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Useful HSG Health and Safety Guides - page 1
Health and safety guidance (HSG) publications
Guides between HSG 17 to HSG 60
HSG 17 - Safety in the use of abrasive wheels
Nearly half of all accidents involving abrasive wheels are due to an unsafe system of work or operator error.
This guidance advises on precautions you can take to prevent accidents in the use of abrasive wheels, in particular injury resulting from either wheel breakage or contact with a running wheel.
Its usefulness is widespread – in the construction and foundry industries and in engineering generally.
This revision encompasses relevant PUWER issues, and any conflicts which exist with draft European standards.
HSG 28 - Safety advice for bulk chlorine installations
This publication gives guidance on the safe handling of bulk liquid chlorine at sites which receive liquid chlorine by road or rail tanker, or by ISO tank container. The guidance is aimed primarily at managers of these installations, but it is also relevant for plant supervisors, design and maintenance engineers, and safety professionals. Application of the guidance will help to ensure that the risks to people on-site and off-site are minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.
HSG 33 - Health and safety in roof work
Working on roofs is a high-risk activity because it involves working at height. Roofers make up nearly a quarter of all workers killed in falls from height at work. Falls through fragile materials, such as roof lights and asbestos cement roofing sheets, account for more of these deaths than any other single cause. Not all those who are killed while working on roofs are trained roofers: many people accessing roofs are maintenance workers. There are also many serious injuries, often resulting in permanent disabilities.
HSG 38 - Lighting at work
This guidance explains how lighting contributes to the health and safety of people at work. It deals with assessing and managing the health and safety risks attributable to lighting in the workplace, good practice and the minimum recommended illumination levels that meet health and safety requirements.
Although aimed primarily at those who are responsible for health and safety at work, all employees may also find it useful.
HSG 39 - Compressed air safety
This book aims to promote the safe use of compressed air and describes the many ways in which compressed air can be dangerous as well as how to minimise the risk of such dangers occurring.
It is aimed at designers, manufacturers, installers, users and others concerned with or responsible for health and safety at work.
HSG 40 - Safe handling of chlorine from drums and cylinders
This booklet gives guidance on the safe use of chlorine from drums and cylinders.
It is aimed at employers and employees in a range of industries which use chlorine containers. It will also be useful to safety professionals.
HSG 47 - Avoiding danger from underground services
This guidance is aimed at all those involved in commissioning, planning, managing and carrying out work on or near underground services. It will also be of use to the owners and operators of such services.
It outlines the potential dangers of working near underground services and gives advice on how to reduce any direct risks to people’s health and safety, as well as the indirect risks arising through damage to services.
It explains the three basic elements of a safe system of work during excavation:
> Planning the work
> Locating and identifying buried services
> Safe excavation
HSG 48 - Reducing error and influencing behaviour
‘Reducing Error And Influencing Behaviour’ examines human factors and how they can affect workplace health and safety.
This study looks at:
> The general impact of human error and behaviour;
> How workers’ physical and mental health can be affected by these and other factors;
> Practical ideas on how to identify, assess and control risks arising from such issues; and
> Case studies detailing how various organisations have approached these challenges.
Especially suitable for managers, health and safety professionals and employee representatives.
HSG 51 - The storage of flammable liquids in containers
This guidance is for those responsible for the safe storage of flammable liquids in containers at the workplace. It applies to storage of flammable liquids in containers up to 1000 litres capacity.
It explains the fire and explosion hazards associated with flammable liquids and will help you determine how to control the risks in your workplace.
The guidance is one of three documents dealing with fire and explosion hazards associated with flammable liquids. The other two are:
> Safe use and handling of flammable liquids HSG140;
> Storage of flammable liquids in tanks HSG176.
It supplements the advice contained in Dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres. Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002. Approved Code of Practice and guidance, L138.
HSG 53 - Respiratory protective equipment at work: A practical guide
This book provides guidance on the selection and use of adequate and suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) in the workplace, in order to comply with the law.
It tells you when you can use RPE, using a simple step-by-step approach. It helps you to decide the adequate level of protection for a given hazardous substance and how to select RPE that is suitable for the particular wearer, task and work environment. It also contains advice on how to make sure that the selected RPE keeps working effectively.
HSG 57 - Seating at work
Guidance on how to ensure the safety and suitability of workplace seating. Addressed to those responsible for health and safety at work and useful for employees, manufacturers, designers, suppliers and users of industrial and office furniture. Includes good practice workplace examples (featuring checklists and easy-glance workstation diagrams). Aspects of seating design and upholstery are explored. The advice covers the range of typical workplace seating requirements such as disability needs, foldaway chairs, gas lift technology, sliding, wheeled, suspended or tilted mechanisms. Specifics such as VDU/keyboard or checkout seating are also covered.
HSG 60 - Upper limb disorders in the workplace
Wherever you work there is a chance that upper limb disorders could affect you. They can cause pain and even permanent injury to the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists or hands. In most cases they are preventable and this book shows you how to assess and minimise the risks through positive action. It should help you to comply with the law and make your workplace safer.
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