Community Drivers’ Hours Offences (Enforcement) Regulations

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HSE launch “Go Home Healthy” campaign

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched a new occupational awareness campaign at their first annual conference on 18 September.

“Go Home Healthy” is aimed at a wide audience, from employers, managers and employees, to industry sector bodies, and aims to spread an overarching message that leads to specific guidance and information on the HSE's three priority areas:

  • occupational lung disease;
  • musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs); and
  • work-related stress.

The campaign centres on a website that links to videos and case studies on the three focal themes. The title “Go Home Healthy” is said to represent  the overall goal and “promise” rather than simply encouraging workers to consider their own health risks. There's also a sub-theme, which urges employers to “shine a light” on the hazards in their organisations, and to “do the right thing”, expressed by the Twitter hashtag #workright.

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Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016 (Consequential Provisions) Regulations SSI 2017/156

These Regulations came into force on 15 July 2017 and apply to Scotland only.
They make provision as a result of the coming into force of the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016, which replaces the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976.
Therefore, it…

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Regulation (EU) 1503/2017 (OJ:L221/10/2017) amending Regulation (EU) 2016/68 on common procedures and specifications necessary for the interconnection of electronic registers of driver cards

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 2016/68 on common procedures and specifications necessary for the interconnection of electronic registers of driver cards.
Scope
The amendments made by this Regulation cover the addition of definitions, such as the “Testa” system, and “direct and indirect access to TACHOnet”. 
Amendments also allow third countries, subject to approval…

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Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016 (Commencement No. 3, Transitional and Saving Provisions) Regulations SSI 2017/155

These Regulations came into force on 15 June 2017 and apply to Scotland only.
They bring into force the remaining provisions of the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016 in so far as not already in force.
They also allow further inquiry proceedings under the Inquiries into…

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Heavy fine after fork lift truck death

On 10 February 2015, 19-year-old Ben Pallier-Singleton died after the fork lift truck (FLT) he was driving down a sloping roadway at night time overturned at his employer's site in Chinley, Derbyshire. Although Ben was not wearing a seatbelt at the time, his employer Vinyl Compound- a waste management company based in Derbyshire- did not train him properly, as found by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Vinyl Compound have been held liable and hence had to pay a £450,000 fine and a costs total of £71,778,20.

After the sentencing hearing, Ben's devastated mother, described Ben as the “shining light” of their family, only at “the start of his life”. HSE inspector Brian Price explained that the fatal incident could have been avoided, had the company adequately trained staff, put sufficient lighting or edge protection in place, informed employees of the on-site speed limit, and put speed control measures in place. Price describes Ben's death as “needless”; a direct result of Vinyl Compound's failures.

Vinyl Compound pleaded guilty to a breach of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations SI 1999/3242, and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

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Major acid leak in Hull

A major acid leak in Hull has caused a “vapour cloud” over residential areas, sparking concern.

The leak stemmed from a tank containing 580 tonnes of hydrochloric acid at the King George dock on the evening of 18 September. Fifty firefighters responded to the incident.

Residents of the area were not evacuated and instead advised to stay indoors with doors and windows shut.

Details are still emerging from this incident and will be reported on when released.

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Viridor and Sheffield University’s robotics project may improve plant safety and efficiency

Viridor, a UK-wide recycling, renewable energy and waste management company, have been working closely with the University of Sheffield's robotics team for two years. Within this technological partnership's existence, various robots have been produced which may positively effect current plant safety and efficiency measures.

This combined robotics project, is hoped to produce a working robot onsite in one of Viridor's Material Recycling Facilities (MRFs) within a year. This robot will hopefully execute a 'quality control picker' role, according to Viridor's development manager and co-ordinator of technology and innovation Mr Marcus Du Pree Thomas. He has expressed his excitement for the project's future progression, and adds that the project is the first project in which a waste company has worked with academia. Du Pree Thomas adds that that the robot will not only identify an object in the waste stream, but it will identify objects in the way we receive them. For instance, a crushed metal can will be identified as such rather than just a metal can. Toxins, both inside and outside objects, must be spotted. Du Pree Thomas believes that the only way for complex challenges of waste management tasks to be fully understood by institutions like the Univeristy of Sheffield, is by their team working and hence learning from us.

According to Viridor, this project will not only have particular and practical applications, but important health and safety applications too (which the university agree with). These health and safety applications are believed to arise due to the broad range of materials in the waste stream, like gas cannisters. The project largely focuses on sensor technology, to identify single components in a complex array of materials and spot non-target materials within the feed. One precise aim of the work is to recognize non-target materials from the feed into the MRF, hence preventing harm to the facility. Both the University & Viridor examined which type of robotics or ‘cobotics’ (i.e. a combination of robotics but with human intervention) was most appropriate for the task, with Viridor stating that robotics are the preferred technological choice.

The project's future advancement is not definite, but Viridor may potentially use hive robots to find and separate a certain material from a pile of waste. In their most recent report to Viridor, Sheffield Robotics team emphasised organized separation of materials as the recycling plant's main goal. The University of Sheffield’s senior research fellow Dr Jonathan Aitken, from the automatic control and systems engineering department, believes that autonomous robotics provides a reliable way to safely prevent harmful products before they are separated, hence avoiding the risk of plant damage, which Viridor say is currently expensive to manage. Aitken believes that combining robotics and intelligent sensing would give more information at source, as the robots would be able to show potential problems and identify key markers when waste is received even when these markers are hidden deep underneath other waste.

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Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016 (Consequential Provisions) Regulations SSI 2017/156

These Regulations came into force on 15 July 2017 and apply to Scotland only.
They make provision as a result of the coming into force of the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016, which replaces the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976.
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