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Category: Research

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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RR844 – An assessment of the level of compliance with the statutory duty to obtain insurance under the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969: Final Report

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

If employees become ill or injured at work, they might be able to claim compensation from their employer. The ELCI Act (1969) requires that employers take out insurance against such claims. There are some exemptions to this, including public bodies, and those employing specified relatives only. Previous research in this area has found inconsistent levels […]

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RR912 – Management of ageing: A framework for nuclear chemical facilities

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Managing ageing plant effectively requires a paradigm shift in the way that asset condition is regarded, assessed and maintained.

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RR910 – Survival of Legionella pneumophila in metalworking fluids

Friday, February 24, 2012

HSE asked HSL to gather supporting evidence as to whether or not water miscible MWFs pose a Legionella infection risk and whether a Legionella risk assessment and appropriate actions are necessary. Three short studies were undertaken.

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RR914 – An evaluation of the efficacy of safer sharps devices: Systematic review

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sharps-related injuries carry the risk of serious blood borne infection. A systematic review was undertaken to consider the evidence related to safer sharps devices and their impact on needlestick injury reduction within the healthcare sector.

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