Guidance

The 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 
Drivers Handbook - November 2018

MPA has updated the Drivers Handbook,

The purpose of the Driver’s Handbook is to make LGV drivers aware of the risks that they may face or create while driving and operating vehicles and typically understanding how to manage the risks. The handbook outlines what is required of a driver in terms of his or her, vehicle, journey and driving behaviours. In addition it deals with emergency situations and gives practical advice on what to
do to help keep you safe from avoidable harm.


This handbook will help you work with your employer to avoid preventable incidents and injuries to yourself and other people when driving for work. It should be used with your employer’s driving for work policies and procedures.

MPATransport08/02/2019
Contract Surfacing Operational Guidance January 2019

This guidance document has been developed to give MPA members, their clients and specifiers, a focused approach to considering the requirements of operating in highways construction and maintenance sector. It has been developed from guidance first produced by MPA Scotland in relation to nightworking, but on a more generic basis. The document however relates not only to the SRN, or its equivalent in the Devolved Nations, but all roads.

This guidance does not supersede any Regulatory and/or contractual requirements, but can be considered as complementary.

MPAContracting23/01/2019
Updated bitumen discharge permit

Please view the updated bitumen discharge permit. This incorporates the authority to discharge form which has been approved by MPA Working Group 7.

MPABitumen, storage and delivery19/11/2018
Kiln Shutdown - Planned maintenance

This document makes recommendations for kiln shutdowns, based on recent experience and incidents. It concentrates on a set of health and safety priorities specific to Kiln Maintenance in the United Kingdom.

MPACement03/10/2018
Articlated Dump Trucks (ADTs) - Guidance Note - Issue 1 - June 2018

QNJAC Guidance on the safe operation of articulated dump trucks (ADTs) in quarries and surface mining operations.

This guidance is intended for sites where ADTs are in use, including quarries and opencast mines with the aim of reducing or eliminating the risk of body and cab overturns. It uses examples of good practice provided by UK quarry and coal mine operators together with input from specialist earthmoving contractors and manufacturers of ADT vehicles. This guidance will also be relevant to construction/civil engineering projects where ADTs are used in earth moving
operations.

QNJACPlant – fixed and mobile03/09/2018
MPA Company car and van handbook

The purpose of the Company Car and Van Handbook is to make companies and car/van drivers aware of the risks that they may face or create while driving and operating vehicles and typically understanding how to manage those risks. The handbook outlines what is required of a driver in terms of his or her, vehicle, journey and driving behaviours in line with the rules and regulations of UK roads. Travelling abroad and in Europe is also covered (pages 50-51). In addition it deals with emergency situations and gives practical advice on what to do to help keep you safe from avoidable harm.

MPADriving16/07/2018
Guide to energy isolation and LOTOTO - (Lock-out - Tag-out - Try-out)

The industry operates equipment that has the potential to cause harm if not operated or isolated correctly.

We have learnt from incidents within the industry, the critical importance of giving employees and contractors as much information and guidance on the risks involved when operating heavy machinery and a better understanding of the different types of energy they need to be protected against.

This document will describe LOTOTO (Lock-Out – Tag-Out – Try-Out), the process for isolating equipment to ensure that maintenance and cleaning can be undertaken safely.

Prepared by the MPA and Reece Safety, this document shares best practice and will help to raise awareness of ‘LOTOTO’ and to guide the industry to the achievement of a safer working environment. In this document you will also find also find product information to safe guard the workforce.

MPAIsolation11/07/2018
Pocket Book - The Safe Installation of Precast Concrete Flooring and Associated Components

A pocket-sized version that summarises the key elements of the Code of Practice and is intended for site operatives and supervisors to use as an aide-memoire when installing precast concrete floors. Launched November 2017.

British PrecastPrecast31/05/2018
Quarry Operator and Contractor Code of Conduct

Guidance in support of the Quarry Operator/Contractor Code of Conduct

The Contractors Code of Conduct states:

It is the duty of the contractor to demonstrate to the quarry operator that sufficiently competent persons supported by appropriate site based competency checks are provided. It is strongly recommended that contractors maintain a valid safety passport to underpin hazard awareness knowledge. 

Please read the the information sheet to learn more.

QNJAC have also created a toolbox talk that  is accessible via the Safequarry and QNJAC websites.. 

QNJACCompetence and Training27/11/2017
Quarry Design – Version 1 – September 2017

Guidance Note on Quarry design in relation to excavations and tips (QNJAC Geotechnical Face & Stockpile Operations Subcommittee)

The requirement for “design” forms a central tenet of the Quarry Regulations 19991 (The term design is used more than 60 times in the Approved Code of Practice). This document summarises the key legislation in relation to quarry design.

The guidance recognises that the nature of quarry design may be profoundly different from site to site. However, the guidance outlines the three principal steps to design; Pre- Commencement, During Construction and On Completion. It highlights the subdivisions within these stages. The process and the various elements contributing to the design should be clearly laid out in the Health and Safety documentation. Good practice would ensure a named individual is responsible for the maintenance of the design

QNJACGeotechnical, Faces & Stockpiles24/11/2017
Bridge Saw Guarding

This guidance focuses on the need to complete a thorough risk assessment covering all aspects of the machine and its use. The risk assessment process for machinery will need to consider a wide range of hazards and also relate to a range of standards and legal requirements. One of the key aspects of machinery is to consider the danger of moving parts and to guard these dangerous parts.

So what should be the methodology for risk assessment of machinery? What standards and legal requirements are relevant? What should be the approach for guarding machinery?

The guidance within only offers an opinion on the current available control measures used in other parts of the industry to guard against the physical hazards associated with the moving parts of the machine. Through the risk assessment process it will be the responsibility of the company to select the appropriate guarding specific to their operation whilst considering the hierarchy of control found Regulation 11 (2) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and referenced in section 18 of this document.

While the focus of this document is on Bridge Saws, the same principles can be applied to other machinery used for working natural and reconstituted architectural stone such as edge polishers and milling machines.

MPAGuarding23/04/2017
Welfare facilities for contractors - Toolbox Talk

If we are to build true partnerships in the quarry operator/contractor relationship we must start treating contractors in exactly the same way as direct employees. Sites should provide access to clean, adequate welfare facilities for contractors whilst on site with a focus on establishing a consistent standard. See latest Toolbox on contractor welfare.

QNJAC 09/08/2016
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