H & S UPDATE JULY 2004
HSE has recently issued a “policy” relating to the status of university
students taking degree course projects where they elect or wish to dive
to collect samples or gather information as part of their research. A
copy of the 2 page document is available by contacting safety@sheffield
of some of the more commonly used Regulations can be found on the Safety Services web site in a
new section. A new button titled “Regulations” can be found in the left hand
margin of our home page.
The operation of the on-line fire training package
can be disrupted if you have “pop-ups" disabled on your web browser.
You may find that you cannot get into various screens, if so re-enabling
“pop-ups” will probably solve the problem. For more information on
“pop-ups”, speak to your IT co-ordinator.
over 3000 “major” & “over 3-day” eye injuries reported to HSE
in 2000/2001, eye protection is clearly a fundamental part of personal
protective equipment in the workplace. Eye hazards can be: - splashes from
chemicals; exposure to vapour, radiation, welding arcs, dust and gases; impact
from projectiles, poor lighting; and laser beams. Where risks cannot be
controlled adequately by other means then an employer is required to provide
suitable eye protection and ensure they are properly used. A recent prosecution
highlights the risks: - In July 2002 a mechanic was injured when a vehicle
battery he was recharging exploded due to a build up of hydrogen gas that
ignited. The mechanic was hit by flying bits of battery casing and acid causing
permanent loss of sight in one eye. The court heard that 12 months before the
accident a risk assessment was carried out of the battery charging operation
which identified that a safe system of work had to be implemented and for the
company to ensure that employees wore suitable PPE when carrying out the work.
The company had failed to provide the necessary PPE at the time of the accident.
They were fined £20,000.
expressed by the adventure activities sector over the new work at height
rules have been addressed by HSE, who has now confirmed that where
activities fall within the remit of a relevant national governing body, then
following the guidance and good practice, as identified by that governing body,
will generally be sufficient to satisfy the requirements of the proposed Work at
Working with Flammable Substances”, a free booklet obtainable from HSE and which can be
downloaded on www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg227.pdf,
recommends that 5 safety principles are followed when working with flammable
substances, these concern ventilation, ignition, containment, exchange &
separation. The booklet gives information for working with flammable liquids,
dusts and solids, oxygen and reactive chemicals.
season is upon us again, and I thought I’d share these 10 nuggets of
wisdom I found in my local paper (honest!) relating to barbecue safety: -
[Not sure about number 9 - I thought it was
compulsory. Have fun anyway – Editor]
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