PAYSLIPS – RIDDOR – WELDING
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PAYSLIPS – A NEW REQUIREMENT
With effect from 6th April 2019, where an employee’s pay varies as a consequence of time worked, a payslip MUST now state the number of hours being paid, where wages vary according to time worked; either as an aggregate number of hours or as separate figures for different types of work (or rate of pay).
In most cases, where employees are hourly paid, you will be showing the paid hours already so the impact of this change may be minimal. Consequently, you will need to maintain accurate records of the hours worked by your employees which you should already be doing for National Minimum Wage and Working Time Regulation purposes. Therefore, all it means is; you will need to include on the payslip, if you don’t already, the number of hours worked for which you are making payment!
RIDDOR FORMS REFRESHED
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) require employers, self-employed and people in control of work premises to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences.
Whilst the reporting requirements remain unchanged, the suite of RIDDOR forms that are required to be completed, are being refreshed by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to improve user experience and give an enhanced look and feel. Whilst some forms have already been launched, the remaining forms are due to go live by the end of April 2019.
A feature is that when a RIDDOR report is submitted online, a copy will no longer be automatically sent by the system to the notifier’s email address. The notifier can though download a copy of their form at the point of submission if required. Whilst it is hoped you never have to submit a RIDDOR report, if you do, we strongly advise that you retain a copy.
If you need advice on reporting a RIDDOR accident or incident, please don’t hesitate to contact us. For our clients with ongoing Health and Safety support, this is included in your service plan…… so don’t hesitate to phone us.
NEW HSE GUIDANCE ON WELDING ACTIVITIES
If welding activities form part of your production or maintenance process it is important that you take steps to review your risk assessment and control measures in light of new guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
New research by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, has indicated that there is now scientific evidence to suggest that exposure to fumes from mild steel welding can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans. The Workplace Health Committee has endorsed the reclassification of mild steel welding fume as a human carcinogen.
The HSE will now expect Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) to be provided for all indoor welding activities, including for mild steel and where LEV alone does not effectively control exposure, suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) will also be required.
The HSE will also expect appropriate RPE to be provided for all welding conducted outside.
You are now required to ensure that, regardless of the duration of the welding activity, the following actions are in place to prevent the risk of cancer from welding:
- Any welding fume released is adequately controlled using engineering controls such as LEV;
- Suitable controls are in place for ALL welding activities, regardless of duration for both indoor and outdoor welding;
- Where engineering controls alone cannot control welding fumes, suitable RPE is provided.
- Ensure that all engineering controls are used correctly, through both training and supervision.
- Ensure that the engineering controls are effectively maintained and that they are subject to thorough examination and test where required.
- Ensure that RPE; is suitable to protect the wearer; fit tested where applicable; adequately maintained; worn correctly and kept clean. You should keep records of RPE / PPE that is issued to employees and of the training provided for its correct use.