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Health & Safety News

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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New workplace Health & Safety Law poster

25 June 2009

As from 6th April 2009, the HSE has published its new versions of its approved health and safety law poster and leaflet.
The new versions are modern, eye-catching and easy to read. The new design is set out in simple terms, using numbered lists of the basic and key points, on what employers and workers must do, and tell you what to do if there is a problem.

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Printing press guarding - safety alert

25 June 2009

This alert has been drawn up by the BPIF and Unite to provide information and advice on a recent accident in the printing industry. It does not seek to attribute blame in any way, and is based on information current at the time of the alert. This accident is still under investigation and therefore it is possible that additional information may become available at a later date.

Click here to download full document.

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HSE to publish fatalities on the web

25 June 2009

The HSE has announced that it will publish the names of people killed in workplace accidents on its website following a ruling by the Information Commissioner last year. The HSE had argued that providing the names of people killed at work would breach the European Convention on Human Rights, as the families could be adversely affected But in July 2008 the Commissioner rules in favour of the Centre for Corporate Accountability requiring the names to be published once the Coroner's inquest had been opened.

Names and details of fatalities are available at www.hse.gov.uk/foi/fatalities/in-year-names.htm

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Calls for maximum work temperature continues!

25 June 2009

The TUC has recently warned that factories and offices across the UK will become increasingly uncomfortable and potentially hazardous as the summers in the UK get hotter. In a new report the TUC is calling for the introduction of a new upper limit on workplace temperature to protect workers.

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SAFETY WARNING - Printing Press Guarding

26 May 2009

This alert has been drawn up by the BPIF and Unite to provide information and advice on a recent accident in the printing industry. It does not seek to attribute blame in any way, and is based on information current at the time of the alert. This accident is still under investigation and therefore it is possible that additional information may become available at a later date.

The Incident

On the morning of Tuesday 6th May 2009 a 49-year-old man’s arm was dragged into a printing press while he was operating the first unit of a four colour, Heidelberg Speedmaster 72 VP press. His arm was drawn into the press between the plate cylinder and the inking roller. 

Emergency services were unable to free the injured person's arm and therefore, doctors decided to amputate his arm at the scene of the incident.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and information is limited as it is in the early stages of the investigation. However, the HSE has confirmed that a Notice to Leave Undisturbed had been served on the company. 

The injured person was working alone and there were no direct witnesses to the accident.  However it is believed that he may have been trying to remove a hickie from the rotating plate, using a stiff piece of card, while the machine was at operating speed.

It is believed that the guarding of the machine was inadequate, and that at each print unit the extension guard which normally sits below the "guard in front of the inking unit at the feeder side" was missing.

According to Heidelberg the following guarding arrangement should be in place on this type of machine:

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Shattered Lives 2009 STEP this way - what''s in it for you ?

24 March 2009

Shattered Lives 2009 campaign is focusing on promoting action in the workplace.
To help you do this HSE's new, free on line STEP eLearning package is full of additional resources for you to use to endorse people's learning and prevent slip and trip accidents in your workplace!

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Managing fire, water and major spillages

24 March 2009

Most printing companies have the potential to cause significant environmental harm and to threaten water supplies and comprise the public's health and safety because of the nature or products used the in the various printing processes. Spillages of chemicals and oil are the obvious threats. However, materials, which are non-hazardous to humans, such as milk and beer, may also cause serious environmental problems, as can the run-off generated in the event of a fire.

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Risk assessment, how compliant are you?

23 March 2009

You may or may not be aware that the requirement for carrying out and recording the findings of your workplace risk assessments (five employees or more) have been about since 1992, under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, which was later amended presenting the 1999 regulations. So looking back over the last 16 years within the Printing and Packaging Industry, have employers learnt what is required of them to demonstrate a ‘suitable and sufficient' risk assessment?

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PAS2020 – Green Direct Marketing is on the horizon

19 March 2009

A new publicly available specification (PAS) and certification scheme for displaying the environmental credentials of direct marketing campaigns is on its way, could you benefit by becoming a PAS2020 certified printer...?

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Night Workers – Increased Risk of Cancer

19 March 2009

The Government of Denmark has become the first to accept the link between night shifts and cancer, by paying 40 women who developed the disease after working night shifts in state sector jobs. A United Nations health body has recently concluded that working nights probably increased the risk of cancer.

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New Gas Safe Register

19 March 2009

Britain's gas installer registration scheme, currently operated by CORGI, has been replaced from 1 April 2009 by the new Gas Safe Register operated by Capita.

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Updated HSE Guidance

19 March 2009

The HSE has updated its guidance on worker involvement to reflect the current diversity of working arrangements and includes:

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Excellence Awards 2009 - Entry deadline extended to 20 March

18 March 2009

The BPIF is in the business of helping its members to be more profitable, through the adoption of the highest standards of business excellence.  The Excellence Awards celebrate best practice in managing print businesses, highlighting the very best in class.  We are very excited about this year’s awards: they take a great deal of energy to organise but we always feel a sense of achievement when we see the calibre and number of entries.  Don’t miss out – you need to be in it to win it.  To download your entry form click here.

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The dirty issue of contaminated rags and gloves

12 January 2009

Rags, wipes and other materials used during maintenance and cleaning can potentially become contaminated by solvents and other chemicals during their use. This has significant ramifications when it comes to their disposal as depending upon the chemicals involved they may be classed as hazardous waste and entail special storage, handling and waste carrier and treatment requirements under the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005.

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An introduction to the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC)

07 January 2009

What is the Carbon Reduction Commitment?

The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) is a forthcoming mandatory ‘cap and trade' scheme targeted at large public and private sector energy consumers developed as part of the UK Government's strategy to reduce national carbon emissions and combat global climate change. The CRC is essentially a fiscal instrument designed to incentivise organisations to reduce their carbon emissions. It aims to achieve this through a framework of emissions reporting resulting in either financial rewards or penalties dependent upon an organisation's performance in energy efficiency relative to other participants in the scheme.

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Machinery still kills

Machinery still kills

06 January 2009

Over the last 20 months there has been an increase of workplace fatalities within the Printing and Packaging Industry, two related to the operation of Hand Fed Platen Presses and a Web Line Press.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning not only to the Printing and Packaging Industry, but to all industries of the dangers of carrying out mechanical interventions, clearing machinery blockages or carrying out running repairs without proper isolation procedures and / or interlocking.

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Workplace first aid changes

22 December 2008

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), carried out an review of first aid in the workplace and found that 'although first aid awareness in workplaces was good, compliance with the regulations were found to be more "in spirit" rather than to the letter of the regulations themselves, The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. This highlighted the need for some important changes to the regulation and the guidance in particular with the frequency and length of first aid training'.

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Work Experience, CRB Checks and New Vetting Scheme

22 December 2008

Following a parliamentary written response to a question about work experience and CRB checks there has been some confusion as to whether or not CRB checks are required in companies taking on children and young persons for work experience.

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Keeping paths clear of snow and ice

22 December 2008

The Workplace (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require companies to ensure under Regulation 12 the safe condition of floors and traffic routes. In addition the Approved Code of Practice makes specific reference to minimising the risks from snow and ice.

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