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Health & Safety News

What is a carbon footprint?

14 March 2010

A product carbon footprint is a measure of all the greenhouse gases released over the lifetime of a product. This includes emissions from raw material extraction, all emissions from processes and transportation and up to and including emissions from the disposal of the product at the end of its life.

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BPIF Environmental Healthcheck: Revamped and re-launched

14 March 2010

The BPIF Environmental Healthcheck has just been through a vigorous overhaul and has been re-launched to enable companies throughout the sector to assess and reduce their environmental impact.

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Waste: are you exempt?

Waste: are you exempt?

12 March 2010

You may not be fully aware of how the Environmental Permitting (EP) Regulations can affect businesses that store or process waste. As the law now stands, many companies that store waste materials on site or undertake waste management processes such as bailing must have a permit from the Environment Agency - or risk prosecution for non-compliance.

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Employing a young person

12 March 2010

With today's perception of risk and the current compensation culture within the UK, many employers shy away from the thought of employing a person under the age of 18 years of age and use the phase that they couldn't possibly employ this young person as the law doesn't permit them to! This is not the case.

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Consultation document SG6 (10)

05 March 2010

SG6(10), sent on behalf of Sue Anderson, Technical Advisor, Local Authority Unit, Environment Agency.
 
Please read the document and provide any comments/responses to Sue Anderson (sue.anderson@environment-agency.gov.uk)  via email by 5pm on Friday 19th March 2010. 
Click here to download the draft of SG6(10) sent out by Martin Leach on the 18th February 2010.

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Permits to work (PtW) ? a paper trail or fully implemented safe system of work?

Permits to work  (PtW) ? a paper trail or fully implemented safe system of work?

09 January 2010

A quarter of all fatalities at work involve failures in systems of work. A safe system of work is a formal procedure, which results in a systematic examination of the task in order to identify all hazards and assess the risks and so they can be eliminated or minimised.

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CD227- Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations

17 December 2009

The BPIF would like to receive comments from members who own/operate equipment that emits artificial radiation lighting, for example, UV dryer systems inline with the proposed new regulations.

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The Assessment of Repetitive Tasks (ART) Tool

17 December 2009

The Assessment of Repetitive Tasks (ART) is a new tool designed to help health and safety inspectors, assess repetitive tasks involving the upper limbs. Their prevention is a priority for HSE.

Click here for more information from HSE.

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Tips for Winter Driving

Tips for Winter Driving

17 December 2009

For most it is a grim though of heading in to winter months with the limited day light hours and adverse weather conditions being predicted by the Met office on a daily basis. How about those who have to drive for the employer! The following points in this article highlights some basic top tips for those who drive and have to drive during hazardous conditions, whether it is making deliveries to the clients with the finished printed articles, attending meetings or just general deliveries.

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Slips and Trips and Falls from Height - updated information within the GRIP Tool

17 December 2009

Phase 3 of the HSE Shattered Lives campaign will be running from February 2010 for a period of 5 weeks.

A survey following the last phase found that:

- 34% of direct line managers thought they were likely to have a slip and trip accident in the workplace and 19% thought they were likely to have a falls accident in the workplace.

Click here for more information from the survey and on the Grip Tool.

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Health and Safety Alert - Guarding on folder-stacker

Health and Safety Alert - Guarding on folder-stacker

07 December 2009

Stahl KD78 Folder/Stacker Unit Incident

The Incident

On 18th November 2009 an accident occurred at Hobbs the Printers in Totton, Southampton. The incident involved a 21 year old apprentice who was operating the Stahl folder/stacker unit. The operator's right arm was drawn in between the delivery rollers whilst trying to remove an unwanted article. The area where the incident occurred was unguarded (see photograph).

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HSE European week of health and safety

16 October 2009

This year the European Week of Health and Safety takes place on 19 - 25 October 2009. This has been a 2-year campaign (2008/2009) aimed at stakeholders, including employers, workers and safety representatives, and is intended to promote the benefits of completing and implementing a risk assessment. The focus of the second year of the campaign is promoting good practice in risk assessment.

Click here for more information.

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Workplace Signage

Workplace Signage

24 September 2009

blank_pageAs you are aware legislation requires that risk from hazards in the workplace are minimised, but where risk assessments shows that residual risk is still significant, signage is required to indicate the type of hazard and any control measures that are in place. Are you complying with the requirements?

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Thinking of buying a new machine? Have you thought of all the safety issues?

Thinking of buying a new machine? Have you thought of all the safety issues?

11 September 2009

It is all too common for organisations to purchase equipment that does not always meet their expectations and may not be as safe as one thinks, or misled into believing the machine is totally safe because it displays a CE mark!

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Safety signs and signals: the health and safety (safety signs and signals) regulations 1996

10 August 2009

As your company's safety representative concerned with safety signs, you may wish to know that the second edition is now available.

L64 Safety signs and signals: the health and safety (safety signs and signals) regulations 1996. Guidance on regulations.
Second edition June 2009, ISBN 978 07176 6359 0, 44 pages, £9.50

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Waste batteries: do you know what to do with them?

10 August 2009

You may or may not be aware that new legislation is in place to deal with the management of waste batteries produced within your organisation, as it will be illegal to send them to land fill. There is also a need to have different arrangements for collecting different types of battery.

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Hand Fed Platen Presses

03 August 2009

You may or may not be aware that the industry has experienced a number of fatalities over the last two years involving employees operating medium to large Hand Fed Platen Presses.

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Pregnancy at Work

25 June 2009

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to carry out a specific risk assessment when a women of child bearing age, or a new or expectant mother may be at risk from a work process, a working condition or any physical, chemical or biological agents that may be presenting the workplace.

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Environmental damage regulation - If you pollute, you pay...

25 June 2009

The "polluter pays" principle is being implemented through the recently enforced Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations (the Environmental Liability Directive) in England and Wales to ensure that potentially polluting organisations prevent environmental damage occurring and repair any damage that they does occur.

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Unsafe Reel Handling - could your company be open to prosecution?

25 June 2009

Following the prosecution of a West Yorkshire printer after a visiting driver suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a moving reel of paper whilst helping to unload a delivery to a print company in June 2008, the BPIF and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are reminding the print industry of the dangers of loading and unloading reels of paper from delivery vehicles.

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