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MPA Midland Region Health and Safety Awareness Day

MPA MIDLAND REGION HEALTH & SAFETY AWARENESS DAY – BOOK NOW

Location: Kevin Quarry, Ramshorn, Oakamoor, Staffordshire, ST10 3BX.

Date: WEDNESDAY - 17th MAY 2017

See flyer for more information

DAY’S DEMONSTRATIONS 

  • Personal Wellbeing – RCS Monitoring. Chest X-rays.
  • Live First Aid – Defibrillators & FPOS. (First Person On Scene)
  • Site Emergency Procedures – Rescue Services.
  • Workplace Transport – Working at Height, Reversing & Loading/Unloading.
  • Lone Working - Slips, Trips & Falls / Communications.
  • Plant Safety – Conveyor Entrapment
MPACompetence and Training11/05/2017
Working with Respirable Crystalline Silica

MPA members are committed to achieving Zero Harm; this target is applicable to both safety and health. There is a recognised health risk for those within our industry who are exposed to work-generated Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) particles. It is widely recognised that by applying correct controls, the health risks to all persons, both directly and indirectly employed, can be mitigated.

Members involved in the production of materials that contain crystalline silica in any form, which may be cut, crushed, milled or ground in the production processes (workplace generated dust) must take all actions as low as is reasonably practicable to protect their workforce from over exposure.

The end user should also consider in their risk assessment the hierarchy of control defined in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) when selecting the appropriate control measures to reduce the risk of exposure. This maybe in the form of local extraction and effective filtration, suppression of particles through fine wet mist applications or ultimately to supplement previous mentioned control measures with RPE to reduce levels further. 

The following guidance will assist members to decide on the appropriate methods of management and risk controls applicable to their own operations and risk profile.

MPASilica and dust31/03/2017
Healthier by Association Dust Audit

The Healthier by Association Audit gives the user the opportunity to conduct an in house systematic initial, ongoing and periodic review of their dust management systems.  

The Audit contains questions on the key principles identified in the MPA 'Working with Respirable Crystalline Silica' document: Thereby identifying strengths and opportunities for improvement.

On completion, a radar chart and action plan is produced to assist RCS Teams/Champions etc to set clear objectives (which should be reviewed on an annual basis). In doing so, this will demonstrate continuous improvement or maintenance of an acceptable level of compliance and reduction in exposure.

MPASilica and dust31/03/2017
Safer by Sharing Seminars 2017

Moving machinery kills or severely injures 800 people in the UK workplace every year. A particular concern is the number of incidents involving conveyors in the minerals industry. In the last four years alone, three workers have been killed whilst working on or around conveyors at MPA members’ sites.

MPA Safer by Sharing Seminars in 2017 will focus on providing advice on controlling the risks associated with moving machinery. Find out more about the dates, venues and details of programme. BOOK THE DATES IN YOUR DIARY NOW and please share with colleagues.

MPAPlant – fixed and mobile26/03/2017
MPA Health and Safety Awards - Entry closes on 7th April

It is less than a month to go for submission of entries for the MPA's Health and Safety Awards 2017. Entry forms are downloadable from the Safequarry and Safeprecast websites.

The best entries from 2016 can be viewed on the MPA's Sharing Good Practice Guide 2016/2017 which includes links to videos of the winning entries.. Printed copies of the publication will be available shortly. View Guides

To submit an entry to this year's competition or find out more click here  

MPAAll Subjects08/03/2017
MPA Health and Safety Awards 2017 - OPEN

ENTRY NOW OPEN.

Entries are welcome from MPA members, non-members, contractors and suppliers.

Please download the guidance and entry forms from the safequarry and safeprecast websites.

Find out how your organisation can participate in this prestigious health and safety award that recognises the innovations and best practices that help create a safer and healthier working environment for everyone working within the mineral products industry.

 

MPAAll Subjects08/02/2017
3M poster on wearing of face masks

Please see attached poster produced by 3M that highlights responsibilities of the employer to check that a face mask is fit for purpose and for the employee to check that it is being worn correctly.

MPASilica and dust07/02/2017
Respirable Crystalline Silica – Using Disposable RPE

The UK Health and Safety Laboratory recently tested ten models of disposable dust mask (FFP3 filtering facepiece respirators). The models were from different manufacturers and were selected to cover a range of different designs and prices. Read the findings and the lessons to be learned.

MPASilica and dust07/02/2017
Stay Safe at home for Christmas

Please read the attached reminder about home safety over the Christmas holiday and share with your family, friends and colleagues.

MPAHome16/12/2016
Driving home for Christmas

The gift of safety isn't found under a tree, wrapped in pretty paper or tied up in a nice bow. But for you and your loved ones — and all the other road or path users anywhere you roam — it can be the most important gift of all.

Please read these reminders on safe driving. 

MPADriving16/12/2016
5 Christmas Gifts for Leaders - Creating Inspirational and Effective Leadership

Recognise that the attitudes and decisions of senior managers are critical in setting the priorities of the organisation. Attitudes of our senior managers will impact on the styles of behaviour and priorities of our colleagues.

A manager’s role is not simply restricted to directing work and monitoring compliance with rules and regulations. Managers must act as leaders and facilitators: they must encourage suggestions, motivate their staff and engage with the workforce to solve health and safety problems.

Senior managers should need and want to hear what is really happening, not what our managers think we want to hear. We should know where there are problems and where things could go wrong. All employees must feel able to tell us this, when they do, work with them to find a solution.

We all want employees to work safely and comply with the rules, but we also want them to show initiative and be proactive in improving health and safety. Employees play an important part in shaping the safety culture of the organisation. To do this we must engage with them and encourage positive safety activities and messaging, wherever possible.

Make sure that health and safety is not viewed as a separate function, but as an integral part of productivity, competitiveness and profitability and that health and safety risks are recognised as part of the business risks.

Conduct your own leadership self – assessment or use it as part on an appraisal click on the title heading.   

MPALeadership and workforce engagement15/12/2016
Statement of Commitment – QPT/QNJAC Dust – Quarries Good Housekeeping Initiative

Company Directors or similar responsible people are requested to sign the Statement of Commitment to demonstrate that their organisation is committed to improving on-site housekeeping practices to prevent or reduce settled dust.

Please email your signed statement to the Quarries Partnership Manager c/o dave.arden@hse.gov.uk  Signed statements will be retained for information purposes only.

Please remember to retain a copy for your records.

 

QNJACOccupational Health24/11/2016
Sharing health and safety resources helps us all work towards Zero Harm
  • Aggregates |

  • Asphalt |

  • Cement |

  • Contracting |

  • Dimension Stone |

  • Lime |

  • Precast Concrete |

  • Mortar |

  • Readymix |

  • Recycling |

  • Silica Sand |