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UEOs are one of two carcinogens where the commission says tightening controls will reap the greatest health and monetary benefits. The other is trichloroethylene, an industrial solvent. The commission estimates that UEOs pose a risk to a million EU workers and are commonly used in automobile and motorcycle engines, diesel rail engines, aero engines, and portable machinery, including chainsaws and lawn mowers. Frequent and prolonged contact with the oils may cause dermatitis and other skin disorders, including skin cancer.
By introducing new or amended occupational exposure limits (OELs), the commission estimates that 880 EU workers' lives can be saved and 90,000 fewer cancer cases diagnosed between 2017-2069. This equates to between €0.3bn and €1.6bn (£0.3bn and £1.4bn) in health cost savings.
The proposal does not include an OEL level for UEOs. The planned OEL for trichloroethylene is 50 mg/m3, substantially below the current UK workplace exposure limit of 550 mg/m3.
An ambulance was called to the ferry, which is run by Briggs Marine Contractors (BMC) on behalf of Transport for London, and the worker was treated at the scene, trade union Unite said in a statement. As well as engine fumes, Unite said that firefighting equipment on board was insufficient and that staff had discovered E.coli bacteria in one of the boat’s water tanks. Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “We have ongoing concerns about health and safety. The escaping fumes from the engine room could have also put passengers at risk.
The full total of 11,220 inspections proposed by the agency for 2017 also includes more than 1,400 to check compliance with chemicals regulations.The agenda – which provides details of planned actions, priorities and inspection objectives for the year – says 4,000 construction site inspections will take place. The HSA says it will pay particular attention to small construction companies, self-employed workers, one-off builds and smaller sites through the development of initiatives to further raise safety and health awareness.
On 1 February 2016, the Sentencing Council’s Definitive Guideline for Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences (more commonly referred to in the OSH world as the sentencing guidelines) came into force in England and Wales.A year on, we look at how the courts are interpreting the guidelines and reflect on the effect they have had on sentences for companies and individuals prosecuted for safety and health offences.
Allen Evans was in “unnecessary danger” as he carried out maintenance work on the Quarry Line, north of the Redhill Tunnel on tracks running between Gatwick Airport and East Croydon, after Network Rail failed to adequately plan and manage the task, Guildford Crown Court was told.
A Belfast-based Risk & Compliance software provider has been collaborating with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and construction giant Costain as part of an ongoing project to unlock artificial intelligence’s (AI) potential in improving the management of risks on worksites.
We spoke to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Andrew Johnson about a case where a one-tonne pallet of glass fell on a United Pallet Network (UK) Limited’s employee, causing life-changing injuries.
A SCUBA equipment supply company has been fined £9,300 and ordered to pay £11,000 costs after providing a diving school with contaminated air that led to children being taken so ill during a training session that one ended up in an induced coma.
Safety interventions should be practicable and cost-effective, but too much of an imbalance towards safety does not make economic sense for employers, argues Geoff Vaughan, who suggests ‘gross disproportion’ provides a practical limit.
A proposed new law aims to revoke EU-derived legislation, including life-saving protections, by December 2023, unless specifically kept or replaced – Richard Jones CFIOSH explains how OSH practitioners can get involved.