Health & Safety | Regulations | Guidance

Health & Safety | Regulations | Guidance

The control of asbestos regulations (asbestos regulations 2012) under regulation 10 states that:

Every employer must ensure that any employee employed by that employer is given adequate information, instruction and training where that employee is or is liable to be exposed to asbestos, or if that employee supervises such employees.

So, if a risk assessment has found that the task may involve work with asbestos containing materials. Or that asbestos containing materials ACMS are present. Then it is a legal duty that asbestos awareness training is carried out.

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The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations as amended in 2015 (CDM regulations 2015). They are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects and construction sites.

CDM applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance. The regulations were originally introduced in 1994 in compliance with European Directive 92/57/EEC. They were then revised in 2007 and again in April 2015.

The Regulations are overseen by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which gives them a significant legal status. Not complying with the CDM regs is a criminal offence and you can be fined or imprisoned.

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There are more questions about COSHH regulations and COSHH training courseCOSHH assessments and risk assessment than any other subject. Our COSHH awareness training course covers employer's responsibilities to limit employee exposure to hazardous substances, exposure limits and control measures to prevent harm to health. Employees will be made aware of how to read COSHH information on data sheets and protect themselves from ill health.

Read here the most often asked questions about COSHH

On the 22 September the UK government stated that there will be fines of up to £10,000 to individuals who refuse to self-isolate after they’ve been advised to. However these fines are now also applicable to businesses who don’t follow COVID rules.

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This is a question we are often asked here at Commodious, along with how much will it cost? And how long will it take? So, we will attempt to answer these 3 questions here.

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The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) covers fire safety in non-domestic premises. It requires the person in control of a premises to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire. Employers must provide information, instruction and training to employees about fire precautions in the workplace.

The Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2015 impose duties on construction site managers to assess and minimise fire risk from work activities by elimination, reduction and control of ignition sources and combustible materials. 

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) (SI 2002 No.2776) puts duties on employers to protect people from risks to their safety from fires, explosions and similar events in the workplace form dangerous substances such as solvents, paints, varnishes, flammable gases, such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG), dusts from machining and sanding operations and dusts from foodstuffs.

So, yes fire safety training is a legal requirement for any employer and the training is mandatory.

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An article covering the guidance in HTM 04-01 for training and temperature monitoring.


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The Health and Safety Executive have published L8, the Approved Code of Practice and Guidance for Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water systems. The 'L' means it has legal status as approved by the Secretary of State.

The book is for dutyholders, which includes employers and those with responsibilities for the control of premises such as a landlord. A landlord to comply with their legal duty must:

  • Identify and assess sources of risk - a risk assessment.
  • If appropriate, prepare a written scheme for preventing or controlling the risk.
  • Implement, manage and monitor precautions.
  • Keep records of the precautions.
  • Appoint a competent person with sufficient authority and knowledge of the installation to help take the measures needed to comply with the law.

This can appear very complicated and may make every residential property landlord believe, that to comply with their legal responsibilities under health and safety legislation, they need the services of an 'expert'. This is not necessarily so.


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Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. 

Working with lifting equipment can be dangerous because moving machinery can cause injuries in many ways.

The Regulations aim to make working life safer for anyone who comes into contact with lifting equipment: employers and employees; contractors; and others. They cover lifting equipment used to lift loads or people and affect all sectors of industry.  Usually, lifting equipment is also work equipment so the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) will also apply.


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'What is lone working?' The HSE say that the lone worker definition in the UK is:

A person who works by their self without close or direct supervision.

Some people ask ‘Is Lone working illegal?’ The answer is working alone is not in itself against the law and it will often be safe to do so. However, the law requires employers to consider carefully, and then deal with, any health and safety risks for people working alone.

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Until a few years ago, accidents caused by the manual handling of loads were the largest single cause of over 7-day accidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, as amended in 2002 ('the Regulations or MHOR') were introduced to help reduce these accidents and apply to a wide range of manual handling activities, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying. The load may be either animate, such as a person or an animal, or inanimate, such as a box or a trolley.

Here are some more FAQ click on a question for the answer.

A safety method statement is not required by law. It is not concerned with identifying hazards, or evaluating risks or review dates. It is simply a document that states what the hazard is and how it has been decided to carry out the task so that the risk from the hazard is as low as reasonably possible. (ALARP).

A method statement is just a health and safety document that is usually associated with high-risk work (but it can apply to any work activity). It describes how (the method), the job will be carried out safely.

The document must identify the potential hazards (taken from the risk assessment) and outline the necessary precautions put in place to ensure everybody's safety not just the workers carrying out the task. It should be written in a simple, easy to understand form - the HSE actively discourage long detailed documents. People are more likely to follow simple instructions rather than a long set of complicated advice.

Method statements, or more often RAMS (Risk Assessment Method Statements), are sometimes used in the tender process to evaluate a company. By looking at the RAMS supplied a company's dedication to working safely and a safe working method can be examined.



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What noise level is safe? What harm can occur from high noise levels? How to measure noise levels? These and other questions are covered here

What are the regulations about? What do they apply to? Who do they apply to? What tools are covered? What tools are not included in the regulations?

All the answers are here

Every child should be protected irrespective of the setting. Two statutory pieces of guidance act as the principal legislation regarding safeguarding children, they are Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance. In addition to the guidance, it falls on each individual who comes in contact with children to stay current on safeguarding training. 

On the 19th of April, 2020, the Department for Education published the Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance. The key takeaway stressed was: the same rules govern online education as face to face teaching. The DoE stressed that as digital learning was a new frontier, both teachers and students understand how to approach safeguarding procedures online. Furthermore, teachers should also coordinate with parents to ensure that age-appropriate parental controls are set on all devices.

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This is a government guidance document for inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The latest version of this publication was July 2018, commonly known as 'working together to safeguard children 2018' .

The Children Act 2004, as amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017, placed new duties on key agencies in a local area. Specifically the police, clinical commissioning groups and the local authority are under a duty to make arrangements to work together, and with other partners locally, to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in their area. The document issues guidance on how this is to be done.

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The Work at Height Regulations 2005 applies to all operations carried out at height, regardless of:

  • The work equipment being used; 

  • The duration of the work; 

  • The height at which the work is performed. 

Work at height is defined as:

Work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury.

So, if you are working off a ladder, any ladder irrespective of what height, indoors or outdoors the 'Work at Height Regulations 2005' apply. This then is the main law that applies to using ladders, but there are others. Read More

What is a Banksman? | What is a Traffic Marshall? | What is a Slinger Banksman job description? | Can a banksman stop traffic? | Does a banksman need to be trained | All these and other FAQ 

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An article that looks at:

  • How Brexit has changed UK health and safety Law?
  • What will a Brexit Health and Safety World look like?
  • Health and Safety Challenges to UK businesses post Brexit
  • Does the UK have to follow European Law after Brexit?

If you are interested in these questions read on .........

The last time the HSE asbestos guidance was updated was in 2015.

This update to HSG 248 takes into account findings from Health and Safety Executive (HSE) interventions and developments in analytical procedures and methodology. As such this second edition is now the authoritative source of asbestos analysis methods in the UK.

Further improvements include clarification on technical and personal safety issues, especially in relation to asbestos sampling procedures and 4-stage clearances. Additionally, new information regarding asbestos in soil analysis methods is included in this revised edition.

Overall the guidance is designed to help asbestos analysts to comply with their legal obligations. However, it may also be useful for asbestos consultants, occupational hygienists, safety professionals, asbestos removal contractors, building owners and facilities managers.

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Health and safety legislation requires certain accidents and incidents to be reported to the HSE and/or local authority. It can be confusing to understand what needs to be reported and when, so we have created an article that answers questions such as:

  • What is RIDDOR?
  • What must be reported under RIDDOR?
  • When do accidents need to be reported?

For more information, click here to read the full article.

Conducting risk assessments can be complex and there are a number of questions to consider when doing so, including:

  • Do I need training to complete a risk assessment?
  • How do I do a risk assessment correctly?
  • How do I make sure my risk assessment is effective?

To help you avoid mistakes when creating a risk assessment, we have assembled a list of key things to consider that can be viewed here.

Completing risk assessments can be complicated so, to help make it easier, we have created an article that answers key questions such as:

  • What is a risk assessment?
  • How to do a risk assessment?
  • What does a risk assessment look like?

To view this article, and a free downloadable risk assessment template, click here.

Dynamic risk assessments are often used alongside formal risk assessments to help workers to protect themselves and those around them when working in changing environments. To help workers better understand dynamic risk assessments, we have created an article that answers several questions, including:

  • What is a dynamic risk assessment?
  • What is the purpose of a dynamic risk assessment?
  • What are the benefits of a dynamic risk assessment?

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RIDDOR requires certain accidents and incidents to be reported to the HSE, but it can be confusing to know how to. In this article, we have answered some frequently asked questions about reporting accidents, including:

  • What is RIDDOR?
  • Why is it important to report accidents and near misses?
  • How do you report accidents under RIDDOR?

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The requirements of first aid legislation can be complex to understand, so we have created an article that covers 5 key first aid requirements that all workplaces should consider, including:

  • Completing a first aid needs assessment
  • Selecting the right training
  • Checking the first aid box

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First aid is an essential and life-saving skill, and is of significant benefit to those who suffer from injuries and illnesses at work. In this article, we have explored some of the reasons why having first aid knowledge in a workplace is important, and answered several questions including:

  • Why is first aid knowledge important?
  • What can be done with first aid?

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First aiders must understand and be able to respond to any first aid emergency that arise. To help with this, we have written an article that provides a brief overview of 10 common first aid emergencies, and some general guidance on how to act when faced with each one.

To view this article, click here. Be aware that this article provides guidance only and cannot be used as a replacement for proper first aid training.

The COSHH Regulations are designed to protect employees from hazardous substances, and places several requirements on employers to this end.

In this article, we explore what COSHH is, and outline some of the responsibilities placed on employers by Regulations 6 - 13 of the COSHH Regulations. To view this article, click here.

Effectively managing health and safety at work is essential to protect workers and those around them from experiencing injury, ill health or death. For this reason, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 place several responsibilities on employers and employees while at work.

In this article, we explore the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 in detail and outline some of its key requirements. Click here to view the article.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is frequently used in workplaces throughout the UK, and is incredibly important for protecting workers from experiencing injuries or ill health.

The provision and use of PPE is controlled in the UK by the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, which place several duties and responsibilities on employers and employees. As of 6th April 2022, these regulations were amended by the Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 to cover additional workers.

In this article, we will look at these regulations in detail and explore who is protected by them. Click here to view the article.

Every child deserves to live free from abuse and neglect but this is often not the case, with approximately one in five adults aged 18 to 74 years experienced at least one form of child abuse before they reached the age of 16.

In this article, we will explore some of the main signs of child abuse, and discuss the impact it can have on their development and later life. Click here to view the article.

A large number of people in the UK are affected by child abuse each year and, if undisclosed, can have a significant impact on their lives. Anyone who works with children must understand the signs of child abuse and what to do in the event that child abuse is disclosed to them.

This article explores what a person should and should not do when child abuse is disclosed to them. It also outlines some of the reasons why a person may not disclose child abuse. Click here to view the article.

The COSHH Regulations are designed to protect workers from experiencing harm from exposure to hazardous substances. However, they can be complex and difficult to understand.

For this reason, we have created a comprehensive guide to COSHH that explores several key questions, including:

  • What are hazardous substances?
  • How can I tell that a substance is hazardous?
  • What is COSHH?
  • What is covered by COSHH?
  • How do I complete a five step COSHH assessment?
  • What are workplace exposure limits?
  • What is the hierarchy of control?

Click here to view this guide in full.

There are several laws that require employers to protect the health and safety of its workers, such as the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

However, a person can have one of several different employment statuses, and this significantly impacts the duties and responsibilities an employer has towards them. In this article, we will look at these different statuses and how they impact health and safety law. Click here to view the article.