The Visitor Safety in the Countryside Group (VSCG) has published a new guide on visitor safety designed for people managing historic properties.
The Charities Facilities Management Group held this joint meeting with the Charities Safety Group to look at the topic of fire safety.
A new law on storing petrol came into force at the beginning of October 2014.
Charities may well store petrol for mowers, vans or buses. It is easy to overlook a petrol can in a corner of a shed. But the HSE warns that petrol is highly flammable and can give off vapour which can easily be set on fire. This means there is always a risk of a fire and/or an explosion if there is any source of ignition nearby.
HSE has launched a new website to help organisations prevent work-related illnesses.
Occupational disease is a big problem: in 2011/12 there were an estimated 1.1 million working people suffering from a work-related illness, with around 450,000 new cases of work-related ill health. An estimated 12,000 deaths each year are caused by past exposures to harmful substances at work.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised its guidance how organisations should manage asbestos. It has made changes to the Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) with the aim of making it easier for employers to understand their legal obligations and protect their workers from the dangers of working with asbestos.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says it found dangerous practices and poor standards at nearly half the repair and refurbishments sites it visited in September.
As part of a nationwide construction safety campaign, HSE inspectors visited 2,607 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place. Basic safety standards were not being met on 1,105 sites.
The collapse of a factory building in Bangladesh last week has tragically emphasised the issue of ethical procurement. Charities have a special responsibility to source products in a responsible way. Some charities are leading the way with detailed ethical procurement policies covering safety, working conditions and wages.
Nearly one in five construction sites visited across Britain in the last month failed safety checks and were subject to enforcement action.
In a month long initiative, inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited a total of 2,363 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place.