Since 1996 there have been 306 minor injuries, 127 major injuries & 1 death to young persons and children on Work Experience in England and Wales. These statistics have to be set against the half a million young people at Key Stage 4 who safely undertake work experience each year, but there is no doubt that one such accident is one too many. The boy who died fell from a vehicle while working for a farming company that gave him no head protection and no training. There are other examples of injuries when operating circular saws, machinery with insufficient guarding and standing on drawbars of tractors in motion. These cases underline the need for proper training, instruction and supervision of children and young persons on work experience and to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to work safely and to resist pressure to follow unsafe practices. Safety Services have a copy of an HSE video “Check it out: risk assessment for young people on work experience” to aid employers, that departments may borrow for short periods, and a free leaflet from HSE titled “The Right Start – Young People on Work Experience: health and safety basics for employers” can be obtained on-line on Further information and guidance is available from both Human Resources and Safety Services web pages.


Following the implementation of DSEAR 2002 (see Safetyline 26) the Fire Service will no longer be responsible for checking Solvent and Petrol Stores. Safety Services will implement a programme of annual inspections of these facilities in future.


Safety Notices & Device Alerts received from the NHS: -

1.      Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) – disable all high voltage shock therapies prior to removing ICDs to eliminate risk of electric shock to clinicians & mortuary personnel.

2.      Homecraft Ability One Ltd – Patient Hoist: Liftmaster models 110, 160 & 190: risk of injury due to detachment of hoist boom, standing aid or seat if no 3mm securing pins are in place to secure the horizontal mounting pins in position.

3.      Sunrise Breezy SL Wheelchair with 16” seat canvas depth – footrest hangers releasing parking brake due to incorrect positioning of brake assemblies.

4.      VascoMed temporary cardiac pacing leads: QStim – difficulty in imaging the body of the QStim leads when using low dose X-ray settings.

5.      Medical Devices Agency briefing note on problems with various respiratory devices.

Further details can be obtained by contacting Safety Services on 26198


For departments who have staff who regularly work from home, a copy of an article describing a risk assessment for this activity is available and which can be used to create a job-specific assessment for staff. For a copy contact Safety Services on 26198


Most of the fire detectors in our buildings are designed to operate by detecting particles of smoke, which is why we also get activations from aerosols, steam and dust because the detectors are unable to distinguish between them. In areas where smoke or steam is likely, then the detectors should be altered to detect heat to avoid spurious “smoke” alarms. However, heat detectors are less sensitive and take longer to activate the alarm in a real fire. If you introduce kettles or boilers into rooms without considering this aspect you risk activating a smoke detector so please keep all such equipment in designated rooms or areas where the detector should already detect heat not smoke. High winds have also activated detectors by disturbing dust settled in the unit so please do close windows when you leave rooms.


The abbreviated Codes of Practice for “Cleaners & Porters” and “Nursing & Midwifery students” can now be found on the Safety Services web pages in the “Codes of Practice” section.


Please note the Fire Training course in Hicks LT1 scheduled for Thursday 6th March will now start at 13.15 pm not 12.15 pm as previously stated.



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