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There are on average, 18,000 new cases of breathing or lung problems caused/made worse by work. Along with 12,000 deaths in relation to past exposures at work. With such high figures, and such little awareness, what controls can we implement to prevent this?
Wood dust – Exposure limits, Health surveillance, Extraction.
The WEL (Workplace Exposure Limit) for hardwood is 3mg/m3 & softwood 5mg/m3 (Based on 8 hour time weighted average), when mixed together, the WEL is 3mg/m3.
On joining the company, employees should complete health surveillance questionnaire (Click here for our FREE document), then six months later, and annually after that.
Provide dust extraction (also known as local exhaust ventilation or LEV) at woodworking machines to capture and remove dust before it can spread.
Design the extraction system to take into account:
- the number and type of machines to be connected to it, the ones that are used together and the layout of the workshop or factory. This information should be supplied by the user.
- the machine manufacturer’s information or an experienced body’s information on air flow and extraction cross-sectional areas or volume flow rates (VFR) required for each extraction connection for each machine.
Barriers and Signage.
Ensuring all site works are fully protected as well as clearly marked and visible as, is a key aspect of any safe site setup as per the HSE Approved Code of Practice. Before any works commences on a site, we should be asking ourselves 2 initial questions:
• Is the site adequately protected?
• Is our work suitably signed?
If the answer to either of the above questions is “no” then appropriate measures should be taken to address. If this cannot be rectified, then works should be halted.
Everybody in the vicinity of any works, both members of the public and workers, should be made fully aware of work being conducted on site, including any overhead workings and relevant PPE requirements.
Signage should be clear, and display all pertinent information, such as street works permits if working in the highway.
It should be suitably secured and located in an area which is noticeably visible to all.
Is all of your training up to date? See below the training we can provide you with.
Asbestos – Behavioural Safety – CDM Awareness – COSHH – Display Screen Equipment – Electrical Safety – Fire Safety – Food Safety – Introduction to Risk Assessment – Legionella – Lockdown Procedure for Schools – Introduction to Personal Safety for Lone Workers – Manual Handling – Noise Awareness – Positive Handling in Schools – Prevent Duty – Working Within the Private Security Industry – Safeguarding | Slips, Trips and Falls – Working at Height – Working in Confined Spaces – First Aid Workplace Health and Safety
A Carlisle auto-salvage company was fined after a customer was trapped and fatally crushed when a lift truck he had purchased was being loaded onto his own recovery vehicle.
Carlisle Crown Court heard that on 15 February 2018, a lift truck purchased from Michael Douglas Autosalvage Ltd was lifted using the company’s skip lorry onto a recovery vehicle at Stainton Road, Etterby. The metal ring on the lift truck that the winch wire was attached to failed, causing the lift truck to fall and trap Mr Paul Spence against the skip lorry.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had failed to ensure that this complex lifting process was properly planned by a competent person and that it had failed in its duty not to expose customers to risk. A competent person would have identified that this loading method with this equipment was fundamentally unsafe.
The Company Michael Douglas Autosalvage Ltd of Stainton Rd, Etterby, Carlisle pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £23,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,000
It is a legal requirement that all premises must have an annual fire risk assessment. The assessment must be carried out by a competent person. Our consultants can carry out a comprehensive fire risk assessment to ensure you stay compliant with the law. Have you had yours?
Our Fire Safety Consultants can carry out the following:-
· Fire Safety Management
· Fire Awareness Training
· Fire Marshal Training
· PEEPs, (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans)
Safety Schemes In Procurement
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