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The effect of wearer stubble on the protection given by Filtering Face MasksWe are continuous urging staff at compost sites to wear appropriate respiratory protection to prevent the inhalation of bio-aerosols. Face masks can only provide optimum protection if they are properly fitted. This report from the HSE outlines the adverse effects of beard stubble on the fitting and sealing of face masks.
Safety signs and signalsSafety signs and signals are required where, despite putting in place all other relevant measures, a significant risk to the health and safety of employees and others remains. This guidance published by the HSE is for employers, duty holders and others who have responsibility for the control of workplaces, sites and premises. It is also for those operating equipment that requires verbal and/or non-verbal communications.
Revised guidance from the HSE on working at heightsThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has overhauled its guidance for working at height, setting out in clear, simple terms what to do and what not to do – and debunking common myths that can confuse and mislead employers.
ORG launches health & safety consultants’ scheme. Organics Recycling Group has launched a health & safety consultants scheme. The scheme which is managed by ORG will see Business Health Partnership (BHP) and Chrestomatics offering substantial discounts to ORG members using their consultancy services.
Revised Guidance on the Safe Use of Lift Trucks It is almost certain that many of our members use lift trucks around their sites. This revised guidance on operator training from the HSE will help site operators and managers facilitate the safe use of these trucks on their sites.
Is health surveillance required in my workplace?Composting is a natural process that relies on the actions of micro-organisms, the process will release dust & bio-aerosols, which represent potential health hazards. Whilst good health & safety practice should mean that steps are taken to protect workers from exposure to these hazards it must be assumed that there will be a residual risk arising from these hazards.
Using Work Equipment Safely.Every year there are numerous incidents arising from the incorrect use of work equipment. This guidance seeks to reduce the risk of these accidents.
Improving Cabin Air Quality for Plant OperativesThis guidance has been written by AfOR member BMAir to provide information for site & company health & safety managers on how to reduce the risk to site personnel in respect of cabin air quality when operatives spend prolonged or frequent periods of time in mobile plant.
Health and Safety Issues Relatiing to Transport Operations Associated with Waste CollectionTransport operations associated with collection activities (municipal and commercial) and at a range of waste management and recycling sites represent the most significant risk of serious or fatal accidents to workers and members of the public. ‘Struck by moving vehicle’ accounts for about only 4% of all reported accidents, however, over 40% of all fatalities fall within this category.
Recycling firm fined after worker crushed to deathAn Ystrad Mynach recycling firm has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a yard foreman was crushed to death. Norman Mayne (56) from Newport died after he became trapped between a container and a skip at Amber Services Ltd's recycling yard at Dyffryn Business Park on 25 June 2008.
Health and Safety FAQsThis site provides answers to numerous frequently asked questions in the area of health & safety.
HSE Advice on Manual HandlingMusculoskeletal disorders are a major source of injuries within the workplace. These injuries can be caused by manual handling. This area of the HSE website gives advice on avoiding these injuries.
Infections at Work This article links to a HSE website giving advice on the control of infections. Since the composting industry produces dust and bio-aerosols that represent hazards to health this site should prove interest to many in the organics recycling industry. The site has a section dedicated to the waste management industry.
Cab filtration on composting sites, best practiceThis information willhelp employers, the selfemployed and contractors comply with the Control of Substances azardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), as amended, to control exposure and protect workers’ health.
Green waste collection-Health issuesThis ‘good practice’ guidance was written in consultation and with the support ofthe Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH). It does not aim to be
comprehensive but gives examples of good practice within the industry.