UPDATING THE CONSTRUCTION HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT TEST

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CITB, the Construction Industry Training Board, have announced that with effect from 26th June 2019 there will be a significant update to the Health, Safety and Environment test to better reflect the range of day to day tasks and responsibilities on site. The test was introduced in 2001 as a way for construction workers to show they can be safe … Read More

Noise – A note worthy appeal

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Noise

While many of the articles you will find here look at health and safety regulations from the point of view of enforcement by the authorities, failures in complying with regulations are often cited in claims for compensation when someone has been injured at work. Previously we have reported on a compensation claim by a musician against the Royal Opera House … Read More

SAFETY IN STAGES – GUIDANCE FOR THEATRICAL MACHINERY

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IOSH the (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) has launched a new online safety guide aimed at those involved in designing, manufacturing and using machinery on theatrical sets. The guide takes a checklist type approach and breaks the process down into seven stages, with links to template documents at each stage: ·         Concept, ·         Design, ·         Manufacturing, ·         Commissioning, inspection … Read More

New guidance for STIG of the dumper truck

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The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG) have launched a good practice guide for the safe use of forward tipping dumpers. These are commonly used on construction sites to move soil and material around site. There are a number of hazards associated with all types of construction plant for example collisions between moving plant and pedestrians. As well as the … Read More

Lower limits for exposure

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In January 2018 the European Union adopted a directive (Directive 2017/2398) concerning workplace exposure to substances that have been identified as being either carcinogenic or mutagenic (capable of causing permanent change in an organism’s genes). The EU sets limits for exposure to harmful chemicals at work using Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) which member states are required to implement … Read More

HSE fee for intervention rate up

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The Health and Safety Executive’s Fee For Intervention (FFI) scheme was launched in October 2012, this allows the HSE to charge organisations for the costs involved in investigating, issuing notices and assisting in correcting material breaches of health and safety regulations. This is charged at an hourly rate based on the amount of time taken by an inspector on the … Read More

Exposure to Silica

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The HSE recently published the results of a bench marking survey looking at exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in the brick manufacturing and stone working industries. Silica is naturally found in most rocks, sand and clay and in products such as bricks and concrete. Some of the dust created when working with this material may be fine enough to … Read More

10 years of the gas safety register

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The HSE report that every year around 14 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues which have not been properly installed or maintained, faulty gas installations can also cause fires and explosions. Anyone who carries out work on relevant gas installations and pipelines must be officially approved to carry out this work. The register of … Read More

Updated COSHH guidance for woodworking

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Organisations have a duty to protect their employees from hazardous substances at work. Where practical employers should aim to prevent exposure to the substances and where this is not practical to ensure that exposure is adequately controlled. Dust created by woodworking has been identified as being hazardous to health, as well as tiny particles of wood this dust can also … Read More

Safety warning issues to lorries using ferries

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Following an incident where a number of lorries toppled over on a vehicle deck of the P&O ferry European Causeway on 18th December 2018 ferry while at sea in heavy weather, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) have issued an urgent safety warning. In the incident at least 6 drivers were still in their cabs despite having been instructed by … Read More