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Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit

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August 2017

 
 

Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit

 

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22 November 2017, Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London

 

Lung disease remains a serious problem in the workplace contributing to an estimated 12,000 deaths a year and thousands more with life limiting conditions.  Workplace lung disease is therefore one of the key topics in HSE's Health and Work Strategy.  This Summit will describe what HSE is doing about it, what you can do about it and what science and evidence can tell us.  Afternoon sessions will focus on occupational asthma and respirable crystalline silica.  The summit will be of interest to a wide range of people including employers, Unions, health and safety advisors, academics and other health and safety professionals.

 

Early Bird registration up until 1st September 2017 is £350. Standard registration from 2nd September is £425

 

For further details and to book a place at the Summit visit https://www.hsl.gov.uk/healthy-lungs

 

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Safe use of Ladders

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Safe use of ladders

Combination ladders

Following a recent fatal accident investigation, HSE is strongly advising all duty holders and users of combination ladders to ensure that they:

  • carry out pre-use checks;
  • use them in accordance with instructions;
  • check the locking mechanism(s).

Failure to do so could result in serious accidents.

Telescopic ladders. 

The use of telescopic ladders is growing more popular due to their ease of storage and convenience; however, there are numerous issues with many of these products due to the number of components involved and their construction. Namely:

  •   they are often rated for a lower load (person, tools and materials);
  •   the stiles are prone to greater bending;
  •   they are prone to greater bending of the frame.

The issues are likely to increase with the height of the ladder.

The situation is compounded by significant numbers of substandard products that are being made available on the UK market.  These are often low cost products that are attractive and are imported from outside the EU. Some of these have been implicated in serious accidents, including fatalities. The relevant European Standard – BS EN 131-6:2015 – provides more information on the design requirements. 

Duty holders and users should ensure that:

  • pre-use checks on the ladders are thorough, checking the components and operation of each and every locking mechanism (often one or two per rung) and the associated release mechanism(s);
  • the ladders are stored well, transported carefully and maintained (including cleaning) as dirt and grit etc. can affect locking mechanisms;
  •  they understand the limitations and likely performance of their ladder, e.g. strength, bending etc.

Trading Standards are aware of the substandard products and have been taking action, e.g.

http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/news_events/news-updates/2017/march/news_items/warning_after_safety_tests_lead_to_over_32000_telescopic_ladders_being_withdrawn_from_sale.asp

Guidance

HSE will be amending its ladder guidance INDG455: Safe use of ladders and stepladders: A brief guide

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg455.pdf  to highlight these two issues.

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