Health & Safety Bulletins - The BESA

Health & Safety Bulletins

Latest news on the initiatives and activities being undertaken by the BESA in support of its members and the building engineering services sector.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Breathe Freely Launches New Web Based Welding Fume Control Selector Tool

Breathe freely have launched a welding fume control selector tool. This web-tool is designed to complement the information on the Breathe Freely webpages. It provides guidance on welding fume control for common welding tasks. A panel of experts from industry, consultancies, academia and the HSE formed a working group to create this web-tool in order to inform managers and supervisors of welders,...

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Monday, June 3, 2019

COSHH Essentials Guidance Sheets

The new COSHH Essentials direct guidance sheets have gone live on the HSE website for the Woodworking, Ceramics and Brick and Tile industries Further information on the new guidance, is available by following the links below:

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Health Surveillance Legal Requirements Employers’ Duties

When reading this guidance remember that health surveillance is a particular legal requirement and should not be confused with: activities to monitor health where the effects from work are strongly suspected but cannot be established workplace wellbeing checks, such as promoting healthy living fitness to work examinations e.g. fitness to dive, operate cranes, forklift trucks or health...

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Friday, May 3, 2019

CSCS MAP Test Changes 2019

Changes to the test come into force on 26th June 2019. All versions of the test have been reviewed, and the legislation updated. Operatives test The operatives test will have a better range of activities to reflect the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities operatives have on site Level playing field Each person taking the revised Operatives test will have the same proportion of easy, medium...

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Friday, March 29, 2019


Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume This is update is applicable to all workers, employers, self-employed, contractors’ and any others who undertake welding activities, including mild steel, in any industry. There is new evidence available that identifies that exposure to all welding fume, including mild steel welding fume, can cause lung cancer. There is also limited...

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