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Category: Guidance

Safety bulletin – Offshore Crane Safety Systems

Friday, November 18, 2016

This Alert is to remind duty holders of the requirement to have measures in place to verify the correct operation and the correct settings of all safety systems and limits on offshore cranes.    

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L23 – Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 – Guidance on Regulations (fourth edition)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The publication has been restructured into four parts, with the regulations and brief guidance in Part 1 and more detailed guidance to help carry out risk assessments and control risks in Parts 2-4. It explains how to avoid, assess and reduce the risk of injury from manual handling.

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Gas Safety Week 19-25 September 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Gas Safety Week aims to raise awareness of gas safety and reminds us to have our gas appliances safety checked annually by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.

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HSG246 – Safety in the storage and handling of steel and other metal stock (Second edition)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This revised guidance is aimed at directors, owners, managers and supervisors and pays particular attention to the most common hazards, including (un)loading of delivery vehicles, storage systems, workplace transport, mechanical lifting and injuries from sharp edges.

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Suspended ceiling inspection

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

1 September marks the deadline by which theatre owners should have had their suspended plaster ceilings inspected by a specialist to ensure that they are safe. New guidance about this which was co-written with HSE following the collapse of the Apollo Theatre ceiling in 2013, can be found on the ABTT website at http://www.abtt.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ABTT-Guidance-Note-20-19May2015.pdf If […]

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L65 – Prevention of fire and explosion, and emergency response on offshore installations: Approved Code of Practice and guidance (Third edition)

Monday, April 11, 2016

This Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and associated guidance provides practical advice on how you can comply with the requirements of the regulations. It provides guidance to those who own, operate or work on offshore installations and looks at how to prevent fires and explosions as well as how to protect people should they occur.

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L123 – Health care and first aid on offshore installations and pipeline works: Approved Code of Practice and guidance (Third edition)

Monday, April 11, 2016

This Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and associated guidance provides practical advice on how you can comply with the requirements of the regulations. The ACOP covers the provision of adequate first aid and basic health care for all personnel, including visitors, who are injured or become ill while on offshore installations.

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MS38 – Offshore first-aid qualifications: A guide for training organisations approved under the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989

Monday, April 11, 2016

This guidance explains how to gain and maintain approval to run offshore first-aid (OFA) courses and will help new and existing training providers develop and maintain appropriate standards of OFA training. The guidance has been revised to reflect changes to the ACOP.

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MS39 – Offshore medic qualifications: A guide for training organisations approved under the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989

Monday, April 11, 2016

This guidance explains how to gain and maintain approval to run offshore medic courses and will help new and existing training providers develop and maintain appropriate standards of offshore medic training. The guidance has been revised to reflect changes to the ACOP.

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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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Musculoskeletal disorders in the cleaning industry

Thursday, January 28, 2016

New webpage, replacing guidance HSG234, providing information on MSD risks within the cleaning industry.

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Working at height whilst window cleaning

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Updated webpages provide information for window cleaners who work at height. Guidance replaces information sheets MISC 611, 612 and 613.

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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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Plastics industry – updated information sheets

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The plastics processing series of HSE information sheets have been revised and updated. They give advice on safe use of machinery, reducing hand knife injuries and controlling fume during plastics processing.

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HSG263 – Involving your workforce in health and safety: Guidance for all workplaces

Friday, December 18, 2015

This guide is mainly aimed at medium to large employers. It will help them in their legal duty to consult and involve their employees on health and safety matters. This version has been updated to clarify examples of how to comply with the Regulations and to update links and references to other guidance.

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PM38 – Selection and use of electric handlamps

Friday, December 18, 2015

This free guidance note is suitable for people working in a wide range of industries. It provides guidance on the selection of electric handlamps for different tasks and situations, and advice on how to use them safely. This edition updates references to further guidance.

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L25 – Personal protective equipment at work: Guidance on Regulations (Third edition)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

This guidance is primarily for employers and relevant self-employed persons but may also be useful for employees and those selecting PPE. The guidance has been updated since the last edition.

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CAIS26 – Preventing exposure to carbon monoxide in commercial kitchens

Friday, December 4, 2015

The guidance is aimed specifically at employers who use solid fuel appliances such as tandoori ovens, charcoal grills and wood-fired pizza ovens in commercial kitchens.

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New construction guidance to stop workers dying each week from occupational disease

Friday, November 20, 2015

The construction industry has launched new guidance to encourage better management of occupational health risks. HSE is urging the industry to put an end to the hundreds of construction workers that die of occupational diseases every month.

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HSG262 – Managing skin exposure risks at work (Second edition)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Many materials used at work can affect the skin or can pass through the skin and cause diseases elsewhere in the body. If you are an employer, health and safety adviser, trainer or safety representative, this book provides updated guidance to help you prevent these disabling diseases.

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