HSE RSS feeds » Safety bulletins http://news.hse.gov.uk News and updates about health and safety from the Health and Safety Executive Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:43:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2 Safety bulletin – Ergonomic Issues of DP Vessel Controls http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/dp-vessel-controls.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/dp-vessel-controls.htm#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:58:19 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=52606 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/crane-safety-systems.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/crane-safety-systems.htm#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:02:52 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=52480 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 http://news.hse.gov.uk/2016/07/27/suspended-ceiling-inspection/ http://news.hse.gov.uk/2016/07/27/suspended-ceiling-inspection/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:29:51 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=52087 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 you have not managed to get your ceiling inspected within this period you are advised to contact your licensing authority (normally the appropriate Local Authority) to discuss how you can demonstrate that the ceiling is safe for an audience to sit beneath.

The hazards from suspended plaster ceilings are not limited to theatres or places of entertainment but will be present in any building with this type of construction. Those responsible for premises with suspended plaster ceilings are strongly advised to read the ABTT guidance referred to above.

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Safety notice – Use of barrier glands in potentially explosive atmospheres to meet IEC 60079-14:2013 (edition 5) http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/use-of-barrier-glands.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/use-of-barrier-glands.htm#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:30:05 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=50849 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/catastrophic-failure-of-a-techlok-clamp.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/catastrophic-failure-of-a-techlok-clamp.htm#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:00:01 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=49534 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/norfolk-large-wheeled-dry-powder-fire-extinguishers.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/norfolk-large-wheeled-dry-powder-fire-extinguishers.htm#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:00:41 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=49094 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/loading-bay-gate.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/loading-bay-gate.htm#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:30:38 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=48895 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/earth-moving-machinery.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/earth-moving-machinery.htm#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 07:00:21 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=48262 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/lokring-pipe-connectors.html http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/lokring-pipe-connectors.html#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:30:48 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=48054 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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