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Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)
As of 6 April 2012, the reporting requirement in RIDDOR for over-three-day injuries has changed. The trigger point has increased from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened).
Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work.
Employers, and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR, must still keep a record of all over-three day-injuries – if the employer has to keep an accident book, then this record will be enough.
The deadline by which the over-seven-day injury must be reported has also increased to 15 days from the day of the accident.

HSE comment on Asbestos
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HSE Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) on confined spaces
Revised and updated publication, containing an Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance on the duties in the Confined Spaces Regulations. February 2009

First Aid management for harness suspension when working at height Following completion of an evidence based review of published medical literature on the effect of a fall triggering harness suspension, HSE confirms that no change should be made to the standard first aid guidance for the post recovery of a semi conscious or unconscious person in a horizontal postiion, even if the subject of prior harness suspension.

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ACWHAT WAH Regs - Inspector Training Pack 
Following the introduction of the Work at Height Regulations the HSE has published an information pack which has been used to train HSE and local authority inspectors to enforce the regulations. Copies of the pack which will be of interest to all IRATA members. Work at Height Regulations HSE has published its inspector training pack (free download). For details, see HSE Press Release 29/09/2005 
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The Work at Height Regulations 
The following article by Martin Holden was originally published in Health and Safety International, revised and abbreviated for the June issue of Safety and Health Practitioner, and is reproduced here for members' benefit with his kind permission' . 17/06/2005 
Download .pdf file > The Work at Height Regulations v2 21-4 05 .pdf

Falls from Height Research Programme 
Link to Fall from Height Research Programme. 16/06/2005 
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Inspecting Fall arrest equipment made from webbing 
Link to Inspecting Fall arrest equipment made from webbing. 10/06/2005 
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The Work at Height Regulation (a brief guide) 
Link to a brief guide to Work at Height Regulation. 10/06/2005 
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Work at Height Regulations 
Link to Work at Height Regulations. 
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Work at Height Question and Answer Brief 
Question and answer brief for the construction industry on the Work at Height Regulation 2005 
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Fall-arresting effectiveness ladder safety hoop 
Preliminary Investigation into the Fall-arresting Effectiveness of Ladder Safety Hoops FOR INFORMATION The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published recently the following Research Report: RR258 - Preliminary investigation into the fall-arresting effectiveness of ladder safety hoops This is available (free), as a pdf download, from: Synopsis: Various legislative and guidance documents specify ladder safety hoops on fixed access ladders, (alternatively rendered as caged ladders), and give the impression that the purpose of the hoops is to protect workers from falling to the ground or other platform. Previous research has indicated that there is virtually a total lack of knowledge in regard to ladder safety hoops, and in conjunction with anecdotal accident evidence and a lack of test methods, uncertainties have been raised by persons conducting working at height risk assessments as to whether safety hoops can provide any form of fall-arresting capability. The overall aim of this preliminary investigation was to update the current state of knowledge and understanding in regard to what ladder safety hoops actually are, what their intended purpose is, and to establish by preliminary testing whether or not they could provide any form of fall-arresting capability. 
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LOLER 1998 Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998: Open learning guidance free download


Safety Bulletin SB41

Adverse Inclement Weather

Safety Bulletin SB40

Dropped Objects

Safety Bulletin SB39

Fall from Height

Safety Bulletin SB38


Safety Bulletin SB37

Rope caught by moving elevator


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