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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Tanker Truck

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

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): SAFER PRACTICE FOR INTERNATIONAL HAULIERS FROM 6TH APRIL 2021

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The Department for Transport has announced that rules for safer behaviour for hauliers making international journeys will take effect from 6th April. Hauliers entering England from outside of the Common Travel Area (UK, the Crown Dependencies (Bailiwick of Jersey, Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Isle of Man) and Ireland) staying for longer than 2 days must take a coronavirus test … Read More

A GUIDE TO RETURNING TO WORK SAFELY AFTER LOCKDOWN

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The Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt society presenting major challenges; workplaces have had to adapt new, Covid-secure ways of working, balancing the health & safety and wellbeing needs of employees and customers whilst operating their business. PIB Risk Management are committed to supporting businesses and have developed a ‘return to work checklist’, designed to support you to plan and implement processes … Read More

PIB LAUNCH RISK MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE SOLUTION FOR HOLIDAY PARKS

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Family cycling in woods

As the holiday park sector looks forward to reopening from the 27th March in Wales, 12th April in England, 26th April for Scotland (no dates set yet for Northern Ireland – all dates are currently open to review), it is essential that you have as much support and guidance as possible to ensure the safe reopening of your park. PIB … Read More

SIGNIFICANTLY FEWER DEATHS ON THE ROADS

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The latest road casualty figures released by the Department for Transport show that in the year ending June 2020 there were 1,580 reported road deaths. While this figure is only provisional at this stage this is significantly lower than the 1,827 road deaths reported for the previous year and the 1,798 annual average for the period 2010 to 2014. The … Read More

MACHINERY SAFETY: INTRODUCING THE UKCA AND UKNI MARKS

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Quarry

With the end of the transition period and the UK’s formal exit from the EU there have been some changes to the rules and procedures that affect certain activities and industries, in particular chemical industries and the placing of “civil explosives” (e.g. explosives used for blasting in mines, quarries and demolition) on the UK market. Guidance on these changes can … Read More

IMPROVING VISIBILITY FOR PLANT OPERATORS

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Dumper truck

The HSE report that “there are 25 fatal injuries each year on average, and hundreds of non-fatal injuries to workers [in Great Britain] as a result of being struck by moving vehicles in the workplace” and “Restricted operator visibility is often identified as a contributing factor in these accidents”. As part of the process of reducing these accidents the HSE … Read More