The database contains summaries of the latest updates and guidance on key health and safety issues from organisations such as the MPA; the HSE, including the QNJAC and the Quarries Partnership Team on dust and silica; UEPG (European Aggregates Association); NePSi - representing the EU Silica Social Dialogue Agreement; etc.

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12 Guidance Article(s) returned

Title/Short DescriptionSourceSubjectDate 
Bridge Saw Guarding

This guidance focuses on the need to complete a thorough risk assessment covering all aspects of the machine and its use. The risk assessment process for machinery will need to consider a wide range of hazards and also relate to a range of standards and legal requirements. One of the key aspects of machinery is to consider the danger of moving parts and to guard these dangerous parts.

So what should be the methodology for risk assessment of machinery? What standards and legal requirements are relevant? What should be the approach for guarding machinery?

The guidance within only offers an opinion on the current available control measures used in other parts of the industry to guard against the physical hazards associated with the moving parts of the machine. Through the risk assessment process it will be the responsibility of the company to select the appropriate guarding specific to their operation whilst considering the hierarchy of control found Regulation 11 (2) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and referenced in section 18 of this document.

While the focus of this document is on Bridge Saws, the same principles can be applied to other machinery used for working natural and reconstituted architectural stone such as edge polishers and milling machines.

Safe working with precast products updated

This guidance note provides advice on minimising the risk to health from exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) when working with precast concrete products. Please review and share with you colleagues.

British Precastdust03/04/2017
A guide to pedestrian safety in quarries and surface mining

This guide highlights the steps one needs to take to separate pedestrians form mobile plant and other traffic.

QNJACPedestrian safety28/11/2016
Quarry vehicle safety

HSENI has produced a booklet that identifies ways to minimise the risks associated with the operation of vehicles in quarries. Activities such as loading, travelling on haul roads, reversing operations, tipping operations, vehicle / pedestrian interface and sharing roadways with outside contractor’s vehicles are potentially hazardous if not managed to mitigate risk. The booklet reviews issues such as brake testing, all-round visibility, the provision of adequate edge protection, the maintenance of the surface of the haul roads and the gradient of the haul roads. Please read and share with others.

Point of delivery check sheet

QNJAC has produced an easy to use reference guide for delivery drivers. The checklist identifies various conditions on-site that enable the driver to classify the delivery site as red, amber or green, it also provides guidance on what steps a driver should then take.

Version 2 – February 2016

QNJAC 15/08/2016
Welfare facilities for contractors - Toolbox Talk

If we are to build true partnerships in the quarry operator/contractor relationship we must start treating contractors in exactly the same way as direct employees. Sites should provide access to clean, adequate welfare facilities for contractors whilst on site with a focus on establishing a consistent standard. See latest Toolbox on contractor welfare.

QNJAC 09/08/2016
Welfare facilities for contractors - Guidance

If we are to build true partnerships in the quarry operator/contractor relationship we must start treating contractors in exactly the same way as direct employees. Sites should provide access to clean, adequate welfare facilities for contractors whilst on site with a focus on establishing a consistent standard. See latest guidance on contractor welfare.

QNJAC 09/08/2016
Maintaining standards as a contractor - Guidance

This guidance summarises the documentation and other  information that a contractor should make available to the Site Operator to demonstrate that his organisation and employees are consistently working to maintain and improve the standards required to work safely within a quarrying environment.

QNJAC 09/08/2016
Maintaining standards as a contractor - Toolbox Talk

The purpose of this toolbox talk is to highlight good practices to be adopted to ensure that high standards of safety and health are implemented and maintained throughout the quarrying industry.

QNJAC 09/08/2016
Drivers Handbook

Please view the new Drivers Handbook.

The handbook is designed to recognise the professionalism and  work  of  our  fleets  and  is  a  tool  for   working  drivers  to help  them  understand  and  manage  the   risks  that  they  face and create when driving and operating vehicles for work.

The  handbook  captures  the  Best  Practice  from  MPA's  membership.

The Management of Electrical Safety in Quarries, Associated Plant and Equipment

This guidance covers the generalities of the Management System for Electrical Installations at quarries, associated non quarry sites and mobile equipment.

Plant Information Sheet 1(Version 1, November 2015, review date: 2020) 

QNJAC 01/06/2016
Companies drugs & alcohol policies for drivers

Many companies have a DnA policy and procedure that covers their employees. However, some difficulties can occur when trying to apply similar standards to non-employed drivers. The aim is compliance - not barring people from sites. This note covers areas that should be added in to an Owner driver/franchisee contract or a hired driver’s purchase order. Impairment could occur from drinking at work, immediately prior to work, or some time before work. It could be from legal drugs inappropriately taken, or illegal drugs. This guidance addresses a number of areas that could be considered.

MPAOccupational Health11/05/2016
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