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RR1035 – Update of pipeline failure rates for land use planning assessments

Friday, June 3, 2016

HSE uses a model, MCPIPIN (Monte Carlo PIPeline INtegrity), to determine failure frequencies for major hazard pipelines. It uses two models; one based on operational experience data and a predictive model. The historical failure rates used in the operational model are over 10 years old. A review took place to update this data.

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RR1034 – Review of the event tree structure and ignition probabilities used in HSE’s pipeline risk assessment code MISHAP

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

HSE uses the MISHAP (Model for the estimation of Individual and Societal risk from HAzards of Pipelines) model to calculate risks associated with major hazard pipelines in GB. The review took place in response to the UK Onshore Pipeline Operators Association (UKOPA) challenging some of the assumptions and methods currently used within the tool.

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HSE’s top team step up to charity challenge

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Seven of the Health and Safety Executive’s most senior managers are stepping up for a good cause.

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Case 396 – Cafe refuses to sell untoasted fruit bread

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A supermarket cafe refused to sell a packet of fruit bread on health and safety grounds as the customer didn’t want it toasted.

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Farm SHAD – Bluith Wells, 26 May 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

Safety and Health Awareness Days (SHADs) are half-day events which include practical demonstrations covering the everyday hazards faced by farmers, farming families and workers and provide an excellent opportunity for those working on farms to get practical advice. Attendance is free – register now.

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Case 395 – Supermarket bans foldaway bicycle from store

Friday, April 15, 2016

A supermarket banned a customer from taking a folding bicycle into store for health and safety reasons.

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EU-OSHA campaign 2016-17 – Healthy workplaces for all ages

Friday, April 15, 2016

The European Agency for Occupational Safety and Health has launched its 2016-17 campaign, Healthy workplaces for all ages – promoting a sustainable working life. The campaign focus is on the challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing workforce. Find out how you can get involved.

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Case 394 – Swimming pool tumble turn ban

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Freestyle lane tumble turns have been banned from a council run swimming pool for health and safety reasons.

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Case 393 – Library restricts the charging of laptops on health and safety grounds

Friday, April 8, 2016

A council run library will not permit users to plug laptop cables into electrical sockets because they perceive this practice to be a trip hazard, coupled with the potential risk faulty charger plugs may present.

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Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘Risk Assessment’ – Lots of visits but not the end of the journey….

Thursday, March 31, 2016

It’s been a hectic few weeks at the end of a most enjoyable and challenging eight and a half years as Chair of HSE.

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Case 392 – Coffee shop refuses use of high chair without a harness

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A coffee shop informed a customer they could not put their child in one of the available high chairs as it did not have a harness in place.

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Case 391 – Gym reduces opening hours due to health and safety

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A gym reduced its 24/7 opening hours by closing overnight, citing health and safety as the reason for the decision.

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Case 390 – Undertaker tells family deceased cannot be placed in coffin wearing shoes

Friday, March 11, 2016

A family arranging a funeral were told by the undertaker that health and safety regulations prevent the wearing of shoes in a coffin by the deceased.

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RR1073 – The provision of breathing gas to divers in emergency situations

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The report examined the diving industry guidance provided to divers and supervisors in the amount and method of determining how much emergency gas a diver can require.

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Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘Risk Assessment’ – We just get on and do it

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

If you really want something to happen and you have the vision and the will – it really isn’t difficult.

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Case 389 – Tequila shot salt and lemon ban

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Bar manager refused to serve salt and lemon with tequila shots to customers in a club due to health and safety.

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Safety notice – Use of barrier glands in potentially explosive atmospheres to meet IEC 60079-14:2013 (edition 5)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The current International Standard allows the use of a ‘standard’ Ex certified flameproof gland as opposed to a Ex certified ‘barrier gland’ without the requirement to apply the previous flowchart used in the British Standard. There is evidence this approach creates a fire and explosion risk. This notice provides information on what action to take.

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Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘Risk Assessment’ – A means to an end – doing things right is good management

Monday, January 25, 2016

Risk assessment is part of a process not an end in itself. The idea is that you assess the risks and do what you can to control them.

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L154 – The Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc) Regulations 2015: Guidance on Regulations

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

This guidance is for anyone who has duties under the Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc) Regulations 2015 (SCR 2015), for example licensees, production installation operators, non-production installation owners and well operators. It provides advice and explains the regulatory requirements to those who may be affected by SCR 2015.

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CD278 – Consultation on the revision of the Freight Containers Regulations 1984

Monday, January 18, 2016

This document sets out proposals to amend the Freight Containers (Safety Convention) Regulations 1984 to give effect to amendments made to the International Convention for Safe Containers 1972. In the main, the amendments introduce significant physical changes to the Safety Approval Plates on freight containers and additional safety tests. Consultation closes on 26 February 2016.

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