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Health & safety review – The Loftstedt Report

This is an update to keep you all in the loop!

What is the Loftstedt Report?

Back in November 2011,  the government published a review of health and safety regulation entitled “Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety legislation“.  The review by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt of Kings College, and supported by an independent panel, reviewed over 200 sets of health and safety regulations and 53 approved codes of practice.

Whats the aim?

  1. To consolidate the legislation into more concise, manageable and understandable formats.
  2. To ensure that the health and safety legislation is doing what it was intended to do and responses are proportionate (not excessive).
  3. To reduce the financial and time burden on businesses.

New Health & Safety at Work Act Poster


So what’s changing?…

26 changes were suggested to government but here’s the main elements!

  • Those who are self-employed and their work activities pose no potential risk of harm to others are exempt from H&S law.
  • The HSE are to review all 53 codes of practice to ensure they are achieving what they were set out to.
  • The HSE to consolidate legislation for certain sectors / high risks.
  • The HSE be given the power to control local authority (in order to ensure that H&S focus remains on the most risky).
  • review legislation such as Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 to reduce “over compliance” with particular attention to PAT testing.
  • Clarification of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 to ensure employers responses are proportionate and not above what the legislation originally intended.
  • Removal of the need for training providers to be approved by the HSE for the provision of training to the Health and Safety (first aid) regulations 1981.**

** ATS have specific interest in the outcome of this recommendation. The full document has in principle been approved by government although timescales for changes are still unclear.

So what now?…

We are VERY interested to see the outcome of this report. While on the face of it, the intent seems very positive, it has been met with mixed reviews.

HSE approved first aid training providers are obviously concerned there will be an influx of “lower quality” providers AND an increased cost to deliver training accredited by an awarding body such as OFQUAL (as many clients may prefer).

One review of the report recently published suggests that the financial implications could only save employers pence per year! We can’t argue that a simplification / clarification of legislation is a good thing.

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The full Loftstedt report can be viewed at  the FREE Guidance section of our site.


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NEW British Standard First Aid Kit

We’ve received a number of requests for information via the website regarding content of a first aid kit and this subject has always been the source of much debate on training courses over the years!

New British Standard First Aid Kit

In January 2012, the original HSE / BHTA guidance for first aid kit contents was revoked at the same time a new BRITISH STANDARD WORKPLACE FIRST AID KIT was introduced. The HSE and BHTA were involved with the development of the BS 8599 standard.

So what’s changed?…

Well here’s the precis! Less of the items we use least (large bandages, slings), more of the things we use more of (gloves, wipes, plasters) and additional items that are newer to the market than the inception of the original guidance.

This includes…

  • CPR barrier/shield – as PPE
  • Nitrile gloves – (not latex) to reduce allergy risk
  • Foil blanket – to help with shock treatment
  • Hydrogel burns dressing
  • Tufcut scissors – to cut clothing / dressings
  • Micropore tape – to fix dressings
  • Finger dressings
  • Conforming bandage – such as those used for sprains

*N.B. The HSE state that it is NOT a regulatory requirement to upgrade your kits. However, a risk assessment will have to deem your current or adapted provision appropriate for your workplace.

So What do I need to do?…

Decide whether your current kit is sufficient and produce a risk assessment to justify decision OR purchase an “upgrade pack” at the cost of approx £8 and add it to your current kit(s).

“Our viewpoint at ATS is that the new standard is a much needed review and the changes are ALL useful and useable!”

More details of the BS kit content requirements can be viewed at the Guidance section of our site or can be seen in greater detail on SP Services guide.


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RIDDOR legislation Change


For those of you who are unaware on 6 April 2012, the reporting requirement in RIDDOR for reporting injuries has changed. RIDDOR  is the Reporting of injuries diseases and dangerous occurrence regulations (1995).


Legislative update information supplied free by Atlantis Training Services

Legislation change

Previously the requirement was to report all injuries causing incapacitation for over 3 days. This has now increased from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened).

It is part of a drive by government (spearheaded by the Loftstedt report) to cut Health and Safety red tape. It will also reduce the workload of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regarding investigation of RIDDOR incidents by approximately 30%.

Information supplied by Atlantis Training ServicesEmployers, and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR, must still keep a record of all injuries and an accident record book will be sufficient.

Definitions: Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work.

A new leaflet Reporting accidents and incidents at work explains the change.


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Can you Spot the mistake in this picture?

Can you Spot the mistake in this picture?

 This made us chuckle a little in the office so thought we’d share it with the rest of the world!

Obviously not written by a fire warden!
Obviously not written by a fire warden!
Maybe they need some fire awareness training!

Allow me to introduce – Brad Marsh!

Take a look at our short video introducing Lead Trainer Brad Marsh and our previous event work!



Reminder of FREE Child / Baby CPR Session

Thanks to Dave Gillard at Serendipity Sam's

Just a quick post to remind you all that our FREE Child / Baby CPR sessions are up and running at Serendipity Sam’s in Christchurch.

ATS would like you to “Like, Share, Re-Tweet and talk” so that everyone you feel will benefit from attending in the local community gets to hear about it. It’s a “must have” for all parents and family members!.

For full details of whats on offer Click Here…
For information on when these sessions are running Click Here…
For details of where Sam’s is Click Here…

Funny BHF Hands-only CPR Video with Vinnie Jones!

Take a look at this funny and effective “lock-stock” style Hands only CPR video! The British heart foundation have produced a great new video resource to try and dispell the fears and impart basic knowledge for NON-TRAINED persons in emergency situations.

Although we think this is a great video from a humourous and educational perspective, we at Atlantis Training Services would like to ensure that it it is clear that if you are TRAINED in First Aid / CPR and it is safe for you to do so, 30 compressions should be followed by 2 rescue breaths and repeated as per your training.

Have a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below…

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