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Engineering eBulletin no 27

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Engineering eBulletin

News from HSE

HSE's Inspection priorities

From January inspectors have been targeting sites that carry out metal fabrication looking at the control of exposure to welding fume and metalworking fluids. This will continue into the summer.  Information on controlling the risks from these hazardous substances can be found through the inspection programme link below.

 

The purpose of the Inspection Programme is to target sectors using substances causing cancer, asthma and silicosis to ensure the risks are properly managed. Ill health effects from exposure to these substances can be chronic and life-changing and every year many workers develop occupational asthma or occupational cancer as a result of exposures to substances in their workplace.

 

A company has recently been prosecuted for the failure to control the risks from metalworking fluids (more details below).

 

Manufacturing Sector Plan for 2017-2018: your comments requested

We are actively seeking feedback from engineering industry stakeholders and other manufacturing industry stakeholders on HSE's draft Manufacturing Sector Plan.

If you wish to comment on the draft visit HSE's Strategies and Plans Webpages.

There are also plans to hold a series of regional roadshows in 2017 and HSE's website will be updated regularly with further details.

 

Health and safety at work statistics published for 2016

HSE's latest annual statistics have been published and show that while Britain continues to be one of the safest places to work in Europe, many workers are still being injured or made ill by work.

The statistics show that an estimated 30.4 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2015/16 and the estimated costs to Britain of injuries and ill health due to current working conditions is £14.1 billion (2014/15 figures based on 2014 prices). For more information visit HSE's Statistics Website.

A new Health and Safety at Work Vital statistics 2016 Poster can be purchased from HSE's Publications Website.


Updated Regulations and Guidance

Flashback arrestors are a legal requirement on oxy-acetylene sets

The regulations about the use and maintenance of oxy-acetylene equipment were updated (The Acetylene Safety (England and Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2014) and included a new mandatory requirement to use suitable flashback arrestors.

There is concern that the requirement to use flashback arrestors may not have been fully implemented by all welding operators.  The requirement for flashback arrestors is a reasonably practicable control of the risk and that is why the law requires them.  Please ensure you and your workers are protected by fitting the arrestors.  Free advice on the law and best practice in this area is available from the BCGA on its Welding Matters Webpage

Safety in the storage and handling of steel and other metal stock

This revised guidance is aimed at directors, owners, managers and supervisors and concentrates on the most common hazards, including (un)loading of delivery vehicles, storage systems, workplace transport, mechanical lifting and injuries from sharp edges.

Many accidents, some resulting in death and serious injury, continue to occur during the storage and handling of steel and other metal stock. They cause enormous social and economic cost over and above the human tragedy involved so it is in everyone's interest that they are reduced. 

Download your free copy from HSE's Website.


Fines and Prosecutions

Fatalities

£1M fine for manufacturing Company after worker killed

A manufacturing company based in Hemel Hempstead has been fined £1million after a worker was crushed to death by falling machinery. The worker was moving a large CNC milling machine within the factory in Grantham when it overturned and killed him. More information can be found on HSE's Press Release.

Fabricator fined after worker crushed to death

An Oldham manufacturing firm has been prosecuted and fined £70,000 with £5,000 costs after a worker died after he was crushed under metal pipework whilst operating a side-loader forked lift truck carrying a vacuum packed pipe bundle. More information can be found on HSE's Press Release.

Health

Uxbridge manufacturer fined after workers develop debilitating lung conditions

An Uxbridge manufacturer of ejector seats has been fined £800,000 after three workers developed debilitating lung conditions. Three skilled CNC machine operators developed extrinsic allergic alveolitis after many years of years of exposure to the mist of working metal fluid. More information see HSE's Press Release. 

More information on metalworking fluids, extrinsic allergic alveolitis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis visit HSE's Website.

Fine for engine car part manufacturer after workers suffer back injuries

A car component manufacturer has been sentenced and fined ££183,340 with £21,277.10 costs after six workers experienced back injuries from repeatedly lifting heavy car engine parts by hand. A HSE investigation found workers who were based on two of the company's production lines were expected to manually lift engine components weighing up to 21kgs, hundreds of times during a shift. Mechanical lifting aids were either not provided, not suitable, or no training had been received by workers in how to operate them. More information on the prosecution can be found on HSE's Press Release.


Events

HSE's Stress Summit

HSE's first ever Stress Summit is taking place on 16th March 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster, London.  In 2015/16 stress, anxiety and depression resulted in 11.7 million working days lost at an estimated social and economic cost of £5.2 billion. Not only is work related stress damaging to health and wellbeing, it can impact productivity, competitiveness and profitability. For more information and details of the summit visit HSL's Events Page.


Free guidance covering a wide range of engineering health and safety topics is available on HSE's website.

 

This bulletin provides a sample of the wide range of information that can be found under 'What's New' on HSE's website.

 

Please feel free to use this information and pass it on, using your own networks.

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Biocides e-Bulletin: One Day Seminar: Regulating Biocidal Products in the UK

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One Day Seminar: Regulating Biocidal Products in the UK

HSE's Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) will be holding a one-day seminar on the regulation of biocidal products in the UK under the Biocidal Products Regulation 528/2012 (EU BPR).

The seminar will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Liverpool City Centre on Wednesday 24th May, 2017.  Registration will begin from 9:00 am. The day will start at 9:45 am and finish around 4:30 pm.  The cost per delegate to attend the seminar will be £435.00 (plus VAT).

Format of the Day 

During the morning session members of CRD's Biocidal Products Authorisation team will deliver a series of presentations providing background information, practical advice and guidance on the application process and a range of application types using a theoretical product portfolio.

The interactive afternoon session will provide an opportunity to share business' experience of the benefits and burdens of the current regulatory scheme and also discuss the future opportunities and challenges facing the sector, accompanied with short presentations from British Coatings Federation, Chemical Industries Association and members of HSE's Policy and Enforcement teams.

The seminar will cover:

  • Informative presentations on a range of application types covered by the current EU legislation, the EU BPR:
    National Authorisations (single products) and mutual recognition;
    Union Authorisation;
    Simplified Authorisation;
    Same Biocidal Product Authorisation;
    Parallel Trade Permits.
  • Presentations from industry on their experiences of working within the BPR.
  • An opportunity to discuss your experiences on the benefits and burdens of the current regulatory environment under the BPR.
  • Share your views on how the UK leaving the European Union might affect existing and future biocidal product authorisations.

Registrations

Because of the nature of the event, places will be limited to a maximum of 60 delegates, and will be issued on a first-come first-served basis.

If you wish to register for the seminar please visit http://www.hsl.gov.uk/crd and complete an online registration form.

The closing date for applications is 28th April 2017.

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Welding eBulletin no 22

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Welding  

News from HSE

HSE Inspection priorities

From January inspectors have been targeting sites that carry out metal fabrication looking at the control of exposure to welding fume and metalworking fluids. This will continue into the summer.  Information on controlling the risks from these hazardous substances can be found through the inspection programme link below.

The purpose of the Inspection Programme is to target sectors using substances causing cancer, asthma and silicosis to ensure the risks are properly managed. Ill health effects from exposure to these substances can be chronic and life-changing and every year many workers develop occupational asthma or occupational cancer as a result of exposures to substances in their workplace.

Manufacturing Sector Plan: your comments requested

We are actively seeking feedback on HSE's draft Manufacturing Sector Plan.  If you wish to comment on the draft, visit HSE's Strategies and Plans Webpages.

There are also plans to hold a series of regional roadshows in 2017 and HSE's website will be updated with further details.

Launch of Health and Work strategy

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP has pledged her support for a new strategy for health in Britain's workplaces. The announcement was supported by HSE Chair, Martin Temple and it illustrates HSE's contribution to wider government initiatives on work and health.

The HSE's Health and Work strategy informs of priorities which focus on work-related stress, musculoskeletal disorders and occupational lung disease.

Become a member of the Helping Great Britain work well LinkedIn discussion group and network. You can comment on our strategies and plans, share ideas and tell us what you are doing to help improve Britain's record on work-related health. Follow the conversation on social media: #HelpGBWorkWell


Events and Campaigns

Badairday Website: The Welding Fume Hazard Partnership

The Welding Fume Team has been renamed. It is a partnership brought together by HSE, with the aim of promoting awareness and highlighting the potential risks to respiratory health from exposure to welding and thermal cutting fume.  

For more information, and to learn more about the activities of the Welding Fume Team visit the Badairday Website.

Health Risks at Work: do you know yours?

The Health Risks at Work initiative provides simple, concise information to help small businesses manage five key health at work risk areas:

  • Breathing
  • Skin
  • Muscles, bones and joints
  • Hearing and touch
  • Wellbeing

For more information on the Campaign visit Safety Groups UK

Find your local Safety group by visiting Local Safety Groups

Clean Air? – Take Care!

Clean Air? - Take Care! is a new joint initiative between the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) and HSE aimed at reducing occupational lung disease. The initiative is centred on a range of national activities and educational seminars designed to raise awareness among RPE users, employers, fit testers and advisors on the correct selection, deployment, use, maintenance and storage of RPE. More information including campaign videos, posters and campaign documents visit British Safety Industry Federation's Webpages.

Measurement of Hazardous Exposures Training Course

Exposure to hazardous substances is a major cause of work related ill health. HSE estimates that there are around 13,000 deaths each year from work-related lung disease and cancer caused by past exposure, primarily to chemicals and dusts, at work. Many more people are disabled, or have their quality of life impaired, through workplace exposures to dusts and chemicals. The Measurement on Hazardous Exposure Training Course will be held on 8 March 2017 and more details can be found by visiting HSL's Training Webpage.

HSE Stress Summit

HSE's first ever Stress Summit is taking place on 16th March 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster, London.  In 2015/16 stress, anxiety and depression resulted in 11.7 million working days lost at an estimated social and economic cost of £5.2 billion. Not only is work related stress damaging to health and wellbeing, it can impact productivity, competitiveness and profitability. For more information and details of the summit visit HSL's Events Page.

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