Health and Safety
Much has been made of recent statistics indicating that British manufacturing is undergoing a renaissance. The figures may show a green shoot of improvement, but some recent changes to the UK’s regulatory framework could – contrary to their intention – hinder economic growth.
Manufacturing is proving a moneyspinner for the Health and Safety Executive’s Fee for Intervention scheme. A more proactive approach to health & safety training and compliance in the sector would allow employers to avoid FFI fees while improving productivity and, most importantly, saving lives argues Clive James, Training Officer at St John Ambulance.
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 will be amended from October 1 to remove the requirement for the Health and Safety Executive to approve first aid training and qualifications.
An engineering firm has been sentenced for safety failings after an employee suffered life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a 400kg metal ring being propelled toward him under high pressure.