Caffeine control guidelines launched

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Caffeine control guidelines launchedOn 1 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today TheDepartment of Safety has issued new guidance on the amount of caffeine thatworkers can legally imbibe each day.Thepublication, Controlling Caffeine – Creating a healthier work environment,warns that workers must keep and maintain a daily record (written orelectronic) of their daily caffeine consumption (DCC) at work. Employers mustensure that such records are kept.Dailycaffeine records (DCR) must be kept for at least three months and must beavailable for inspection during normal offices hours to assigned inspectorsfrom a number of prescribed government organisations, including environmentalhealth inspectors from the Department of Safety.Allworkers (unless they are exempt or partially exempt workers) must not exceed acaffeine consumption of 250 milligrams within 24 hours. This limit is referredto as the personal caffeine limit (PCL).If,for any reason, a non-exempt worker exceeds the PCL, it will represent a‘caffeine excess incident’ under amendments to the Reporting of Injuries,Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR).  All ‘caffeine excess incidents’ have to bereported to the Department of Safety by the quickest means possible.Workersand employers reporting ‘caffeine excess incidents’ will receive information,advice and, if appropriate, counselling. TheDepartment of Safety has wide powers to enter and search business premises, toseize suspected caffeine containing beverages (CCB) and to prosecute bothworkers and employers.Exemptworkers, as defined in Schedule 4, include night workers (as defined in theWorking Time Regulations 1998), homeworkers and staff in certain exemptworkplaces, including offshore installations, the NHS, academic establishmentsduring certain parts of the academic year, journalism and actuarial services.RichardBretton, Health & Safety Partner at law firm Osborne Clarke, said: “TheBritish tradition of ‘making a brew’ will shortly become a thing of the past,and vending machines selling hot drinks, cola and chocolate will soon bebanished from every workplace.” TheControl of Caffeine at Work Regulations 2004 implements the provisions of theCaffeine Consumption Directive 301/2002 and the remaining elements of the YoungWorkers Directive 128/1999.  Theregulations were drafted by the Department of Safety (DoS) under the EuropeanCommunities Act 1972, section 2(2) and create a number of new onerousrequirements.Forfurther information visit read more