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Domestic Gas October 2017

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Welcome to the HSE Domestic gas eBulletin

A wide range of information can be found on the Domestic Gas Health and Safety websiteIt includes help for both landlords and tenants as well as others.  This bulletin provides additional information relating to the topic.

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Do you find this eBulletin useful? … Are there any items or information that you'd like to see in future? … Please feel free to provide feedback or ideas by emailing:  gas.enquiries@hse.gov.uk.


Reporting gas-related incidents


Gas Safe Register news

Gas Safe Silent Killer trailer

Are you safe from The Silent Killer this Halloween?

The latest activity from Gas Safe Register targets students living in rented accommodation. They are promoting a short video that is intended to look like a trailer for the latest Halloween horror called The Silent Killer. The film highlights clues at the end of the trailer, which reveal that the Silent Killer is, in fact, carbon monoxide (CO). The viewer is made aware of what signs to look for that could indicate carbon monoxide poisoning and advises that gas appliances should be checked every 12 months.

You can watch the trailer here and if you'd like to help share this important message you can retweet or share messages from Gas Safe Register on Twitter or Facebook.


HSE gas-related press releases

Here are the details of HSE's gas-related prosecutions from August 2017 to October 2017

Guilty: A Devon landlord put his tenants at risk carrying out gas work himself.

Guilty: A Norfolk builder carried out work that resulted in a gas explosion that injured two tenants.

Guilty: A North West building firm built over a flue causing four people to suffer carbon monoxide poisoning.

Guilty: A Cornwall landlord failed to have his appliances maintained putting tenants at risk.

Guilty: A Cornwall handyman carried out gas work leaving it in a dangerous condition. He was not a registered engineer.

Guilty: A Neath gas fitter who wasn't registered carried out gas work despite being warned not to do so.

Guilty: A Norfolk gas fitter carried out dangerous work and falsified documents.


Contact HSE

Gas Safety Advice Line - Call 0800 300 363 or visit Gas safety contacts and information sources

Report an accident - Visit RIDDOR

Report - no landlords' gas safety record

 

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Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit - 22 November 2017 - book now!

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Welcome to a special LEV eBulletin about upcoming events and training courses

Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit 2017

Wednesday 22 November 2017
QEII Centre, London, SW1P 3EE

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

Do you need to dust down your LEV? Only 24% of firms who have invested in LEV are effectively controlling the hazards to their workforce. Lung disease, linked to exposure to chemicals and dust, results in 12,000 deaths per year. 

An estimated 400,000 working days are lost each year to breathing and lung problems.

HSE are targeting inspections at those failing to manage and control health risks, so if you want to learn more about how to control exposure and find out what HSE is doing to tackle lung disease, join the HSE Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit in London on 22 November.


Upcoming LEV training courses

HSL Training & Conferences Unit, Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9JN

HSE Training and Conferences are running 2 BOHS approved training courses related to LEV awareness and practical management of LEV controls. 

The Practical Management of LEV Controls course, on Tuesday 5 December, will demonstrate how to successfully manage LEV controls in order to get effective, efficient, and reliable control of airborne contaminants, for the least cost. 

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

The one day LEV Awareness course is specifically designed to provide delegates with an overview of the regulations and utilisation of LEV systems in the workplace. 

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Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit, 22 November 2017: Book now!

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Welcome to a special Health and Social Care eBulletin about our upcoming Healthy Lungs and Musculoskeletal Disorder Summits 

Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit 

Tuesday 22 November 2017, QEII Centre, London, SW1P 3EE 

Book your place(s) here

Musculoskeletal Disorders Summit

Wednesday 21 March 2018, QEII Centre, London, SW1P 3EE 

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HSE has set three priorities for our work on occupational health: occupational lung disease, musculoskeletal disorders and work-related stress. 

We're applying the Stress Management Standards through pilot exercises within the health sector, and re-energising the control measures for tackling MSDs as well as providing direction and guidance on the management of violence and aggression. 

Occupational lung disease continues to contribute substantially to work-related ill health and includes a wide range of conditions. 

Find out how you can help your colleagues Go Home Healthy by attending HSE's Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit on 22 November 2017 and the Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Summit on 21 March 2018.  

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Pesticides E-Bulletin: Public consultation launched on scientific evaluation occupational exposure

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Welcome to the HSE Pesticides eBulletin

This e-bulletin is from HSE's pesticides team

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Public consultation launched on scientific evaluation occupational exposure and benzene and acrylonitrile comments sought by 7th and 10th November 2017

Apologies for the short deadline, but we would like to bring to your attention the following:

 

The European Commission has asked the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to consider possible new occupational exposure limits for benzene and acrylonitrile. ECHA's Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) has now launched a public consultation on the proposals and the deadline for comments for benzene is the 7th November and for acrylonitrile is 10th November. The assessment documents and comments form can be found at https://echa.europa.eu/echas-executive-director-requests-to-the-committees .

 

The current UK 8h TWA Workplace Exposure Limits are 1 ppm / 3.25 mg/m3 for benzene and 2 ppm / 4.4 mg/m3 for acrylonitrile. It appears that the proposals, if ultimately implemented, would reduce these significantly. In addition, the possibility of introducing Short-Term Exposure Limits and/or Biological Limit Values/Biological Guidance Values is discussed. You may wish to comment on any likely impact on your company or industry.

 

If it is possible for you to forward to HSE a paper or electronic copy of any comments that you have submitted to ECHA, we would be pleased to receive them. Please send to OccHyg@hse.gov.uk

 

The final RAC opinion will be published on ECHA's website by 26 March 2018.

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Recycling company fined £650,000 after reversing vehicle fatality.

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Waste and Recycling eBulletin

October 2017

 
 

Recycling company fined £650,000 after reversing vehicle fatality.

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Savanna Rags International Limited of Forest Road Mansfield pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and was fined £650,000, after a worker was fatally injured by a reversing vehicle.

On 26 April 2016, a worker at the clothing and textile recycling company was fatally injured when she was struck by a reversing delivery vehicle.

The HSE investigation found that there were no measures in place to adequately segregate pedestrians from moving vehicles; and there wasn't a safe system of work to ensure that reversing was minimised and vehicles could manoeuvre safely.

Incidents involving vehicles is one of the most common cause of fatal injuries in this sector. Again we call on everyone working in the industry to take the time to refresh their knowledge of HSE advice and guidance, available for free on our website. Those using transport on waste & recycling sites should remind themselves of the relevant WISH guidance on safe use of transport on sites  Waste 09  and check that sites are operating legally and safely.

HSE is currently in the middle of targeting the sector with an inspection initiative that will look at safe use of transport amongst other activities to ensure effective management and control of risk on sites.

 

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