Health and safety

  • Call for evidence

    SELECT’s campaign to regulate electricians has been boosted by Scottish Government’s Call for Evidence.

  • Industry first: Electrical safety guidance for social housing

    Finally, guidance on how social housing providers should take care of the electrical installations they manage has been launched, with a reception at the Houses of Parliament yesterday.

  • Up a height

    More worker deaths are caused by falls from height than any other kind of work-related incident in the UK, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Alastair Hogg, sales director at MSA Safety, recaps on what we have learned from the year just gone, and explores what we need to be prepared for in 2019.

  • Winter warning on arctic grade flexibles

    The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) is advising contractors and distributors to check their cable choices carefully following the discovery of significant quantities of substandard arctic grade flex this year.

    December has, to date, seen a continuation of the problem with suspected substandard arctic grade flex found on a central London installation where the cable caught fire (see images). The ACI is renewing its call for a sample of suspect cable to be sent to it for testing as soon as it is discovered.

  • Engineering services confident

    Chris Bielby MBE, chair of the Electrical Safety Roundtable, examines the progress being made on monitoring and enforcing Part P of the Building Regulations, and asks what more could be done

  • Online non-compliance rife in lighting sector

    EucoLight, the European WEEE lighting trade association, is hosting a half day workshop on 17 Oct in Brussels to discuss the scale of the online non-compliance problem. 

  • Who would work in the waste recycling industry?

    On 4 July 2018, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published the provisional statistics concerning fatal injuries that occurred in 2017/2018[1]. The HSE noted: “a total of 144 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2017/18 … In statistical terms the number of fatalities has remained broadly level in recent years – the average annual number of workers killed at work over the five years 2013/14-2017/18 is 141.”  

  • Rospa recognition

    Four M Group Services businesses have been presented with Occupational Health & Safety Awards by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). 

    Morrison Utility Services (MUS) was named Winner of the Commercial Industry Sector Award. It is the eighth year in which MUS has won the Sector Award.

  • Components group achieves upgraded ISO accreditation

    Magnetic components specialist ETAL Group has achieved accreditation for power and signal applications to the latest ISO9001:2015 quality standard, well ahead of the deadline for compliance. 

  • Designing safety with Electrical Safety First

    Safer by Design, the fifth Product Safety Conference hosted by Electrical Safety First, will be held at Church House, Westminster, on 17 November.

    The conference will offer presentations on topical issues, including methods of identifying foreseeable misuse, using relevant data and intelligence sources to improve recall effectiveness and the dramatic increase in the number of fake electrical products being sold online. It will also consider the government’s review of the UK recall system, which is due to report sometime this autumn.

  • Roundtable launches new website and resources

    The Electrical Safety Roundtable is making new strides to help reduce hazards in the home.

    The growing industry forum is cementing its reputation for building consensus and developing industry led solutions to longstanding issues with the launch of a new website and guidance portal designed to raise consumer awareness of home safety matters.

  • Electrical Safety First briefs new intake

    The 182 new MPs who recently entered Parliament might well be shocked at the briefing they have received from Electrical Safety First.

    The Charity, which is dedicated to reducing deaths and accidents caused by electricity, has written to the ‘class of 2015’ to explain why electrical safety needs to be urgently addressed.

  • Scottish bill loses weapon and shield

    The charity, Electrical Safety First, is worried the government’s proposed Scotland Bill, which will devolve further powers to the Scottish Parliament, has forgotten consumer protection - and a weapon to curb the tide of counterfeits entering the UK.

  • Newey & Eyre backs new wiring regs saying preparation is key

    Electrical wholesaler Newey & Eyre has pledged its full support to Amendment 3 of the wiring regulations while asserting that it is vital for installers to get up to speed now.

    The third amendment to the Wiring Regulations includes a number of new requirements, covering consumers units, wiring in escape routes and protective devices, all designed to optimise fire safety in the home. The industry consensus is that the vital changes will be life-saving.

  • Rogue spark narrowly avoids jail for misuse of Elecsa logo

    An electrician narrowly avoided jail after falsely claiming to be registered with Elecsa.

    Steven Mitchell who traded as CCC Electrical was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on 17 April 2015 to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years.

  • Webinar aids compliance with health and safety requirements

    There is often much confusion in the workplace as to what we should and shouldn't be doing in order to fulfil our obligations to current safety legislation.

    In order to try and bring all of the relevant subjects together, and to clarify what is required from the user's and designer's perspectives, Wieland Electric, in association with Electrical Review, will present an essential guide to complying with health and safety requirements when using and designing machinery. The briefing will take place at 2pm on Thursday 20 March 2014,

  • Webinar aids compliance with health and safety requirements

    There is often much confusion in the workplace as to what we should and shouldn't be doing in order to fulfil our obligations to current safety legislation.

    In order to try and bring all of the relevant subjects together, and to clarify what is required from the user's and designer's perspectives, Wieland Electric, in association with Electrical Review, will present an essential guide to complying with health and safety requirements when using and designing machinery. The briefing will take place at 2pm on Thursday 20 March 2014,

    The webinar will look at the following areas:

    •    Risk assessment
    •    CE marking
    •    Technical files
    •    Regulations and machinery directive
    •    Compliance
    •    Training and competence

    The webinar will also feature a live audience Q&A session with the panel of experts.

  • Health and safety award for commitment to safe working

     

    Electrical safety specialistBender UK is celebrating achieving industry’s flagship standard for occupational health and safety best practice at its headquarters in Ulverston which houses product testing facilities and delivers, sales, service, project management and technical support.

  • Businesses urged to adopt a ‘common sense’ approach to health and safety

    Figures released by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) are said to show businesses are wasting millions of pounds each year by over-maintaining electrical appliances with unnecessary annual tests. By adopting a common sense approach, the IET estimates businesses could save over £30m annually and £120m over the next four years.

  • Health and Safety Midlands 2012

    Taking place on the 12 and 13 this September at The National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, will be the inaugural Health and Safety Midlands, providing visitors with the latest information on legislations, the opportunity to meet the industry’s most highly and respected organisations and also the chance to network with other professionals.

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