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Category: Research

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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New methods for Hazardous Area Classification for explosive gas atmospheres Seminar – Buxton, 8 March 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

This seminar will provide a practical guide to area classification taking into account recent research that has been carried out by the Health and Safety Laboratory. This seminar will provide useful and practical information that will help attendees carry out HAC for their organisations.

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RR952 – A review of the literature on effective leadership behaviours for safety

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

There is widespread agreement between industry, regulators, academics and the press that leadership is a key component of a safe organisation. While there is considerable literature on leadership, very little of this addresses the issue of safety, particularly in the major hazard sector. This research aims to identify specific leadership styles, attitudes, behaviours and practices […]

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Research reveals secrets of Olympics safety success

Friday, November 30, 2012

The secret factors behind the safety successes during construction of the London 2012 Olympic Park have been revealed in a new study.

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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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