Guidance

The SQ database contains summaries of the latest updates and guidance on key health and safety issues from organisations such as the MPA; the HSE, including the QNJAC and the Quarries Partnership Team on dust and silica; UEPG (European Aggregates Association); NePSi - representing the EU Silica Social Dialogue Agreement; etc.

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12 Guidance Article(s) returned


Title/Short DescriptionSourceSubjectDate 
COVID 19 - STAY SAFE - STAY ALERT - STAY OPERATIONAL

REMEMBER THE SIMPLE MEASURES THAT WILL KEEP YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES SAFE FROM COVID 19

The increased amount of travel and social interaction which is now permitted, presents much greater opportunity to contract and transmit Coronavirus and the gains achieved during lockdown could easily be lost. Recent press reports suggest that numbers of cases are increasing and a second wave may already be occurring, with some very localised spikes in businesses and towns.

It is essential that organisations and individuals remain vigilant. The basic control measures (social distancing, good hygiene etc.) that were identified at the outset continue to be relevant and effective.

Members are therefore advised to:

  • Ensure their workplaces remain COVID safe
  • Review and if necessary supplement the control measures in place
  • Conduct regular audits and inspections of the COVID measures
  • Monitor compliance with site COVID rules
  • Provide regular and frequent refresher toolbox talks to maintain awareness and reinforce the message
  • Having contingency measures in place that will ensure that further site shutdowns can be implemented quickly and safely if this becomes necessary.

The MPA’s ‘Ten Rules of Engagement’ are as applicable now as much as ever…

Please go to the COVID 19 section of Safequarry if you want to download any of the free posters.

 

MPAAll Subjects05/08/2020
Safe bitumen tank management

This is a joint document produced by Eurobitume & MPA that has been substantially rewritten and replaces any earlier versions. Its aim is to reduce the incidence of uncontrolled bitumen spillages.  Bitumen spillages have a high potential for serious injury as bitumen is stored at high temperatures. This document explains the fundamental principles that need to be adopted at all asphalt plants for the safe operation of bitumen storage tanks, to reduce the risk of occurrence of a potentially serious incident.

Eurobitume UKBitumen, storage and delivery14/07/2020
Guidance for the design and operation of ground based pumps

This is a joint document produced by Eurobitume & MPA that has been substantially rewritten and replaces any earlier versions. Its aim is to define the minimum industry standards for design, equipment and procedures based on legislation and experience. These standards should be used by suppliers, bitumen hauliers and customer sites. It is specified where standards are mandatory, by stating that such levels must be achieved. In other areas the standards should be seen as industry recommendations, for example where best practice is not currently achievable due to infrastructure or legacy issues.

 

Eurobitume UKBitumen, storage and delivery14/07/2020
Safe Delivery of Bitumen

Eurobitume has published a new Guide to Safe Delivery of Bitumen. This document has been substantially rewritten and replaces the earlier Refined Bitumen Association version dated June 2011.  It defines the minimum industry standards for design, equipment and procedures based on legislation and experience. These standards should be used by suppliers, bitumen hauliers and customer sites. It is specified where standards are mandatory, by stating that such levels must be achieved. In other areas the standards should be seen as industry recommendations, for example where best practice is not currently achievable due to infrastructure or legacy issues.

Eurobitume UKBitumen, storage and delivery14/07/2020
Site energy isolation self audit - June 2019 Updated AUDIT

QNJAC has produced an even more user friendly version of their Isolation Self-Audit tool, with improved functionality which now allows the question set to be completed electronically. Members are reminded of the importance of guarding and isolation and conducting regular audits to check that their arrangements and procedures are sufficient. In this regard, the QNJAC Self Audit tool should prove very useful.

QNJACIsolation01/07/2020
COVID 19 - Updated HSE Guidance on the thorough examination and testing of equipment during the coronavirus outbreak: Your legal obligations

This guidance is for dutyholders and inspectors. It has information about how to meet your legal obligations to carry out thorough examination and testing of equipment during the coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak.

HSETesting materials and equipment18/06/2020
COVID 19 - Guidance for the long-term Storage of Bitumen

Eurobitume UK Guidance May 2020 - This document provides guidance on the short and medium/long-term storage of bitumen in a bulk bitumen storage tank. This guidance must be used alongside the plant-based risk assessment for you to decide the most appropriate option. Careful management of temperature will help preserve the bitumen’s quality.

This will be of particular interest to operations that have been shut down and are now re-starting.

Eurobitume UKBitumen, storage and delivery01/06/2020
Relationship between impacts of geotechnical management, drilling and blasting in a quarry - QNJAC toolbox talk

A toolbox talk on information and engagement in relation to the impacts that geotechnical management, drilling and blasting have on one another in a quarry operation.

It is aimed at quarry operators, quarry managers, supervisors, geotechnical specialists and those persons carrying out drilling and blasting work at the quarry.

Prepared by the QNJAC Joint Drill, Blast and Geotechnical Group in May 2020.

QNJACDrilling and Blasting26/05/2020
Face surveying - QNJAC Toolbox Talk

This toolbox talk is aimed at quarry managers, supervisors and those persons responsible for implementing the recommended measures from geotechnical assessments and managing the surveying operation.

Prepared by the QNJAC Joint Drill, Blast and Geotechnical  Group in May  2020.

QNJACGeotechnical, Faces & Stockpiles26/05/2020
Overburden stripping - QNJAC Toolbox talk

This  toolbox talk  is aimed at quarry operators, quarry managers and supervisors and should be read in conjunction with the ' QNJAC Guidance to Managing Change to Excavations and Tips'

It has been prepared by QNJAC Joint Drill, Blast and Geotechnical  Group. 

Toolbox talk was produced in May 2020

QNJACGeotechnical, Faces & Stockpiles26/05/2020
COVID 19 - Operational Guidance
A more detailed publication aimed at Directors and Managers, this provides guidance on operating safely during the COVID 19  pandemic and provides links to important sources of information and updates, including from Government and non-Government organisations.
This complements the Managers and Employees pocket guides which are also accessible on Safequarry. A range of posters are also downloadable from Safequarry which are based on the cartoons and key the health and safety messages. 
MPAAll Subjects19/05/2020
COVID 19 - Employees COVID 19 Guidance

A pocket book that outlines 10 simple Rules of Engagement for employees returning to work, 10 ways of behaving that will help to keep them, their family and their colleagues safe.

It highlights how these behaviours can be applied in a range of different situations, commencing from when an employee leaves home, a range of activities they might engage in or locations they might visit during a normal working day. It concludes with a safe return home.

MPAAll Subjects11/05/2020