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Category: Research

HSE showcases this year’s scientific research achievements

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published its sixth annual Science Report highlighting the year’s achievements in science and engineering research.

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RR1002 – Review of standards for thermal protection PPE in the explosives industry

Friday, January 31, 2014

The main purpose of this report was to critically review the evidence available on the effectiveness of various Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) ensembles against realistic pyrotechnic challenges.

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RR1000 – Inadvertent operation of controls in excavator plant – insight, analysis and recommendations for prevention by design

Monday, January 20, 2014

There is extensive anecdotal information available which suggests that inadvertent operation of controls (IOOC) on excavators is a significant issue. This study was commissioned by HSE to gather evidence in the form of views, experiences and perceptions of both excavator operators, and subject matter experts working for both manufacturers and for a major training provider.

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RR993 – Technical input on ventilation effectiveness for area classification guidance EI15

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Energy Institute’s guidance on hazardous area classification “Area classification code for installations handling flammable fluids”, commonly known as EI15 (and previously IP15), is used extensively in the UK and elsewhere by the petroleum industry. Following recent developments in the field of area classification the Energy Institute wish to update EI15.

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RR997 – Modelling smoke and gas ingress into offshore temporary refuges

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Cullen report into the Piper Alpha disaster recommended that a temporary refuge (TR) should be provided on all offshore installations. This report sets out a model for determining TR impairment times arising from the ingress of smoke, flammable and toxic gas.

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RR996 – Review of self-isolation and restoration risk assessment models

Thursday, January 9, 2014

This report provides an independent review of two risk assessment models that will be used in conjunction with the gas distribution network operators (GDNs) gas supply emergency response plans.

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RR995 – Human Factors review of gas self-isolation and restoration field trial

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The gas distribution network operators (GDNs) must prepare emergency plans to respond to a widespread or prolonged loss of gas supply incident occurring on their part of the network. This report describes a desk-based review of the GDN field trial.

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RR991 – Response of small-scale blackpowder storage in partitioned wooden boxes to external fire

Friday, November 22, 2013

This research was to establish if a previously developed partitioned wooden box could be adapted to store 25 x 1 kg bottles of blackpowder whilst maintaining overall safety to response teams, demonstrate whether mass explosion occurred when the box was subjected to an external fire and to establish the fire resistance time of the box.

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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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