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INDG478 Risk assessment of pushing and pulling (RAPP) tool.
This new tool is aimed at those responsible for health and safety in workplaces employers, managers and safety representatives. It will help you identify high-risk pushing and pulling operations and check the effectiveness of any risk-reduction measures.
Available here

L23 Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 Guidance on Regulations (fourth edition).
The publication has been restructured into four parts, with the regulations and brief guidance in Part 1 and more detailed guidance to help carry out risk assessments and control risks in Parts 2-4. It explains how to avoid, assess and reduce the risk of injury from manual handling.
Available here

Gas Safety Week 19-25 September 2016.
Gas Safety Week aims to raise awareness of gas safety and reminds us to have our gas appliances safety checked annually by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.
More here

HSG246 Safety in the storage and handling of steel and other metal stock (Second edition) revised guidance.
This revised guidance is aimed at directors, owners, managers and supervisors and pays particular attention to the most common hazards, including (un)loading of delivery vehicles, storage systems, workplace transport, mechanical lifting and injuries from sharp edges.
Available here

Children's Safety on Construction Sites.
A learning package has been put together by Active Response Security, a security company based in Barnsley. The town last year saw the tragic death of a child who was found dead in a pipe on a local construction site. A video is aimed at primary school children and designed to encourage them to steer clear of construction sites. In developing the video, the security company (Active Response Security) involved their local education authority and a focus group of construction companies to help produce something that they hope will have a positive effect. The material includes a short video clip (about one minute) some notes for teachers, and a picture for colouring in. The security company say they have had interest from schools beyond their LA area and are keen that it gets as wide a circulation as possible. The material is free to use as you see fit.
Video available here   Notes for teachers   Picture to colour in

Explosives Regulations 2014 (Amendment) Regulations 2016 updated guidance.
The Explosives Regulations 2014 (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (ERAR2016) came into force in Great Britain on 20 April 2016 and implement the recast of the civil use explosives directive. ERAR2016 amends and updates the requirements for making civil use explosives available on the EU market.
Available here

Working at height whilst window cleaning.
Updated webpages provide information for window cleaners who work at height. Guidance replaces information sheets MISC 611, 612 and 613.
Available here

Musculoskeletal disorders in the cleaning industry.
New webpage, replacing guidance HSG234, providing information on MSD risks within the cleaning industry.
Available here

The control of legionella in dry/wet cooling systems website.
In recent years there has been increasing use of dry/wet cooling systems. This new webpage will help dutyholders, which includes employers, those in control of premises and those with health and safety responsibilities for others, to comply with their legal duties and gives practical guidance on how to assess and control the risks. (CDM 2015).
Available here

CDM 2015 and the entertainment industry guidance.
This website provides guidance to help those in the entertainment industry understand what they need to do to comply with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015).
Available here


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