Archive for September, 2014

HSE launch targeted inspection initiative

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspectors will be carrying out unexpected visits to sites where refurbishment or repair works are in progress from 22 September 2014.

Proper management of high-risk activities, predominantly those to do with the health of workers, will be assessed by Inspectors. Enforcement action will be taken straightaway if necessary.

The HSE have advised that the following will be checked during inspections:

  • risks to health from exposure to dust such as silica are being controlled;
  • workers are aware of where they may find asbestos, and what to do if they find it;
  • other health risks, such as exposure to noise and vibration, manual handling, hazardous substances are being properly managed;
  • jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions, such as proper support of structures, are in place;
  • equipment is correctly installed/assembled, inspected and maintained and used properly;
  • sites are well organised, to avoid trips and falls, walkways and stairs are free from obstructions and welfare facilities are adequate.

This comes after the HSE recently pursued a similar successful project with construction sites.

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Environment Agency fined by HSE

An employee of the Environment Agency has been badly injured after an incident where his finger was trapped in an unguarded circular saw. The Environment Agency has been fined as a result.

The 48 year old employee from Coniston, working at the Bridge end Depot in Levens, later had to have his middle finger amputated to the top joint.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and prosecuted the Environment Agency when they discovered it had become standard practice for the employees to use the saw without a guard. It was thought this practice had started as a way to ease difficulties employees had with the guard when cutting larger bits of wood.

The machine was being used to cut some two-inch thick pegs which would be used to hold wooden boards in place for new steps until the concrete set, the court heard.

No risk assessment had been carried out despite the fact that the circular saw was used to cut pegs every few months. There had also been limited supervision and managers were totally unaware the machine was being used without a guard.

The Environment Agency was fined £5 000 and ordered to pay £1 364 in prosecution costs on 17 September 2014. The Environment Agency pleaded guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations SI 1998/2306 by failing to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery.

Since the accident the Environment Agency have reviewed their procedures and decided to stop using the saw on its Levens site.

HSE Inspector Anthony Banks commented after the hearing: “Workers should never have been able to use the circular saw without the guard in place, but the Environment Agency failed to carry out a risk assessment or to properly monitor the work. Sadly it had become standard practice for the saw to be used without a guard, making it almost inevitable that someone would eventually be injured.”

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New draft guidance for Explosives Regulations

New draft guidance has been released for the Explosives Regulations SI 2014/1638.

L151 Explosives Regulations 2014: Guidance on Regulations aims to clarify the application and scope of the Explosives Regulations SI 2014/1638.

The draft guidance works through key Regulations, and the following topics are covered in more details:

  • security requirements;
  • preventing unauthorised access or acquisition;
  • prohibitions concerning the transfer of relevant explosives;
  • restrictions on prohibited persons;
  • traceability, records and reporting loss;
  • plastic explosives.
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Updated provisions for control of explosives precursors

The Control of Explosives Precursors etc. Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2014/224 came into force on 2 September 2014.

They implement Regulation (EU) 98/2013 on the marketing and use of explosives precursors.

Under these Regulations, two categories of explosives precursor are controlled.

They replace and update provisions made under the Explosives Act (Northern Ireland) 1970 and the Explosives (Northern Ireland) Order SI 1972/730 relating to the control of explosives precursors in Northern Ireland.

Some changes in the new Regulations include:

  • less restrictions;
  • updating previous provisions;
  • integrating the old licensing system with the new licensing system required to implement the Control of Explosives Precursors etc. Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2014/224.
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New Directive on ionising radiation

A new Directive 2013/59/EURATOM on ionising radiation has been publoished and will be fully implemented by 6 February 2018.

The Directive revokes previous Directives 96/29/EURATOM, 89/618/EURATOM, 90/641/EURATOM, 97/43/EURATOM and 2003/122/EURATOM, and replaces them with one single Directive.

Requirements for radiation protection education, training and information, and general responsibilities of the Member States and competent authorities are amongst the more general provisions set out.

Information regarding:

  • dosage limits;
  • age restrictions;
  • reference levels;
  • licensing and authorisation;
  • equipment,

are also amongst the provisions given.

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Directive 2013/59/EURATOM (OJ:L13/1/2014) on basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation

This Directive establishes uniform basic safety standards for the protection of the health of individuals subject to occupational, medical and public exposures against the dangers arising from ionising radiation.
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The Euratom Treaty provides for the establishment of uniform safety standards to protect the health of workers and of the general…

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Regulation (EU) 917/2014 (OJ:L251/9/2014) approving the active substance Streptomyces lydicus strain WYEC 108 in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Implementing Regulation (EU) 540/2011

Approval of active substance
The active substance Streptomyces lydicus strain WYEC 108, as specified in Annex 1 to this Regulation, is approved subject to the conditions laid down in that Annex.
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Regulation (EU) 918/2014 (OJ:L251/24/2014) amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substance Straight Chain Lepidopteran Pheromones

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 540/2011 implementing Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards the list of approved active substances.
It amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011 by giving new conditions of approval for Straight Chain Lepidopteran Pheromones.
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It is confirmed that the active substance Straight Chain Lepidopteran Pheromones is to be…

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Regulation (EU) 916/2014 (OJ:L251/16/2014) approving the basic substance sucrose in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 540/2011

This Regulation makes provision for the approval of basic substances and makes a small amendment to Regulation (EU) 540/2011 implementing Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards the list of approved active substances.
Approval of a basic substance
The substance “sucrose” (as specified in Annex 1 to this Regulation) is approved as a basic substance…

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Regulation (EU) 921/2014 (OJ:L252/3/2014) amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substance tebuconazole

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 540/2011 implementing Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards the list of approved active substances.
It amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011 to authorise tebuconazole to be used as a plant growth regulator.
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