Safetyline 44 H & S UPDATE AUGUST 2004

An abbreviated 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.

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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.

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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 safety@sheffield.ac.uk.)

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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.

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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.

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Osmond Ergonomic Workplace Solutions have recently launched a web site on DSE posture. This can be found on http://www.ergoergo.info/index.html

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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.

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The on-line Fire Training Login is “Sheffieldun” and the Password is “Fire”. You cannot enter the on-line fire training using your University password.

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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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