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Category: Guidance

HSE consultation on the revision of HS(G) 195, ‘A guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events’

Friday, October 14, 2011

HSE has been working closely with Local Authorities and members of the events industry to revise the HS(G) 195 guidance, ‘A guide to health, safety & welfare at music and similar events’. Please submit comments by Friday, 11 November 2011.

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Safety Notice – Supply of flail-type cutting attachments on portable hand-held brush cutters

Friday, September 30, 2011

Non-standard metal brush cutting accessories fitted to petrol driven brush cutters can fail catastrophically in-service. There is a risk of death or serious injury to operators and others in vicinity from ejected metal components. Suppliers of such equipment should immediately discontinue supply of flail-type cutting attachments for portable hand-held brush cutters.

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Managing COSHH – offshore Painting by brush/roller (OCE2)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Describing good practice for mixing and spraying solvent-based paint (but does not apply to water-based paint). Covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

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Safety alert – Preventing inrushes at underground mines

Friday, September 23, 2011

The purpose of this safety alert is to remind owners and managers of producing mines of the precautions to be taken against inrushes and request owners confirm that appropriate measures to protect against inrush are in place at their mines.

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HSE issues gas detector safety alert

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

This alert is to warn workers using a Status Mentor PGD2 gas detector that some of them may be giving false readings due to software configuration. None of these gas detector should be used until its software and configuration has been verified.

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Health and social care services – What to do if you receive a sharps injury

Friday, August 12, 2011

A sharps injury is an incident which causes a needle or sharp instrument, such as a scalpel (collectively referred to as ‘sharps’), to penetrate the skin. This is sometimes called a percutaneous injury. If the sharp is contaminated with blood or other body fluid, there is a potential for transmission of infection.

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Health and Safety Newsletter – Now available at a screen near you…

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Yes, the long-established Health & Safety Newsletter has had a make-over. The printed version has been replaced with a jam-packed e-version which opens the door to a whole world of information. All the latest HSE news, case studies, court stories, and guidance is now available to everyone free of charge – and it’s all just […]

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Construction: Protecting the public – What you need to do

Monday, August 8, 2011

The law says you must conduct your business without putting members of the public at risk. This includes the public and other workers who may be affected by your work.

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Asbestos essentials (A12) – Asbestos cement roofing and cladding

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

This information will help employers and the self-employed to comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. It describes good practice when you need to clean asbestos cement (AC) cladding and roofing, either to improve its appearance or to prepare it for a surface coating.

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OSHCR – Consultants apply to register

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

If you are a consultant and wish to join the register, you should check that you meet the eligibility criteria before applying. Please also check the terms and conditions.

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Small building firm? – What you need to do

Monday, July 25, 2011

The law requires smaller builders to: Manage hazards and risk, inform and train your workforce, co-operate with the client or home occupier.

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Health and safety made simple – The basics for your business

Friday, July 22, 2011

If you think health and safety has to be complicated – it doesn’t. This site will make it easier for you to comply with the law and manage health and safety in your business.

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Pressure Systems – Advice for designers, manufacturers and users

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pressure systems can range from steam-generating commercial coffee machines to large boilers. When using pressure systems every employer or self-employed person has a duty to provide a safe workplace.

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Asbestos FAQs – Working with asbestos

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Do: Stop and ask if you are suspicious something may be asbestos or if you think the work might need to be carried out by a licensed contractor…

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Striking the balance between operational and health and safety duties in the Police Service: An explanatory note

Thursday, July 7, 2011

This explanatory note supports the high level statement ‘Striking the Balance’ and implements the recommendation in Common Sense, Common Safety that police officers should not be at risk of investigation or prosecution as a result of any act of heroism.

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Safety alert – HSE warns of dangers of diving for shellfish following two recent tragedies

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

There have been two recent fatalities involving shellfish diving in inshore waters. This safety alert is to remind those working in this sector of HSE’s guidance and their legal responsibilities.

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Asbestos Essentials (A9) – Drilling holes in (AC) and other highly bonded materials

Friday, June 10, 2011

Describes good practice when you need to drill holes in asbestos cement (AC), bitumen products, floor tiles or other highlybonded materials containing asbestos.

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Asbestos FAQs – When am I at risk?

Friday, June 3, 2011

You are mostly at risk when: Working on an unfamiliar site, the building was built before the year 2000, asbestos-containing materials were not identified before the job was started, asbestos-containing materials were identified but this information was not passed on by the people in charge to the people doing the work…

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New to the job – Six steps to protect new starters

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Workers are as likely to have an accident in the first six months at a workplace than during the whole of the rest of their working life. The extra risk arises due to: lack of experience; lack of familiarity; reluctance to raise concerns; and eagerness to impress.

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Safety notice – Risks to users from firewood processing machines

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Recent accident investigations indicate that some firewood processing machines may be unsafe because the guards provided are too short or the other safety devices provided may be easily overcome.

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