H & S UPDATE JUNE
Cooking appliances (including microwaves and toasters) are
the biggest source of fires and false alarms in the workplace!
If you would like to see a sample risk assessment for DIY
jobs at home, contact Safety Services on Ext. 26198 or by e-mailing safety@sheffield
for a copy of an article describing a typical risk assessment.
HSE has produced a new guidance document “Fuel cells:
understanding the hazards, control the risks” HSG243, ISNB 07176 2766 7.
This document can be obtained from HSE Books for £8.50.
The Environment Agency has issued practical guidelines
on pollution prevention covering site drainage, deliveries and handling
materials, waste management, protecting groundwater and training and
emergencies. To obtain a free copy go to www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/
A school was recently prosecuted by HSE following an
accident with Tollen’s Reagent. The reagent was made up too far in advance, in
too great a quantity and at an inappropriately high concentration. The reagent
exploded in the faces of two students who required hospital treatment. They were
not wearing eye protection because they were only collecting the reagent prior
to starting their experiment. The HSE stated that insufficient information had
been given for the reagent’s safe preparation, the risk of an explosion was
foreseeable and measures that could have been taken to prevent the incident were
simple. The school was fined £2,000 with costs of over £3,500.
The University’s Health &
Safety Committee has ratified a new DSE Eyesight testing policy to
introduce clarity and consistency to this procedure and which came into force on
10th May. The policy can be found in the Guidance Section on our web
site ( www.shef.ac.uk/safety/guidance/eyetests2004.pdf)
The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on
Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment has published a risk assessment of methylene
bisphenyl isocyanates (MDI) as used in paints, spray foams & adhesives.
Find it on http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph_risk/committees/sct/documents/out213_en.pdf
HSE have revised several of their free leaflets: - “Read
the label – how to find out if chemicals are dangerous” INDG352, “Safe
working with flammable substances” INDG227, “Gas safety in catering
and hospitality” Catering information sheet 13,, “Managing vehicle
safety in the workplace” INDG199. All are available to download free from www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/.
A DeLonghi HS20-3 electric heater recently failed a
Portable Appliance test in one of our departments after catching fire during the
test. An investigation found that the heater had no earth wire, the supplier
stating that the plastic coated metal case protects the user in the event of an
internal short circuit, although damage to the plastic would nullify this
protection. All heaters should have earth wires.
Point to ponder! Despite receiving constant
warnings, have you ever actually met anyone who had his or her arm broken by a
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