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Health & Safety News

Are you planning to purchase any new or used machinery for your business?

Are you planning to purchase any new or used machinery for your business?

13 April 2011

When purchasing new or used machinery you must consider the requirements of:
•    ‘Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008’, which details the requirements for the manufacturer of new machinery.
•    Requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974, which contains the general duties for the manufacturing and supply of machinery in the workplace, that it is safe.
•    Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998, which covers a multitude of requirements from suitability, training of staff and guarding of dangerous parts of machinery etc.

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Do you train your workforce in the equipment you provide?

17 February 2011

The UK law requires the employer to ensure that he or she trains its employees in the safe use, cleaning and maintenance of machines and equipment and instruct them of their responsibilities.

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Changes National Recycling and Recovery Targets for Packaging Waste

07 January 2011

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 have set the packaging recycling and recovery targets that companies have to meet until 2012. Click here to download the latest guidance document.

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Warning to users of hand-fed platen machines

06 January 2011

The BPIF wishes to bring this message to the attention of its members who own and use hand-fed platen presses.

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AOR - Artificial Optical Radiation

02 November 2010

The Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations 2010 came into force on the 27th April 2010. The regulations requires eye and skin protection to be provided when there is a risk of exposure to hazardous sources of Artificial Optical Radiation (AOR).

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HSE still to target the Print Sector

18 October 2010

The Print and Print Packaging sector reports on average one thousand RIDDOR incidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Local Authorities every year. During 2008/09 this fell to approximately 788 reportable incidents. The incidents and the data gathered from the type of incidents reported, allows the regulator to identify the significant problems that the industry is experiencing.

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Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) warns of 'hidden killer' in the workplace

Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) warns of 'hidden killer' in the workplace

12 October 2010

LAUNCH OF NEW CAMPAIGN TO HELP MANAGE ASBESTOS RISKS
“Know your building, know your responsibilities” is the message to non-domestic dutyholders, from the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) with today’s launch of its new asbestos ‘duty to manage’ campaign.  The hard-hitting educational campaign targets dutyholders which broadly defined are those who own or manage commercial buildings, including factories, warehouses, shops and offices.

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Workwear for print

30 September 2010

A new initiative from the Ryedale Group

The BPIF is pleased to announce that the Ryedale Group is supporting the industry in terms of workwear and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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Safe Maintenance - a new campaign from the HSE

Safe Maintenance - a new campaign from the HSE

16 September 2010

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a ‘Safe Maintenance Campaign’ in partnership with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) as part of the ‘Healthy Workplaces European campaign’.

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European safe maintenance drive launches in Britain

European safe maintenance drive launches in Britain

01 July 2010

Maintenance is integral to running a safe and reliable operation. Good planning and having the right skills and tools to do the job minimises the risk to workers and the public in any task from repairing a gas main to fixing a roof.

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Northern Ireland - are you considering gaining FSC/PEFC Chain of Custody Certification?

01 July 2010

Attention Northern Ireland Print and Packaging Companies

The need for printers to demonstrate effective environmental management is growing. Compliance with changing legislation is critical in avoiding litigation and it is also important to demonstrate your Corporate Social Responsibility credentials to clients and employees alike. It takes constant care and supervision to ensure that all your obligations to the environment and to your staff are met. In addition, more and more printers are finding that good environmental management saves them money, wins them new customers and retains existing clients.

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Environmental Legislation for Printers

01 July 2010

The BPIF is pleased to announce that it has produced a list of Environmental Legislation pertinent to the print and packaging industry to assist those companies with ISO 14001 certification meet the requirement to have arrangements in place for updating their register of legislation.

This list will be updated at least every six months.
Click here to download your copy from our website,
or alternatively email liz.cheetham@bpif.org.uk for a copy.

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Environmental Noise Directive (END) 2002/49/EC - update

01 July 2010

The aim of the END is to define a common approach across the EU to avoiding, preventing or reducing the harmful effects, including annoyance, caused by exposure to environmental noise. Those print companies, with sites close to residential areas and particularly those working night shifts, may be affected by this directive.

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Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) 2010 bring in Waste Exemption Changes

01 July 2010

The Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) 2010 cover water discharges and groundwater activities, radioactive substances, waste, mining waste and installations. They also include provision for a number of directives including Batteries and the Non Waste Framework Directive.

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The Printer's Guide to Health and Safety - now available as a free download

01 July 2010

Now there is no excuse for not having a copy of the above bible on health and safety for printers. So download it today and save it in an area where it can be accessed by your managers and supervisors.

Click here to download your copy.

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Risk Assessments

06 June 2010

The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 tells us that we must conduct risk assessments so that the hazards in the workplace can be identified, then assessed so that control measures can be identified and put in place to reduce the risk of injury to employees, visitors and contractors.

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Risk assessing repetitive tasks made easy

Risk assessing repetitive tasks made easy

11 May 2010

Work-related upper limb disorders in the printing industry result from tasks such as: hand collating of printed sheets, producing hard book and loose leaf file covers by hand, knocking up of sheets, many of which involve repetitive actions, uncomfortable working postures and excessive force. If not addressed when early signs of discomfort are noticed, these repetitive actions can lead to a permanent disability and sufferers leaving the industry altogether, at a significant cost to the employer.

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Work Related Upper Limb Disorders

12 April 2010

Repetitive tasks are typically found in finishing areas of print and print related companies,  for example hand feeding machines, packing finished goods and hand collating of sheets and hand stripping tasks. Many companies try to cover these activities by using a standard manual handling assessment form but in some instances these do not cover this type of assessment in sufficient detail.

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Global Harmonisation of Hazard Symbols, Risk and Precautionary Phrases

12 April 2010

All over the world there are different laws on how to identify the hazardous properties of chemicals and systems as to how information about these hazards is then passed to users (e.g. through signs, labels, and safety data sheets for employers and their workers) leading to confusion with some chemicals been classified as toxic in one country and not in another.

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Improving Communications

12 April 2010

Improving Communications

In order that we can get the right information, into the right person in your company please can you advise us:- 
1.    If you are obligated under any of the following and
2.    If yes, who is the person that needs to received relevant information in the your organisation

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