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Category: Guidance

‘Dust hub’ microsite launched

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

This site provides information to help employers control exposure to dust in the workplace. You can find guidance on health and safety issues related to dust and answers to some frequently asked questions.

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HSG251 – Fumigation: Health and safety guidance for employers and technicians carrying out fumigation operations (2nd edition)

Monday, June 29, 2015

This guidance outlines the real risks and describes the law that applies to fumigation operations. This edition updates references to legislation and links to further guidance. It also gives a clearer explanation of what action to take and why.

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Fumigation – frequently asked questions

Monday, June 29, 2015

New fumigation web page and FAQs primarily for employers and fumigation technicians (including the self-employed) to help them comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) when carrying out fumigation activities, both traditional pest control and within the laboratory and biosecurity sectors.

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Powered gate safety – new information and guidance

Thursday, June 4, 2015

New information and guidance for safety on the design, construction, supply, and use, inspection, and maintenance of powered gates has been published on our website. It is intended to assist all those responsible for powered gate safety meet their legal duties, including manufacturers, suppliers, installers, owners, landlords, and anyone working on this type of machinery.

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L64 – Safety signs and signals: Guidance on Regulations (3rd edition)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

This guidance is for employers, dutyholders and others who have responsibility for the control of workplaces, sites and premises. It is also for those operating equipment that requires verbal and/or non-verbal communications.

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Changes to DSEAR from 1 June 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

From June 2015 DSEAR also covers substances that are corrosive to metals and gases under pressure. It places a formal requirement on employers to assess the risks for substances if classified for these properties and put in place suitable control and mitigation measures.

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L111 – The Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015: Guidance on Regulations

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

This guidance is for anyone who has duties under the COMAH Regulations 2015, particularly operators of establishments, and also others such as local authorities and emergency planners. Although many duties will be familiar from the 1999 Regulations, the 2015 Regulations contain some new or changed duties.

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HSG280 – Guidance for licence holders on the containment and control of specified animal pathogens

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On 1 April 2015, HSE became the licensing authority for issuing Specified Animal Pathogens Order (SAPO) licences, in addition to being responsible for inspection and enforcement. This guidance is aimed at SAPO licence holders, users and biosafety professionals. It describes the containment and control measures and related management arrangements which must be applied.

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Safety notice: Earth Moving Machinery – changes to visibility requirements

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

There have been an unacceptable number of accidents related to visibility. Manufacturers and importers of Earth Moving Machinery should review the conformity assessment of their product ranges in respect of visibility from the operator’s position to ensure continued compliance.

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L153 – Managing health and safety in construction – CDM 2015: Guidance on Regulations

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. This publication provides guidance on the legal requirements and is available to help anyone with duties under the Regulations.

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Safety alert – External chloride stress corrosion cracking of stainless steel Lokring pipe connectors

Thursday, April 16, 2015

This safety alert highlights the issue of chloride stress corrosion cracking which has been found to affect stainless steel Lokring pipe connectors, and advises on actions required.

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HSG252 – A recipe for safety: Health and safety in food and drink manufacture (revised)

Friday, February 6, 2015

This guidance covers the main health and safety hazards in the food and drink industry and gives practical advice on how to manage the associated risks. This latest edition has been revised by HSE and a working group and is even more relevant as it has been written by the industry for the industry.

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L149 – The Mines Regulations 2014: Guidance on Regulations

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Mines Regulations 2014 came into force on 6 April 2015, and replace all previous health and safety mining law. This guidance now applies and is for anyone who has duties under the Mines Regulations 2014, primarily mine operators. It will also be useful for others in the mine management structure.

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L153 – Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015: Draft guidance

Friday, January 9, 2015

Subject to Parliamentary approval, new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) will come into force on 6 April 2015.

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HSE publishes draft guidance in preparation for the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today published draft guidance on the legal requirements in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM 2015).  

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Safeguarding cutting machines in printing

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

This guidance describes commonly accepted and practicable safeguards for the significant hazards on some cutting machines prior to the requirements of European Standard BS EN 1010 Safety of machinery.

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Safeguarding bookbinding machines in printing

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

This guidance describes commonly accepted and practicable safeguards for the significant hazards on some bookbinding machines that were manufactured or refurbished before the publication of European Standard BS EN 1010-4:2000 Safety of machinery.

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Safeguarding paper converting and finishing machines in printing

Monday, January 5, 2015

This guidance describes accepted and practicable safeguards for the hazards on some paper converting and finishing machines used in printing industry, manufactured or refurbished before the publication of European Standard BS EN 1010-4:2000 Safety of machinery.

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Updated diving ACOPs published

Monday, December 8, 2014

A revised set of ACOPs for the diving industry has been launched, providing practical advice on how to comply with the Diving at Work Regulations 1997. Each ACOP has been updated to provide greater clarity, reflect changes in technology and industry practice, remove inconsistencies and to replace references that have become outdated.

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Safety notice – Change in classification for detonation cord

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Withdrawal of the (UN 0349) 1.4S classification for DynaEnergetics HMX 165 Octocord from the list of classified explosives and fireworks. HSE carried out compliance checks on this product, as part of its role as the Competent Authority for the classification of non-military explosives. Tests showed the hazards associated with this item were incorrectly identified and that it […]

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