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Category: Research reports

RR1085 – Exploring the human and physical factors associated with telescopic handler overturning risks

Friday, January 27, 2017

This study was carried out in order to identify: the full range of human factors issues that might potentially contribute to telescopic handler overturn incidents; the human factors issues that appear to be most important in terms of overturn risk and key operator knowledge gaps that could increase the probability of an operator overturning a machine.

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RR1084 – Forklift truck reverse sensor systems assessment

Friday, January 27, 2017

This report describes work undertaken to assess the active sensor systems (ultrasonic and radar) commonly used to reduce the risk of collisions.

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RR1083 – Risks to respiratory health in the grain industry

Friday, January 27, 2017

A detailed literature search was carried out to summarise evidence about respiratory disease caused by exposure to grain dust. The conclusion of this review is that the damaging effects of grain dust on the respiratory tract are accumulative and occur at high concentrations of exposure.

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RR1087 – Market surveillance of FFP3 disposable resirators

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Filtering Facepieces (FFPs) are disposable Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) for protection against dusts, particles and aerosols. This report describes market surveillance testing of samples of ten FFP3 respirator models from ten different manufacturers that are available on the UK market.

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RR1086 – Noise risk as described in instructions supplied with printing machinery

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The printing industry uses a wide range of noisy machines that have the potential to damage workers’ hearing if the risks are not effectively managed. This report describes research that was carried out to assess the adequacy of the noise emission information provided in a sample of fifteen instruction manuals supplied by manufacturers of printing machinery.

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RR1076 – Spontaneous ignition of gas turbine lubricants at temperatures below their standard auto-ignition temperatures

Saturday, December 10, 2016

This report describes research using a Spontaneous Combustion Calorimeter developed to study spontaneous ignition.

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RR1075 – Benefits of data management and data trending in the UK Continental Shelf oil and gas industry

Saturday, December 10, 2016

This report describes research to identify the barriers to the take-up of data trending to support ageing and life extension (ALE) decision making, in order to identify issues that industry could address.

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RR1077 – Safe storage of wood pellet and wood chip fuel

Saturday, December 10, 2016

This report describes a study, involving seven site visits, to develop evidence to inform HSE engagement with the industry on the prevention of carbon monoxide poisonings.

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RR1078 – The use of vehicle structure in load securing on heavy goods vehicles

Saturday, November 19, 2016

This report assesses the legislation applicable to the transport of goods in the UK under both road traffic and health and safety at work legislation. It assesses the guidance available to operators and consignors and the methods of securing loads that are commonly-used at present.

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RR1079 – Access to and work on flatbed vehicles

Saturday, November 19, 2016

This report describes a multi-disciplinary, mixed-method approach to research on this topic, comprising both quantitative and qualitative analysis, undertaken to establish contributory factors to incidents and areas of concern when accessing or working on flatbed vehicles.

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RR1080 – A study of the generic safety-integrity requirements of fairground rides

Saturday, November 19, 2016

This report describes a number of quantitative risk assessments applied to three diverse fairground ride types in order to provide an indication of appropriate Safety Integrity Levels for these generic types of ride and to illustrate an approach that may be used to determine these SILs.

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RR1081 – Review of Small Wind Turbine Construction Instructions and specifically for Structural Supports and Foundations

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This research investigated the possible role of weaknesses in small wind turbine construction instructions in the potential for structural collapse associated with the structural supports and foundations.

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RR1082 – The effectiveness of HSE’s regulatory approach: The construction example

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This project has examined the effectiveness HSE’s approach to regulation of the construction sector since 2001. HSE provided a catalyst for change – utilising its unique information on the industry and expertise in understanding reasonably practicable control to support risk creators in their control of these risks.

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RR1040 – Rewriting MISHAP: The development of MISHAP12

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

To calculate the risks associated with major accident hazard pipelines in the UK a computer code, MISHAP01 (Model for the estimation of Individual and Societal risk from HAzards of Pipelines), is used. The aim was to rewrite MISHAP01 and PipelineRiskAT within a single program to facilitate the implementation of future improvements to the model.

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RR1039 – Summary of the rewrite of HSE’s PIPeline INtegrity (PIPIN) model

Friday, June 10, 2016

This report summarises all three aspects of the model updates (solution method, science changes and data updates) and provides an overview of the results obtained compared to the original version of PIPIN.

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RR1038 – Data updates to HSE’s PIPeline INtegrity model (PIPIN)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The objectives of this project were to investigate the impact on the calculated failure rates as a result of changes to the data within PIPIN. These changes were required to ensure that the input data was representative of UK pipelines by ensuring that all of the latest available information was being used.

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RR1037 – Science updates to HSE’s PIPeline INtegrity model (PIPIN)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The aims of this project were to investigate the impact on the calculated failure rates as a result of changes to the science within PIPIN. The changes had been suggested after the model was independently reviewed.

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RR1036 – Rewriting the PIPIN code to use a Monte Carlo solution approach

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The objective of this project was to produce a Monte Carlo version of the third party activity model within PIPIN. There are currently limitations with the existing model and its FORM/SORM solution method and it was felt a new approach was required.

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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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