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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…

Guidance on Dust Control & Health Surveillance in Bakeries

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Excellent document published by the Federation of Bakers in August 2020. This guidance addresses one of the more significant OH risks in the industry; respiratory exposure to flour and other ingredient dusts. Since its last revision in 2008 the well-known guide has been updated and reissued as a PDF download available from the FoB’s website…

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…

EH40 – Workplace Exposure Limits 2005 (2020 edition).

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This latest version of EH40 (4th Revision; 2020) has been updated to include new, revised and updated Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for the following substances:- ■  Hardwood dusts (including mixed dusts) ■  Chromium (VI) compounds ■  Refractory ceramic fibres ■  Respirable crystalline silica ■  Vinyl chloride monomer ■  Ethylene oxide ■  1,2-Epoxypropane ■  Acrylamide ■ …

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…

HSE Update: Welding fume

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Earlier in 2019, the HSE released their bulletin announcing that Mild Steel welding fumes was now classed as carcinogen.  This put Mild steel welding into the same category as Stainless and Galv welding (just to name a few examples). The announcement didn’t come with any clear advice on control.  The HSE have reacted to criticism…

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…

HSG258; Controlling airborne contaminants at work; A guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV)

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Controlling airborne contaminants at work; A guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV) Third Edition, Published by HSE 2017 This is HSE’s current guide on LEV and related topics.  Here you will find recommended Duct Velocities, Captor Velocities, Face Velocities, and other design criteria. The various types of hoods, filters, fans and discharges are all described….

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:…