Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides
FSA: The Food Standards Agency has published guidance to help meat processors comply with the moratorium on the production of 'desinewed meat' (DSM) from cattle, sheep & goat bones, which applies from 28 April 2012..
FSA: The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has published new rules & guidance, following consultation, to strengthen the protection for members of defined benefit pension schemes who are considering moving their money into personal pensions. The changes are designed to deal with the FSA’s concern that in most cases a pension transfer is not in the best interest of pension scheme members.
NE: A fresh warning has been issued to store pesticides safely, after a West Norfolk pest controller was prosecuted for keeping them in an unlocked garden shed. Workers who use pesticides are now being warned they risk being prosecuted if they fail to follow the law for storing them safely.
HSE: It's a costly myth that every portable electrical appliance in the workplace needs to be tested once a year. Misleading advice & advertising, often by companies who offer the testing, is contributing to low-risk businesses such as offices, shops & hotels paying unnecessarily for over-the-top maintenance regimes.
The law simply requires an employer to ensure that electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger - it does not state that every item has to be tested or how often testing needs to be carried out. Launching HSE's revised guidance on portable appliance testing (PAT), HSE Chair Judith Hackitt said: "HSE has always advocated a proportionate, risk-based approach to maintenance. This new guidance is simple and clear to follow."
ACE: Arts Council England have published Measuring the economic benefits of arts and culture, a report commissioned by ACE and written by BOP Consulting. The report aims to provide arts & cultural organisations with guidance about undertaking or commissioning studies into the economic benefits of their work, and the information needed to apply research methodologies in appropriate and consistent ways.