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Consultation opens on new version of Workplace Regulations ACOP

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

This consultative document invites views on the revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L24 – “Workplace health, safety and welfare”. The consultation aims to establish if the changes make it easier for employers to understand and meet their legal obligations. The consultation began on 7 May and will close on 30 July.

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CD252 – Consultation on proposals for a revised Approved Code of Practice on “Safe installation and use of gas systems and appliances” (L56)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

This consultative document invites views on the revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L56 – “Safe installation and use of gas systems and appliances”. The revised ACOP and guidance has been prepared by HSE in consultation with representatives from across the gas industry. The consultation began on 7 May and will close on the 30July.

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Safety and Health Expo 2013 – NEC, Birmingham 14-16 May

Friday, May 3, 2013

HSE will be represented at Safety and Health Expo 2013, the annual exhibition for the occupational safety and health industry. The HSE will be situated in Hall 1, stand G20, operational and policy staff, will be on hand to discuss health and safety concerns and key developments such as HSE’s new guidance for SMEs.

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HSE responds to criticism over rat poison use

Friday, May 3, 2013

HSE has responded to a column in the Dorset Echo penned by Paul Millard of the Country Land & Business Association (30 April) criticising HSE’s approach to the use of ‘second generation’ rat poisons.

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RR960 – Mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs): Phase 3

Friday, May 3, 2013

The work detailed in this report is the third phase of MEWPs research and has aimed to capture end users knowledge in relation to the key risk factors for entrapment/crushing whilst operating MEWPS, using insights gained from their experiences of incidents and near misses. The findings will influence ongoing inspection work and inform sector guidance.

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Safety alert – Risks to occupiers from installation of stone fireplace surrounds

Friday, May 3, 2013

This alert informs designers, manufacturers and suppliers of stone or artificial stone fireplace surrounds of the need to provide adequate fixings and fixing options as well as detailed instructions on their safe assembly.

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Case 168 – Children not allowed to use a drinking water machine in a children’s centre

Friday, May 3, 2013

A drinking water machine in the reception area of a children’s centre has a sign above it stating that children are not allowed to use the dispenser due to health and safety.

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Case 167 – A cinema customer was refused a glass of tap water, but could purchase bottled water

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A cinema customer asked for and was refused a glass of tap water at the concession counter of a cinema on the grounds of health and safety.

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Butchery firm in court for equipment failings

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A large butchery firm in Lewisham has been fined for safety failings after an employee sliced his forearm because his safety gloves offered insufficient protection.

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RR961 – Mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) incident analysis

Thursday, May 2, 2013

This report identifies accidents involving MEWPs and analyses common factors found. The work has focused on MEWP occupants being trapped against overhead or adjacent objects whilst in the platform of the MEWP, particularly when the operator becomes trapped over the controls (sustained involuntary operation of control).

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Job vacancies – Specialist Engineers and Scientist required

Thursday, May 2, 2013

We would like to hear from you if you are enthused by the prospect of a positive career move that offers daily interest, stretch, development, recognition and significant rewards. Bring us your proven expertise and you will make a key contribution to a world leading and benchmark setting safety regulator operating in a government-prioritised area.

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HSE brings crown censure against AHVLA

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), an executive agency of DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), has been censured for safety failings relating to the control of biological agents at facilities in Devon and Surrey.

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Bradford man may lose lower leg after work injury

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Bradford man may need to have his foot and lower leg amputated as a result of a crush injury caused by the safety failures of his employers more than a year ago.

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RR959 – Application of a testing regime for offshore fire dampers

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Fire dampers are used widely offshore as components of heating and ventilation systems yet the testing regime in place is inappropriate for offshore, where the possibility of hydrocarbon releases leading to a jet fire is high. In this report HSL have developed and proposed a new test and demonstrated its practicability.

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Contractor fined after pensioners hurt by falling hoarding

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A building contractor has been fined after two pensioners were hit by a hoarding that collapsed in high winds.

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Cabinet manufacturer fined for worker’s injuries

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A maintenance engineer lost the tips of two fingers when they became caught in machinery in a Plymouth factory, a court heard today.

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RR958 – The Pesticide Users’ Health Study: An analysis of mortality (1987-2005)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

An analysis of deaths occurring between 1987 and 2005 among members of the PUHS is presented in this report.

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Case 166 – Education authority advises against the wearing of swimming goggles for health and safety reasons

Monday, April 29, 2013

Primary school sends letter to parents stating that the local education authority does not recommend children wear goggles during swimming lessons for health and safety reasons.

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Wirral chemical firm fined £120,000 after fireball engulfs employee

Monday, April 29, 2013

A chemical firm has been fined £120,000 after an employee sustained severe burns when he was engulfed by a fireball at a factory in Wirral.

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RR957 – The Pesticide Users’ Health Study: Survey of pesticide usage

Monday, April 29, 2013

Findings of a survey to assess the history of pesticide usage among commercial pesticide users and to evaluate the level of self-reported ill health associated with pesticide exposure, undertaken during 2004 and 2006.

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