Monthly Archives: October 2017

New regulations proposed to prevent counterfeit PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)


New regulations proposed to prevent counterfeit PPE

(Personal Protective Equipment)

Calls for an urgent revision of the European PPE Directive have resulted from an influx of “fake”, inferior Personal Protective Equipment, much of it coming from abroad.

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The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) has reported that there has been a distinct increase in the quantity, range and availability of products manufactured using substandard materials, being sold within the PPE industry.

The new legislation would make retailers and distributors responsible for ensuring products they sell meet the required safety standards, rather than all responsibility falling on the manufacturer.

A recent survey on the PPE market, conducted by leading UK producer of safety products, also highlighted that an important factor in PPE management is ensuring the equipment is in good serviceable condition. Particular difficulty arises when contractors, who may not share the same perception of safety standards as the organisation engaging them, provide their own PPE.

Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) in the workplace can be a lifesaver. Workers, and their employers, rely on their PPE to protect them from injury and, in extreme circumstances, death, from unseen dangers.

When a piece of equipment is substandard, or counterfeit, the consequences can be dire. In an environment where there is a risk of falling objects landing on the head, a worker wearing a substandard helmet could be killed. Or they could be blinded if wearing a substandard face shield while breaking concrete blocks, for example. If a dust mask is fake, the wearer may be inhaling hazardous substances that could include asbestos, without knowing, until it is too late. The only way to ensure a product is providing protection is if it is an authentic product that has been properly verified.

It is hoped that this new approach, brought about a change in the legislation, will help tackle the issue of poor quality, counterfeit PPE in UK workplaces – and protect employees from the potentially fatal consequences of these inferior products.

For advice and guidance on PPE see “Personal Protective Equipment” on the HS A-Z

H&S is not just for Work!

You’ve been looking forward to your holidays – and the chance to relax and unwind. The last thing you probably want to think about is health and safety.

But while you may be confident this is taken care of whilst at work, you also need to keep it in mind when on holiday – particularly if you’re holidaying abroad!

Individual countries have their own health and safety standards – some falling very short of what we expect to find in the UK.

As an Employer you can help raise the awareness of your staff to the factors they should consider before leaving for foreign climes – especially if they have responsibility for young children.

General standards of safety, hygiene, fire precautions etc. abroad may be far lower than in the UK – but there is a lot of help and guidance to draw on to help safeguard your staff and their families whilst abroad.

This covers everything from protecting against illness (perhaps due over exposure to the sun); ensuring the building you’re staying in is structurally sound (no collapsing balconies / there’s safe egress in case of emergency); to tips on how to avoid getting mugged.

Doing a quick reckie of the hotel or accommodation you’re staying in, can be a good start. The national press have featured the sad consequences of mal-functioning heaters and the importance of ensuring premises have carbon monoxide monitors. As well as checking your room has a suitable monitor, it’s wise to find out where the fire escapes are ,and that nothing’s blocking your path, and that that railings are secure and of sufficient height.

Also remember that health standards are different in other countries and that diseases may persist there that are now non-existent in the UK. So, no matter how appealing, avoid such things as having your skin pierced or tattooed, including henna tattoos. Rabies is a serious hazard all over the world so ensure you avoid touching animals, especially wild or stray ones. And discourage children from petting animals – no matter how cute they look.

Make sure that all essential medication goes with you. Keep a note with you of any significant medical condition you may have and details of any medication you are taking. It’s recommended that your luggage includes a small first aid kit.

Check out the Government’s own website – staying safe and healthy abroad and others, such as “10 top tips for having a safe holiday abroad” by the Swimming Teaching Association (STA) with a focus particularly on children and pool safety.

See also “Sun Safety” on the HS A-Z for advice of protecting yourself from sun damage.

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Sole Trader Check List on Takeover Day


 Sole Trader Check List on Takeover Day

This Checklist covers a large area of Taking over a Business. As no two situations are the same, only the basic position is outlined. The answers do not provide a complete or authoritative statement of the law, nor do they constitute legal advice by the author. The information provided is only a snapshot: it does not create a contractual relationship nor does it form part of any other advice, whether paid or free.

This Check List has now changed to provide information for anyone that is looking to buy a business and change their life style. The original was made on the assumption that anyone taking a freehold, lease or a tenancy will have been fully briefed by their Solicitor on their responsibilities within the constraints of the lease and the lists are for guidance and assistance in the taking over of a business as a sole trader. However we have now decided to increase the information for potential buyers that have not consulted a solicitor.

Please note, access to these lists is totally free if you would like to subscribe (No Charge) on, they are free to be read for your guidance and aimed to help you get through a time of considerable pressure and demand. If you subscribe you may download this information if you need to.

This is a guide to assist you, it does not include specific diverse products.

1.  Advertising, check all vendors contracts and arrangements

2.  Always go for  completion at the beginning of the month, helps cash flow.

3.  Asbestos Report including old Artex Ceilings and Walls READ ON

4.  Auto Enrolment and Staff Pensions READ ON

5.  Bank business accounts  READ ON

6.  Cash and Carry Account

7.  Cash and Change for Tills.

8.  Certification for all electrical appliances where applicable READ ON

9.  Charities Local

10.  Cleaning Contracts and supplies

11.  Close Business for at least mid-day

12.  Cold Storage Check

13.  Contract to buy Business, Signed and completion time.

14.  Contracts of Employment for Staff READ ON

15.  Credit and Cash Flow Guidance READ ON

16.  Deliveries on the Day

17.  Delivery Days for all suppliers and order Days

18.  Diary for all Bookings and Incidents

19.  EHO Registration and Food & Hygiene Certs READ ON

20.  Employment Law  CLICK HERE

21.  Energy Suppliers, Annual Contract  READ ON

22.  Environmental Performance Certificate READ ON 1,  READ ON 2.

23.  Equipment details of any outstanding rented or financed

24.  Epos Tills make sure you know how they work

25.  External Notices for areas within ownership

26.  Finance for completion

27.  Fire safety equipment contract, Risk Assessment Check for More

28.  First Aid Boxes with Accident Books.

29.  First Aid training for Staff Check for More

30.  Fixtures and Fittings, check quality and reject damaged fittings, if damaged since  exchange of contracts, ensure that you have enough to equipment to trade with, many vendors remove equipment without realising that they have been paid for by the purchaser.

32.  Graph to record Day to Day Takings

33.  Health and Safety More

34.  Heating Service Record for Boilers and any others

35.  HSE Requirements More

36.  Inland Revenue if you have staff, ensure that you are registered Check for More

37.  Inland Revenue, Sub Contractors Certification if relevant More

38.  Insurance, Business and property, public Liability  More 1,  More 2.

39.  Interview Staff  Check for More

40.  Inventory of everything included in the Purchase of the Business

41.  Local suppliers Accounts:- Builders Merchant, Catering equipment, Computer  Service, Dry Goods, Garage local, Ironmonger,  Office Equipment, Plumber, Electrician,

42.  Opening day, check the specialist equipment needed to carry out your business activity beyond this list

43.  PDQ Machines for Credit Card  Check for More

44.  Performing Rights and PPL Phonographic Performance, essential licences

45.  Pets, if you have any, where are they allowed.

46.  Phone Numbers of Essential Contacts

47.  Rates payable and dates

48.  Refuse Collection

49.  Regulations for Disabled Compliance  Check for More

50.  Service Contracts, Rodents, Equipment, Cleaning

51.  Sky or other TV Contract and TV licences

52.  Smoking legislation signs etc.  Check for More

53.  Snagging list and all queries

54.  Staff Dress Code, if appropriate

55.  Staff Job Description (Jobs Manual is worth considering)

56.  Staff paperwork Inland Revenue, hours etc.

57.  Staff References

58.  Staff Redundancy, Details of possible redundancy commitment for existing staff  in cost, to you. Check for More

59.  Stocktaker for Stock and F & F, do not accept out of date stock

60.  Telephone Details

61.  Trading accounts for suppliers:- Services, Gas, Electricity, Oil etc.,

62.  VAT Registration Check for More

63.  Website and email addresses, understand using Social Media.

64.  Weights and measures signs and compliance Check for More


Allergens came in last year Read More

Scores on the Doors an essential for all businesses involving Food Hygiene, Read More

Credit and cash Flow  More

Energy Performance Certificates and  M.E.E.S.

FAQ’s  on running a Business More

Questions you need to ask the Landlord, they also cover Tied Leases More

Note:- Everyone buying a commercial property, especially a lease should have a Schedule of Condition, to validate the state of condition PRIOR to the handover date. If there are outstanding wants of repair or decoration, then either the Landlord or the previous Lessee is responsible, if it is left until a later date, no action can be taken without documentary proof agreed with the Landlord or his Agent.

When buying a business, do not over estimate the level of business that you think you will achieve in the first two years, however bad or incompetent the existing vendor is. A good yardstick is 5%, if you exceed that you are doing well. Always remember available Business is finite in a catchment area, any growth is at the expense of another business and they will fight to retain it. The only real initial growth is by developing a new aspect to the available business in the area.

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