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Health and Safety INDG 311 to INDG 399

INDG 311 - Beryllium and you


Working with beryllium and its compounds may affect your health. This leaflet tells you about the possible health effects, the preventative measures your employer needs to apply, and the precautions you should take.


What is beryllium?


Beryllium is a lightweight, strong, steel-grey metal, and its oxide (beryllia) is a hard, white ceramic. Copper/beryllium alloys are 97% copper, containing up to 3% beryllium.


INDG 329 - Bezene and you


Working with benzene – are you at risk?


This leaflet is aimed at people who work with benzene. Working with benzene may affect your health. The leaflet tells you about the possible health effects, the preventative measures your employer needs to apply and the precautions you should take.


What is benzene?


Benzene is a highly flammable liquid, which occurs naturally in crude oil, natural gas and some ground waters. It is also present in crude oil vapours.


The main use of benzene is as starting material for manufacturing chemicals such as cyclohexane, ethyl benzene (styrene), phenol and maleic anhydride. It was formerly used as a solvent, but in most cases, safer substances have now replaced this use.


INDG 354 - Safety in electrical testing at work








INDG 354 - Safety in electrical testing at work


This leaflet is aimed at people who manage or carry out electrical testing, and gives guidance on controlling risks and preventing or reducing danger arising from these activities. You can find more detailed information about specific types of testing in other guidance.


Electrical testing may be carried out for a number of reasons, eg:


quality assurance tests on electrical components;

diagnostic testing;

fault finding on electrical plant;

routine safety checks.


The guidance supplements the information in HSG85 Electricity at work: Safe working practices.


HSG85 gives more general guidance to managers. It covers the key things to consider when devising safe working practices for people who carry out work on or near all types of electrical equipment.


INDG 370 - Controlling fire and explosion risks in the workplace


Introduction to DSEAR


This leaflet provides a brief introduction to the requirements of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 – known as DSEAR.


It explains what employers may need to do to protect their employees from fire and explosion risks. It will also be useful to employees and their representatives.


The Regulations aim to protect people from fire and explosion risks related to dangerous substances and potentially explosive atmospheres.


DSEAR places duties on employers to protect people from risks to their safety from fires, explosions and similar events in the workplace.


These duties also apply to those self-employed people whose work activities may pose a risk to others. 

INDG 372 - Electrical switchgear safety




INDG 372 - Electrical switchgear safety


This guidance is for owners and operators of electrical switchgear in industrial and commercial organisations with little electrical knowledge or expertise available in-house. It provides a summary of HSG230 Keeping electrical switchgear safe, which provides detailed advice for organisations employing electrical engineering managers and specialists (see ‘Further reading’).


The guidance will help you to keep your electrical switchgear safe by covering selection, use, care and maintenance. It will also help you to manage:


three-phase electrical switchgear with voltage ratings from 1000–33 000 volts alternating current (ac);

circuit-breakers, switches, switch fuses, isolators and contactors operating at voltages above 1000 volts ac.


It does not cover direct current (dc) switchgear, low-voltage switchgear (voltages up to 1000 volts ac) and switchgear used on single-phase ac traction systems.


INDG 347 Basic advice on first aid at work


This leaflet contains basic advice on first aid for use in an emergency. It is not a substitute for effective training.

INDG 378 - Safe use of skip loaders

INDG 378 - Safe use of skip loaders


This pocket card is aimed at workers who move skips and containers. Every year, activities involving the movement of skips and containers cause death and serious injury. You, your workmates and bystanders are at risk.


Dangers include:


being struck by vehicles;

falling and slipping;

failures of lifting equipment;

striking overhead cables/obstructions;

vehicle overturns;

runaway vehicles.


The pocket card contains a brief checklist of some important things you can do to protect yourself and others.


This is not a full list. You may need to make other checks depending on the vehicle you drive and the places you work in.


INDG 388 - Safety in isocyanate paint spraying


This leaflet is mainly aimed at owners, managers and supervisors of vehicle bodyshops and also provides useful information for employees. It outlines the risks in using isocyanate paints (also known as 2K, two-pack or polyurethane paints) in motor vehicle repair and how you can minimise them by taking the right precautions.


The leaflet will also be useful to other industries where spraying of isocyanatecontaining paints and lacquers takes place.


INDG 378 - Safe use of skip loaders

INDG 398 - Making the best use of lifting and handling aids


Frequent and heavy lifting and handling can cause back injuries. But using lifting and handling aids can remove or reduce that risk and keep workers healthy and at work.


This guidance is intended for managers, employees and their representatives and others involved in the selection of lifting and handling aids.


Why are back injuries an issue?


Back injuries from manual handling are a major cause of occupational ill health in the UK. But:


they can often be prevented;

preventative measures can be cost-effective;

where back injuries occur, early reporting of symptoms, proper treatment and suitable rehabilitation is essential.


There are health and safety benefits for employers if they control manual handling risks by the use of lifting and handling aids such as:


improved/maintained productivity;

reduction in retraining costs;

limiting the options for liability;

reduction of injury/ill health to employees.


INDG 399 - Managing sickness absence and return to work in small businesses


For small employers, an employee off work sick for more than 14 days is likely to be rare. But when it does happen, there are considerable benefits from working in partnership with your employees and their trade union and other employee representatives to help those off work sick to return to work.


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