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The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national workplace safety regulator and it works to prevent death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. 

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01/13 - HSE redesigns website for ease of use

The HSE has recently redesigned its website to ensure that visitors can find the information they need quickly and easily.  Key information is now accessible directly from the hompage.
Whether new or established, equestrian businesses may find the following pages useful:
  • New to health and safety? Things you need to do
  • The health and safety toolbox: How to control risks at work
  • Farmwise


  • 12/11/09 - Dorset - UK: Free health and safety training workshop for equestrian businesses

    Poster with details of the event
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    Local Councils in Dorset are working in partnership with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Kingston Maurward College to bring those in the equestrian industry a free health and safety training workshop.

    The workshop will take place at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester (DT2 8PX) from 10.30 – 3.45 on Thursday 12 November 2009.

    Topics during the day will include how to comply with legislation and the supporting role of the HSE and Local Authorities. At a practical level there will be a focus on manual handling, ATV (quad bike) and machinery safety, human and equine personal protective equipment, supported by ridden demonstrations from the equestrian department at the College.

    Those attending will have the opportunity to ask questions in a friendly and relaxed environment.

    To register to attend this event e-mail Glenda Treneary at shads.glendatreneary@hse.gsi.gov.uk or call 01752 276300 and ask for Glenda Treneary or Paul Webber.  Closing date for registration will be on 1 November 2009.





    05/10/09 - County Durham - UK: Riding instructors saddle up for safety training

    Riding school owners and instructors from across County Durham saddled up for a free training day to get their health and safety knowledge up to date.

    Representatives from 16 riding schools across County Durham attended the special event on 5 October at South Causey Equestrian Centre in Stanley which was organised by Durham County Council in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

    The aim of the event was to provide business owners and instructors with practical, common sense guidance on health and safety at riding schools.

    This covered areas such as complying accident reporting, manual handling, personal protective equipment and the general safety and welfare of staff and visitors.

    There was also a session on how to prevent the health problems dust can cause and an equine fire safety expert offered advice on how to protect against arson and general fire prevention.

    Ian Bousfield, Senior Environmental Health Officer, who helped organise the event, said: "We are delighted with the take up and interest shown in the event by local businesses. It has been both informative and enjoyable for everyone concerned and we hope to run similar events in the future."

    Paul Spurrier, Partnership Manager for HSE in Yorkshire and the North East, said: "It is great to see councils taking the initiative and working with us to provide free events for small businesses and individuals so they can benefit from up to date sensible health and safety advice. We hope that the riding schools owners and instructors got a lot out of the day and that more free events like this can be provided in the future."


    13/07/09 – UK: HSE warns businesses not to be misled over new law poster


    HSE law poster

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning businesses across Britain not to be duped into buying unnecessary and overpriced copies of its health and safety law poster.

    The poster is a fixture of every workplace in Britain and employers have a legal duty to display the poster in a prominent position or provide each worker with a copy of a Law pocket card. Both outline employer and workers responsibilities and where workers can seek advice.  As from 6 April 2009, HSE is publishing new simpler versions of its approved health and safety poster and leaflet. Employers can, if they wish, continue to use their existing versions of poster and leaflet until 5 April 2014, as long as they are readable and the addresses of the enforcing authority and the Employment Medical Advisory Service up to date.

    There is some evidence of misleading promotions wrongly claiming that the old poster must be replaced immediately and that the new law poster should be displayed on every notice board within the business’ premises.

    This is incorrect and employers could be led to believe that they are not meeting their legal requirements.

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    Source: HSE  


    03/ 07/09 - Safety advisers need accreditation, HSE chair says

    Health and safety advisers need accreditation to ensure they meet appropriate standards of professional competence, the Chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said.

    Judith Hackitt told guests at an International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) reception in London this week that although HSE did not intend to run such a scheme, it did believe one was necessary.

    Ms Hackitt said:

    "We do believe that there is a need for an accreditation system within the competency framework for health and safety professionals. We have no interest in HSE directly controlling or regulating such a scheme, but we are very keen to ensure that all professional bodies who establish an accreditation scheme do so in a way that measures competence in practice, not just acquired knowledge.

    "Accreditation must include continuing professional development as a requirement as well as a means of sanction, with real teeth, for anyone who acts unethically in their professional activities – including providing inappropriate advice or guidance."

    She said that those involved in health and safety needed to be competent to assess and manage risk by applying common sense, taking a proportionate approach and exercising judgment about what is reasonable.

    Competence is one of the cornerstones of the new health and safety strategy for Great Britain, and HSE wants to see increased competence as the basis of a more sensible and proportionate approach to managing risk.

    Judith Hackitt made a series of speeches this week underlining the importance of competence and how it should not be measured in terms of retained knowledge but instead on the ability to apply it.

    She gave the keynote address to the British Safety Council’s conference on the health and safety challenges facing public services in London, and spoke at a graduation ceremony organized by the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) in Warwick.

    HSE wants employers to have access to competent, sensible advice from professional advisors so that risks are properly managed and unproductive measures and paperwork are not pursued.

    A study for the Federation of Small Businesses in 2007 found that 60 per cent of firms found risk assessment difficult – making professional advisers an important part of the health and safety system.


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