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Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002
These regulations are designed to help prevent exposure to crystalline silica and construction dust or, where unavoidable, to control airborne exposure limits to 0.1mg/m3 per 8 hour TWA. Under COSSH rules, a qualified person must carry out a risk assessment for any activity that might cause dust exposure.
Your risk assessment must include:
- Analysing your workplace to identify any hazardous substances or likelihood of extreme dust exposure
- Dealing with any hazards and eliminating risks as far as possible
- Making sure you and your workforce are safely equipped to do the job by eliminating, reducing, isolating and controlling dust or using PPE and discipline
- Giving your staff information and training on relevant hazards
- For full details of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 visit www.hse.gov.uk
- Using this equipment indoors or in confined spaces could cause fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Never use it in domestic premises.
- Only use it in other indoor situations if it’s suitability and the ventilation required has been fully assessed.
- Mechanical extraction ventilation will always be required.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
These regulations aim to make sure that workers are protected from excessive noise which could result in hearing loss.
The regulations mean you must:
- Assess the risk to workers’ health if noise exceeds 80 decibels
- Provide hearing protection if average daily or weekly noise exposure exceeds 85 decibels
- Not expose employees to noise louder than 87 decibels, taking into consideration any reduction in exposure from hearing protection
Hand/Arm Vibration is vibration transmitted from handheld, powered work equipment into the operator’s hands and arms. Regular or excessive exposure can lead to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, or White Finger Disease.
Hand Arm/Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
HAVS affects the joints, muscles, nerves and blood vessels of the hand, wrist and arm. The symptoms are tingling in the fingers and a reduced ability to work in cold or damp conditions. You’ll notice your fingers becoming numb and turning white, and a loss of strength in your hands. You might also experience pain, distress and sleep disturbance. You’re at risk of HAVS if you regularly use handheld power tools and machines.
The HSE recommend the use of the following ‘ready reckoner’ table to calculate daily vibration exposures. All you need is the vibration magnitude (level) available on the relevant product table detailed below and the exposure time. The ready-reckoner covers a range of vibration magnitudes up to 40 m/s2 and a range of exposure times up to 10 hours. The exposures for different combinations of vibration magnitude and exposure time are given in exposure points instead of values in m/s2 A(8). You may find the exposure points easier to work with than the A(8) values:
- Exposure points change simply with time: twice the exposure time, twice the number of points;
- Exposure points can be added together, for example where a worker is exposed to two or more different sources of vibration in a day;
- The exposure action value (2.5 m/s2 A(8)) is equal to 100 points;
- The exposure limit value (5 m/s2 A(8)) is equal to 400 points.
Using the Ready-Reckoner
- Find the vibration magnitude (level) for the tool or process (or the nearest value) on the grey scale on the left of the table.
- Find the exposure time (or the nearest value) on the grey scale across the bottom of the table.
- Find the value in the table that lines up with the magnitude and time. The illustration shows how it works for a magnitude of 5 m/s2 and an exposure time of 3 hours; in this case the exposure corresponds to 150 points.
- Compare the points value with the exposure action and limit values (100 and 400 points respectively). In this example the score of 150 points lies above the exposure action value. The colour of the square containing the exposure points value tells you whether the exposure exceeds, or is likely to exceed, the exposure action or limit value:
- If a worker is exposed to more than one tool or process during the day, repeat steps 1 – 3 for each one, add the points, and compare the total with the exposure action value (100) and the exposure limit value (400).
Please be aware that the hand arm vibrations listed are for guidance only and are subject to change. Please refer to the manufacturers guidelines before using the ready-reckoner or commencing any work based on its recommendation. The above table is also a guide and subject to change at any time. Please refer to the HSE website for up to date information. Travis Perkins cannot be held responsible for any injury caused by procedures that have been followed based on the above information or the vibration information provided.
Working at Height Regulations 2005
The regulations aim to help you manage and select the most appropriate equipment for working at height. The regulations apply to anyone, anywhere, at any height and at all times – whether you’re employed, self-employed or a subcontractor.
It’s important to note that anyone working unsafely at height can be prosecuted even if no injuries result. IPAF training available through Travis Perkins - just call 0344 892 3355 for more information.
What you need to do:
The Working at Height Regulations require you to follow a simple three step process:
Could you use other equipment, such as extendable tools or lifting equipment, instead of working at height?
If you’ve decided that it’s absolutely necessary to work at height, you must do everything you can to prevent a fall:
- Thoroughly plan and organise the work before you start
Make sure all employees/contractors involved in the job are competent
Carry out a full risk assessment on the job, work environment and surfaces
Use this to select the most appropriate safety equipment, or other measures
Minimise the consequences of a fall by using the appropriate safety equipment or other measure correctly, and making sure all equipment is properly maintained and inspected.
Manual Handling Regulations
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 are designed to reduce the risk of injury through a wide range of manual handling activities, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling and carrying.
Heavy manual labour and manual materials handling can increase the risk of musculoskeletal disorders including:
- Lower back pain
- Repetitive strain injuries
These types of injuries affect around 1 million people in the UK every year. Workers tend to be at increased risk of manual handling injuries in environments such as building sites, factories and warehouses.
What the regulations mean for you and your business:
Employers must, as far as is practical:
- Avoid the need for hazardous manual handling
Assess the risk of injury from any unavoidable hazardous manual handling
Reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling
Consider using mechanisation or handling aids such as conveyors, pallet trucks and hoists
- Follow appropriate work systems laid down for their safety
Make proper use of safety equipment
Cooperate with their employer on health and safety matters
Tell their employer if they identify hazardous handling activities
We can supply everything you need to help you comply with the Working at Height Regulations 2005, including safety harnesses and a full range of PPE.
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