Responsibility Of Health & Safety Northern Ireland and General Questions

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Dear Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland,

1. Can you explain as the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland what your role is in Northern Ireland in relation to all aspects of Gas Safety and what your responsibilities are in relation to Gas also to whom are you answerable too?

2. When Corgi (Council Of Registered Gas Installers) were running the "Gas Safe" register in Northern Ireland 9 years ago there was in excess of 8 million pounds in the Charity Bank when CGRAS took over the register in Northern Ireland on the 1st April 2009 the charity money disappeared, who took the money, where was it spent, how was it spent, did it go to CGRAS share holders as profit, was it dispersed within HSENI?

3. HSENI have confirmed that in Northern Ireland 10% of Air Ambulance call outs are related to farm incidences is it about time that farmers are charged for this service when required this financial burden does not allow for Ambulance and fire Engines cost these farms are rarely visited by HSENI often danger zones where the farming industry walks a daily tight rope and daily throwing caution to the wind of dangerous practices?

4.On HSENI web site HSENI are tasked to provide a service which safety is paramount and any death within an industry in my opinion is one too many they have a broad spectrum of accountability but why are our news bulletin published as shown.

Farm Safety Week – Mental Wellbeing on the farmyard
19 July 2018
Farm Safety Week – The Farm Safety Partnership View
18 July 2018
Farm Safety Week – Keep your children safe on farms
17 July 2018
Farm Safety Week 2018 - 'Your Health. Your Safety. Your Choice.'
16 July 2018
Fertiliser retailer fined after member of the public suffers life-changing injuries
12 June 2018
Child Safety on Farms Week 2018
06 June 2018
Farm Safety Partnership welcome Dale Farm and Lantra to its Affiliate Scheme
21 May 2018
HSENI recruitment opportunity for an experienced Health and Safety Inspector
15 May 2018
Balmoral Show 2018 - Farm Safe Treasure Trail
11 May 2018

Is Northern Ireland a farming Only Province ?
4A What about all the other trades you are suppose to cover?

4B What about Asbestosis awareness and advertising which is simply being ignored by HSENI financial input with only under £4000 spend in 5 years compared to farming of £880,000 ?

4C In Northern Ireland there are 39,000 registered farmers in Northern Ireland we have a population of 1.8 million people most with heating of one kind or another Gas ,Oil Solid Fuel as the most popular how does your new bulletin reflect the general public and cover the wide scope of disciplines that HSENI are tasked to do? is this another failure where HSENI have lost direction at the cost of £880,000 to the public purse?
4D Why do HSENI use so much time and public money on farming when farming are only 2.16% percent of the total population?

4E With a population of 1.8 million in Northern Ireland according to latest figures for Northern Ireland and most with heating sources would it not be wise for HSENI to spend money on Fuel saving, insulation, air quality, Asbestos, site safety and make the service you are suppose to provide applicable to your target audience rather than Farming, farming or farming? if not why not please explain?

5. Hseni are tasked with Promoting and enforcing the Health and safety at work standards in Northern Ireland also HSENI have a commitment to improving the Health and Safety standards across Northern Ireland according to Their Corporate plan 2018 to 2023 but if this is the case why were HSENI not at the biggest annual Trade Show in Northern Ireland( Phex) in September 2018 in the Titanic Quarter to demonstrate their sole purpose is more than farming?
6. This is Gas Safety week which has ran from the 17th to the 23rd of September 2018 what has HSENI done specifically for this week to promote awareness and the dangers involved with gas such as Carbon Monoxide Awareness, Boiler SERVICING Reminders, Staying Gas Safe in your home given the recent deaths of Carbon Monoxide poisoning and explosions which have happened within the last 2 months in Northern Ireland this should be a hot topic for HSENI and what costs in pounds have been incurred to support this promotion?

7.In relation to the Temple Hall site where the builder of these properties were found to engage in unregistered gas safe installations.

why did HSENI not visit the site under the N10 works notification prior to the whistleblowing?

7B What prosecutions from HSENI have been brought against the builder at Temple Hall site? this will clearly demonstrate to other builder that this action is not tolerated by HSENI?
7B What prosecutions have been brought against the plumber in relation to the illegal gas work? This again will clearly demonstrate HSENI take positive action when these practices are identified

7C HSENI have displayed their willingness in their corporate plan 2018/2023 to engage with the trade myself and others are keen to engage with HSENI what day/month/year can I expect an invitation of engagement so myself and others can openly voice their opinions and try and steer this HSENI ship from hitting the rocks time and time again?

7D Would this engagement be a weekly , monthly or annual engagement so updates and progression can be recorded and targeted action taken to reflect the publics want s and needs and at all times pushing safety before profit as a priority?

7E Can HSENI confirm prior to any engagements that any Open communication between the trades and HSENI will not result in sanctions and disciplines as has been the case in the past and this was also addressed at our previous meeting where evidence of this action was provided to HSENI?

Yours faithfully,

Paul steward

DfE HSENI FOI, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

DfE HSENI FOI, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

DfE HSENI FOI would like to recall the message, "FOI/155/2018 Acknowledgement".

DfE HSENI FOI, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

DfE HSENI FOI would like to recall the message, "FOI/155/2018 Acknowledgement".

DfE HSENI FOI, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

 

Dear Mr Steward,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

Reference: FOI/155/2018

 

 

I refer to your email entitled ‘Responsibility Of Health & Safety Northern
Ireland and General Questions’, dated 20 September 2018 to HSENI.

 

I acknowledge receipt of your request.  HSENI is currently working on this
and will be in touch with you once our response is complete.

 

 

If you have any queries regarding this email or your request please
contact HSENI by email to [1][HSENI request email] and remember to quote our
reference, FOI/155/2018, on any future correspondence.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Laura Donnelly

HSENI

Information Management Unit

 

 

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Dear DfE HSENI FOI,

You have not acted lawfully and responded to my submitted FOI requested promptly and failed to meet the 20 working day deadline.
You have also failed to request a time extension in order to complete my FOI request.

Yours sincerely,

Paul steward

O'Neill, Liam, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

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Dear Mr Steward,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 (FOIA)

 

I refer to your request/s for information titled ‘Responsibility Of Health
& Safety Northern Ireland and General Questions’ and received into this
office on 20/09/2018.

 

I can advise you that Questions 6, 7 & 7B fall to be considered under the
FOIA, the rest of your questions fall under our line of business (LOB)
regime.

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS

 

Section 14(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige a
public authority to comply with a request for information if the request
is vexatious. After careful consideration of your requests HSENI considers
them to be vexatious and we will not be responding.

 

I would refer you to the ICO guidance (copied below for ease of reference)
with regard to a requestor who submits numerous requests. I consider this
to clearly demonstrate the situation with yourself and hence this
vexatious condition applies. The vexatious conditions set out to you in my
email of 17/10/2018 in response to FOI/153/2018 also apply to these series
of requests.

 

58. A request which would not normally be regarded as vexatious in
isolation may assume that quality once considered in context. An example
of this would be where an individual is placing a significant strain on an
authority’s resources by submitting a long and frequent series of
requests, and the most recent request, although not obviously vexatious in
itself, is contributing to that aggregated burden.

 

59. The requester’s past pattern of behaviour may also be a relevant
consideration. For instance, if the authority’s experience of dealing with
his previous requests suggests that he won’t be satisfied with any
response and will submit numerous follow up enquiries no matter what
information is supplied, then this evidence could strengthen any argument
that responding to the current request will impose a disproportionate
burden on the authority.

 

LINE OF BUSINESS REQUESTS

 

The remainder of your requests fall to be considered against our LOB
regime and I can advise you that (as per my emails of 04 October 2018 –
FOI/151/2018 and 17/10/2018 - FOI/253/2018) HSENI has invoked it’s policy
in relation to “Vexatious complaints, enquiries, unreasonable and abusive
behaviour policy” (copy attached) with regard to this series of requests
and subsequently we will not be corresponding with you further on this
matter.

 

With regard to your request for a meeting, a separate email will issue to
you in due course.

 

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

I hope you find this information useful, but if you are dissatisfied with
the way in which HSENI has handled your request, please go to
[1]https://www.hseni.gov.uk/information-acc... which explains
the actions that are available to you.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Liam O'Neill
HSENI
83 Ladas Drive
Belfast, BT6 9FR
Tel: 028 9054 7088 (ext: 47088)
[mobile number]
TextRelay: 18001 028 9054 7088
Web: [2]www.hseni.gov.uk

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Dear Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland's handling of my FOI request 'Responsibility Of Health & Safety Northern Ireland and General Questions'.

[ I request full transparency in all replies from HSENI so not provided within the 20 working time line and there was also no request for an extension of time in order to process my request.

I would like a full review of all my requests and an explanation of failing to lawfully provide me the information I have requested within the MAXIMUM time period of 20 days if I am dissatisfied with your Internal review outcome I will forward all correspondence to the ICO again against HSENI.

I do hope this will not be necessary and the information requested provided. ]

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/r...

Yours faithfully,

Paul steward

DfE HSENI FOI, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

 

Dear Mr Steward

 

 

I acknowledge receipt of your recent e-mail to The Health and Safety
Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) received on 19 October 2018.

 

I can confirm this has been passed to HSENI’S FOI Reviewer for their
attention.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Laura Donnelly

Information Management Unit

 

 

Dear DfE HSENI FOI,

Yet again more delays and a clear purposeful decision not to respond within the time frame as set out by current GDPR legislation.

Inability to answe FOI questions on time and respond to allocated reviews by senior members within our HSENI

Looks like yet another one for the ICO to make a judgement !!

Yours sincerely,

Paul steward

DfE HSENI FOI, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

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Dear Mr Steward,

 

HSENI – Internal Review of FOI/155/2018

 

Please see the attached document in response to your request for an
internal review.

 

Yours sincerely

Gail Younger
Information Management Unit

 

 

Dear DfE HSENI FOI,

Yet again more concealment in a public office this is an office which prides themselves in openness and transparency !
I believe the lack of replies and a clear attempt to conceal speaks volumes

Yours sincerely,

Paul steward