Upstream - The Newsletter of Incentive FM Group

SHEQ Updates

Relevant Changes in Legislation

COSHHCOSHH – updated guidance including standardising pictograms for identifying hazardous chemicals

Legionella - information on managing and controlling legionella bacteria in water systems has been updated and clarified. The HSE has revised the Legionnaires’ disease Approved Code of Practice L8, removing the technical guidance which has been published separately online. The revised ACOP provides greater clarity for duty-holders on what constitutes legal requirements and what is guidance with simplified terminology.

First Aid - Since 1 October 2013 HSE no longer approves first aid training and qualifications – and no longer approves first aid training organisations. This means that businesses have more flexibility in how they manage their provision of first aid in the workplace. It is the employer’s duty to ensure that any training provider that they select for the purposes of first aid training is competent to deliver that training.

HSEHSE Stats on Fatalities and Injuries - The latest provisional figures show that the number of deaths across Great Britain has fallen in the last year, with 148 people killed at work, compared to 171 deaths during 2011/12. More than 20,600 workers also suffered a major injury in 2012/13, representing a 10.8 percent drop on the previous year. Five in every million workers were killed while at work between April 2012 and March 2013.

High-risk industries include construction which had 39 deaths last year, agriculture with 29 deaths, manufacturing with 20 deaths and waste and recycling with 10 deaths – making up over two-thirds of all workplace deaths in Great Britain during 2012/13.

Other News

BSI – Registration for ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environment) and BS 18001 (Health & Safety) is now in place for Incentive FM Group Ltd.

Carbon Management - This is aimed at helping clients reduce their costs by reducing their carbon footprint.

Incentive Carbon ManagementIncentive FM Group have already undertaken energy & environmental assessments under this banner, particularly for Equiniti and we are also undertaking some work in Scotland for Renaissance Care Homes identifying areas where they can reduce their energy footprint.