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December 23, 2013
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This week’s RIAMS news contains new and reviewed procedures in the Health and Safety, Public Health and Environmental Protection modules as well as new Health and Safety and infectious diseases guidance.

Health and Safety Targeting Local Authority Intervention
The Health and Safety Executive has issued a fourth revision of Local Authority Circular LAC 67/2 ‘Targeting Local Authority Intervention’. The revised circular provides local authorities with guidance and tools for priority planning and targeting of their interventions as well as setting out reporting requirements. This will enable local authorities to meet the needs of the ‘National Local Authority Enforcement Code’ which was published in May 2013.The circular can be located on RIAMS in the Local Authority Circulars folder under National Policy and Guidance.

RIAMS members can click here to view the guidance. 

Accident Investigations Procedure Updated
The changes brought in by the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 have been reflected in an up date of the procedures and documents in the Accident Investigation folder of the Health and Safety module. The revision of the regulations include changes to the incidents that require reporting as well as the list of specified injuries, dangerous occurrences and occupational diseases.

RIAMS members subscribed to Health and Safety can click here to view the procedure. 

Bathing Water Regulations 2013
The set of procedures in the Bathing Water Quality folder of the Public Health module have been updated to reflect the changes brought about by the Bathing Water Regulations 2013.

The regulations which came into force on 31st July 2013 introduce the requirements of EC Directive 2006/7/EC and are generally the responsibility of the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales. They place a general duty on the Secretary of State relating to the classification of bathing waters. By the end of the 2015 bathing season all officially identified or designated bathing waters should be classified as ‘sufficient’ while measures should also be taken to increase the number classified as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’. Waters previously classified as ‘poor’ will be closed with  a requirement to publish information on the reasons for the closure. Local Authorities may be involved in short term pollution incidents and notifying problems to the appropriate agencies. Those controlling bathing waters will be responsible for providing information and advice on water quality as well as taking adequate management measures to prevent bathers exposure to pollution. The identification of recreational waters not designated as an ‘Identified Bathing Water’ will also fall to Local Authorities who may exercise their powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in the case of a workplace.

RIAMS members subscribed to Public Health can click here to view the procedure.  

Chemical Spills
A new procedure has been added to the Environmental Protection module in a folder ‘Chemical and Oil Spills’. The procedure provides an overview of the response to various situations that involve chemical spillage. The procedure is supported by relevant guidance documents and links to websites. In addition, the procedure on Domestic and Commercial Kerosene (heating/fuel oil) leaks and spills, and its related documents and guidance, have been moved to this new folder. 

RIAMS members subscribed to Environmental Protection can click here to view the procedure.  

Cyclospora Information 
Cyclospora is an emerging infection that can cause a severe diarrhoeal illness and is endemic to many tropical regions. The importation of soft fruits and salad vegetables from these areas has the potential to provide greater spread of this foodborne pathogen. An Institute of Food Science and Technology information sheet on Cyclospora can be found in the Infectious Disease and Foodborne Illness section of the National Policy and Guidance area of the Food folder.  

RIAMS members can click here to view the guidance.