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Category: Research

RR989 – The use of infra-red (tympanic) temperature as a guide to signs of heat stress in industry

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The aim of this research was to explore the use of an infra-red (IR) ear thermometer to determine whether the stability and accuracy of the measurements obtained could be improved to the extent that it could be used in industry to provide a reliable indication of the risk of an individual suffering from heat strain.

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RR984 – Research to explore the effect of post ‘Common Sense, Common Safety’ amendment to RIDDOR Regulation 3(2) on Health and Safety Standards in Great Britain

Monday, November 18, 2013

This report examines employers’ perceptions of the change in RIDDOR reporting requirements, and explores its perceived influence on employers’ behaviours and the management of health and safety.

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RR994 – Non destructive techniques for analysis of diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEE) on filters

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEE) are recognised to have a link with respiratory disease, are known to cause irritation of the respiratory tract and have possible links to lung cancer. DEEE are of particular concern where engines are run in enclosed environments, for example warehouses or mines.

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RR990 – Retrofit anti-vibration devices: A study of their effectiveness and influence on hand-arm vibration exposure

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

This project set out to try to determine what benefits could be gained in terms of reducing vibration exposure by retrofitting different types of anti-vibration device to different hand-held machines.

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RR988 – Ventilation of enclosures for removal of asbestos containing materials

Thursday, September 26, 2013

When removal of high-risk asbestos-containing materials takes place, the work should be carried out inside a specially constructed ventilated enclosure to prevent the spread of asbestos outside the work area. The aim of this research project was to investigate the factors that affect the containment potential of temporary ventilated enclosures.

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RR979 – Reproductive hazards literature search: Summary

Monday, September 2, 2013

The aim of this work was to establish a current picture of the main documented factors that may be associated with reproductive health, relevant to UK workers. The approach taken was to assess published reviews of literature on reproductive health and gender for workers in the UK, including chemical hazards, as well as other factors.

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RR982 – Real time measurement of dichloromethane containing mixtures

Friday, August 30, 2013

Dichloromethane (DCM), also known as methylene chloride, is typically used as a component of proprietary paint strippers. The aim of this project was to determine the suitability of commercial, real-time (direct-reading), portable gas detectors to monitor DCM in the presence of other volatile organic compounds typically found in paint strippers.

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RR980 – Generation of flammable mists from high flashpoint fluids: Literature review

Thursday, August 29, 2013

This report provides a survey of the recent literature on flammable mists and pulls together information that will be useful in developing a HAC methodology for explosive mist atmospheres. It focuses on the three fundamental issues: mist flammability, mist generation and mitigation measures.

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RR976 – Hydraulic injection injury

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hydraulic injection can be defined as the puncturing of the epidermis by a jet of a fluid under pressure. This report and the experimental work it describes offers an explanation of the injury mechanism and the current understanding of medical prognosis of injured parties upon sustaining an injury of this type.

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RR981 – Accuracy of photo-ionisation detectors at high concentrations of volatile organic compounds

Monday, August 12, 2013

This project was designed to develop a system which will allow the generation of vapour from selected VOC liquids at higher concentrations than can be supplied commercially in gas cylinders or from existing HSL systems, and to use this to investigate the accuracy of PIDs at these high concentrations.

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RR978 – Access equipment for construction work at height in residential properties

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The aim of this project was to identify reasonably practical measures to reduce the number of deaths of workers in micro enterprises (MEs), and those who work as sole traders, in carrying out repairs at height on residential properties.

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RR977 – Occupational Hygiene implications of processing waste at Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFs): Exposure to bioaerosol and dust

Friday, August 2, 2013

This report presents the findings of a study to investigate exposures to dust and its microbiological components amongst workers employed at Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFs).

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RR975 – Assessment of subjective and objective measurement systems of earplug attenuation on an individual

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The work detailed in this report aimed to assess the performance and test the reliability of two types of commercially available systems that measure earplug attenuation for individual wearers. Both systems investigated were found to have benefits and limitations; a number of recommendations are presented.

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RR974 – Identifying the human factors associated with the defeating of interlocks on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines

Monday, June 17, 2013

This research sought to identify reasons why operatives defeat interlocks on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, and to obtain an understanding of the extent of this behaviour across the UK engineering industry. The findings from this research provided a number of valuable insights about the frequency of defeating interlocks and the influences upon this behaviour.

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RR973 – Review of alarm setting for toxic gas and oxygen detectors

Friday, June 14, 2013

Current knowledge on alarm setting for toxic gas detectors was reviewed by a literature survey and consultation with stakeholders. The purpose of this review was to develop a framework for guidance on alarm setting for toxic gas detectors as information is lacking on the rationale behind setting alarm levels.

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RR972 – A survey of exposure to enzymes in cleaning solutions used to clean endoscopes

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Proteolytic enzymes are a recognised risk for respiratory and dermal allergy. Cases of asthma have been identified in health care workers using cleaning solutions containing these enzymes to decontaminate endoscopes and surgical equipment.

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RR970 – Follow-up and assessment of self reports of work-related illness in the Labour Force Survey

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Labour Force Survey provides estimates of the scale of work-related ill health across Great Britain. Given its reliance on self-reporting it is of interest to get a better understanding of the nature of the relationship between work and the illness, details of the conditions reported and the effect they have on individuals’ lives.

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RR969 – Evaluation of proficiency in health surveillance for hand-arm vibration post Faculty of Occupational Medicine accredited training courses

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Health surveillance has long been employed where the risk from hand-arm vibration is significant and is considered a critical part of controlling the risks of the long-term, irreversible health effect Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). Concerns about the quality of HAVS health surveillance provision and implementation exist.

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RR968 – Study and development of a methodology for the estimation of the risk and harm to persons from wind turbines

Monday, June 10, 2013

The work presented in this report has two main components. Firstly, research has been carried out to determine publicly available data for wind turbine failures and failure rates. The second component to the work has been to develop a ‘standard’ methodology for the risk assessment of harm to people from wind turbine failures.

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RR967 – The effectiveness of BS EN ISO 28927-9:2009 concerning the vibration emission of scaling hammers and needle scalers

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The work in this report provides HSE with information regarding: the likelihood that use of a tool’s vibration emission value will result in minimised vibration exposures for the end user; and the limitations of the declared vibration emission value measured according to the standard test code, for use in a vibration exposure assessment.

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