Legislation/Consultation Updates

ISO 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – Requirements) will supersede OHSAS 18001 and is expected to be published in February 2018. The final draft standard for ISO 45001 will be published in November 2017.

If you currently have ISO 18001 when you transition to ISO 45001 you will see some significant changes which include the engagement of the workforce, driving a positive culture and focuses more on risk management.

British Standards
BS 5839-1:2017 Fire Detection & Alarm Systems for buildings – supersedes BS 5839-1:2015 which is now withdrawn – “The Code of Practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non-domestic dwellings”. This update has taken into consideration changes to other British Standards Codes of Practice.

The main changes are:

  • All manual call points fitted with a protective cover to help reduce the number of false alarms;
  • a better definition of an L2 fire alarm system;
  • a section detailing on multi-sensor detectors;
  • that there is no longer a need to provide double pole isolation adjacent to control equipment and power supply units but means of safe isolation for maintenance purposes must be provided;
  • a new Annex detailing the selection and application of fire detection”.

BS 9999:2017 has revised the standard that was published in 2008 “Fire Safety in the Design, Management and Use of Buildings”. This standard is to ensure that controls are in place to safeguard the building occupants in the event of a fire, including Firefighters. The standard also provides guidance on new and existing buildings for designing fire safety measures.

This Standard now incorporates Water Mist Suppression Systems. This standard now comes in line with fire safety legislation including Building Regulation Approved Document Part B.

Current consultations – CD285 – Consultation on proposals to amend Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

HSE is consulting on a proposal to change regulation 22 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012). The change involves increasing the interval by one year with which licensed asbestos workers are required to attend for medical examination. In brief, those undertaking licensed work with asbestos would be required to undergo medical examination by an HSE-appointed doctor every three years.  Consultation began on 2 October 2017 and ends on 30 October 2017 click here to have your say.