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HSENI leaflet on Quarry Vehicle Safety


HSENI has produced a leaflet on managing the maintenance and operation of quarry vehicles to minimise risk.

The potential hazards identified include those associated with loading, travelling on haul roads, reversing operations, tipping operations, vehicle / pedestrian interface and sharing roadways with outside contractor’s vehicles. The leaflet addresses 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 share as appropriate within your organisation.

MPA Health and Safety Awards 2018

Please remember to submit your entries to the MPA Health and Safety Awards  2018. Just a few days to submit before the closing date on the 7th April.

MPAAll Subjects03/04/2018
Easter safety message

With Easter holidays approaching MPA urges members to ensure that personnel at operational sites, offices and other relevant company facilities are primed and ready to act - please see pdf.

MPAPublic safety28/03/2018
No Smoking Day



Join with thousands of smokers in quitting the habit.

The attached document provides links to the nhs website about the free support available to help smokers and 10 top tips to help you quit.

A CEMEX poster 'Look after your lungs' is also downloadable from the resources section of Safequarry


MPAOccupational Health13/03/2018
Health Essentials Campaign - diary of events

CEMEX is sharing their work on health and  wellbeing with MPA.

Health Essentials is CEMEX’s global health campaign designed to reduce the prevalence of health risks associated with its operations and to encourage employees to live a healthy lifestyle both inside and outside the workplace.

The campaign includes a series of diarised events and materials that concentrate on specific themes.  Some of the events mirror national initiatives on key health and wellbeing issues such as smoking prevention. An example of this is the resource that CEMEX have produced to support National Non Smoking Day on the 14th March.

The CEMEX diary of events is downloadable from this alert. MPA will be supporting the diarised events by publicising them on and

MPA would welcome materials from other members that could also be shared across the industry.

Please send materials to for inclusion each month. 

MPAOccupational Health13/03/2018
MPA Health and Safety Awards 2018 - Open for entries

Please submit your entries to the prestigious MPA Health and Safety Awards - 2018. MPA welcomes entries from every organization in the supply chain, including MPA Members; non-Members; Contractors; Consultants; Manufacturers; Suppliers; Regulators; etc. As an MPA Member, do also consider making joint entries with a contractor, a supplier,or perhaps a joint venture partner. 

Closing date for entries 7th April.

Please follow this link to Safequarry or Safeprecast for more information and to download entry forms.

MPAAll Subjects05/03/2018
Introduction to HAZOP Workshop - 28th February - Coventry

MPA Safer by Sharing in partnership with Eurobitume and the Institue for Asphalt Technology

The Introduction to HAZOP Course is a one day course intended to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of a HAZOP study.

Please view the flyer for more information and how to book.

MPACompetence and Training28/01/2018
Introduction to HAZOP – 1 Day Workshop

Safer & Healthier by Sharing

28 February 2018, Windmill Village Hotel, Coventry

Mineral Products Association in collaboration with Eurobitume and The Institute of Asphalt Technology

Introduction to HAZOP Workshop Overview

The Introduction to HAZOP Course is a one day course intended to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of a HAZOP study. As part of the Risk Analysis process detailed in international standards IEC 61508 and IEC 61511, Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) tools such as HAZard and OPerability (HAZOP) studies are used to identify potential undesirable events that could lead to hazardous scenarios or operability problems within a process.

Please read the flyer for more information about course and how to book.

MPACompetence and Training17/01/2018
Achieving Zero Harm - MPA initiatives to help the industry improve health and safety at work in 2018

MPA has pioneered a range of initiatives to help its members and others to improve health and safety at work. At the start of 2018, please review the summary and consider, if not already in place, whether they could be adopted in your organisation.

MPAAll Subjects08/01/2018
Wishing you a happy, healthy and safe Christmas - seasonal tips

Please read and share these seasonal health and safety tips, to help keep you, your colleagues and your family safe over Christmas.  

MPAAll Subjects18/12/2017
MPA security awareness briefing on industry vehicles as potential terrorist weapons

Please follow link to the advice being provided to the industry by the national security services. It outlines the nature of the threat and recommends some measures that can be taken to help minimise the opportunity for terrorists to steal/hi-jack a vehicle.

The industry has a particular vulnerability because the operations and deliveries undertaken can involve vehicles left with engines running both on and off site, making them especially vulnerable.

MPA commits to championing Mates in Mind initiative

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has committed itself to raising the awareness of, and addressing the stigma of poor mental health and improving positive mental wellbeing in the UK mineral products supply chain that underpins construction. Through its new association with Mates in Mind, the MPA now has full access to a pioneering framework of resources, techniques and tools that will help its members to create more mentally healthy workplaces.  

The Mates in Mind model supports better workplace mental health by bringing together four key elements: 

  • Guidance and support: offering guidance on specific employee issues to creating stress management policies through to connecting the workforce to appropriate support at the right time. Mates in Mind supports companies that create and implement a mental health at work plan.
  • Awareness and education: helping to develop mental health awareness throughout the industry – from encouraging open conversation throughout the workforce to helping leaders and managers understand their roles in creating mentally healthy work environments.
  • Communication: helping to ensure the organization’s commitment to positive mental health and wellbeing remains visible and relevant. From targeted communication materials to supporting organizations in monitoring employee mental health and wellbeing. 
  • Research and development: developing industry-leading research to understand the nature and impact of mental health, and to ensure development of effective, robust and sustainable solutions.

Announcing the MPA’s decision to become a Mates in Mind business champion, Kevin Stevens, director for safety and health, said: ‘The stigma associated with mental health is a serious issue that will require a concerted and collaborative effort, making open discussion socially acceptable. The Mineral Products Association is delighted to be working with Mates in Mind partners and champions. More information will follow over the coming months but please take the opportunity to find out more by viewing the Mates in Mind website 

MPAOccupational Health20/11/2017
Sharing health and safety resources helps us all work towards Zero Harm
  • Aggregates |

  • Asphalt |

  • Cement |

  • Contracting |

  • Dimension Stone |

  • Lime |

  • Precast Concrete |

  • Mortar |

  • Readymix |

  • Recycling |

  • Silica Sand |