Archive for February, 2015

HSE NI concern over slurry mixing

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSE NI) has recently interviewed 100 farmers on entering buildings where slurry is being mixed. The survey revealed that fewer than one in five of those farmers interviewed waited the recommended 30 minutes before re-entering such buildings.

14 of those farmers said they only waited five minutes or less before re-entering the buildings.

What is alarming is the fact that all of the farmers surveyed knew about the risks associated with the deadly hydrogen sulphide gas that is released by slurry, and still did not follow the recommended times for re-entry into a building where the slurry is being mixed. Perhaps even more concerning is the fact that 20 of the farmers said that they, or a family member, had been affected at least once by the gas.

The HSE NI's Chief Executive, Keith Morrison, said: “It is demoralising that despite the high awareness of the dangers from slurry gas, many farmers are still willing to risk their lives when mixing slurry. Farmers should follow all of the recommended safety advice and, at the very least, they need to stay out of the mixing building for at least half an hour. Just one breath of slurry gas can cause serious injury or even death.”

Coinciding with this research, the HSE NI has recently published a new leaflet on Mixing slurry safely.

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Failed lift injures worker

Tweddle Fabrications Ltd, an engineering firm based in Cumbria, has been fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £501 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations SI 1998/2307.

In February 2014, employees at the factory in Kirkbride tried to lift and rotate a partially constructed trailer chassis, weighing almost two tonnes. A 21 year old worker, who was not involved in the lift, was walking across the factory floor when the chassis moved and struck him. This left the worker with multiple cuts and fractures to his left foot and leg. The worker has not been able to return to work yet.

A subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the chassis had swung out of control whilst being lifted by two forklift trucks.

Carlisle Magistrates' Court was told that Tweddle Fabrications Ltd had not planned the lift properly even though the lift was complicated. In addition, there should have been someone present to supervise the lift and measures should have been in place to keep other workers at a safe distance away.

HSE Inspector Steven Boyd said, “The worker still has difficulty walking almost a year after the incident but it could easily have been avoided. He wasn’t involved in the work to rotate the trailer chassis but had no way of knowing his life was being put at risk as he walked across the factory floor.”

He added, “Tweddle Fabrications had a legal responsibility to ensure that a complicated lift using two forklifts was planned properly, supervised appropriately and carried out safely but it failed to do any of this. This case should act as a warning to manufacturers that they risk the safety of their employees if they ignore the law, and could find themselves in court as a result.”

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Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (Amendment) (Gas and Electricity Appeals) Regulations SI 2015/16

These Regulations came into force on 6 February 2015 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They make amendments to the Full Text of Schedule 4 to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, which contains provisions dealing with the constitution of and procedure for groups of independent panel…

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Communication COM(2014)332 on an EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020

Ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for over 217 million workers in the EU is a strategic goal for the European Commission, working closely with Member States, social partners, and the other EU institutions and bodies. As risks to workers' health and safety are broadly similar across the EU,…

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HSENI – Mixing slurry safely

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Regulation (EU) 165/2015 (OJ:L28/1/2015) amending Annex 4 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels for lactic acid, Lecanicillium muscarium strain Ve6, chitosan hydrochloride and Equisetum arvense L. in or on certain products

This Regulation amends Regulation (EC) 396/2005 on maximum residue levels (MRLs) of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin.
These amendments regard the MRLs for:

lactic acid (2);
Lecanicillium muscarium strain Ve6;
chitosan hydrochloride;
Equisetum arvense L,

in or on certain products.
The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the…

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HSENI – Driving at work Northern Ireland

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Decision 2014/896/EU (OJ:L355/55/2014) establishing the format for communicating information from Member States on the implementation of Directive 2012/18/EU on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances

This Decision establishes a format for communicating information on the implementation of Directive 2012/18/EU on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances, in Member States.
Legislative background
Directive 2012/18/EU requires the Member States to report on the implementation of this Directive by 30 September 2019, and every four-years thereafter.
The Commission has…

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Regulation (EU) 52/2015 (OJ:L9/27/2015) amending Regulation (EU) 686/2012 as regards the rapporteur Member State for the active substance mecoprop-P

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 686/2012 allocating to Member States, for the purposes of the renewal procedure, the evaluation of the active substances whose approval expires by 31 December 2018 at the latest.
The Annex to Regulation (EU) 686/2012 is amended, allocating the evaluation, for the purposes of the renewal procedures…

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Regulation (EU) 1316/2014 (OJ:L355/1/2014) approving the active substance Bacillus amyloliquefaciens subsp. plantarum strain D747, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, and amending Regulation (EU) 540/2011

This Regulation approves the active substance Bacillus amyloliquefaciens subsp. plantarum strain D747 subject to conditions.
As a result, the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, which implements Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, as regards the list of approved active substances, is being amended in order to include Bacillus amyloliquefaciens subsp. plantarum strain D747 in the list…

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