Laws & report effecting the engineering sector

Emergency Stop - Health & Safety report 2007

The Health & Safety Executive have new powers to monitor and draw public attention to trends in prosecution, convictions and penalties imposed by the Courts, by publishing a special annual report.  This will ‘name and shame’ companies and individuals convicted in the previous twelve months.  This information will also be available on the Health & Safety Executives website.

Corporate Manslaugher

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 is a landmark in law. For the first time, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care.

The Act, which came into force on 6 April 2008, clarifies the criminal liabilities of companies including large organisations where serious failures in the management of Health and Safety result in a fatality.  Companies can be fined up to 10% of their annual turnover if proven guilty of a serious failure in the management of Health and Safety which result in a fatality.

Competency Of Workers

This report only adds to the pressure on employers to demonstrate that they have taken appropriate and effective action to protect their work force. A key factor in such activities is to ensure that employees are, and can be proven to be, competent for the tasks they are responsible for. In the engineering sector this is increasing the demand for specialist training – not only in specific health and safety related topics but also in the core technologies that those engineers use and apply each day. Machine designers are similarly having to place greater emphasis on the safe design of machines and controls.

Training not only enhances the skills and safe working practices of employees, it also helps to ensure those employees are aware of the risks they face and their responsibilities to themselves and their colleagues. At the same time, clearly structured training plans supported by training records can help demonstrate an employer’s commitment to health and safety – a key factor in protecting their employees against accidents and their business should it find itself defending an action on safety grounds.

Download Health & Safety Executive report - (PDF 833KB)

Health & Safety Executive website


Electrical Health & Safety, Resetting Trips & Overloads Training for Operators & Non Electrical Personnel

This one day course aims to provide non electrical personnel with the necessary skills to to carry out on site electrical isolation efficiently without compromising safety.

• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Electrical control cabinet safety
• Published safety regulations & standards
• Risk assessment
• Electrical control gear MCB's, RCD's, MPCD's & overloads

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Industrial Electrics & Control Fundamentals for Non Electrical Personnel - Part 1

This five day course has been specifically designed to provide service personnel with the necessary knowledge and skills to work safely alongside qualified service personnel.

• Health & Safety at Work Act overview
• Risk assessment
• Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) overview
• Machine safety, personal safety
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• Isolation procedure for making a circuit dead
• I.E.E 16th Edition overview

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