Health and Safety Legislation Changes 2020 | What you need to know
We understand that it’s not easy for businesses to keep up to date with the latest key changes in health and safety so here is a round-up of the latest health & safety legislation changes 2020 and hot topics.
5 Key Health and Safety Legislation Changes 2020
The HSE has made minor amendments to regulations to remove EU references but the legal requirements for employers will remain the same as before Brexit Day. Therefore, your duties to protect the health and safety of people affected by your work has not changed.
2. Fabricated Metal Inspections
The HSE have recently announced that during the period January 2020 to March 2020 they will be inspecting sites across the country which carry out metal fabrication work to check that employers are controlling exposure to welding fumes and metalwork fluids.
We recently published some guidance for employers on controlling exposure to welding fumes with practical advice. However, for more specific information on how to protect the health and safety of your workers from exposure to welding fumes or metalwork fluids, please contact the Wirehouse Health & Safety Team today.
3. 3D Printers
There is new evidence that there are health and safety risks when using 3D printers. This is due to 3D printers using filaments to deposit polymer through a heated nozzle to build three dimensional objects. Desktop printers are generally unenclosed, and concerns have been raised in respect of exposure to potentially harmful fumes and particles. Get industry-specific guidance about the safe use of 3D printers and how to manage the risks from the health and safety team at Wirehouse.
4. EH40/2005 (updated to 4th Edition)
The HSE has recently published a revised version of EH40/2005 which details some new and revised Workplace Exposure Limits for 13 carcinogenic substances which come into force as of the 17th January 2020. These revised limits may mean that you need to review your COSHH risk assessments to ensure exposure is controlled to as low as reasonably practicable.
The new or revised entries are for the following substances:
- Hardwood dusts (including mixed dusts)
- Chromium (VI) compounds
- Refractory ceramic fibers
- Respirable crystalline silica
- Vinyl chloride monomer
- Ethylene oxide
5. New Building Safety Regulator
The Government have recently announced that a new building safety regulator will be established immediately as part of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The purpose of the new building safety regulator is to improve building safety and performance standards, including overseeing a new, more stringent regime for higher risk buildings.
Get peace of mind for your business that you are managing your safety obligations and staying up to date with the health and safety legislation changes 2020 by speaking to our expert team of Health and Safety Consultants.