Archive for January, 2014

German cows raise the roof

Cows are a notorious source of the dangerous greenhouse gas methane. It is thought that they each emit up to 500 litres of methane a day. However, one German farm has discovered that the emissions of methane can have a dangerous impact on safety as well as the environment!

90 dairy cows kept in a cow shed in the German town of Rasdorf emitted so much methane that high levels of the gas had built up inside the shed. According to police, a reported static electric charge then caused the methane to explode in flashes of flames, which led to damage to the roof of the cow shed and injuries to one of the Cows.

Emergency services then had to take gas readings to measure the risk of further explosions.

However, incidents like this may soon be a thing of the past. A team of scientists from the National Institute for Farming Technology in Buenos Aires has found a way of harnessing the methane gas produced by cows' stomachs and then converting it into an energy source. If this is proved effective, it could provide a source of renewable energy (so long as the cows keep producing the gas) and help keep greenhouse gases down. Watch this space….

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Setting it right when it comes to working at height

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has overhauled its guidance for working at height, setting out in clear, simple terms what to do and what not to do – and debunking common myths that can confuse and mislead employers.

The overhaul of guidance is part of the Government’s long-term economic plan to abolish or improve outdated, burdensome or over-complicated regulations which waste businesses' time and money.

The HSE have updated their website with more concise information on working at height, as well as updating INDG 401 – A brief guide to working at height, and condensing three pieces of guidance on stepladders into a new brief guide.

Key changes include:

  • providing simple advice about working at height to ensure people are clear on what the law requires;
  • busting some of the persistent myths about health and safety law, such as the banning of ladders when they can still be used;
  • offering targeted advice to help business in different sectors manage serious risks sensibly and proportionately;
  • helping workers to be clearer about their own responsibilities for working safely.

Judith Hackitt, Chair of the HSE, said, “It’s important to get working at height right. Falls remain one of the biggest causes of serious workplace injury – with more than 40 people killed and 4,000 suffering major injuries every year.”

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INDG455 – Safe use of ladders and stepladders

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Regulation (EU) 61/2014 (OJ:L22/1/2014) amending Annexes 2 and 3 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels for cyromazine, fenpropidin, formetanate, oxamyl and tebuconazole in or on certain products

This Regulation amends Annexes 2 and 3 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005, on maximum residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin, as regards the maximum residue levels for:

cyromazine;
fenpropidin,
formetanate;
oxamyl;
tebuconazole,

in or on certain products.
Revocations and amendments
This Regulation amends:

Regulation (EC) 396/2005, on maximum residue levels of…

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Regulation (EU) 36/2014 (OJ:L17/1/2014) amending Annexes 2 and 3 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels for aminopyralid, chlorantraniliprole, cyflufenamid, mepiquat, metalaxyl-M, propamocarb, pyriofenone and quinoxyfen in or on certain products

This Regulation amends Annexes 2 and 3 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005, on maximum residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin, as regards the maximum residue levels for:

aminopyralid;
chloranraniliprole;
cyflufenamid;
mepiquat;
metalaxyl-M;
pryiofenone;
quinoxyfen,

in or on certain products.
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Regulation (EC) 396/2005, on maximum residue levels of…

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Regulation (EU) 51/2014 (OJ:L16/13/2014) amending Annex 2 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels for dimethomorph, indoxacarb and pyraclostrobin in or on certain products

This Regulation amends Annex 2 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005, on maximum residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin, as regards the maximum residue levels for:

dimethomorph;
indoxacarb;
pyraclostrobin,

in or on certain products.
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Regulation (EU) 68/2014 (OJ:L 23/9/2014) amending Regulation (EU) 141/2013 implementing Regulation (EC) 1338/2008 on Community statistics on public health and health and safety at work

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 141/2013, which implements Regulation (EC) 1338/2008 on public health and health and safety at work, as regards the statistics based on the European Health Interview Survey.
The amendment replaces Annex 2 to Regulation (EU) 141/2013 in order to include a minimum effective sample size for Croatia.
The…

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Channel tunnel workers suffer monoxide poisoning

Nineteen workers who were part of a team changing rail tracks in the Channel Tunnel have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning. One of the workers is in a serious condition.

A welder on the team, which was working overnight, took ill in the early hours of Sunday 26 January and was later diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. Eighteen other workers then fell ill and were sent to local French hospitals. An official has said their stay in hospital is necessary in order give them “the time needed to remove the carbon monoxide from their system”. The other workers in the team were subsequently sent home.

It is, however, unclear as to the cause of the poisoning. John Keefe, director of public affairs at Eurotunnel Group, said “Detectors in the tunnel didn't show excess levels of carbon monoxide. A number of workers were taken into hospital for medical observation as a precaution and Eurotunnel is monitoring their condition carefully.”

An investigation has now been launched into the cause of the carbon monoxide poisoning.

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No post from muddy walkers

Royal Mail has suspended deliveries to two rural communities in Swansea because the surrounding lanes are too muddy. Postmen have complained about the boggy conditions when delivering to Owensfield and Holtsfield, and now the deliveries have been suspended.

Householders in the communities, which consist of wooden chalets and unmade roads, have been told to collect their mail from the Royal Mail depot.

A spokesperson for Royal Mail said, “We suspended deliveries after a postman reported that the path was extremely muddy and slippery as a result of the inclement weather. Deliveries were suspended following a visit by a senior health and safety manager after a postman reported problems walking along a muddy woodland path.”

However, residents are not happy with the decision. Ray Laurence, who lives in one of the communities, said, “Delivery drivers from other companies had no trouble dropping off parcels before Christmas and our regular postman knows the route well but this was a complaint from a relief postman.”

Dai Morris, another resident, said, “I walk along the lanes every day and it is absolutely fine with a pair of wellies. Some people would rather see all the fields covered in concrete and tarmac rather than get a bit muddy.”

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Regulation (EU) 1273/2013 (OJ:L328/72/2013) amending Regulation (EU) 454/2011 on the technical specification for interoperability relating to the subsystem “telematics applications for passenger services” of the trans-European rail system

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 454/2011, on the technical specification for interoperability relating to the subsystem “telematics applications for passenger services” of the trans-European rail system.
Legislative background
Regulation (EU) 454/2011 requires that the Regulation is amended taking into account the results of phase 1 as defined in Annex 1 of that Regulation.
That…

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