UPDATING PPE REGULATIONS

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The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 implemented an EU directive into UK law. These regulations place duties on employers with regard to protecting their employees, for example a duty to ensure that suitable personal protective equipment is provided to their employees who may be exposed to a risk to their health or safety while at work unless the … Read More

SAFE DRIVING FOR LIFE

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have launched a new Safe Driving For Life website aimed at supporting learner drivers. The website offers resources for car, motorbike, goods vehicle, bus and coach drivers as well as trainers. While a significant part of this site is selling learning and revision materials there are also a number of free resources for … Read More

BUILDING SAFETY BILL PUBLISHED

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The Building Safety Bill which was first announced last year has now been launched and begun its journey through parliament. This builds on Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, which highlighted a need for significant cultural and regulatory change. Measures included in the Bill introduced include: Establishing a Building Safety Regulator within the Health and Safety … Read More

AUTOMATIC TO MANUAL – CHANGES TO DIVING LICENCES TO GO AHEAD

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Earlier in the year we reported on a consultation launched by the Government on two proposed changes to driver licencing requirements. The first of the proposed changes involved allowing drivers who passed their driving test in an automatic car, medium sized lorry or minibus (licence categories B+E, C1, C1+E, D1 and D1+E) to drive a manual vehicle as long as … Read More

WELDING AND METAL FABRICATION INSPECTIONS LAUNCHED

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The HSE have announced the launch of a programme of inspections targeting metal fabrication businesses. While these inspections will be focusing on the management of welding fume and metalworking fluids and protecting workers from respiratory health risks, inspectors will be alert for other hazards as well. Exposure to welding fumes is linked to lung cancer and exposure to metalworking fluids … Read More

UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR CONSTRUCTION HOISTS

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Hoists are often used in construction as a convenient way of getting people and materials to and from high workplaces. The consequences if a hoist was to fail while in operation could be serious or even fatal, to ensure safe operation it is vital that these are properly maintained and inspected. The Construction Plant Association (CPA) have recently updated their … Read More

UPDATED STANDARD FOR TOWER SCAFFOLDS

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Tower scaffolds can be a useful tool for accessing work at height and preventing falls. Where they are used it is important that the type of tower selected is suitable for the work and erected and dismantled by people who have been trained and are competent to do so. The standard BS EN 1004-1 covers the requirements for the materials, … Read More

UPDATED SAFETY GUIDANCE FOR FARM ATTRACTIONS

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Goat Petting Zoo

An updated industry code of practice for “Preventing or Controlling Ill Health from Animal Contact at Visitor Attractions” has now been published by Access To Farms (ATF), a group of organisations who work together to improve educational access to farms of all types from small working farms through to large farm attractions with the aim of encouraging children and their … Read More

ROAD TANKER SAFETY ALERT

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The HSE have issued a safety alert following an incident in April 2020 when the driver of a vehicle carrying nitric acid noticed vapour coming from the tanker barrel in the area of the pressure/vacuum relief valve. He stopped at the roadside and rang the emergency services. Police closed the road and it remained closed until the tanker barrel had … Read More

MANAGING VIBRATION. SHOULD I RELY ON MANUFACTURER’S DATA?

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Vibration

The use of power tools can expose workers to vibration through the hands and arms. Frequent, regular and prolonged exposure to this can cause permanent ill health and conditions such as hand-arm vibration syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome. Sufferers can experience tingling and numbness in the fingers, pain, a loss of strength in the hands and an inability to do … Read More