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Safety signage part of crackdown on County Durham estates?

2nd February 2011 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls.

Safety signage may be part of a new crackdown on health and safety at industrial estates in County Durham.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), together with Durham County Council, will launch "an intensive week of inspections" in a bid to improve safety standards at sites throughout Derwentside and Newton Aycliffe, starting next Monday (February 7th).

Inspectors will be focusing on asbestos management, which may include the use of safety signs, and traffic management, particularly around pedestrians.

HSE inspector Cain Mitchell said: "Industrial estates are a hive of activity and if health and safety is not managed properly an accident could halt that work, resulting in lost productivity but even worse maybe a death of a worker."

Recently, the regulator announced plans to change part of the RIDDOR reporting procedure. It is recommending that the threshold for reporting an incident that results in an employee taking time off – which is to log the incident after the worker has been absent for more than three days – should be upped to seven days.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800380037-ADNFCR


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