MAY 2012 NEWS RELEASE….. The British Safety Council has announced the winners of their International Safety Awards for 2012, given to organisations in recognition of their proven commitment to workplace health and safety. WEP:HSE LTD, OD FORMWORK LTD, INDEPENDENT LIFT SERVICES LTD AND B&B ITALIA CELEBRATE HEALTH AND SAFETY – 2012 INTERNATIONAL SAFETY AWARD WINNERS! [...]

The Queen’s Speech 2012

The official state opening of Parliament. The Queen will outline the Government’s priorities for the coming Parliamentary year in the Queen’s Speech 2012 in the official state opening of Parliament today. Watch a live stream of the video and read live updates from Government departments here from 11.30 a.m.  

Are Electronic Cigarettes Legal at work?

An Electronic cigarette or e cigarette does not contain tobacco or produce passive smoke. Passive smoke generated from tobacco cigarettes and cigars is the prime concern of the smoking ban because non-smokers are forced to inhale tobacco smoke without choice. The electronic cigarette is not governed by the smoking ban or restricted by tobacco laws due to [...]

Providers sought to help deliver start up loans for young people

The next stage of the government’s new £10 million start-up loans for young people pilot scheme has been announced by Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk. The initiative aims to provide budding entrepreneurs with support and a small amount of capital to help them get started as well as access to training and business mentors. [...]

Firms urged to pull the plug on £30m of wasted electrical safety tests

Unnecessary electrical safety tests cost office-based businesses an estimated £30 million a year. It’s a myth that every portable electrical appliance in the workplace needs to be tested once a year – and what’s more it’s a costly one. Misleading advice and advertising, often by companies who offer the testing, is contributing to low-risk businesses [...]

Young people, risk and an exciting education

A blog from the HSE that we think is a powerful message to keep those crazy health and safety people at bay! Source: HSE, Young people, risk and an exciting education. Rarely a day goes by when we don’t read or hear about a serious health and safety issue in the news. It can be easy to [...]

Government sets out new National Minimum Wage rates

The Government has accepted the Low Pay Commission’s (LPC) recommendations for this year’s National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates. The following rates will come into effect on 1 October 2012: The adult rate (which applies to those aged 21 and over) will increase by 11p from £6.08 to £6.19 an hour. The youth development rate for [...]


The CITB – ConstructionSkills Health, safety and environment test helps to raise standards across the industry.  It ensures that workers have a minimum level of health, safety and environmental awareness before going on site. From 2 April 2012, the CITB – ConstructionSkills Health and Safety Test became the CITB – ConstructionSkills Health, Safety and environment [...]

£40bn public construction pipeline updated

The Government has updated the construction pipeline last published in November 2011 alongside the National Infrastructure Plan and the infrastructure investment pipeline. The Government funded construction pipeline published today includes over 600 projects and around £40bn of investment over four years to 2014/15. For a full list of the projects click here The latest update contains [...]

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

  The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012  came into force on 6 April 2012, updating previous asbestos regulations to take account of the European Commission’s view that the UK had not fully implemented the EU Directive on exposure to asbestos (Directive 2009/148/EC). In practice the changes are fairly limited. They mean that some types of non-licensed work [...]