Tuesday, 14 July 2020


PUWER Inspection Planning and Prioritisation (PIPP) - An Overview of How to Implement PUWER in your Workplace
When: July 22nd at 10:00 AM 
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
IOSH East Midlands Branch in conjunction with Waren Spires present:
PUWER Inspection Planning and Prioritisation (PIPP) - An Overview of How to Implement PUWER in your Workplace
Part 1: Follow the link below to register and fully complete the 34-minute video - PUWER Overview, on completing this video you will be sent via email your access to:
Access to the video please follow the link below. Enter access code: MEQXL If required.
Please note! to attend the Zoon meeting you must complete part 1. video.
Part 2: Zoom meeting to take place: 22nd July at 10.00 am - Warren Spiers on PUWER
This Zoom meeting will form a question and answer session on topics detailed in the video you will have watched.
The presenter at this meeting is Warren Spiers, an expert in Machine Safety. The video will have run you through a compliant way to plan and implement a PUWER inspection regime in your workplace. It will have covered the requirements of the PUWER ACOP for planning and recording along with an insight into risk and change management.
This PUWER Inspection Planning and Prioritisation “PIPP” method enables your organisation to prioritise resources where they are most needed, based on risk and allows you to be confident that you have appropriate arrangements for your PUWER compliance.
If you wish to submit questions for Warren to clarify please do so there is an ask you question after the video and a chat button of the zoom meeting.
Attendance to both parts of this session will qualify you for a PUWER Management Training Certificate from Spiers Engineering Safety.

Food for Thought!


Consultant fined for providing ‘incompetent’ health and safety advice

A self-employed independent health and safety consultant has been fined £1,400 for breach of legislation for giving advice to clients, despite not being properly qualified.
Health and safety ‘expert’ Clive Weal got it wrong on hand arm vibration, workplace noise and the control of substances hazardous to health, jeopardising the wellbeing of clients’ employees, Luton Crown Court was told.
The HSE’s investigation found that the Mr Weal incorrectly identified risk from exposure to hand arm vibration as ‘low’ and advised clients to use ‘anti vibration gloves’ as an appropriate control measure. He also failed to identify that paints containing isocyanates can cause asthma.
HSE said that the poor and incompetent advice resulted in a lack of remedial action being implemented to prevent employees being exposed to levels of noise, hand arm vibration and chemical substances that may have a damaging impact on their health.
Clive Weal of Torksey, Lincolnshire, was found to be ‘incompetent’ at advising his clients in the assessment and control of risks from workplace noise, hand arm vibration and substances hazardous to health. He pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £1,400.
HSE Specialist Inspector Parmjit Gahir said after the hearing: “Employers are more likely to use external consultants to provide assistance in complex situations where a higher level of competence is required.
“How consultants achieve competence is up to them. However, they will have to be able to satisfy employers that they have a sufficient level of competence for the job in hand.
“Being a member of a relevant professional body, which sets competence standards for its members and operates continuing professional development schemes is one way of helping; as is presenting evidence of relevant experience such as references from previous clients; or obtaining qualifications.”

Thursday, 11 June 2020

COVID-19 Update

I have just been informed that our venue will not be available in July and therefore we will not have a meeting that month. I will have a word with Zoe to see how we can provide a service to members and let you know by email or this blog.
Yours in Safety

PPE Safety Alert

Use of face masks designated KN95

Department Name:
EPD – PPE Team
Bulletin No:
STSU1 – 2020
Issue Date:
June 2020
Target Audience:
All industry
Key Issues:
Quality of KN95 face masks and lack of compliance with European standards
Health and Safety Executive - Safety alert


A substantial number of face masks, claiming to be of KN95 standards, provide an inadequate level of protection and are likely to be poor quality products accompanied by fake or fraudulent paperwork. These face masks may also be known as filtering facepiece respirators.

KN95 face mask

KN95 is a performance rating under the Chinese standard GB2626:2006, the requirements of which are broadly the same as the European standard BSEN149:2001+A1:2009 for FFP2 facemasks. However, there is no independent certification or assurance of their quality and products manufactured to KN95 rating are declared as compliant by the manufacturer. 

Personal protective equipment (PPE) cannot be sold or supplied as PPE unless it is CE marked. The only exception is for PPE that is organised by the UK Government for use by NHS or other healthcare workers where assessments have been undertaken by HSE as the Market Surveillance Authority. 

Action required

KN95 must not be used as PPE at work as their effectiveness cannot be assured.

Masks that are not CE marked and cannot be shown to be compliant must be removed from supply immediately. If these masks have not been through the necessary safety assessments, their effectiveness in controlling risks to health cannot be assured for anyone buying or using them. They are unlikely to provide the protection expected or required.

If any are CE marked, suppliers must be able to demonstrate how they know the documentation and CE marking is genuine, supported by Notified Body documentation showing compliance with the essential health and safety requirements as required by the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (EU) 2016/425.

Relevant legal documents

·         Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (EU) 2016/425

·         Personal Protective Equipment (Enforcement) Regulations 2018

Further information

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Extra Meetings

We have two visits planned in this session's programme. The first is the visit to the Goose Fair on the 3rd of October 2019 and the second is a visit to The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on the 6th of November 2019. The former can take any number of members but the BBMF visit can only take 10 visitors, so please let the Hon Sec know if you would like to attend these visits.

Monday, 11 March 2019

March meeting

The next meeting of NOSHA is our regular Legal Update from Browne Jacobson Solicitors and the speaker has been confirmed as Laura Hackney. We always receive excellent service by the Nottingham based solicitors so please come and benefit from Laura's presentation.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Extra Meeting

There is an extra meeting this year. On the 27th of February we have the long awaited talk on Modern Slavery and its implications. The speaker is Paul Hautz from ARCO. Please come and support this event. Hon Sec

Friday, 21 December 2018

Invite to Annual Seminar

Good morning,

LOHSG (Lancashire Occupational Health and Safety Group): https://www.lohsg.co.uk/
Are having their Annual Seminar on Tuesday 19th March at Ribby Hall, Ribby Road,
Wrea Green, Preston, PR4 2PR.

We are currently offering all local H&S groups an invite for two people to attend the
seminar, you only need to pay for one person to attend, the other person will go free.
The cost is £85.00 and includes refreshments and lunch.

We have a line up of some great speakers this year which include topics on Waste

Management, Accident Reporting, Mental Health and Stress to name but a few.
If you would like to attend please contact our Chair Colin Sigswoth on 07980 798240

to book your places.
We look forward to see you there.

Kind Regards

Sharon Porter (Vice Chairman)

Wednesday, 19 December 2018


Dear Members,

On behalf of the Executive Committee I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year


Friday, 5 January 2018


East Midlands BranchA free presentation on Thursday 18 January will look at what we mean by ‘wellbeing’ and why it is critical to personal and business success. It will address the links between employee wellbeing and health and safety in the workplace, and present a case study to bring the message to life

Are you one of the 643 chartered members in the IOSH East Midlands Branch? Have you considered continuing your journey to FIOSH? Join us on Thursday 25 January at the NSPCC, Leicester, to find out about eligibility and top tips on how to get there

We're pleased to announce a free event on Wednesday 31 January titled ‘Professionalising the asbestos industry’. This meeting will be particularly relevant to any practitioners who have a special interest in asbestos management, especially for anyone supporting facility or states management, construction, building maintenance and waste and recycling sectors