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Category: Safety bulletins

Safety bulletins will alert you to safety issues related to health and safety in the workplace

Safety bulletin – Ergonomic Issues of DP Vessel Controls

Monday, December 19, 2016

A semisubmersible DP drilling rig lost control of position for several minutes.  During this time it was obliged to shear the drill pipe and disengage the lower marine riser package, LMRP. Operators of dynamically positioned vessels and offshore installations should review the ergonomic aspects of their control system.

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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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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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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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Safety alert – Catastrophic failure of a pipework clamp connector

Monday, September 21, 2015

This safety alert highlights the issue of inadequate material properties of small diameter clamp connectors and the potential for sudden brittle failure following an incident which occurred on an offshore production platform where a 1” diameter Vector ‘Techlok’ pipework clamp connector catastrophically failed causing a gas release.

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Safety alert – ‘Norfolk Range’ large wheeled dry powder fire extinguishers manufactured before 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Norfolk Range large dry powder fire extinguishers, manufactured before 2009 by UK Fire International Ltd, may be affected by moisture ingress at a threaded joint at the base of the unit, rendering the unit inoperable.

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Safety alert: Extendable scaffolding loading bay gate – use of cable ties to secure loose mesh and unsafe means of operation

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A number of manufacturers/suppliers are marketing an extendable scaffold loading bay gate that does not satisfy legal requirements when in some configurations. When extended the loading bay gate, which forms part of the edge protection on a scaffold, is not robust enough to fulfil this function and is therefore not suitable.

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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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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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