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Recent changes to RIDDOR

Following on from the changes to the RIDDOR regulations by extending the notification period from 3 days to 7 days, the HSE have now reviewed the “notifiable Diseases” section and remove most diseases except those that are related to occupational health issues.

The most common ‘notifiable’ diseases are:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: where the person’s work involves regular use of percussive or vibrating tools
  • Cramp of the hand or forearm: where the person’s work involves prolonged periods of repetitive movement of the fingers, hand or arm (Includes display screens and computer keyboards)
  • Occupational dermatitis: where the person’s work involves significant or regular exposure to a known skin sensitiser or irritant
  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome: where the person’s work involves regular use of percussive or vibrating tools, or holding materials subject to percussive processes, or processes causing vibration
  • Occupational asthma: where the person’s work involves significant or regular exposure to a known respiratory sensitiser
  • Tendonitis or tenosynovitis: in the hand or forearm, where the person’s work is physically demanding and involves frequent, repetitive movement (RSI again possibly due to computer keyboard or mouse use)
  • Mesothelioma or lung cancer in a person who is occupationally exposed to asbestos fibres
  • Cancer of the nasal cavity or sinuses in a person who is occupationally exposed to wood dust. (Hard woods are the most dangerous)
  • Silicosis Respirable crystalline silica (RCS) is found in stone, rocks, sands and clays. Usually associated builders who cut these materials without damping them down first and or wearing the correct breathing protection.

This takes some of the pressure off businesses in this area of health and safety  but should you have any concerns about the RIDDOR regulations please contact Atlantic Bridge.

For more detailed information on this area follow this link http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/occupational-diseases.htm

With the recent changes to the First aid regulations it is important that you select Competent Companies to carry out the training. The HSE no longer certifies Companies but any First Aid Training provider must have systems in place to prove they deliver the required course, and have a means of evaluating Customer comments etc. This can be best achieved by any provider having an ISO9001 assessment by a UKAS accredited certificate.

As a reminder: -Workplaces such as small offices (low risk workplaces) should, as a minimum, have a first aid kit and an appointed person who would take charge of first-aid arrangements including calling emergency services if needed. All employees must have information about first-aid arrangements supplied by their employer.

A trained first aider is more likely to be needed in workplaces that have increased health and safety risks. These companies needs to do assessments to help them decide the type of first aid arrangements they need to protect their employees.

For further information about the Atlantic Bridge approach to health and safety follow this link http://goo.gl/o1mxBe

 

The European Economic Area (EEA) consists of 31 member states of the EU and the four European Free Trade Association countries, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland. There are many products that carry the ‘CE’ mark and are the manufacturers verification that these products meet EU safety, health and environmental requirements. In addition Turkey has adopted CE making with its affiliation to the EEA.

Products that require CE marking are covered by the scope of one or more of the New Approach Directives – even if a product is manufactured outside the EEA and is within the scope it must conform to and display CE marking or it is illegal to be sold into the EEA.

Useful Link: http://www.newapproach.org/Directives/DirectiveList.asp

When considering selling in the EEA you need to consider if your product requires CE marking. There is a lot of help available and it is always sensible to use an experienced regulatory consultant. They will be able to lead you through the process making the journey as painless and simple as possible. The end result is access to a huge market of more that 500 million individuals and a GDP (2011) of 18 trillion USD.