|HSE issue new Driving and riding safety for work webpages|| |
There is clear, simple guidance:
- for employers and those who engage drivers and riders on how to make sure the journey, driver and vehicle are safe
- for workers and those who drive and ride for work on their responsibilities
|Quarries Regulation 1999 - Regulation 32 - Appraisal of excavations and tips|
Appraisals conducted in accordance with Regulation 32 are a vital part of the safe systems of work and are mandatory under the law. However, the process is often misunderstood and compliance is often poor. This guidance is intended to provide some clarity on the process of Regulation 32 Appraisals.
In addition to reviewing this document, please also see Geotechnical sel-audit form.that has been produced by QNJAC
|Geotechnical self-audit form|
This self-audit has been produced by a working group of QNJAC which comprises industry experts from varied backgrounds, the Trade Unions and HSE.
The purpose of this document is to provide a structured framework to enable organisations to carry out self-audits of geotechnical procedures to prove their effectiveness as well as identifying weaknesses in the systems on site that could lead to serious injury or loss of life. It can be used and adapted by any organisation that creates excavations and tips for the purposes of extraction and quarrying and where the requirements of the Quarries Regulations 1999 apply.
|Updated Guidance for Quarry Personnel on the Discovery of Misfired Explosives||Information on how to recognise misfired explosives discovered during the quarrying process and what steps to take.|
|COVID 19 - MPA recommendations to members and HSE comments|
MPA has issued a Direct to its members with recommendations on the continuing use of COVID 19 protective measures following the Government changes introduced on the 19th July.
In a separate discussion with MPA, the HSE have highlighted the following points
- Nothing changes - employers are expected to maintain Covid 19 control measures in the workplace.
- We are still in a pandemic, not an endemic (e.g. seasonal flu)
- People can make choices socially but the workplace is different – workers still need to be protected in the workplace
- Double vaccination is not seen as a control measure as its effectiveness against variants and over the longer term are unknown
- The five main elements for control are:
- Social distancing
- Reducing social contacts (physical barriers/cohorts etc.)
- Surface cleaning
- Hygiene (washrooms etc)
- HSE will continue to inspect and enforce on Covid safety, using the Management Regulations and HSWA as a basis
- Employers need to maintain, review and update Covid risk assessments which should identify appropriate controls and reference the guidance
- BEIS website is useful source of information https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-covid-19