H & S UPDATE
Motorway accidents show that the hard shoulder is a very
dangerous place and drivers should only stop if there is a real emergency and
there is no other choice. However, practical tips for drivers about what to do
if you have to use the hard shoulder can be found on www.rac.co.uk/racworld/issues/hard_shoulder.
Poor maintenance on guards on lathes (CNC turning machines) put workers in
the engineering sector at serious risk. Research has shown that some materials
used in the construction of vision panels, particularly the polycarbonate
window, deteriorate over time and may not protect operators from parts ejected
with high energy. HSE has issued advice on what to look for and options for
improving guards. The leaflet “CNC turning machines –
controlling risks from ejected parts” can be found on http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/engindex.htm
A manual handling assessment chart designed to help identify
high-risk jobs can be found on a HSE website on musculoskeletal disorders. The
website contains case studies, guidance and research, and answers questions on
issues such as risk assessment, display screen equipment use and manual
handling. The chart is intended to aid easy and accurate assessments of three
different types of operation – lifting, carrying and team handling. The chart
does not provide a “suitable and sufficient” risk assessment and must be
used in conjunction with a risk assessment procedure based on the Manual
Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
The European Solvents industry
Group (ESIG) have summarised the key factors to be borne in mind
when using solvents. The
relevant tips are: -
the solvent and its properties. Refer to the supplier’s MSDS
all ignition sources and minimise static build up by using suitable equipment
and earthing arrangements.
good ventilation at all times
information, instruction, and training to all persons handling solvents.
all incidents and provide clean up and disposal facilities.
· For bulk containers, provide secondary containment, e.g. bunding or trays.
a short succinct emergency plan.
HSE have produced guidance for
employers who employ staff who work alone or who could be at risk
of violence against their person in
their daily job. If you require your staff to work alone then you should full
assess the risks associated with the work you want them to do and ensure that
you take the appropriate precautions to minimise risks to your staff. Guidance
has been placed on the Safety Services web site in the Guidance section. Further
guidance can be found in www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/violindx.htm.
The Advisory Committee on
Dangerous Pathogens has published guidance explaining employers’ legal duties
under COSHH regulations to control exposure to infectious diseases in the
workplace. The guide, “Infection at Work: Controlling the Risks” advises how to identify
potential risks to employees’ health. Copies of the guide can be downloaded
and printed off free from www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/danpath.htm
Guidance on use of skin
sensitisers is available from the
European Agency for Health and Safety at Work. It includes a list of common
sensitisers and the occupations most at risk from exposure to each. It
emphasises the important distinction that chemical allergies develop slowly over
a period of time while protein allergies (e.g. to latex) can appear very
rapidly. The information can be found at http://osha.eu.int/ew2003/
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