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MPA Health and Safety Awards 2022

Videos of the entries that either won or were finalists in the 8 Topic Awards can now be viewed on the MPA's video channel.

Also available are videos of the Young Leader Awards, Individual Recognition, John Crabbe and Sir Frank Davies Awards, 'The Fatal 6' feature and an extended video that combines all of the awards. 

Please review these innovations that are improving health and safety in the mineral products industry and see which ones could be applied or adapted to make your workplace safer. Share them with your colleagues.

We are all 'Safer by Sharing'

MPAAll Subjects23/01/2023
MP Connect Webinar - 6th February

MPA Webinar on MP Connect - Monday 6th February 2023
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MP Connect has been developed by MPQC with support from the MPA Safer by Partnership Working Group. With over 15,000 drivers cards now issued, it is strongly recommended by MPA to its members.

The Contractor (individual) element is also now live, with the Contractor (company) element under development. The webinar will provide members with an opportunity to learn more about the features and functionality of MP Connect and will include a Question and Answer session.

Fatal 4 - HSE is inspecting manufacturing business where materials that contain silica are used

From October, HSE Inspectors will be visiting manufacturing business where materials such as stone, rocks, sand and clay are used. This will include: 

  • Brick and tile manufacturers 
  • Foundries  
  • Stone working  

Please see HSE bulletin that provides more information and links to guidance on control measures. 

Employers have a legal duty to put in place suitable arrangements to manage health and safety and ensure they comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH).

Inspectors will be checking that dutyholders know the risks associated with inhalation of RCS and have effective controls in place to keep workers safe and protect their respiratory health. 

 Please also see the Fatal 4 section on Safequarry

HSESilica and dust07/09/2022
Rope ladders putting lives at risk

The poor management and sub-standard quality of ships’ rope ladders are putting the lives of marine pilots at risk, according to new findings by the MAIB.

Please follow link to further information and see pdf of an APB poster produced to provide guidance on this issue

Please visit the MPA stand at Hillhead - PB19 in the main Pavilion

Find out more about Vision Zero – MPA’s Health and Safety strategy focussed on eliminating ‘The Fatal 6’

   -, the high potential hazards responsible for most of the fatalities and serious injuries in our industry.

MPA’s health and safety specialists will be able to explain the ‘Safer by ……’ initiatives and resources  that are free to members.

Please visit the stand if you would like to discuss any health and safety issues with the team.

MPAAll Subjects17/06/2022
MPA extends deadline for entry to MPA Health and Safety Awards

MPA has extended the deadline for submission of entry forms to the 2022 Health and Safety Awards for the

  • 8 Topic Awards
  • Individual Recognition Awards
  • Young Leader Awards

Please submit any remaining  entries by noon on Monday 30th May.

The simple to complete entry forms and briefing notes can be viewed and downloaded from Safequarry.

MPAAll Subjects23/05/2022
HSE safety alert about respirators/masks which rely on ear loops.

HSE has issued a safety alert about how respirators/masks which rely on ear loops do not provide protection as tight fitting Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE).

HSEOccupational Health23/05/2022
MPA launch Sharing good practice 2021/22

MPA has launched the digital version of its health and safety guide which summarises the leading entries for the 2021 Health and Safety Awards, Sharing good practice 2021/22. Please review.

There is still time for companies to complete a simple entry form to be included in the 2022 awards, submission are required by Friday 20th May.

Download entry forms.

MPAAll Subjects17/05/2022
Entry to MPA Health and Safety Awards - closes Friday 20th May

MPA members are reminded that entries for the 8 Topic Awards, Individual and Young Leader Awards are due to be submitted by Friday 20th May.

The simple to complete entry forms and briefing notes can be downloaded from the Safequarry website.

Please watch this video that explains why it is important to share your innovations and best practice - we are all Safer by Sharing

MPAAll Subjects12/05/2022
Vechicle - pedestrian collisions

HSE records show that vehicle-pedestrian collisions continue to be one of the main cause of workplace fatalities:

  • There have been nine fatal vehicle-pedestrian collisions in the past four years involving wheeled loading shovels – most of these were in the waste and recycling sector. 
  • There have been two vehicle-pedestrian fatalities within the minerals sector since 2015
  • Main risk factors include lack of segregation, poor forward visibility and reversing manoeuvres

Operators who use mobile plant need to fully assess and actively manage the risk of vehicle-pedestrian collisions. Segregating the operating areas and traffic routes for mobile plant and pedestrians is the most effective control measure, eliminating the risk of collisions. For activities where mobile plant and pedestrians cannot be fully segregated, you will need to identify and implement other control measures.

MPA has produced some resources on Workplace Transport and Pedestrian Interface which are free to access via the Safequarry website Workplace transport and pedestrian interface (

HSE issued an alert last year Wheeled loading shovels in waste and recycling - HSE relating to the operation of wheeled loading shovels and the increased risks due to use of larger buckets which reduce visibility. The alert provides a helpful reminder of the risks to consider under headings, Safe Site, Safe Vehicle and Safe Driver


MPAPedestrian safety04/05/2022
MPA Health and Safety Awards 2022

MPA has launched the 2022 Health and Safety Awards. It is inviting entries from members and those who work closely with them in parts of the UK supply chain for the mineral products industry.

Watch the video to find out more or go directly to the awards page on Safequarry where you can download the briefing notes a simple to complete entry forms for 

  • 8 Topic Awards - Open to all.
  • ‘The Fatal 6’ Award 
  • The Eurobitume Award 
  • John Crabbe Award 
  • Sir Frank Davies Award
  • Young Leader Award
  • Individual Awards
MPAAll Subjects03/03/2022
Fatal 5 - National Highways and Skanska alert on lorry loader stabilisers
Following a fatality due to driver suffering crush injuries whilst retracting lorry loader stabilisers, National Highways and Skanska have issued the following alert.
Highways EnglandTransport27/10/2021