Occupational health news in brief

Wales RoSPA winner

North West Wales Health and Safety Group has won this year’s best overall programme award in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ Alan Butler Awards for Excellence. Nottinghamshire Occupational Safety and Health Association won best seminar or workshop, while Bradford Area Occupational Health and Safety Forum won best membership retention and recruitment approach. The Safety Health and Environment Forum Scotland won the award for best communication.

Council fined £50,000

Employers and drivers have been warned by the Health & Safety Executive about the consequences of not taking reasonable care for the safety of others after a council employee was killed in 2006 after being struck and killed by a wheeled shovel loader. Last month Dudley Metropolitan Council was fined £30,000 and £20,000 costs.

Free driver training

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is offering free training to young at-work drivers. Its next Young Drivers at Work seminar will take place on 30 March, targeting driving staff aged 17-24. It is part of a larger Young Drivers at Work project.

Asbestos guide updated

Updated free guidance on managing asbestos risks has been published by the Health and Safety Executive. Asbestos: The survey is for those who commission, conduct and use asbestos surveys, such as architects and demolition or removal contractors. It replaces the previous MDHS 100 guidance. Download it here.

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