Upstream - The Newsletter of Incentive FM Group

Health & Safety Update - Les Carter

Debbie Hattersley & Les Carter are seen above collecting the awards at a presentation in Birmingham recently

For the third year running Incentive FM have received the prestigious ROSPA Gold Award. On their first application Incentive QAS gained the Silver Award (the highest possible level of award for first time entrants).

April and October are the two ‘Common Commencement Dates’ for any new health and safety legislation. New legislation with relevance to the Incentive Group and our clients is due to come into force from October 2011. From September it became possible to report only fatal and major incidents and injuries by phone following changes to reporting arrangements by the Health and safety Executive (HSE).

All other reportable work-related injuries and incidents under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) will move to a predominantly online system, with a suite of seven forms available on HSE's website to make the statutory reporting process quick and easy.

In a move to improve efficiency further and deliver value for taxpayers, HSE's Infoline telephone service, which currently provides a basic information service to callers, ended in September. The main source of information and official guidance on health and safety will be on the HSE's website – where a huge knowledge bank can accessed and information downloaded free of charge along with interactive web tools for manual handling.

The first conviction for corporate manslaughter has taken place. Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings was found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of an employee after a 27-year-old geologistwas killed when a trench they were working in collapsed. Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings was fined £385,000 to be paid out at 10% per year.

Incentive QAS has achieved this accreditation which puts them in the same league as the UK’s top companies with Incentive FM is in the final stages of this accreditation which has been delayed by an administrative error at BSI. This accreditation helps the Incentive FM Group to demonstrate that our activities are managed efficiently and responsibly and that we can provide a reliable service without disruption and extra costs caused by work-related accidents and incidents.

The Incentive Group have been running more Health and Safety Management Courses. These courses were provided by
our Health&Safety Manager, Les Carter and were specifically designed to cover the main health and safety issues within the Incentive FM Group. All delegates achieved the pass levels in a written assessment and workplace project and qualify for the IFM Managing Safely Certificate.