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Health and Safety Executive Refurbishment Inspection Initiative 2015

Health and Safety Executive Refurbishment Inspection Initiative 2015

03-May-2016 HSE is undertaking its annual refurbishment inspection initiative between the 14th September and the 9th October 2015.
As well as ensuring on site health and safety risks are being managed by contractors, we will be following up failures by clients and designers. Our objec􀀋ives is to secure a positive behaviour change by all types of dutyholder to achieve and sustain acceptable standards of risk control in this high hazard sector of the construction industry.

During this initia􀀏ive, members of your organisation may receive a visit from our inspectors.
To help ensure that the awareness of the largest number of dutyholders possible is raised and feedback is captured, we would invite your organisation to assist HSE by:

  1. Informing your members of the initiative and its objectives, as above. Attached is a briefing note which you may find helpful in any communications ..
  2. On completion of the campaign, advising HSE of the number of your members that received a visit during the initiative.and any areas of non-compliance identified'
  3. Informing HSE of% of those members visited who have made or plan to make positive changes to their health and safety arrangements in the future
  4. Advising HSE of any measures your organisation will take to support your members in providing and sustaining good standards of health and safety compliance for the future
Briefing Note
HSE Refurbishment Inspection Initiative 2015
HSE is undertaking its annual refurbishment initiative between 14 September and 9 October 2015.

During this period, Inspectors will be targeting visits to sites where refurbishment work is being carried out, focussing on the main causes of accidents and ill- health in this high risk sector. These inclµde work at height, site good order, welfare, exposure to carcinogens such as silica and asbestos, manual handling, noise and vibration and exposure to other hazardous substances.

During last year's campaign, 3 5% of all enforcement notices served were for health issues, and Inspectors will again be prioritising the management and control of health risks.

Where serious breaches of legislation are found then immediate enforcement action will be taken, but Inspectors will also be taking steps to secure a positive change in behaviour to ensure on going compliance. They will also follow up health and safety breaches with clients and designers to reinforce their duties under CDM 2015 and to ensure that all dutyholders with on site health and safety responsibilities understand and fulfil these.