A busy few months have passed and with the acquisition of another H&S consultancy, it has been an exciting time here at MSA Safety. Bex has been on a much needed trip to Disney World and Alison now needs a holiday, having covered her busy desk while she was away. Matt and Andy have been busy on site or meeting existing and new clients. The next few months will see further growth as more plans come to fruition, which is going to keep us all on our toes, but it’s all positive stuff. We hope you have a positive next few months, in what continues to be, challenging times.
Enjoy the Jubilee celebrations!
Council Fined – HAV Issues
A court heard that, in February 2019, HSE received a RIDDOR report from Lancashire County Council, relating to the diagnosis of a case of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVs). An improvement notice was served in July 2019 requiring the council to improve their control of HAVs. However, a further ten cases of vibration-related ill-health, unrelated to the RIDDOR report, were uncovered and reported late.
Regular use of vibrating tools causes the painful and disabling disorder which, in this case, has left the employees with nerve damage to the hands and arms, making everyday tasks and leisure activities difficult or impossible.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there had been insufficient supervision and monitoring by the council to ensure that operatives accurately recorded their levels of exposure to vibration. In addition to this, risk assessments were not adequate and it was also found that the council had failed to send reports of the various diagnoses to HSE without delay as required under the RIDDOR Regulations.
Lancashire County Council of County Hall pleaded guilty to breaches of Section 2 (1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 8 of the RIDDOR Regulations 2013. The Council was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,366.78.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Jennifer French said, “HAVs can be a serious and sometimes disabling condition that is irreversible.
“All employers have a duty to provide effective measures to ensure the health of their staff are not seriously or permanently harmed by the work they are asked to do. HSE is committed to thoroughly investigating companies who do not comply with their duties and will prosecute if necessary.”
Set your barbecue on!
Who doesn’t love a barbecue, right? Enter our FREE draw for a chance to win a BBQ box busting with meat rubs, snacks, treats & a bottle of fizz! All you need to jazz up any gathering with friends. For your chance to win go to: www.msasafety.co.uk/barbecuetime
Draw closes on the 15th July 2022. See T&Cs for full details.
Picture is for marketing purposes only.
Lighthouse Charity – On The Road Again
Have you heard of the Lighthouse Club Construction Industry Charity? Chances are probably not!
They are the only charity that provides emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support to construction workers and their families.
They launched the ‘Help Inside the Hard Hat’ campaign to raise awareness of poor mental health within our industry. It’s an incredibly sad statistic that in the UK, two construction workers choose to end their own lives every working day!
Our associate Consultant and Trainer, Andy Bishop, who is passionate about supporting people experiencing poor mental health, has been travelling the country in recent weeks, delivering talks, handing out goodie bags and more importantly starting the conversation!
If you are on site and would like a ‘Help Inside The Hard Hat On Site’ just complete the form and the teams will make it happen https://www.constructionindustryhelpline.com/request-a-site-visit.html
Building Safety Act
The Bill received Royal Assent on 28th April 2022, and has now completed all the parliamentary stages in both Houses to become an Act of Parliament.
It establishes a wider framework for the design management and regulation of building safety, particularly for high rise high risk properties. These are defined as buildings that exceed 18m or seven storeys in height. Whilst we are still waiting for the detail to emerge about how the act will affect the industry and what specific changes will be required to the existing regulatory obligations the HSE have published a series of “factsheets” that explain how the new regulatory powers will work.
The government have published a timetable for the development of new regulations enshrined under the Act and timescales for each of the key milestones for implementation. They are broadly anticipating a 12-18month period during which new regulations will be introduced and stakeholder interests will be consulted and engaged.
Delivering Quality Training
Over the past few months, we have increased the number of open courses available at our training rooms and have enjoyed welcoming existing and new clients at the centre.
Our rooms are modern, comfortable and have free on-site parking.
As an accredited CITB Authorised Training Organisation, our trainers are highly skilled and create a relaxed inclusive atmosphere.
Hot Rod & Custom Show
19th June 2022
The return of Hot Rod and Custom to Beaulieu on 19th June. The South’s biggest Hot Rod and Custom returns on Father’s Day and features hundreds of cool, colourful, custom cars, live music and hip entertainment throughout the day!
Father’s Day Jazz Cruise
19th June 2022
An ideal gift for Father’s Day – a cruise on Steamship Shieldhall! Steam down Southampton Water to the Solent, and enjoy the excellent sounds of the Shieldhall Stompers Jazz band!
Summer Soul Concert
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey
9th July 2022
Get onboard the soul train and join Sir Harold Hillier Gardens for this spectacular tribute to the classic Soul and Tamla Motown hits featuring the exceptional 10-piece band Madison Heights.
With four vocalists and a team of great musicians, this slick band faithfully brings to life Motown’
We are very excited to confirm the recent acquisition of an established H&S consultancy in Hampshire. Over the next few weeks, we will be working closely with our new clients, helping them make the transition to MSA Safety and we look forward to working with them, supporting their H&S challenges and company goals – and of course, their training needs.
Over the past year, and following the pandemic, we have observed a real shift in our clients operational focus. Profitability remains key, but we have seen previous commercial barriers lowered, collaborative engagement encouraged, service levels raised, and employee care now is a priority. Rather than incumbency or monopoly determining a business leader, growth and success during and post-pandemic has gone to the innovative, the flexible, the energetic and the inclusive. To those who genuinely seek permanent change across all areas of commerce. Changes which will impact the environment, mental health, production, sustainability and moralistic growth.
We remain positive about these changes and the opportunities they could offer us all. We will continue to work with our existing and new clients to understand their key company values to help them meet their individual H&S goals.