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Health And Safety

Volume 885: debated on Thursday 30 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) what guidance the Health and Safety Commission or Health and Safety Executive will be giving to inspectors to enable them to decide when they should serve a prohibition notice under Section 22 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974;(2) what guidance the Health and Safety Commission or Health and Safety Executive will be giving to inspectors to enable them to decide if an activity involves a risk of serious personal injury for the purposes of Section 22(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 27th January 1975; Vol. 885, c. 16], gave the following information:The Health and Safety Commission has informed me that guidance is being given to all inspectors of the Health and Safety Executive in the form of general guidelines, instructions and training. This is a continuing exercise to enable such guidance to be sharpened and revised in the light of experience of these new procedures.Prohibition of use of premises and plant is not, of course, a new power for inspectors, but the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 has created new and more flexible procedures.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if his Department treats the loss of a finger or broken arm as falling within the classification of serious personal injury for the purposes of Section 22(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 27th January 1975; Vol. 885, c. 16] gave the following information:I am informed by the Health and Safety Commission that such risks would be regarded by it as a risk of serious personal injury.