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Preventing exposure to carbon monoxide in commercial kitchens CAIS26.
The guidance is aimed specifically at employers who use solid fuel appliances such as tandoori ovens, charcoal grills and wood-fired pizza ovens in commercial kitchens.
Available here

Personal protective equipment at work: L25 guidance on regulations (Third edition).
This guidance is primarily for employers and relevant self-employed persons but may also be useful for employees and those selecting PPE. The guidance has been updated since the last edition.
Available here

Selection and use of electric handlamps PM38.
This free guidance note is suitable for people working in a wide range of industries. It provides guidance on the selection of electric handlamps for different tasks and situations, and advice on how to use them safely. This edition updates references to further guidance.
Available here

Involving your workforce in health and safety -guidance for all workplaces HSG263.
This guide is mainly aimed at medium to large employers. It will help them in their legal duty to consult and involve their employees on health and safety matters. This version has been updated to clarify examples of how to comply with the Regulations and to update links and references to other guidance.
Available here

'Occupational Health Risk in Construction'.
The construction industry has launched new guidance to encourage better management of occupational health risks. HSE is urging the industry to put an end to the hundreds of construction workers that die of occupational diseases every month.
Available here

Managing skin exposure risks at work HSG262 (Second edition).
Many materials used at work can affect the skin or can pass through the skin and cause diseases elsewhere in the body. If you are an employer, health and safety adviser, trainer or safety representative, this book provides updated guidance to help you prevent these disabling diseases.
Available here

New sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences published.
The Sentencing Council has published a new guideline for judges and magistrates on the sentencing of health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences. The new guide line comes into effect on 1 February 2016.
More information here

New Construction (Design and Management) 2015 FAQs.
Frequently asked questions covering: Notifications, F10’s, Maintenance, Principal Designer (PD), Small builder, Construction Phase Plan (CPP), Self build and Miscellaneous.
Available here

Assessment of repetitive tasks of the upper limbs (the ART tool) INDG438.
The assessment of repetitive tasks (ART) tool is designed to help you risk assess tasks that require repetitive moving of the upper limbs (arms and hands). It helps you assess some of the common risk factors in repetitive work that contribute to the development of upper limb disorders (ULDs).
Available here

The use of emery cloth on metalworking lathes.
Every year there are serious accidents involving the use of emery cloth on metalworking lathes. This page highlights acceptable and unacceptable methods of use and provides further detailed information in the form of a guidance sheet.
Available here

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 guidance on regulations (third edition) HSR25.
This new edition highlights what can be done by dutyholders to achieve electrical safety compliance with the duties imposed by the Regulations. References to relevant regulations, standards and publications have been updated.
Available here

Reducing manual handling risks in carpet retail (rev1) INDG439.
This guidance is about the risk of manual handling injury in carpet retail. It is aimed at manufacturers, delivery staff and carpet retailers. It outlines the legal requirements of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and includes information on the most common manual handling risks when moving carpets.
Available here

Handling newspaper and magazine bundles INDG470.
This leaflet is aimed at employers and others involved in the production and distribution of newspaper and magazine bundles and includes advice for newsagents. It includes guidance on the task, the load, the working environment and individual capability as well as specific advice on loading vehicles, moving loads and making up orders.
Available here

Working with victims HSE Policy Statement.
Policy statement setting out the general principles HSE staff follow when working with victims.
Available here

Storage of flammable liquids in tanks (second edition) HSG176.
This guidance is for those responsible for the safe storage of flammable liquids in containers at the workplace. The guidance now contains discrete topic areas which outline the potential risks and recommended control measures for a number of different types of business.
Available here

Storage of flammable liquids in containers (third edition) HSG51.
This guidance is for those responsible for the safe storage of flammable liquids in containers at the workplace. The guidance now contains discrete topic areas which outline the potential risks and recommended control measures for a number of different types of business.
Available here

Safe use and handling of flammable liquids (second edition) HSG140.
This guidance explains the fire and explosion hazards associated with flammable liquids and will help you determine how to control the risks in your workplace. This revision incorporates information and cites relevant standards in relation to publications which have been withdrawn.
Available here

Turban-wearing Sikhs extension of head protection exemption.
The exemption for turban-wearing Sikhs from the need to wear head protection has been extended from construction sites to all workplaces, with some limited exceptions. The change applies solely to turban-wearing Sikhs and relates to head protection only.
More information here

Keeping electrical switchgear safe (2nd edition) INDG230.
This guidance is aimed at owners and operators of electrical switchgear in industrial and commercial organisations. It will help managers, engineers and others to understand their responsibilities and duties in the selection, use, operation and maintenance of high-voltage switchgear.
Available here

Controlling health risks from rosin (colophony)-based solder flux fume (Rev1) INDG249.
This document is primarily for employers but will also be useful to employees and h&s professionals. It gives advice and guidance on how to protect employees from the risk of ill health caused by rosin (colophony)-based solder flux fume at work. This version has been revised and updated with new imagery and clearer presentation.
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Solder fume and you: An employee’s guide (Rev 2) INDG248.
This guidance is aimed at people who solder using rosin, specifically colophony-based solder flux, which can cause asthma and dermatitis. It has been revised and updated since the previous edition in 2002 with new imagery and clearer presentation.
Available here

Updates to the Carriage of Dangerous Goods Manual.
A number of updates have been made to the CDG Manual to reflect ADR 2015, along with changes to the asbestos pages, various organisational name changes, additions to the enforcement matrix, inclusion of vehicles with fewer than four wheels into CDG, and the addition of various links on the resources page.
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Fork Lift Truck Association: National Forklift Safety Month.
National Fork Lift Safety Week was launched by the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) in 2008 to raise awareness of the dangers involved in fork lift operations throughout the industry and to stress the importance of common sense measures that can make lift trucks safer and more efficient.
More information here

HSE: Self-employed workers -changes to health and safety law.
from 1 October 2015, if you are self-employed and your work activity poses no potential risk to the health and safety of other workers or members of the public, then health and safety law will not apply to you.
More information here

HSE: Variable Manual Handling Assessment Chart (V-MAC) Tool.
The V-MAC is a new online tool, to be used with the MAC tool, to assess manual handling operations where the load weights are variable. It is best suited for order picking and distribution systems which can automatically generate the data for importing into the V-MAC.
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HSE: Welding risks to respiratory health from fume exposures.
The Welding Fume Team (WFT) was established by HSE in 2010 and has a broad membership with representatives from across a range of interests. The WFT works together to raise awareness of the respiratory hazards of fume from welding and thermal cutting applications. Read more about welding top tips, case studies and the WFT.
Available here

HSE: Petrol recovery from end-of-life vehicles (Waste 10 rev1).
This guidance is aimed at vehicle dismantlers, and it advises on the fire and explosion hazards from handling and storing recovered petrol and how to control the risks.
Available here

HSE: Leadership and worker involvement toolkit case studies.
Five case studies which show how smaller construction businesses improved health and safety by using the leadership and worker involvement toolkit (LWIT). Two proven methods of using the toolkit become apparent: the ‘Risk profiling’ approach and the ‘Safety Observation Cards’ (SOCs) approach.
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HSE: Preventing contact dermatitis and urticaria at work (INDG233 rev2).
This guidance is about preventing work related dermatitis and urticaria for employers and employee representatives. The leaflet explains what the law requires, and which jobs present most risk. The guidance has been simplified and streamlined in this revision.
Available here

HSE: Buisness Case studies.
Latest suite of video and narrative case studies, where businesses tell their stories of how they manage health and safety effectively and proportionately and how online HSE guidance helps them to do this.
Available here

HSE: Welders – common causes of asthma.
Welders suffer one of the highest rates of occupational asthma. This supplementary guidance includes top tips, advice and case studies on how to protect yourself in the workplace.
More here

HSE: Dust Hub microsite.
This site provides information to help employers control exposure to dust in the workplace. You can find guidance on health and safety issues related to dust and answers to some frequently asked questions.
More here

HSE: Fumigation: Health and safety guidance for employers and technicians carrying out fumigation operations (HSG 251 2nd edition) and FAQs.
This guidance outlines the real risks and describes the law that applies to fumigation operations. This edition updates references to legislation and links to further guidance. It also gives a clearer explanation of what action to take and why. The new fumigation web page and FAQs primarily for employers and fumigation technicians (including the self-employed) to help them comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) when carrying out fumigation activities, both traditional pest control and within the laboratory and biosecurity sectors.
Guidance available here
FAQs available here

HSE: Safety signs and signals: Guidance on Regulations L64 (3rd edition).
This guidance is for employers, dutyholders and others who have responsibility for the control of workplaces, sites and premises. It is also for those operating equipment that requires verbal and/or non-verbal communications. It sets out what you should do to comply with the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996.
Available here

HSE: Changes to the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR).
From June 2015 DSEAR also covers substances that are corrosive to metals and gases under pressure. It places a formal requirement on employers to assess the risks for substances if classified for these properties and put in place suitable control and mitigation measures.
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HSE: A guide to the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) 2015.
This guidance is for anyone who has duties under the COMAH Regulations 2015, particularly operators of establishments, and also others such as local authorities and emergency planners. The aim of the Regulations is to prevent and mitigate the effects on people and the environment of major accidents involving dangerous substances. This guidance on the COMAH Regulations 2015 gives advice on the scope of the Regulations and the duties imposed by them.
Available here

HSE: New CoSHH e-tool launched.
A new and improved COSHH e-tool has been launched. Enhancements include the incorporation of Hazard (H) statements to comply with CLP Regulations in line with the Global Harmonisation System (GHS) of classification and labelling.
Available here

HSE: Need building work done? A short guide for clients on CDM 2015 INDG411.
This leaflet is aimed at anyone having maintenance, small-scale building work or other minor works carried out. As a client you have duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 – this leaflet explains what you need to do and points out where you can find out more.
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HSE: Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 guidance on Regulations.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. This publication provides guidance on the legal requirements for CDM 2015 and is available to help anyone with duties under the Regulations.
Available here

Proud2BSafe: Changing Attitudes Towards Safety campaign.
The Proud2BSafe Workshops are designed to emphasise ‘why’ health and safety is important in the workplace. It focuses health and safety using the topic of ‘empowerment’ which leads your employees and workers to take responsibility for their own safety and that of their co-workers. Includes free to view video.
Available here

HSE: Storing and selling pyrotechnic articles INDG476.
This leaflet is aimed at anyone who sells pyrotechnic articles. It outlines the risks and the main legal requirements that apply. It also includes a helpful list of dos and don’ts for dutyholders.
Available here

HSE: Storing and selling explosive shooting supplies INDG477.
This leaflet is aimed at anyone who sells explosive shooting supplies. It outlines the risks and the main legal requirements that apply. It also includes a helpful list of dos and don'ts for dutyholders.
Available here

Farm Safety Foundation: 'Share the Pledge' video and information.
Sadly, whilst farming accounts for just 1.5 per cent of the UK’s workforce, farmers account for 15-20 per cent of all workplace fatalities. As a result, it’s the UK’s most dangerous profession. The Yellow Wellies campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of potential dangers as well as offering practical advice for staying safe. The legendary band The Wurzels have therefore donated their time and incredible talent to work with us on rerecording their classic ‘Combine Harvester’, in partnership with the students from Moreton Morrell College. As well a fun sing-along, the song is also a reminder of the importance of not taking your safety for granted on the farm. After all, who would fill your boots if something was to happen to you?
Yellow Wellies and the Farm Safety Foundation are asking all farmers to take and share their pledge, to stay safe and alert on the farm at all times. Share the pledge on Twitter and Facebook using the buttons below, and make sure your friends and family also take care of themselves.
Available here

HSE: Are you involved in a diving project at work? guidance.
This leaflet is aimed at anyone who is involved in a diving project and provides a simplified overview of a number of the main legal responsibilities that apply.
Available here

HSE: Four-sided moulding machines -Safe working practice revised guidance WIS40.
This information sheet gives practical guidance for employers on guarding and safe working practices for both new and older models of four-sided moulding machines. This revision also includes more detailed information on safe setting and adjustment.
Available here

HSE: A recipe for safety -Health and safety in food and drink manufacture revised guidance HSG252.
This guidance covers the main health and safety hazards in the food and drink industry and gives practical advice on how to manage the associated risks. This latest edition has been revised by HSE and a working group and is even more relevant as it has been written by the industry for the industry.
Available here

HSE: Safeguarding paper converting and finishing, bookbinding and cutting machines in printing.
The guidance in the tables describes accepted and practicable safeguards for the hazards on some paper converting and finishing machines used in printing industry, manufactured or refurbished before the publication of European Standard BS EN 1010-4:2000 Safety of machinery.
Paper converting and finishing machines
Bookbinding machines
Cutting machines


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