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Useful HSG Health and Safety Guides - page 7
Health and safety guidance (HSG) publications
Guides between HSG 248 to HSG 262
> HSG 248 - Asbestos: The analysts' guide
> HSG 249 - Managing sickness absence and return to work: An employer's and manager's guide
> HSG 250 - Guidance on permit-to-work systems: A guide for the petroleum, chemical and allied industries
> HSG 251 - Fumigation: Health and safety guidance for employers and technicians carrying out fumigation operations
> HSG 252 - A recipe for safety: Occupational health and safety in food and drink manufacture
> HSG 253 - The safe isolation of plant and equipment
> HSG 254 - Developing process safety indicators: A step-by-step guide for chemical and major hazard industries
> HSG 256 - Managing shift work: Health and safety guidance
> HSG 258 - Controlling airborne contaminants at work: A guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV)
> HSG 260 - Sound advice: Control of noise at work in music and entertainment
> HSG 261 - Health and safety in motor vehicle repair and associated industries
> HSG 262 - Managing risks from skin exposure at work
HSG 248 - Asbestos: The Analysts’ Guide (3rd edition)
This document is a revised version of the Analysts’ Guide first published in 2005. It contains guidance for analysts* involved in asbestos work and is the authoritative source of asbestos analytical procedures within Great Britain.
The guidance has been updated to take account of legal changes, findings from HSE’s Analyst Inspection Programme and developments in analytical procedures and methodology. It provides clarification on technical and personal safety issues; especially in relation to 4-stage clearances. Information to assess the presence of asbestos in soils and made ground is also included.
Link to old Second Edition 1: HSG 248 - Asbestos: The analysts' guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures
HSG 249 - Managing sickness absence and return to work: An employer's and manager's guide (withdrawn - archive copy)
Sickness absence can have a big impact on the productivity of your business and the life of your workers. If not managed effectively it can have devastating effects on business costs and the quality of life of the employee concerned.
This guide is for managers and employers. It shows best practice and also offers simple, practical advice and suggests steps you can take to help employees following injury, ill health or the onset of disability. It aims to help you reduce sickness absence, improve competitiveness and the productivity of your business, as well as protecting the well-being of your employees. It will also be helpful to trade union and other employee representatives.
HSG 250 - Guidance on permit-to-work systems: A guide for the petroleum, chemical and allied industries
This book describes good practice in the use of permit-to-work systems, and will help operators using these systems to ensure risks have been reduced to a level as low as reasonably practicable.
It will be particularly useful to the onshore and offshore petroleum industry, onshore chemical and allied industries and other industries. The potential for serious incidents in these industries is clear, and permit-to-work systems are a vital part of effective management of the hazards.
The book reinforces previous advice, and reflects recent technical advances (eg electronic permit systems) and good practice identified in these industries.
HSG 251 - Fumigation: Health and safety guidance for employers and technicians carrying out fumigation operations
The guidance is primarily for employers and fumigators/fumigation technicians (including the self-employed) to help them comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) when carrying out fumigation activities, both traditional pest control (invertebrate fumigation) and within the laboratory and biosecurity sectors. It will also be useful to their safety representatives.
It outlines the real risks and describes the law that applies to fumigation operations. There is specific advice on procedures common to all fumigation operations, including the use of monitoring equipment, personal protective equipment and respiratory protective equipment, health surveillance and first aid.
In addition, there is advice on precautions for specific fumigation environments, alternative fumigation technologies, the health effects associated with certain fumigants and other legislation which applies to fumigation.
HSG 252 - A recipe for safety: Occupational health and safety in food and drink manufacture
The previous edition of A recipe for safety (HSG252) was published by HSE in booklet form in 2005. This latest edition was revised by HSE and a working group of the Food and Drink Manufacture Health and Safety Forum.
A recipe for safety is for everyone in the industry, including workers, supervisors, managers, directors, health and safety professionals and health and safety representatives. The guidance covers the main health and safety hazards in the food and drink industries and gives practical advice on how to manage the associated risks. It provides a ‘one-stop shop’ reference document with links to more detailed guidance.
The food and drink industries comprise around 30 different manufacturing sectors such as bakeries, meat and poultry processing, drink manufacture, dairy processing, fish processing, chilled food production, vegetable processing and grain milling / animal feeds.
INDG 426 - Is poultry dust making you ill?
HSG 253 - The safe isolation of plant and equipment
This book is a useful reference for duty holders in the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry, chemical manufacturing, and pipelines associated with these industries. It will help duty holders to develop, review and enhance their own isolation standards and procedures. It also has general application to all industries where process isolations are made, and to mobile offshore drilling units where relevant.
It provides guidance on how to isolate plant and equipment safely, and how to reduce the risk of releasing hazardous substances during intrusive activities such as maintenance and sampling operations. It includes a methodology for selecting ‘baseline’ process isolation standards and outlines preventive and risk reduction measures.
HSG 254 - Developing process safety indicators: A step-by-step guide for chemical and major hazard industries
This guidance is aimed at senior managers and safety professionals within major hazard organisations that wish to develop performance indicators to give improved assurance that major hazard risks are under control.
It is presumed that companies using this guide already have appropriate safety management systems, so the emphasis is on checking whether their risk controls are effective and operating as intended. The guide draws on good practice in the UK chemical sector.
Too many organisations rely heavily on failure data to monitor performance, so improvements or changes are only determined after something has gone wrong. Discovering weaknesses in control systems by having a major incident is too late and too costly. Early warning of dangerous deterioration within critical systems provides an opportunity to avoid major incidents. Knowing that process risks are effectively controlled has a clear link with business efficiency, as several indicators can be used to show plant availability and optimised operating conditions.
While aimed mainly at major hazard organisations, the generic model for establishing a performance measurement system described in this guide will also apply to other enterprises requiring a high level of assurance that systems and procedures continue to operate as intended.
HSG 256 - Managing shift work: Health and safety guidance
This book is for employers, safety representatives, trade union officials, employees, regulators and other stakeholders.
It explains employers’ legal duties to assess risks associated with shift work. It aims to improve understanding of shift work and its impact on health and safety by:
> providing advice on risk assessment, design of shift-work schedules and the shift-work environment;
> suggesting measures employers, safety representatives and employees can use to reduce the negative impact of shift work; and
> reducing tiredness, poor performance and accidents by enabling employers to control, manage and monitor the risks of shift work.
HSG 258 - Controlling airborne contaminants at work: A guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV)
This book provides guidance on the design of new local exhaust ventilation (LEV) equipment. It describes the principles of deciding on, designing, commissioning and testing effective LEV.
This guidance is written for employers who use or intend to use LEV. The guidance will also help suppliers of LEV, managers, trade union and employee safety representatives. All of these groups need to work together to provide, maintain and use effective LEV and to reduce exposure from the inhalation of hazardous substances.
The book contains information about the roles and legal responsibilities of employers and suppliers; competence; principles of good design practice for effective LEV hoods and their classification; ducts, air movers; air cleaners; and system documentation – with checking and maintenance schedules and the marking of defective equipment.
It also includes guidance on the specification of LEV; commissioning; zone marking; the user manual and logbook; testing and hood labels.
INDG 408 - Clearing the air
HSG 260 - Sound advice: Control of noise at work in music and entertainment
Sound advice contains practical guidance on the control of noise at work in music and entertainment, including concert halls and theatres, amplified live music venues, pubs/clubs and studios. It has been put together by representatives from a wide range of music and entertainment sectors in Britain, including Environmental Health Officers and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Sound advice aims to help you control or reduce exposure to noise at work without stopping people from enjoying music, whether you’re an employer, freelancer or employee. It sets out a range of simple and cost-effective actions that can reduce workers’ average daily or weekly exposure to noise. Regular, long-term exposure to noise can lead to permanent, incurable hearing damage.
HSG 261 - Health and safety in motor vehicle repair and associated industries
This guide is a one-stop-shop for safety in the MVR industry. It replaces two previous publications, Health and safety in motor vehicle repair (HSG67) and Health and safety in tyre and exhaust-fitting premises (HSG62), both published in the early 1990s. The book reflects changes in the industry since then, including air conditioning; airbags; hybrid vehicles; ‘compliant’ paints and spray guns; and Small and Medium Area Repair Techniques (SMART).
A group of industry experts have worked closely with HSE to make sure the advice represents good practice and helps operators stay within the law. It includes
extensive guidance on:
> safety in vehicle inspection pits;
> tyre repair, replacement and inflation; and
> safe spraying of isocyanate-containing paints.
The book covers specific health and safety issues faced by employers and the self-employed in vehicle maintenance and repair (including tyre, exhaust and windscreen replacement); body repair, refinishing and valeting; and the roadside recovery and repair of vehicles.
It also covers topics that are common across the industry, such as working under vehicles; fire and explosion; noise and vibration; electrical safety; and organising health and safety.
HSG 262 - Managing risks from skin exposure at work
Many materials used at work can affect the skin or can pass through the skin and cause diseases elsewhere in the body. If you are an employer, health and safety adviser, trainer or safety representative, this book provides practical advice to help you prevent these disabling diseases. It covers the protective role of the skin, ill health arising from skin exposure, recognising potential skin exposure in your workplace, and managing skin exposure to prevent disease.
Many employers don’t realise they have legal duties to assess the health risks from skin exposure to hazardous substances at work. This book can help you comply with those duties by preventing or controlling exposure to the hazards by using and maintaining suitable controls.
There is advice on assessing and managing risks, reducing contact with harmful materials, choosing the right protective equipment and skincare products, and checking for early signs of skin disease.
The document also contains a series of case studies drawn from a wide range of industries.
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