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Essential Health & Safety Legislation

At Slingsby we know how difficult it is for our customers to keep up to date with health and safety laws and legislation. Our new Essential Legislation section aims to help you with this very issue. We have compiled full details of the most common laws relevant to our customers in order to help you and your employees stay safe and within the law. Simply click on the legislation you are interested in on the right of this page for detailed information, diagrams and guidance.

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What’s New?

New regulations on preventing sharps injuries in the healthcare sector The Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations came into force in May 2013. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has introduced the new regulations to implement a European Directive. They supplement the existing health and safety legislation that already requires employers across all sectors to take effective action to control the risk from sharps injuries.

First Aid Training – Draft Guidance

A review, commissioned by the Government and chaired by Professor Ragnar E Löfstedt recommended that "The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 should be amended to remove the requirement for HSE to approve the training and qualifications of appointed first-aid personnel". Removing the HSE approval process will give businesses greater flexibility to choose a training provider and first aid training that is right for their work place, and based on their individual business needs. The provider will be required to meet a certain standard, set by HSE. The anticipated changes to the Regulations are expected in October 2013.

CD253 – A consultation on the revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L24 - "Workplace health, safety and welfare"

This consultative document invites views on the revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L24 - "Workplace health, safety and welfare". The ACOP has been revised in response to Professor Löfstedt's independent review of health and safety legislation 'Reclaiming health and safety for all'. The consultation aims to establish if the changes make it easier for employers to understand and meet their legal obligations. Consultation will end on 30 July 2013

CD254 – Consultation on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002

This seeks views on HSE’s proposed consolidated version of the following parts of the Approved Code of Practice on the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). L134 – Design of plant, equipment and workplaces; L135 – Storage of dangerous substances; L136 – Control and mitigation measures; L137 – Safe maintenance, repair and cleaning procedures; L138 – Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres. The consultation will close on 23 August.

Public consultation on revisions to ‘Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH)’ ACOP

This consultative document seeks views on HSE’s proposed revised version of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) Approved Code of Practice (ACOP). The consultation seeks views on the content of the revised ACOP. Consultation ends 23 August

For further information on workplace legislation and regulations visit www.hse.gov.uk

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