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Stay Safe

With the forecast hot weather many people will be seeking to cool off at the coast. Others may be tempted to visit inland water near where they live such as a local reservoir or quarry lake. The water may look very inviting to them but conceal a range of hazards they are not aware of. 

Please remember to check warning signs, fencing and other safety measures at the quarry sites you are responsible for, particularly if they have lakes or water filled voids.

Please also share with your employees and colleagues this video. Ask them to share with their friends and family - it could be a life saver. It explains a simple technique anyone can use if they suddenly find themselves in trouble in water.

RNLI's video 'Float to Live' video  




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
Rollover of tipper

The rollover of a tipper in the Midlands this week reinforces the importance of ensuring that drivers and operators understand how to prevent these incidents. CEMEX has produced a video on rollover prevention, this topic is also covered in MPA's Driver's Handbook.

View CEMEX Video

COVID 19 - HSE article on disinfecting premises

HSE has issued an article on disinfecting premises. Fog, mist, vapour or UV treatments may be suitable options to help control the spread of Coronavirus, by cleaning and disinfecting larger workspaces/rooms. The article provides information on the different methods available, the suitability and limitations of each system and the safety considerations. Any use of these treatments should be risk assessed.

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HSECleaning and housekeeping20/07/2020
CEMEX - Rollover prevention video

Cemex UK has produced a short video on vehicle rollovers.

CEMEX Rollover Video

The video provides information on how vehicles, including mixer trucks and articulated tippers can become unstable and the measures that drivers can take to prevent rollovers. The video includes video footage of actual incidents which provide an impactful message. MPA recommends the video to members as an ideal way to raise awareness amongst their employees and contractors on the potential for vehicle rollovers and the actions that can be taken to reduce the risk of such occurrences.


COVID 19 - HSE Bulletin for Waste and Recycling

HSE has issued a Waste and Recycling eBulletin on ‘not forgetting the basics’ whilst managing COVID-19 risks. Such issues are equally relevant to other sectors and members are reminded to check that they have not lost focus on the day-to-day risks in their operations, whilst managing the COVID-19 risks.

HSEWaste and recycling08/07/2020
COVID 19 - MPA Manager and Employee Guides to assist organisations re-starting operations
Organisations are reminded of the Manager and Employee Guides produced by MPA to assist organisations re-starting operations. Digital copies can be downloaded free from Safequarry or hard copies ordered from David Yelland. A more detailed manger's guide and posters are also available for free in digital format.  Please see pdf
MPAAll Subjects05/07/2020
COVID 19 - HSE on use of KN95 designated face masks

A substantial number of face masks, claiming to be of a KN95 standard, provide an inadequate level of protection and are likely to be poor quality products accompanied by fake or fraudulent paperwork. These face masks may also be known as filtering facepiece respirators.

View HSE Warning

HSEAll Subjects14/06/2020
COVID 19 - Aggregate Industries video on managing COVID 19

Aggregate Industries has created a short video which provides some helpful advice and practical examples of how to manage COVID-19 safety on minerals sites.

Aggregate IndustriesSite operation11/06/2020
COVID 19 - Joint DoT and HSE letter on driver access to hygene facilities

A letter that reassures drivers, and reminds businesses of their obligations under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, to provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities to drivers visiting their premises.

View HSE DoT Letter

COVID 19 - HSE reassurance on the risk of air conditioning spreading coronavirus

In response to concerns raised about the risks of air conditioning spreading coronavirus, we have issued advice that the risk of air conditioning spreading coronavirus is extremely low.

If you use a centralised ventilation system that removes and circulates air to different rooms, it is recommended that you turn off recirculation and use a fresh air supply.

You do not need to adjust other types of air conditioning systems. If you’re unsure, speak to your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) engineers or advisers.

Good ventilation is encouraged to help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus
HSE 01/06/2020
COVID 19 - MPA resources
The MPA has completed a suite of resources to support members bringing sites back on line. They include Employee, Managers and Operational Guidance together with supporting posters. They can all be downloaded from the Safequarry website.
MPAAll Subjects21/05/2020
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