To help avoid an unnecessary burden on businesses, the HSE Board set a five-year transition period for replacing the 1999 poster and leaflet.
The 1999 poster or leaflet must be replaced with the 2009 poster or leaflet no later than 5 April 2014.
Note that employers will still be complying with the law if they continue to display the 1999 poster after 6 April 2009. However, where employers do keep the old poster, there will be a continuing duty, in the period up to April 2014, to keep the additional written information up to date.
The additional information that employers have to provide in writing, either by inserting this in the appropriate boxes on the 1999 poster or by giving it to workers with the 1999 leaflet, is:
- The name and address of the enforcing authority.
- The address of the office of HSE’s Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS) for the premises concerned.
These addresses can be obtained by accessing:
- The HSE website to see the type of workplaces HSE is responsible for and those where local authorities have responsibility. Should HSE be the enforcing authority, addresses for HSE local offices are available on the HSE website.
- Visit gov.uk for a list of local authorities.
The Daily Mail has once again highlighted a school health and safety decision. It seems that a school in Wallsend has ‘banned’ primary pupils from running on hard surfaces and moved their active play to a grassy area. Parents are ‘up in arms’, reported the Mail, although later in its article it adds that some playground falls have ended in tragedy.
The dilemma facing schools is how to balance risk against the benefit provided by the activity. This school very sensibly did its risk assessment and came to a decision. Other schools may have taken a different course. What is certainly true is that if the school had done nothing and an accident had happened parents would be quick to point an accusing finger.
Our advice to schools is that at least two senior staff should be involved in making such important safety decisions, and that the factors leading to the decision should be recorded. Then make sure, as this school did, that governors and parents are informed of what the decision was, and why.
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A head teacher has been arrested and bailed in connection with suspected fraud at a free school in Bradford.
It comes after the Department for Education (DfE) last year said it had found “serious failings” with the school’s financial management. The academy, one of England’s first free schools, opened in September 2011.
The DfE investigated the school after a whistleblower made allegations about its governance, and found nearly £80,000 of public money had not been used for “its intended purpose”.
A DfE spokeswoman said it acted “as soon as it received allegations of wrong doing” and referred the case to the police.
This illustrates the importance of following key financial governance principles, as outlined in FE02 Financial Management and FE21 Academies Financial Handbook as outlined within the Handsam System.
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