version of the Health & Safety Code of Practice has been produced for staff and postgraduate students in non-science
& non-engineering departments and for administrative staff in science and
engineering who don’t require the green coloured section. These will be handed
to new postgraduates and staff at registration, sent by Human Resources with
contracts or handed out by individual departments. The “Responsibilities”
section has been edited to cover mainly the policy and individual
responsibilities. A full version of the Code of Practice is held by Heads of
Departments and Departmental Safety Officers, and both the full version and a
PDF version of the abbreviated Code of Practice can be found on the Safety
Services web site in the Codes of Practice section.
Scott Speciality Gases has published a revised
version of its “Design & Safety Handbook for Speciality Gas Delivery Systems”. A PDF version can be downloaded from www.scottgas.com.
New “Electrical Procedures for Academic Departments” are being introduced across the academic campus to try to ensure that
all those required to carry out electrical work as part of their jobs are
competent to carry out work safely. The new procedures identify 5 “levels of
competence” (levels 2 to 5 are still being finalised), but “Level 1”
training is now available for those required to carry out relatively
straightforward electrical work, checks and connections who have no formal
qualifications. If this applies to you and you want to sign up for training,
contact your DSO. The training course is run by Central Workshops, and you
should contact John Lane. Application forms for determining ESTA competence are
being revised to request more information for assessors to judge competence.
These will be available shortly. Printed versions of the new procedures are
available from your DSO. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens
has published the latest version of the Approved list of Biological Agents. This can be obtained on-line on the HSE
web site at http://www.hse.gov.uk/a-z/d.htm#dangerous_pathogens. In addition, “Guidance On Laboratory Work With Hazard Group 3 Enteric
Pathogens” can be found on www.hse.gov.uk/hthdir/noframes/entericpathogens.pdf.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has
launched a leaflet titled
"Personal Safety In and Around the Home" in partnership with BT Home
Monitoring, this booklet helps address the growing fear of crime, which has
risen dramatically over the last fifty years. It contains tips on how to make
your home less of a target for burglars, how to surf the net safely and how to
protect your family when they are at home, especially when alone. You can find a
downloadable version on: - http://www.suzylamplugh.org/downloads/inandaroundthehome.pdf.
Osmond Ergonomic Workplace Solutions have recently launched
a web site on DSE posture. This can be found on http://www.ergoergo.info/index.html
HSE Leeds have recently contacted the
University of York stating that they intend to carry out an inspection of their
campus to determine the level of compliance with the Provision and Use of
Work Equipment Regulations 1998, specifically relating to woodworking
equipment and the requirement that equipment should cease rotation within 10
seconds of being switched off or activating the Emergency Stop button.
Training Login is “Sheffieldun” and the Password is “Fire”. You cannot enter the on-line fire training using
your University password.
Safety Services will shortly be asking all
Heads of Departments to update the information currently held on the Emergency
Contact Register, a copy of the information held
will be sent for information. We do ask that you update and send it to us
promptly on d.m.edwards@sheffield
or to Safety Services at 40 Victoria Street, FAO Dionne. Thanks.
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