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RR921 – Occupational Health Provision on the Olympic Park and Athletes’ Village: Final report

Thursday, April 12, 2012

This report presents the results of a research project which examined the performance of the occupational health (OH) provision on the Olympic Park and Athletes’ Village. The report is based on information provided by the OH team of clinical staff and occupational hygienists on the site as well as data collected from managers and workers […]

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RR913 – Linking HSE activities to health and safety outcomes: A feasibility study

Monday, April 2, 2012

This research investigates the feasibility and challenges of developing quantitative evidence of links between ongoing activities and reductions in death, injury and causes of ill health caused by work.

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RR909 – Safety performance indicators in the explosives sector: Development of a worked example

Thursday, March 29, 2012

This work builds on the examples and indicators identified in previous work (Ferguson and Nash, 2008), and aimed to encapsulate the types of activities common to a large number of organisations.

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RR916 – Risk assessment for VCE scenario in an aerosol warehouse

Monday, March 5, 2012

n 2006, Dr Graham Atkinson of HSL was asked by HSE to review the risks from fires in large aerosol stores (Atkinson, 2007). Atkinson reviewed incident statistics and reports and concluded that the greatest risk to people from such fires was from explosions, not from the fire itself.

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RR915 – The major accident failure rates project: Concept phase

Monday, March 5, 2012

The major accident failure rates project is a joint venture between the UK and the Netherlands to address the feasibility of updating generic failure rates used in risk assessment for major hazard chemical plants.

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RR844 – An assessment of the level of compliance with the statutory duty to obtain insurance under the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969: Final Report

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

If employees become ill or injured at work, they might be able to claim compensation from their employer. The ELCI Act (1969) requires that employers take out insurance against such claims. There are some exemptions to this, including public bodies, and those employing specified relatives only. Previous research in this area has found inconsistent levels […]

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RR912 – Management of ageing: A framework for nuclear chemical facilities

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Managing ageing plant effectively requires a paradigm shift in the way that asset condition is regarded, assessed and maintained.

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RR910 – Survival of Legionella pneumophila in metalworking fluids

Friday, February 24, 2012

HSE asked HSL to gather supporting evidence as to whether or not water miscible MWFs pose a Legionella infection risk and whether a Legionella risk assessment and appropriate actions are necessary. Three short studies were undertaken.

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RR914 – An evaluation of the efficacy of safer sharps devices: Systematic review

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sharps-related injuries carry the risk of serious blood borne infection. A systematic review was undertaken to consider the evidence related to safer sharps devices and their impact on needlestick injury reduction within the healthcare sector.

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RR908 – Vapour cloud formation: Experiments and modelling

Monday, February 13, 2012

Hazard analysis for overfilling of a tank with a volatile liquid is a complex and important problem but (prior to the Buncefield incident) had not been the subject of significant research effort.

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RR906 – Collision and injury criteria when working with collaborative robots

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

This study explores the safety, reliability and evidence for the force limits defined by the draft TS 15066, and of the methods for testing them. It also addressed whether the proposed approach in the draft TS 15066 is likely to adequately protect people from the risks.

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RR901 – Prospective evaluation of the 1991 NIOSH Lifting Equation

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

An epidemiological prospective cohort study of the ability of the 1991 NIOSH Lifting Equation to predict loss of time from work due to low back pain (LBP) or to predict reports of LBP followed 515 industrial workers in jobs requiring manual handling for 18 months.

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RR903 – Review on the validity and reliability of self-reported work-related illness

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Self-report is an efficient and accepted means of assessing population characteristics, risk factors, and diseases and is frequently used in occupational health studies.

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RR900 – Visualisation and control of solder fume exposure: A quantitative assessment of LEV effectiveness

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Colophony or Rosin Based Solder Flux Fume is a known cause of occupational asthma and as such exposure to it should be controlled. An effective method of engineering exposure control is to use local exhaust ventilation (LEV) to extract the fume at source.

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RR904 – Mists created by the use of compressed airlines for the removal of metalworking fluids

Monday, December 5, 2011

The potential impact of the use of compressed air for the removal of residual metalworking fluids on health was investigated using a test chamber approach followed by a workplace study.

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RR902 – Chloride stress corrosion cracking in austenitic stainless steel: Assessing susceptibility and structural integrity

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chloride stress corrosion cracking (CLSCC) is one the most common reasons why austenitic stainless steel pipework and vessels deteriorate in the chemical processing and petrochemical industries. Deterioration by CLSCC can lead to failures that have the potential to release stored energy and hazardous substances.

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RR899 – High reliability organisations: A review of the literature

Monday, November 28, 2011

In recent years there has been a huge increase in the literature talking about the control of major hazard risks, in particular the philosophies of high reliability organisations, resilience management and safety culture. This report identifies key features and characteristics that need to be adopted by organisations to achieve ongoing high reliability and safety objectives.

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RR882 – Conveyance and use of gas from non-conventional sources

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The HSE commissioned a study to review the available data on NCS gas composition to support assessment of hazards and risks associated with the introduction of NCS gas into pipeline networks.

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RR839 – A study of current working practices for refrigeration field service engineers

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

As a result of a refrigeration related fatality in Stevenage in 2004 HSL has been requested by Stevenage Borough Council to carry out a study of current working practices for refrigeration service engineers. This focuses primarily on the equipment, practices and procedures employed in order to carry out leak detection and other repair work on […]

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RR894 – Hand-arm vibration of horticultural machinery Part 2

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In recent years there have been many cases of HAVS being reported for people who work in agriculture, horticulture and landscape gardening. The work described in this report assesses the standard test for hedge trimmers defined in BS EN ISO 10517:2009 for repeatability and ease of use and where possible for reproducibility.

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