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Category: Research

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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RR966 – Current Practice in health surveillance for noise

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The aims of this study were to provide an indication of the quality and range of current practice in the delivery of health surveillance for workers exposed to noise at work in Great Britain.

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RR965 – An investigation into the effects of potential changes in concrete properties when aged and weathered on hand arm vibration emission magnitudes

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

This work aimed to replicate the situation that gave rise to the results detailed in RR868 and to identify variables that could account for any changes to the measured vibration emission.

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RR964 – Evaluation of the HSE worker involvement training courses: Final report

Thursday, May 30, 2013

This report presents the main findings of the Institute of Employment Studies’ evaluation of the Health and Safety Executive’s ‘Do Your Bit’ training for new health and safety representatives and for more established representatives and their managers, aimed at increasing the effectiveness of worker involvement in health and safety in organisations.

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RR963 – Exposure to hexavalent chromium, nickel and cadmium compounds in the electroplating industry

Friday, May 24, 2013

This research was conducted by HSE in partnership with the Surface Engineering Association (SEA). The aim was to investigate whether repeat Biological Monitoring (BM) over a period of time could be used to help drive sustainable improvements in exposure control.

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RR962 – Survey of noise emission and risk information supplied with a range of work machinery

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Previous work has shown that noise emission data provided by manufacturers can be of variable quality and based on standards that no longer exist. The aim of the project was to assess the suitability of information on noise emission required under the Supply of Machinery and Noise Emission Regulations.

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RR960 – Mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs): Phase 3

Friday, May 3, 2013

The work detailed in this report is the third phase of MEWPs research and has aimed to capture end users knowledge in relation to the key risk factors for entrapment/crushing whilst operating MEWPS, using insights gained from their experiences of incidents and near misses. The findings will influence ongoing inspection work and inform sector guidance.

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RR961 – Mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) incident analysis

Thursday, May 2, 2013

This report identifies accidents involving MEWPs and analyses common factors found. The work has focused on MEWP occupants being trapped against overhead or adjacent objects whilst in the platform of the MEWP, particularly when the operator becomes trapped over the controls (sustained involuntary operation of control).

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RR959 – Application of a testing regime for offshore fire dampers

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Fire dampers are used widely offshore as components of heating and ventilation systems yet the testing regime in place is inappropriate for offshore, where the possibility of hydrocarbon releases leading to a jet fire is high. In this report HSL have developed and proposed a new test and demonstrated its practicability.

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RR958 – The Pesticide Users’ Health Study: An analysis of mortality (1987-2005)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

An analysis of deaths occurring between 1987 and 2005 among members of the PUHS is presented in this report.

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RR957 – The Pesticide Users’ Health Study: Survey of pesticide usage

Monday, April 29, 2013

Findings of a survey to assess the history of pesticide usage among commercial pesticide users and to evaluate the level of self-reported ill health associated with pesticide exposure, undertaken during 2004 and 2006.

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RR956 – The Pesticide Users’ Health Study: An analysis of cancer incidence (1987-2004)

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Pesticide Users’ Health Study (PUHS) consists of pesticide users certified under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 (COPR). This report presents cancer incidence experienced by pesticide users in the PUHS, and compares this to the rates observed in the national population.

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RR954 – A comparative analysis of self-reported and medically certified incidence data on work-related illness

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The impact of work on health is of major importance to Government policy makers, employers and employees so it is important to be able to monitor the incidence and change in incidence of work-related ill-health over time.

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RR953 – Analysis of the correlates of self-reported work-related illness in the Labour Force Survey

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Work has long been acknowledged as an important social determinant of health with research being conducted as to how a range of workplace, personal and job characteristics influence occupational health. This report provides an analysis of work-related ill-health within the United Kingdom based upon data from the UK Labour Force Survey.

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RR951- Optimisation of the mechanical slip resistance test for footwear: Follow on study

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The measurement of the slip resistance of footwear is inherently difficult due to the complexity of the human gait. A number of studies have attempted to measure the parameters of walking and/or a slip, in order that realistic values can be incorporated into tests attempting to replicate the slip process.

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