Archive for May, 2013

Health and Safey Regulations 2013

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

The Health and Safey

 (miscellaneous repeals, revocations and amendments) Regulations 2013 came into force on 6th April 2013.

These regulations repeal one act and revoke twelve Instruments plus a related provision in the Factories Act 1961.

These changes do not compromise essential health and safety protections but aim to make the legislative framework simpler and clearer.

This work is part of wider reforms to help employers understand quickly and easily what they need to do to manage workplace risks.

These measures are being removed because they have either been overtaken by more up to date regualtions, are redundant or do not deliver the intended benefits.

The construction related measures being removed are:

Gasholders (record of examinations) Order 1938

Gasholders and steam boilers (metrication) Regualtions 1981

Notification of installations handling hazardous substances Regulations 1962

Construction (head protection) Regulations 1989

Notification of installations handling hazardous substances (amendment) Regulations 2002

Notification of conventional tower cranes Regualtions 2010

Notification of conventional tower cranes (amendment) Regualtions 2010

HSE is taking action to raise awareness of the changes. This includes working with the construction industry to ensure that it understands the continuing need for employers to provide hard hats and ensure they are worn on construction sites. Hard hats remain vital in protecting construction workers from head injuries. Employers will still need to comply with the requirements of the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 which have been amended so that they cover the provision and use of head protection on construction sites thus maintaining the level of protection when the Construction (head protection) Regulations 1989 are revoked.