122. The same exercise is being carried out in respect of the safe use of lifting equipment ACOP, where publication L113 supports the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. Again, there are no plans to revise the regulations. See http://www.hse.gov. uk/consult/condocs/cd275.htm

These drafts have been issued in response to a report from Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in 2011, where he concluded that stakeholders supported the principles of ACOPs and saw them as a vital part of the system, but that there was room for improvement.

New standard for first-aid kits in cars

The British Standards Institution has, for the first time, published a UK standard for the provision of first-aid kits in all types of road-going vehicle. With a reported 185,000 road casualties in the UK over the past year, the standard aims to ensure vehicles have the most appropriate supplies to enable a first response to roadside injuries. It specifies requirements for the compilation of first-aid items in three sizes of kits – small, medium and large.

Kit selection is based on the number of passengers and the vehicle type, ie a small kit for up to three passengers, medium for up to eight passengers, and a large kit for up to 16 passengers. In vehicles such as coaches with more than 16 people on board, two large kits are required. The standard explains that kits may contain other items where identified during a risk assessment, eg to deal with hazards that are specific to a particular situation, such as the use of hydrofluoric acid. Requirements are also given for the first-aid container itself.

BS 8599-2:2014 Specification for the contents of motor vehicle first aid kits is available from BSI Sales at £86 (or through PHSC at a discounted rate).

Prevention of legionella

Another Approved Code of Practice that has been through the consultation process is L8, Legionnaires’ disease: The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems. HSE has revised the document, removing the technical guidance which has now been published separately online. The previous technical guidance was 13 years old and significantly out of date.

The information is aimed at duty holders including employers; those in control of premises; and people with health and safety responsibilities for others, and was one of several identified for review and revision; consolidation; or withdrawal, in line with a recommendation by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his report ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all’. A key change is some guidance being assigned Approved Code status, to clarify legal requirements where there is an accepted industry method of compliance. The revised L8 document is available at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l8.htm

Revised additional guidance (HSG274) gives practical advice and is in three parts:

  • Part 1: The control of legionella bacteria in evaporative cooling systems
  • Part 2: The control of legionella bacteria in hot and cold water systems – Interim guidance (please note that this is extracted from the previous edition of L8. As this section is under review, this is interim guidance and will remain in place until the review and revision of the hot and cold water section is complete).
  • Part 3: The control of legionella bacteria in other risk systems

The complete hard copy edition of HSG274, including revised guidance on hot and cold water systems, and a revised online version of Part 2, will be published later this year. See http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg274.htm

The final version will be published later this year.