Archive for August, 2014

Directive 2014/29/EU (OJ:L96/45/2014) on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of simple pressure vessels

This Directive harmonises the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of simple pressure vessels.
In addition, it revokes and replaces Directive 2009/105/EC, on the same subject.
Legislative background
Directive 2009/105/EC has been substantially amended. Since further amendments are to be made, that Directive should be recast…

Details on this legislative text is provided by Cedrec. Please click here to see the summary.

Comments Off on Directive 2014/29/EU (OJ:L96/45/2014) on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of simple pressure vessels more...

Dairy farm fined after worker sustains serious injuries in fall

A County Durham dairy has been fined after a worker fell from a loading bay and sustained serious injuries.

The worker, Simon Atkinson, 41, was hospitalised for nine days with injuries including a fractured eye socket, broken rib, multiple collar bone injuries and bleeding in the skull. He was put into an induced coma until he could receive surgery to remove a blood clot in his skull.

Mr Atkinson had been unloading empty milk bottles from a vehicle when he fell from height to a concrete floor.

Peterlee Magistrate's Court heard there was a barrier in the storage area previously, but had not been replaced since it's removal two years prior.

The dairy was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £1,690 after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Cedrec's take

Accidents like this are always sad news, and it makes it worse when preventative measures could have changed the outcome.

Unfortunately, the changes will be made after Mr Atkinson suffered horrific injuries. Hopefully, he will make a full recovery, and safety failings will be appropriately addressed.

Simple preventions may not always seem to obvious, so keep up-to-date with legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and and the Work at Height Regulations SI 2005/735 to keep your workplace and staff safe.

Comments Off on Dairy farm fined after worker sustains serious injuries in fall more...

Regulation (EU) 870/2014 (OJ:L239/11/2014) on criteria for applicants for rail infrastructure capacity

This Regulation sets out requirements for financial grantees that an infrastructure manager can request from applicants.
Scope
An infrastructure manager may request financial guarantees from applicants, which can be met by the applicant through either advance payment or contractual arrangement.
An infrastructure manager cannot request applicants to provide financial guarantees unless the credit…

Details on this legislative text is provided by Cedrec. Please click here to see the summary.

Comments Off on Regulation (EU) 870/2014 (OJ:L239/11/2014) on criteria for applicants for rail infrastructure capacity more...

Regulation (EU) 869/2014 (OJ:L297/1/2014) on new rail passenger services

This Regulation sets out the details of the procedures and criteria to be followed when deciding whether the main purpose of a rail service is to carry passengers between stations located in different Member States or whether the economic stability of a public service contract for rail transport is compromised…

Details on this legislative text is provided by Cedrec. Please click here to see the summary.

Comments Off on Regulation (EU) 869/2014 (OJ:L297/1/2014) on new rail passenger services more...

Regulation of health and safety at work

Details on this legislative text is provided by Cedrec. Please click here to see the summary.

Comments Off on Regulation of health and safety at work more...

Regulation (EU) 870/2014 (OJ:L239/11/2014) on criteria for applicants for rail infrastructure capacity

This Regulation sets out requirements for financial grantees that an infrastructure manager can request from applicants.
Scope
An infrastructure manager may request financial guarantees from applicants, which can be met by the applicant through either advance payment or contractual arrangement.
An infrastructure manager cannot request applicants to provide financial guarantees unless the credit…

Details on this legislative text is provided by Cedrec. Please click here to see the summary.

Comments Off on Regulation (EU) 870/2014 (OJ:L239/11/2014) on criteria for applicants for rail infrastructure capacity more...

Regulation (EU) 869/2014 (OJ:L297/1/2014) on new rail passenger services

This Regulation sets out the details of the procedures and criteria to be followed when deciding whether the main purpose of a rail service is to carry passengers between stations located in different Member States or whether the economic stability of a public service contract for rail transport is compromised…

Details on this legislative text is provided by Cedrec. Please click here to see the summary.

Comments Off on Regulation (EU) 869/2014 (OJ:L297/1/2014) on new rail passenger services more...

Regulation of health and safety at work

Details on this legislative text is provided by Cedrec. Please click here to see the summary.

Comments Off on Regulation of health and safety at work more...

Unannounced safety checks to be carried out at construction sites in Northern Ireland

Similar to the unannounced visits to construction sites by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at the beginning of this year, the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) will also be carrying out unannounced visits to sites in Northern Ireland from 1 September.

The unannounced checks will take place over a two week period when HSENI inspectors will visit construction sites to check work is meeting the expected standards, and if workers are at risk, inspectors may take action to shut down the building site.

The visits will focus on working at height, working with asbestos, the control of silica dust and use of mechanical lifting equipment for heavy materials.

In addition, HSENI inspectors will look at how sites are managed, whether risk assessments are being used properly, if sites are tidy and whether they have good welfare facilities.

Announcing the new series of inspections, Nancy Henry who heads up HSENI’s construction group said, “Construction is one of the more dangerous industries and a lax attitude to health and safety costs people's lives.

“Many accidents and risks to health are completely avoidable by putting in place very simple and sensible measures that are well known across the industry.  

HSENI will continue to provide advice to the industry but, as we've demonstrated in previous years, we will not hesitate to take action if we find poor practices that are putting the lives of workers at risk.”

For more information, see:

  • Work at Height Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2005/279;
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2007/291;
  • L144 – Managing health and safety in construction.
Comments Off on Unannounced safety checks to be carried out at construction sites in Northern Ireland more...

New acetylene regime

The Acetylene Safety (England and Wales and Scotland) Regulations SI 2014/1639 have now been published, and will come into force on 1 October 2014.

Along with the Explosives Regulations SI 2014/1638, they are mainly a consolidation of parts of one Act and 31 legislative instruments regulating explosives and 11 legislative instruments regulating acetylene. The new regime does not alter the provisions already in place for the use of acetylene, but makes them easier to understand.

The risks posed by acetylene are currently governed under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) SI 2002/2776. However, they do not fully address the concern that, under certain conditions, even in the absence of oxygen, acetylene could undergo decomposition that can lead to an explosion. Current explosives legislation does not fully address this issue either.

The aim is to simply take the current fragmented legislative regime and put the same requirements into a single set of regulations, which regulate the manufacture, importation, sale, use and transportation of liquid, solid and compressed acetylene gas. This means that licenses are still required for acetylene gas compression processes and the filling of cylinders.

The proposed consolidation will not alter the existing set of regulations already in place for the use of acetylene, but simply make them easier to understand. The risks posed by acetylene are currently governed under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). However, the HSE points out the DSEAR does not fully address, that, under certain conditions, even in the absence of oxygen, acetylene could undergo decomposition that can lead to an explosion. The explosives regulations does not fully address this issue at the moment.  – See more at: http://www.protectus.co.uk/safe-use-of-acetylene-and-legislative-updates/#sthash.EvbkGJta.dpuf
The proposed consolidation will not alter the existing set of regulations already in place for the use of acetylene, but simply make them easier to understand. The risks posed by acetylene are currently governed under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). However, the HSE points out the DSEAR does not fully address, that, under certain conditions, even in the absence of oxygen, acetylene could undergo decomposition that can lead to an explosion. The explosives regulations does not fully address this issue at the moment.  – See more at: http://www.protectus.co.uk/safe-use-of-acetylene-and-legislative-updates/#sthash.EvbkGJta.dpuf
The proposed consolidation will not alter the existing set of regulations already in place for the use of acetylene, but simply make them easier to understand. The risks posed by acetylene are currently governed under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). However, the HSE points out the DSEAR does not fully address, that, under certain conditions, even in the absence of oxygen, acetylene could undergo decomposition that can lead to an explosion. The explosives regulations does not fully address this issue at the moment.  – See more at: http://www.protectus.co.uk/safe-use-of-acetylene-and-legislative-updates/#sthash.EvbkGJta.dpuf
Comments Off on New acetylene regime more...

  • Copyright © 1996-2010 Health and Safety Blog. All rights reserved.
    iDream theme by Templates Next | Powered by WordPress