CSCS suspends recognition of e-learning IOSH Working Safely

CSCS suspends recognition of e-learning IOSH Working Safely certificate

MEWP Safety Alerts

Guidance for the Construction and related industries on when and how to issue alerts to others about concerns relating to the  design, manufacture, maintenance and use of mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) has been issued by the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group

The protocol aims to guide the author in deciding if a formal safety alert is necessary. It provides a standard format for the layout and content of alerts and offers advise for those who receive them. According to the Plant Safety Group the protocol aims to avoid the risk of incorrect, misleading or poorly written safety alerts causing unnecessary confusion among MEWP users, manufacturers & hire companies

More information on the guide



Health & Safety Concept Guide

A short guide designed to aid peoples understanding of the basic ideas & principles underpinning the discourse about the management of Health & Safety risks has been published by RosPA

The booklet explores the meaning of commonly used by sometimes misunderstood terms & concepts such as hard, risk, probability and preventability.

According to RoSPA the guide is a handy reference to essential terms and concepts and a useful resource for those teaching health and safety

This can be found at RoSPA Website

Asbestos Awareness Training


Under the control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, employers are required to ensure that anyone liable to disturb asbestos during their work – and those who supervise such employees – receive adequate information, instruction & training to enable them to work safely and without risk to themselves or others.

The aim is to ensure workers and supervisors understand the health risks posed by exposure to asbestos, are able to recognise asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) or suspected ACMs and know what to do if they come across ACMs in order to protect themselves and others from the risk of exposure.

There are 3 main levels of asbestos information, training and training:

  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Non licensable work with asbestos
  • Licensable work

In particular, employees whose work could foreseeably disturb the fabric of a building or other items that might contain asbestos, exposing them or others to the substance, and those who supervise such work, must be given suitable asbestos awareness information, instruction and training.

Typical examples of workers who might require asbestos awareness training are those in the refurbishment, maintenance & allied trades, such as electricians, plumbers, telecommunication engineers, fire & burglar alarm installers, architects and building surveyors.

HSE’s supporting ACOP states that, in general, asbestos safety information, instruction & training for employees must be “adequate to allow them to safeguard themselves”and others

Further guidance can be found on the HSE website

Forklift Refresher Training – The Law

Refresher training is a vital part of ensuring site safety and it’s an investment that can actually save employers money, as well as keeping staff safe.

Trained operators are more productive (and profitable) than untrained colleagues. Refresher training helps prevent complacency from creeping in and bad habits from taking hold

Under the law (PUWER 1998), ensuring that your operators are fully trained is the employers responsibility. Under L117 (Approved Code of Practice for Rider-Operator Lift Trucks), it’s recommended that operators receive refresher training every 3 to 5 years.

L117 provides guidance which, if followed, will ensure that you comply with the law. If you are prosecuted for a Health & Safety breach and it’s proven that you didn’t follow the relevant provisions as specified in L117 (or demonstrate that you complied with the law in another way), you will be found at fault by the court and at risk of potential prosecution, fines or both. A simple risk assessment for your operation should highlight any factors that may affect the frequency of refresher training.


NPORS Cards – Expiry dates

Just to explain the differences between ‘Expire by Category’ and ‘Expire by Card’ with the NPORS cards

An NPORS Operator Card can be issued for one or more categories. Where more than one category is shown on the same Card then this could be one of two Card types:

  1. a)  A “Standard” Operator Card on with a common expiry date for all the categories. This is calculated from the earliest test date of all the categories on the card, irrespective of when any others were added to the Operator’s registration (or renewed). This expiry date will be stated on the front of the Card.
  2. b)  A Card on which each of the category registrations has an “Individual Expiry Date” calculated from the date when the category registration was added (or last renewed). These individual expiry dates will be listed on the reverse of the Card.

Generally we select ‘Expire by Card’ for our clients but if you prefer the ‘Expire by category’ scheme then we can get that changed for you but there is not an option to go back. The Expire by Category scheme will mean you have to renew the card more often.

For more information on NPORS visit their website HERE

If you would like to discuss this please call us on 01309 696932

Changes to ILA Funding

ILA Funding is under review in order to ensure the scheme is delivering the training & skills to help people into work

It is intended to change the schemes name to INDIVIDUAL TRAINING ACCOUNT and changed will be effective from October 2017

Individuals with an Open account will be able to make bookings until 30 June 2017 as long as their course commences no later than 30 September 2017

Learners, under the new scheme, will only be entitled to one instance of funding per learner year rather than being allocated £200 to be used for potentially multiple courses

More information can be found on the Skills Development Scotland website




A free leaflet has been issued by PPE manufacturer, Honeywell

Details HERE

Are there any recommended contents for a First Aid box?

See HSE advise HERE

Truck Care – Free interactive advice

Guides to help users of Forklifts, Telehandlers and similar mobile plant understand what checks they need to do to meet the legal requirements for Thorough Examination have been published on line by CFTS

This FREE interactive advice can be found  HERE