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Home Affairs response to Economic Development policy letter
Thursday 19 October 2017

Statement from Deputy Mary Lowe, President of the Committee for Home Affairs.

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Committee for Economic Development proposes changes to the Population Management Law in response to hospitality sector concerns
Thursday 19 October 2017

In response to the introduction of the Population Management Law earlier this year, the Committee for Economic Development has been approached by a number of representatives acting on behalf of the hospitality sector expressing their concerns with certain aspects of the recently enacted Law.

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Préfet of Brittany makes first visit to the Channel Islands
Thursday 19 October 2017

The Préfet of Brittany, Mr Christophe Mirmand, visited Jersey today, Thursday 19 October, to meet representatives from the Governments of Guernsey and Jersey, as part of the growing relationship between the Islands and the Brittany region.

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Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - Reducing risks, protecting people

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The Health and Safety Executive in Guernsey (HSE) is the regulator for workplace health and safety in Guernsey and Alderney.

We provide advice, inspect workplaces, investigate accidents and incidents at work and secure compliance with the health and safety law through enforcement notices and prosecutions.

The fundamental principle of Guernsey's health and safety legislation is that those who create the risks are best placed to manage them. This involves assessing the risks and putting measures in place to reduce or control the risks in the workplace.

  • Report an accident or a concern about workplace health and safety

  • Advice about workplace health and safety

  • Employment issues (contracts, unfair dismissal, pay...)

  • First aid in the workplace

    • There is a requirement for all places of work to provide prescribed first aid facilities and equipment (first-aid kit), and have a responsible person on that premise at all times to administer and make available first aid equipment.
    • How many First-Aiders do we need?
      • You must have at least one responsible person to take charge of any emergency: depending on the risk, this person should receive first-aid training (Emergency First-Aid at Work or equivalent as a minimum)
      • The numbers of first aiders will depend on the activities and number of persons employed or visiting the business, premises or site. You will need to assess the risks and decide on the number of first-aiders you require, taking into account shift work, holidays and potential unavailability.
    • What should be in a first-aid box?
    • There is no mandatory list of items to put in a first-aid box. It depends on what you assess your needs to be. As a guide, where work activities involve low-level hazards, a minimum stock of first-aid items would be:
      • a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid (eg HSE's leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work);
      • individually wrapped sterile plasters (of assorted sizes), appropriate to the type of work (you can provide hypoallergenic plasters if necessary);
      • sterile eye pads;
      • individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile;
      • safety pins;
      • large, individually wrapped, sterile, unmedicated wound dressings;
      • medium-sized, individually wrapped, sterile, unmedicated wound dressings;
      • disposable gloves (you can find more advice at
    • The Health and Safety at Work (General) (Guernsey) Ordinance 1987, places duties on employers to demonstrate that they have done everything reasonably practicable to ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare at work of their employees.
    • UK regulations and guidance, L74 First Aid at Work  and INDG 214 First Aid at Work (both published by the HSE UK), set the appropriate standard of first-aid arrangements to benchmark compliance with Guernsey legislation. HSE use these standards to decide on enforcement action in Guernsey.
  • Food safety

  • Licences and permits

  • Regulator for workplace health and safety

  • Unwanted chemicals and hazardous waste

    • As part of a small island community, HSE also coordinates a unique scheme to collect hazardous unwanted chemicals from householders and businesses. The States of Guernsey later export the waste for recovery or disposal, given the lack of suitable facilities on island. HSE are actively reviewing the suitability of the arrangements for the collection and disposal of hazardous waste, in collaboration with the waste authority and waste regulator.
    • Please contact or 01481234567 for additional information.
  • HSE standards of service

    • We aim to provide excellent standards of service to all those who interact with us. If you are not satisfied with our service, please contact or 01481234567 to discuss your concerns.
    • If you received excellent service, please let us know by completing the online Compliments, Complaints and Comments form.
    • If you want to complain about the service you received from HSE, you can do so via the States of Guernsey




Health and safety in the workplace - General Guide Health and Safety Law poster - Alderney Health and Safety Law Poster - Guernsey HSE Guernsey - Enforcement Policy Statement Employers Liability Insurance (Guernsey) Guidance Accident Statistics 2016 Health and Safety at Work (General) (Guernsey) Ordinance 1987 as amended - version May 2016

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