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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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RR923 – Investigation of relationship between saturated vapour concentration and real exposure to vapour

Monday, July 9, 2012

This study was designed to provide information to better assess levels of risk and the potential for human exposure to low volatility chemical substances.

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RR922 – Evidence for exposure and harmful effects of diathermy plumes (surgical smoke): Evidence based literature review

Monday, July 9, 2012

This systematic review was carried out to identify existing evidence about surgical smoke (known as diathermy plume) and the potential harm to health care workers exposed in operating theatres.

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Report of an International Expert Symposium on the usefulness of Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Testing in Occupational Health Surveillance

Thursday, June 21, 2012

HSE is interested in exploring options to improve the standards of noise health surveillance to assist dutyholders in meeting the aspirations of a robust occupational health surveillance model that enables early detection of signs or symptoms of ill health and useful and timely data that can enable preventative actions in reducing irreversible noise induced hearing […]

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RR931: The burden of occupational cancer in Great Britain – Overview report

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

HSE commissioned Dr Lesley Rushton from Imperial College London to produce an updated and detailed estimate of the burden of occupational cancer in Great Britain. This project is the first to quantify this in detail.

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RR926 – On-tool controls to reduce exposure to respirable dusts in the construction industry: A review

Friday, June 8, 2012

Many processes in the construction industry create large quantities of inhalable and respirable dust. Such emissions must be adequately controlled to reduce exposure to below the occupational exposure limit. One of the most effective controls is the application of local exhaust ventilation (LEV) to control emissions at source. This research reviews and summarises the current […]

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RR925 – Healthy Design, Creative Safety: Approaches to health and safety teaching and learning in undergraduate schools of architecture

Friday, May 18, 2012

This report presents the results of a research project into the teaching of health and safety in undergraduate schools of Architecture in the UK. Previous studies into ‘identification and management of risk in undergraduate construction courses’ highlighted the need for schools of architecture to have a more consistent and integrated approach to the teaching of […]

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RR919 – Human factors that lead to non-compliance with standard operating procedures

Thursday, May 17, 2012

This report presents results from the Health and Safety Laboratory’s study on the Human Factors that lead to non-compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in Containment Level 3 (CL3) laboratories.

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Band 3 Business Development Managers – fixed term appointment 2 years

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Job vacancy details are now available for 3 positions as Business Development Manager within the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL). Closing date is Thursday, 24 May 2012.

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Band 1 Sales Director – fixed term appointment 2 years

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Job vacancy details are now available for the position of Sales Director within the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL). Closing date is 24 May 2012.

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RR920 – Evaluation of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007

Friday, April 13, 2012

In September 2003, the Health and Safety Commission took the decision to revise the existing Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM 1994) with the objective of improving the management of risk. Consequently, CDM 2007 came into force on 6 April 2007. It was agreed to evaluate CDM 2007 following a period of operation.

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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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