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Category: Research

RR955 – Pre-conditioning for success: Characteristics and factors ensuring a safe build for the Olympic Park

Friday, November 30, 2012

This research has looked to identify factors which have contributed to the London 2012 Olympic Park being delivered on time, on budget and with an exemplary health and safety record.

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RR945 – Potential for leaks of LPG from underground pipes into caravans and park homes

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

This report considers ventilation requirements for caravans and park homes which have a skirt installed to enclose the volume underneath them. Ventilation is considered in relation to the possibility of LPG leaking into the space under the caravan / park home due to corrosion of any underground LPG service pipe which rises under it.

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RR950 – Preliminary fire testing of composite offshore pedestrian gratings

Monday, October 29, 2012

This preliminary study has demonstrated that the current fire certification of FRP gratings by a standardised (ASTM E119 cellulosic fire) time-temperature curve is not representative of the temperature profile of a hydrocarbon pool fire.

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RR948 – Uptake and quality of health surveillance for hand-arm vibration and noise exposure: A telephone based survey among dutyholders

Monday, October 8, 2012

Health surveillance (HS) is the systematic supervision of workers looking for early signs of work-related ill health in employees exposed to certain hazards. This report details a telephone-based questionnaire study on the uptake and quality of HS for the hazards of noise and hand-arm vibration. The study was undertaken during 2009-2010 and was centred on […]

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RR947 – Investigation of techniques to discriminate between TDI and TDA exposures in biological samples

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Isocyanates continue to be one of the leading causes of occupational asthma in the UK and biological monitoring is a valuable tool in assessing exposure to them. The work described here has shown some progress in being able to differentiate between toluene diamine (TDA) and toluene diisocyanate (TDI) exposures through the analysis of urine samples.

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RR946 – Age related changes and safety critical work: Identification of tools and a review of the literature

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The removal of a compulsory retirement age may have implications for health and safety at work, and as such is a cross-cutting issue for HSE. This piece of work has aimed to assess existing evidence on age related changes in performance and safety critical work, identify tools that assist dutyholders to assess human function and […]

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RR944 – Synthetic biology: A review of the technology, and current and future needs from the regulatory framework in Great Britain

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Synthetic biology has been described as “the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, and the re-design of existing, natural biological systems for useful purposes”. Potential applications include more efficient or inexpensive drug production and developing new renewable energy sources, micro-organisms for environmental remediation of pollutants, and biosensors to detect infections in […]

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RR943 – Development of analytical methods for low molecular weight isocyanates in workplace air: Part 2 – Isocyanic Acid and Methyl Isocyanate

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Monoisocyanates cause irritation to the eyes, skin and respiratory system. Existing methods for the determination of isocyanates were developed primarily to detect large di-isocyanate molecules and the analytical techniques employed are such that low molecular weight mono-isocyanates are not detected. The current work describes a modified detection method that enables separation, and therefore quantification, of […]

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RR904 – Mists created by the use of compressed airlines for the removal of metalworking fluids: Assessment of the possible exposure health risks

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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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RR938 – Residual stress measurements and modelling

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Residual stresses are unavoidably generated in components after welding. Tensile residual stress in engineering structures generally has an adverse effect on structural integrity. It can cause detrimental effects on brittle fracture, corrosion properties and fatigue performance. There is strong interest in the offshore industry to better understand the magnitude and the distribution of through-wall thickness […]

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RR939 – An investigation into mechanical aids and automation for reducing the risks of repetitive handling tasks involving the upper limbs

Friday, August 10, 2012

The aim of the research is to review current literature on mechanical handling aids and automated systems that reduce musculoskeletal injury risks for the upper limbs as well as commercially available products. The objectives of this research were to: undertake a literature review to identify if there is any guidance or information currently available in […]

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RR940 – Suitability of Slider 55 rubber for use as a standardised slider material for the simulation of barefoot pedestrians

Friday, August 3, 2012

Slider 55 rubber has been used by the United Kingdom Slip Resistance Group (UKSRG) with the Pendulum Test to simulate the slip resistance characteristics of a barefoot pedestrian, when assessing floor surfaces for use in shower areas, changing rooms and swimming pools. The aim of this study was to investigate the suitability of Slider 55 […]

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HSL Report – Legionella outbreaks and HSE investigations; an analysis of contributory factors

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Health and Safety Laboratory was tasked by HSE’s Legionella Committee in September 2011 to gather data on outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in Great Britain. This was done for the 10 year period to August 2011, to identify the relationship with a range of factors.

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HSE tells companies to improve their management of legionella risks

Friday, July 27, 2012

Businesses are being told to do more to protect workers and members of the public from exposure to legionella.

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Supervisor and team leader competence in roadside waste and recycling collection activities

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has commissioned the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) to work in partnership with the waste and recycling industry to: identify what competencies supervisors and team leaders need to manage health and safety effectively. In other words, what knowledge, skills attitudes and behaviours does a supervisor or team leader who […]

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RR942 – Safety culture on the Olympic Park

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Preparations for hosting the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games have involved large scale construction programmes to deliver new venues and fit out existing buildings and infrastructure. This report presents the findings of a research study commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to identify good practice […]

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RR924 – Load security on double-deck trailers

Monday, July 16, 2012

This research has considered good practice in the safe use of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) with more than one load bed and has identified measures that operators can take to reduce the risks inherent in using double-deck trailers.

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RR941 – London 2012: The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 – Dutyholder roles and impact

Thursday, July 12, 2012

This project researched the extent to which CDM helped or hindered the construction of London 2012 by reviewing how CDM duties were put into practice.

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RR937 – Flammable vapour cloud risks from tank overfilling incidents

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

This report documents research undertaken in 2007 and 2008 to examine the important factors affecting the production of flammable vapour in incidents where large storage tanks of volatile liquids are overfilled.

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RR936 – Buncefield investigation: Liquid flow and vapour production

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Blast and fire damage at Buncefield followed ignition of an extensive low-lying cloud rich in hydrocarbons. This cloud developed during overfilling of a tank with unleaded petrol. The purpose of this report is to explain the connection between the loss of containment and the generation of a combustible cloud.

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