A plumber arranged for dishonestÂ gas safety checks at landlordsâ€™ tenanted properties leaving a gas boiler in a dangerous state and putting the lives of the tenants at risk.
Marko Sebastian, aged 42, arranged for Ryan WalkerÂ to undertake the landlordsâ€™ gas safety checks at tenanted properties on 14 separate occasions between February 2013 and May 2015 despite RyanÂ not being a registered gas engineer. Gas safety records produced used a false Gas Safe Register registration number and a fictitious address for Ryan Walker.
Marko SebastianÂ claimed to have met Neil Walker in a pub and instructed him to undertake the landlordsâ€™ gas safety checks for him, as the agent for the landlords, but Marko Sebastian did not undertake any checks on whether Neil Walker was registered to legally undertake such work.
One gas boiler that RyanÂ passed as safe was subsequently found to be â€˜Immediately Dangerousâ€™ and was potentially leaking poisonous carbon monoxide into the tenantsâ€™ property. The tenants had been suffering from headaches and dizziness and contacted Wales and West Utilities who isolated the gas supply to the boiler.
The occupational use of nanomaterials is regulated under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).Â COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health and includes nanomaterials. You can prevent or reduce workers’ exposure to hazardous substances by:finding out what the health hazards are;
deciding how to prevent harm to health (risk assessment);
providing control measures to reduce harm to health;
making sure they are used;
keeping all control measures in good working order;
providing information, instruction and training for employees and others;
providing monitoring and health surveillance in appropriate cases;
planning for emergencies.
Most businesses use substances, or products that are mixtures of substances. Some processes create substances. These could cause harm to employees, contractors and other people.
What you need to do
Before you start your COSHH assessment, you need to:
What do you do that involves hazardous substances?
How can these cause harm?
How can you reduce the risk of harm occurring?
Always try to prevent exposure at source. For example:
Can you avoid using a hazardous substance or use a safer process â€“ preventing exposure, eg using water-based rather than solvent-based products, applying by brush rather than spraying?
Can you substitute it for something safer â€“ eg swap an irritant cleaning product for something milder, or using a vacuum cleaner rather than a brush?
Can you use a safer form, eg can you use a solid rather than liquid to avoid splashes or a waxy solid instead of a dry powder to avoid dust?
Check your trade press and talk to employees. At trade meetings, ask others in your industry for ideas.
COSHH Essentials sets out basic advice on what to do to control exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace. It takes the form of straightforward advice in â€˜factsheetsâ€™ called â€˜control guidance sheetsâ€™. There are two types of sheets, industry-specific â€˜direct advice sheetsâ€™ and â€˜generic control guidance sheetsâ€™.
First check the direct advice sheets listed by industry to see if there are any direct advice sheets for tasks or processes in your industry. If your industry is not listed don’t worry, you can use our e-tool to identify which generic control guidance sheets are appropriate.
COSHH covers substances that are hazardous to health. Substances can take many forms and include:
products containing chemicals
gasesandÂ asphyxiating gasesÂ and
biological agents(germs). If the packaging has any of the hazard symbols then it is classed as a hazardous substance.
Food business operators are required by law, to ensure that food handlers receive appropriate supervision and instruction/training in food hygiene in line with their work activity and should enable them to handle food safely.
If you are responsible for developing and maintaining a business’s food safety management procedures, you must have received adequate training to enable you to do this.
Check with your local authority if they provide a formal training course. Alternatively, you can find out more about suitable courses from your local authority, local library, further education college or contact one of the awarding bodies for food safety. You can find details about awarding bodies on the internet. – See more at: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-industry/food-hygiene/training#sthash.xU3SAIsh.dpuf
In the UK, food handlers don’t have to hold a food hygiene certificate to prepare or sell food, although many food businesses will prefer that they do. The necessary skills may be obtained through on-the-job training, self-study or relevant prior experience. UK food hygiene certificates don’t have an expiry date. It is left to the discretion of the food business operator or environmental health officer to decide whether a refresher course is needed. This may be a result of changes to legislation or technological developments in food hygiene.
In the scenario of injury or sudden illness or shock accident, failure to provide first aid could result in a casualtyâ€™s death. The employer should ensure that an employee who is injured or taken ill at work receives immediate attention.
HSE will prosecute in cases where there is a significant risk, a disregard for established standards or persistent poor compliance with the law. More information can be found in
Employersâ€™ legal duties
Base on the UK implemented Law , The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.
What is â€˜adequate and appropriateâ€™ will depend on the circumstances in the workplace. This includes whether trained first-aiders are needed, what should be included in a first-aid box and if a first-aid room is required. Employers should carry out an assessment of first-aid needs to determine what to provide.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 Â (also referred to as HSWA, the HSW Act, the 1974 Act or HASAWA) is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain. The Health and Safety Executive, with local authorities (and other enforcing authorities) is responsible for enforcing the Act and a number of other Acts and Statutory Instruments relevant to the working environment.
The information on this site is updated and checked for accuracy and completeness from time to time. However it is important to note that legal information must be used with a degree of caution.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers are required to ensure that workers are provided with adequate information and training to minimise risks at work. Employers can decide how this training is provided.
Here at Aegis 4 Training, we offer online Health & Safety Awareness courses that are intended to fulfil this legal obligation. These e-learning courses also ensure that staff members have the knowledge and skills they need to keep themselves safe while performing their duties. The training programmes are aimed at anyone who needs basic information regarding safety in the workplace.
The worst nightmare of every business owners is a fire emergency. It will be a risk of equipment and property being damaged, but most of all, your employee are put at risk too. Investing in staff training in