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Engineering eBulletin No 30

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HSE Engineering eBulletin No 30

HSE's Engineering Webpages

This free eBulletin from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to provide you with specific updates, news and information that may be of interest to the Engineering industries.

Engineering

News from HSE

Go Home Healthy Campaign

HSE have launched a new campaign focusing on preventing ill health and asking employers to do the right thing and protect their workers' health. The key message is that everyone should go home healthy from work.  The focus of the campaign is on HSE's three health priorities. Twelve thousand workers die each year from lung disease. Nine million working days are lost each year because of musculoskeletal disorders. Twelve million working days were lost last year because of stress. Find out more about how you can get involved in the campaign by visiting the Go Home Healthy Webpages.

Health priority and Sector plans

HSE's focus over the next 3–5 years is set out in sector and cross-cutting thematic plans. These cover 19 industry sectors and 3 themes on work-related ill health. These can be viewed at HSE's Sector Plans The Manufacturing Sector Plan is one of the plans that will be of interest to this sector. It covers a diverse range of activities and covers the health and safety priorities for this sector. On average, 27 workers are killed each year in this sector, accounting for almost 20% of all workplace fatalities. In addition, around 86,000 workers are believed to suffer a work related illness. Health issues which are a priority in this sector include musculoskeletal disorders, work-related stress and occupational lung disease.  In addition to this the priorities include reducing serious and fatal accidents, particularly those caused by heavy loads, maintenance and catastrophic events.


Events

Lungs

Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit - still a few places available

Lung disease remains a serious problem in the workplace and this Summit will describe what HSE is doing about it, what you can do about it, and what science and evidence can tell us. You will benefit from attending if you are an employer, a health and safety professional, an occupational health advisor or a consultant. It will also be of interest to trade and sector bodies, unions and academics and professionals working on workplace lung disease. 

For more details on the Summit that is being held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on 22nd November visit HSL's Events Page or email healthylungs@hsl.gsi.gov.uk.


Taming Tigers: Safety Excellence in Engineering

HSL is to run a 2 day course on Taming Tigers: Safety Excellence in Engineering - in partnership with The University of Manchester. The Masterclass will be run at the Health & Safety Laboratory in the spa town of Buxton.

The Masterclasses will take place on 20th & 21st March 2018. More information can be found on HSL's Events Webpage.

Work Related MSDs Summit

HSE is hosting a Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Summit on 21 March 2018 at the QEII Centre in London. Tackling MSDs needs everyone to #WorkRight and share an ambition for workers to go home healthy.

More information about the event including speaker profiles, sponsorship packages and costs can be found on HSL's Events Website. Alternatively you can email MSDsummit@hsl.gsi.gov.uk


Recent Fines and Prosecutions

Fatalities

Steel Manufacturer fined after death

A manufacturer of steel building components has been fined £285,000 and ordered to pay costs of £29,961.48 after a worker was fatally crushed when a steel beam emerging from a machine pushed another beam and crushed him against a closed door. More information on the accident and prosecution can be found on HSE's Press Release.

Lincolnshire company fined after worker killed falling from cherry picker

A worker sustained fatal injuries after falling from a cherry picker at a factory in Grantham in Lincolnshire.  The company was fined £200,000 and were ordered to pay costs of £5,622 after the worker fell while climbing from the basket of a cherry picker onto an overhead travelling crane to repair it. More information on the accident and prosecution can be found on HSE's Press Release.

More information on mobile elevating work platforms can be found on HSE's Website.

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAV's)

Two Engineering firms fined after exposing workers to HAV's

Two Engineering firms have been fined a total of £140,000 with £8,412 costs after failing to control the risks to its employees from adequately controlled exposure to vibration while working with hand tools.  

A Cheshire company failed to ensure the risks to its employees from exposure was adequately controlled and also failed to ensure its employees were given sufficient information, instruction and training on the effects of working with vibrating hand tools. More information on the prosecution can be found on HSE's Press Release.

The other company based in Rochdale was fined after a 29-year-old worker was diagnosed with HAV's after being exposed to vibration from tools used to sand components. More information on the prosecution can be found on HSE's Press Release.

For more information on HAV's visit HSE's Website.

Machinery Safety

North West welding and metal fabrication firm fined

A North West welding and metal fabrication firm has appeared in court after a worker suffered life threatening injuries after falling through a fragile roof. An investigation by HSE found no precautions had been taken to prevent workers from falling through or off the edge of the roof and they were fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £5,368.23 costs. More information can be found on HSE's Press Release.

Agency worker injures hand on lathe

An engineering firm has been fined  £5,000 with £2763.40 costs for safety breaches after a worker suffered injuries to his hand whilst manually hand polishing a metal shaft on a lathe using emery cloth while wearing gloves. The glove appeared to snag and dragged his hand towards the rotating shaft resulting in the accident. More information on the prosecution can be found on HSE's Press Release.

HSE's Engineering Information Sheet No 2 - The use of emery cloth on metalworking lathes - is guidance for employers and operators of metal working lathes and includes information on training and supervision, risk assessments and safety measures.

Chemical

Steel company fined after toxic substance release

A steel company has been fined £930,000 and ordered to pay costs of £70,000 after the release of toxic and flammable substances from its site in Scunthorpe.  A large quantity of Benzole was released resulting in a large flammable vapour cloud exposing five workers to the risk of serious injury of death had the cloud ignited. More information on the incident and prosecution can be found on HSE's Press Release.

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Food & Drink eBulletin No 24

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News from HSE

Go Home Healthy Campaign

To support the wider UK health and safety strategy HGBWW and in particular its objective of tackling work related ill-health, HSE has launched a new campaign. This focuses on preventing ill-health and asking employers to do the right thing and protect their workers' health. The key message is that everyone should go home healthy from work. The focus of the campaign is on HSE's three health priorities. Twelve thousand workers die each year from lung disease. Nine million working days are lost each year because of musculoskeletal disorders. Twelve million working days were lost last year because of stress. Find out more about how you can get involved in the campaign by visiting the Go Home Healthy Webpages.


Sector and Health Plans

HSE's focus over the next 3–5 years is set out in its sector and health priority plans.  In particular these cover how HSE will work together with other Stakeholders and lead in contributing to reducing UK workplace injury and ill-health.

The Manufacturing Sector Plan is one of the sector plans that will be of interest. It covers a diverse range of activities and the health and safety priorities for this sector. The plan explains the priority health issues, which include musculoskeletal disorders, work-related stress and occupational lung disease.  Also a priority is reducing serious and fatal accidents, particularly those caused by heavy loads, maintenance and catastrophic events.

HSE's 'Risk-Reduction through design' Award – Are you going to make a nomination?

HSE has teamed up with the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) to sponsor an annual musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) 'risk-reduction through design' award.  We want to highlight the important contribution that design changes can make to reduce MSD risks, and want businesses to nominate design changes that have made a real impact.  We are looking for schemes that have been implemented in Great Britain during the 2017 calendar year, and have demonstrably reduced MSD risks for workers.                                                                                                      


Design schemes that have or can reduce MSD risks for the greatest numbers of workers will obviously be attractive, but we don't want to discourage novel, innovative or niche solutions that don't have quite that breadth of benefit.  We are looking to inspire others to think more actively about design-based solutions, and that will be the judges' main criteria.  We want to be faced with difficult choices, and we are more than happy to commend entries that may not be the outright winner. 

Shortlisted entries for the main award, and any commended entries, will be on show at HSE's MSD Summit on 21 March 2018, and the winner will be announced at the CIEHF Awards event in April 2018.  The winner and any commended entries will then be featured on HSE's website.


Entries should be submitted on no more than two sides of A4.  Tell us about the problem, the solution, the MSD benefits, any wider benefits, what your workforce think about the changes and your contact details.  If you are in contention for shortlisting, we'll come back to you for further details.  Please submit your nominations to msdpp@hse.gov.uk by Sunday 31 December 2017.


Diacetyl - managing the risk better

The Health & Safety Laboratories (HSL) are using a new sampling method to carry out monitoring of both diacetyl and pentanedione at coffee manufacturing premises. Diacetyl exposure has been linked to decreased lung function and disease and HSL have developed a new method to make the measuring of exposure easy. For more information visit HSL's Website.


Recent Fines and Prosecutions

Fine for Food Company after fall from a fork lift truck

A food seasoning manufacturer has been fined £55,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,293 after an agency worker suffered serious hand injuries whilst cleaning near the screw conveyor machine, when he tripped and his finger came into contact with the moving parts of the machine leading to an amputation.

More information on the accident and prosecution can be found on HSE's Press Release.

More information on using fork lift trucks at work can be found on HSE's Website.

 

Employing temporary workers - Do you employ temporary workers? It is an employer's duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. This means making sure that workers and others are protected from anything that may cause harm, effectively controlling any risks to injury or health that could arise in the workplace. More information can be found on HSE's Website.

Lincolnshire vegetable grower fined

A vegetable grower has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,800 after a worker became entangled in netting on a field in Lincolnshire when it was being removed using a tractor mounted hydraulic net winding machine. The netting caught the glove of the worker on the ground, who was pulled onto the rotating reel hitting his head on the metal framework of the machine resulting in a head injury and concussion.  More information on the accident and prosecution can be found on HSE's Press Release.


Other items of interest

GRIP - safety footwear rating scheme

The Health and Safety Laboratory's (HSL) footwear rating scheme GRIP, uses rigorous, scientific testing to measure and grade the slip-resistance of safety footwear.  More information can be found on HSL's Website.

Free-to-download Safety Wizard app

A developer has launched a free-to-download health and safety app to help small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) manage common workplace risks. The SME Safety Wizard app is structured around HSE's Toolbox guidance.


Information on a wide range of food and drink manufacture health and safety topics and issues is available on HSE's food and drink 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: Public consultation launched on scientific evaluation occupational exposure - 1 November 2017

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Welcome to the HSE Biocides eBulletin

This e-bulletin is from HSE's biocides team


Stay up-to-date with upcoming biocides deadlines

 

Vials and molecular structure

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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Statistics eBulletin - November 2017

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Welcome to the HSE Statistics eBulletin - November 2017

Health and Safety Executive Statistics 2009/10

What's new - latest publication and releases

Health and safety statistics 2017

Published online today (1 November) the latest statistics on work-related health and safety in Great Britain and includes the following key annual figures (2016/17):

  • 1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related ill health
  • 2,542 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2015)
  • 137 workers killed at work
  • 609,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
  • 70,116 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
  • 31.2 million working days lost due to work-related ill health and workplace injury
  • £14.9 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2015/16)


The release provides detailed commentary on these figures and is supported by:

  • The Statistics webpages, with a range of information e.g. on different types of work-related ill health and different industry sectors.
  • A comprehensive set of tables, designed to make the data accessible to users.
  • Our annual infographic-style summary booklet, which has been expanded this year to include additional pages on ill health.

 

 

 

 

 


News

The statistics published by HSE were a key contribution to the evidence base that supported the three priorities outlined in HSE's 'Health and Work' strategy. This year, we have expanded our summary booklet to include a page each on Stress, depression or anxiety, Musculoskeletal disorders and Occupational lung disease.

In addition to the expanded booklet, we have redesigned the look of our statistics pages by adopting new formats for presenting data and charts. We believe these will make the pages more attractive and easier to understand while ensuring we maintain the same high levels of detail and accuracy.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Forward look - upcoming publication and releases

  • March 2018 - Exposure to lead in British workers, 2016/17

 

 

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