25 May 2010

Inspections improve safety on Hartlepool industrial estates

You may have read a post back in March, informing you about an HSE campaign, focusing on inspections around Hartlepool industrial estates. The results are now in and evidence sugests that the majority of companies are taking their duties seriously. Click here to read the original post or read on to find out the results. 

Inspectors from Hartlepool Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) joined forces to inspect more than 85 businesses during March, taking enforcement action where necessary, but also offering advice and guidance on how to improve health and safety standards.

12 companies were served with enforcement notices in total. 22 Improvement Notices were issued, requiring 11 companies to provide additional safeguards such as effective management of asbestos in premises, the fitting of edge protection on unguarded mezzanine floor storage areas, and the testing of both lifting equipment and air receivers to assess their safety. Work was also prohibited at two companies in relation to unguarded dangerous machinery.

HSE Inspector Jonathan Wills, said:

"Preventing an accident occurring is much better than having to deal with the consequences, and as well as issuing notices, we were able to offer constructive, practical advice to many of the companies we visited.

"We're very pleased to see that the health and safety message is getting through in Hartlepool and a majority of businesses are taking the necessary steps to ensure a safe and healthy environment for their employees."

Jane Kett, Principal Environmental Health Officer at Hartlepool Council, added:

"We were delighted with the success of the campaign, which reinforced the strong working relationships already developed with our counterparts in HSE.

"It is very encouraging to see that health and safety risks were in most cases being properly addressed. Clearly any potential accident is one accident too many and this was an opportunity to provide the companies with lots of useful guidance."

HSE and local authority inspectors both enforce health and safety law in workplaces. Broadly, local authority inspectors have responsibility for those providing leisure services or retail while HSE inspectors enforce appropriate health and safety legislation in other areas such as manufacturing, agriculture, waste and recycling and major hazard industries.

HSE Transcript Source: NE/155/10
(Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence)

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