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HSE/UKLA “Good Practice Guide for Safe Handling and Disposal of Metalworking Fluids”

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This revised publication from UKLA/HSE on good practice for safe handling and disposal of metalworking fluid (MWF) provides a guide on how to maintain MWF to prevent ill-health in machine workshops. It has been prepared by a panel of experts from the UK Lubricants Association (UKLA) Metalworking Fluid Product Stewardship Group (MWFPSG) and from the…

SHAPA Practical Guidance for Suppliers and Operators of Solid Handling Equipment for Potentially Explosive Dusts

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Excellent guide from SHAPA – dealing with responsibilities placed upon manufacturers and suppliers of machinery and equipment for use in explosive atmospheres.  Additional sections deal with responsibilities placed upon owners and operators of such equipment and the responsibilities and actions arising from the use of such machines existing before July 2003 and to their purchase…

LVHV On-Tool Resources

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Several useful resources for anyone engaged in CoSHH Reg 9 testing of LVHV/On-Tool extraction systems. First is a summary of expectations (based on HSE guidance) and practice notes for testing LVHV (in Word format):- LVHV Testing Background and Notes Second is a raw data Log Book suggestion (in Excel): Sample Log Book Outline Finally a copy…

SHAPA ATEX Technical Paper (updated)

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SHAPA Practical Guidance for Suppliers and Operators of Solid Handling Equipment for Potentially Explosive Dusts. Taken from the foreword: It is the policy of the SHAPA technical committee to systematically review the technical papers & presentations listed in the “Technical Advise” section of its website. The following Practical Guidance for Suppliers and Operators of Solid…

Breathe Freely_Welding Fume Control Selector Tool

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An online Welding Fume Control Selector Tool In light of the HSE’s bulletin announcing Mild Steel welding as a carcinogen, Breathe Freely have supplied this web-tool.  It is designed to complement the information on the Breathe Freely in Manufacturing webpages. It provides guidance on welding fume control for common welding tasks. A panel of experts…

HSE RR1126 – In-Cab Air Filtration in Plant Vehicles to Control Exposure to Hazardous Dust

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This Research Report (RR1126) by HSE, published in 2018 looked at the factors that influence the effectiveness of in-cab air filtration systems throughout their operational lifecycle, including system design, in-service use, and maintenance. The research included developing a new scientific method to evaluate filtration system efficiency whilst a vehicle is being driven. The research found:…

Measuring & Controlling Emissions from Polymer Filament Desktop 3D Printers

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HSE Research Report RR1146 published 2019 which sets out to measure emissions of particulates and volatile organic compounds from desktop 3D printers and to investigate the effectiveness of control measures to reduce these printer emissions. The research found that the heated filaments emitted large numbers of very small particles and volatile organic chemicals which could…

ACGIH Manual of Recommended Practice for DESIGN: NEW 30th Edition!!

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NEW 2019 EDITION! NOW AVAILABLE! Now in its 30th Edition Since the 26th Edition, this industry standard LEV Manual has undergone several major changes and upgrades Additions include chapters on – “Organization and Evaluation of Systems”; “Metric Solutions and Tables”; and “Calculation Sheets and Methods”. This (2019) 30th Edition, incorporates changes in many of the…

Welding Fume IARC Monograph 118

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In February 2019 HSE announced that Welding Fume was to be considered a human carcinogen.  This has had a major impact across a wide range of industries and employers. Questions are arising as to what elements of the welding ‘fume’ are implicated and what control responses would be appropriate. This Monograph is the original document…

HSE – Welding Fume – Changes in Enforcement

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In February 2019 HSE released a Press Note which advised of the new health warning status of welding fume.  The main points made were:- New scientific evidence that exposure to all welding fume, including mild steel welding fume, can cause lung cancer. Also limited evidence linked to kidney cancer. Now a change in HSE enforcement…