|MPA launch Sharing good practice 2021/22|
MPA has launched the digital version of its health and safety guide which summarises the leading entries for the 2021 Health and Safety Awards, Sharing good practice 2021/22. Please review.
There is still time for companies to complete a simple entry form to be included in the 2022 awards, submission are required by Friday 20th May.
Download entry forms.
|Entry to MPA Health and Safety Awards - closes Friday 20th May|
MPA members are reminded that entries for the 8 Topic Awards, Individual and Young Leader Awards are due to be submitted by Friday 20th May.
The simple to complete entry forms and briefing notes can be downloaded from the Safequarry website.
Please watch this video that explains why it is important to share your innovations and best practice - we are all Safer by Sharing
|Vechicle - pedestrian collisions|
HSE records show that vehicle-pedestrian collisions continue to be one of the main cause of workplace fatalities:
- There have been nine fatal vehicle-pedestrian collisions in the past four years involving wheeled loading shovels – most of these were in the waste and recycling sector.
- There have been two vehicle-pedestrian fatalities within the minerals sector since 2015
- Main risk factors include lack of segregation, poor forward visibility and reversing manoeuvres
Operators who use mobile plant need to fully assess and actively manage the risk of vehicle-pedestrian collisions. Segregating the operating areas and traffic routes for mobile plant and pedestrians is the most effective control measure, eliminating the risk of collisions. For activities where mobile plant and pedestrians cannot be fully segregated, you will need to identify and implement other control measures.
MPA has produced some resources on Workplace Transport and Pedestrian Interface which are free to access via the Safequarry website Workplace transport and pedestrian interface (safequarry.com)
HSE issued an alert last year Wheeled loading shovels in waste and recycling - HSE relating to the operation of wheeled loading shovels and the increased risks due to use of larger buckets which reduce visibility. The alert provides a helpful reminder of the risks to consider under headings, Safe Site, Safe Vehicle and Safe Driver
|Respirable Crystalline Silica Monitoring Protocol - NePSi - June 2021|
NePSi published an updated version of a Respirable Crystalline Silica Monitoring Protocol in June 2021
The main objective of this monitoring protocol is to provide a harmonized methodology to measure exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) of workers employed at member companies of the NEPSI signatories. The project aims to provide a common basic methodology to help those sectors who do not have a standardized monitoring methodology in place and enable these sectors to collect RCS exposure data in a harmonized and representative way.
Guidance is provided on measurement strategy, appropriate sampling and analytical methods, and data management.
The implementation of the protocol is not mandatory, but should be considered as guidance for the development of a dust and quartz monitoring programme within all NEPSI partners.
|Good Practice Guide - NePSi|
The NEPSI Good Practice Guide provides practical information for industries working with materials containing crystalline silica to improve workers’ health protection progressively over time.
The guide provides a basic introduction to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and more detailed information on dust control measures and management guidance for specific industries and tasks. The Good Practice Guide is a comprehensive resource for employers and employees working in the silica industries, available online and downloadable for free: