Updates on new and changing regulations plus best practice in health, safety, quality and environment

HSE refreshes asbestos guidance

Refreshed asbestos guidance published

Asbestos is the greatest cause of work-related deaths in Great Britain.

Around 5,000 people die every year from asbestos-related diseases which typically take decades to develop and cannot be cured.

HSE’s asbestos pages on the website have been revised to:

  • simplify the navigation and help you easily find the information you need
  • remove outdated content and replace it with up-to-date, refreshed guidance

The updated web pages include the following:

The new content includes videos for workers on asbestos safety to help them be aware of it and work safely.

For more information about what to look for and what to do when you come across asbestos you can download HSE’s updated quick guide for trades (.pdf).

HSE also ran a free webinar on 15 May 2024. If you missed it, you haven’t missed out; the webinar was recorded and can be watched again by registering here.

 

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Service free P50 extinguishers, a solution for small offices or remote locations?

Working with a wide range of clients in diverse sectors we often come across sites which are remote, small or perhaps a site within a site.  When you have one of these locations you’re typically responsible for everything within your demise including fire extinguishers.Water Mist P50 Service-Free Fire Extinguishers

The challenge is on value.  When you arrange your service for a larger office having a fire engineer visit and complete a review of all types of extinguishers is fairly typical and often reasonable value.  Having the same person visit a site some distance from other locations to service just a few extinguishers can be prohibitively expensive but you still have your duty under the law to ensure adequate fire precautions are in place.

But, there is a potential solution in the form of composite P50 extinguishers.  These do cost a little more than the traditional alternative but you might find that over their 10-year working life you could save a significant amount of money.  The caveat is that you might need a CO2 type which is not available currently, but if you don’t you might want to consider this alternative.

Here’s a link to a provider to give more information on cost and lifetime cost of these types and where they might be suitable for use.  We have no affiliation with the provider but hope you can perhaps make a saving: https://www.safelincs.co.uk/how-are-p50-fire-extinguishers-different/

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Wood dust prosecutions

We have helped our clients with exposure to wood dust for over 30 years.  We completed our first air monitoring in the early 1990s and are perfectly placed to support and advise you on wood dust exposure.  We also work together with leading Local Exhaust Ventilation Engineers to support our clients in implementing cost-effective and suitable extraction systems to help control wood dust exposure within all types of industries.wood dust exposure

It is worth noting that the acceptable exposure levels for wood dust exposure have reduced significantly in recent years.  For a very long time, an exposure of 5 milligrams per cubic metre would have been seen as acceptable, since 2020 this has reduced to just 2 mg/m3 and may fall further.  See our earlier blog post from January 2018 for more information on these changes.

All of the above leads us onto some recent prosecutions for two companies which exceeded the allowable wood dust exposure limit, read on to find out more about what happened and contact us or ask one of our experts to call you back if you need further support.  If you’re a member of our Safety~net support service then please get in touch, if you would like to become a member then please let us know.


A Norfolk woodworking company has been fined £25,000 for failing to control its employees’ exposure to wood dust.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection of The Joinery Yard Limited at Sweet Briar Road industrial estate, Norwich in November 2019 identified failings in the company’s control measures to prevent exposure of their employees to wood dust. As a result, enforcement action was taken.

Wood dust is a respiratory sensitiser that can cause long term health effects including occupational asthma.

A subsequent inspection in July 2022 showed that the company had failed to maintain standards and enforcement action was taken again. This inspection identified ongoing failings in the company’s control measures and found that they had failed to take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of workers exposed to wood dust.

HSE has guidance on working in the woodworking industry and is running the Dust Kills: Wood Dust campaign page.

At a hearing at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on 4 October, The Joinery Yard Ltd of Aylsham Road, Norwich, Norfolk pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Section 2 (1). They were fined £25,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2681.77.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Natalie Prince said “The fine imposed on The Joinery Yard Limited should underline to everyone in the woodworking industry that the courts, and HSE, take a failure to follow the regulations extremely seriously.

“Wood dust can cause serious health problems and all businesses need to protect their workers’ respiratory health.

“We will not hesitate to take action against companies which do not do all that they should to keep people safe.”

This HSE prosecution was supported by HSE enforcement lawyer Sam Crockett and paralegal officer Rebecca Forman.


A Northwich furniture company has been fined £16,000 after it repeatedly failed to protect its employees from exposure to wood dust.

Pineland Furniture Ltd, based on Witton Street in the Cheshire town, was inspected by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on two separate occasions over a two-year period – with both identifying identical breaches.

Nathan Cook, HSE senior enforcement lawyer, told Chester Magistrates Court, how a visit in December 2019 found significant breaches of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) – resulting in six improvement notices being served. These included requirements for the company to undertake statutory examinations of its wood dust extraction systems and to undertake face fit testing for those employees required to wear tight fitting face masks.

• HSE inspectors identified Pineland Furniture had failed to protect its workers from wood dust

However, another visit to the same premises in November 2021 found identical breaches and again improvement notices were served.

This inspection came as part of HSE’s national campaign targeting woodworking businesses. The significant occupational health risks associated with wood dust and the continued failure to ensure control of exposure to wood dust resulted in HSE prosecuting the company.

Pineland Furniture Limited pleaded guilty to breaching regulations 7(1) and 9(2)(a) of COSHH. They were fined £16,000 and was ordered to pay £3008 costs at a hearing at Chester Magistrates Court on 11th October 2023.

• HSE inspectors identified Pineland Furniture had failed to protect its workers from wood dust

After the hearing, HSE inspector Ian Betley said: “Wood dust is a substance hazardous to health because it can cause serious non-reversible health problems, including asthma; dermatitis; and irritation to the eyes, nose and throat.

“Occupational lung disease causes the death of 12,000 people in Great Britain annually, and there are an estimated 19,000 new cases of breathing and lung problems each year, where individuals regarded their condition as being caused or made worse by work.

“It is important to carry out statutory thorough examinations of extraction equipment and ensure face fit testing, as required by COSHH to help prevent ill health.

“We will not hesitate to take enforcement action when necessary to make sure workers’ health is protected.”

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Welfare in construction: what are the expectations of HSE guidance?

All staff who work in construction must have access to adequate welfare facilities.  This means toilets and facilities to wash, change, eat and rest. The guidance below applies to contractors but this also applies to those clients who are hosting contractors to perform work on their sites.  As the client you must also help to ensure that the arrangements made by your contractors are adequate and decisions on this need to be taken at the planning stage of the project.  Naturally, there will be some variation in what is considered reasonable when you have low numbers of staff and short-duration projects. If you have questions or are already (or wish to become) a member of our Safety~net competent person scheme you can call and speak to any of us for some specific help, guidance and support.  Read on for some simple guidance on what is required and see the bottom of the post for some more links to useful guidance.

Who does this apply to?

Contractors are required to provide welfare facilities and clients must ensure this happens. Decisions and action on this need to be taken at an early stage of project planning.

Clients should co-operate with contractors and help them in situations where providing welfare facilities are difficult.

What does good look like?

Schedule 2 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) lists the welfare facilities that should be in place at any site. This includes:

The type and number of facilities you need depends on the size and type of work. You may need additional facilities (such as showers) to control the risks from hazardous substances like cement, lead or micro-organisms. Also, remember that separate facilities may be needed for men and women.

Where should facilities be positioned?

Consider the positioning of your facilities before starting on site. This will depend on the work you are doing. For fixed sites think about:

  • whether they will have to be moved during the project
  • access for cleaning and maintenance
  • encouraging the use of washing facilities by positioning them near to rest / eating areas
  • the distance from the furthest part of the site to the nearest facilities and how long it takes someone to get there (either walking or by vehicle). This time should be as short as possible. You may need additional toilets and washing facilities for workers in more remote parts of larger sites
  • arrangements for using any existing facilities. You can use those in a local café, public toilets or an occupied building. However, you need to make sure:
    • you have proper agreement with the owner allowing their use (not necessarily in writing)
    • they are available all the time that workers are on site
    • there are measures for keeping them clean and replacing towels, soap, toilet paper etc

Temporary sites, like highway utility or repair work, and workers in remote areas, such as fields, require good welfare too.  Where you put your welfare for this type of work depends on a number of factors such as how long the work will take, the distance from other available facilities and whether there will be any hazardous substances present. Options include:

  • Central compound – workers should be able to access this easily and quickly. Take into account any likely delays due to traffic / distance. You may need ‘satellite’ compounds for more remote workers.
  • Mobile units – a number of different self-contained welfare units are available. Remember when selecting these that they still have to meet certain minimum standards regarding toilets / washing and changing, eating and rest areas.

Welfare: Further Guidance

Construction – Welfare standards – This guidance sets out the approach Inspectors and Visiting Officers take when inspecting issues related to welfare on construction sites.  Detailing interpretation of the requirements of Schedule 2 of CDM

Managing construction health risks: Welfare

L24, Workplace health, safety and welfare, approved code of practice and guidance

L153, Managing health and safety in construction.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 SCHEDULE 2 Minimum welfare facilities required for construction sites

HSE has updated its welfare guidance – Construction welfare standards (hse.gov.uk)

  • Distances are now given for toilet proximity which should prevent people having to drive for miles to use the bathroom – any worker should be within 150m of a toilet on site.
  • For roadworkers they may have to drive to a welfare hub, however the time taken to drive should be the same that it takes to walk 150m, so if it takes 2mins to walk that distance then any drive should not take more than 2mins under normal conditions.
  • For larger sites satellite toilets may be needed.
  • The ratios for toilets per person have changed due to the British Standard being updated – it used to be 1 toilet for 7 people, now it’s 1 for 5 people.
  • Clear consideration is given to the provision of sanitary waste disposal facilities – HSE will be making the provision of sanitary waste disposal facilities a point to assess.  With the changing face of a more inclusive industry, suitable provision must be made for female workers on site.  This is nothing new but it has been overlooked by contractors for years.
  • Use of public conveniences and cafes should be a last resort – with proper planning (as required by CDM) welfare should be available during the entire project.
  • HSE will be checking welfare on all sites.  For larger projects HSE will be tracking back to Clients to determine where the failings have occurred and enforce at that point.
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Updated working from home safety guidance published

The Health and Safety Executive has recently published updated guidance for staff working from home.  With a significant number of staff remaining on a hybrid working arrangement, it’s worth relooking at your arrangements for assessing safety of these staff.

Don’t forget that you retain a responsibility (duty of care) for these workers and this crosses over into their wellbeing as well as their health and safety  – particularly where they’re working from home for several days per week.Working from Home

You can use self-assessment forms to help you in this and for members of our Safety~net competent person support scheme we can provide resources which can help you assess this or perform a session to help staff complete these.  We can even visit or perform remote assessments if that is something you require.  If you are using self-assessment forms we would suggest that you also request a photograph of the working space to enable you to support your assessment of the self-assessment with suitable information.  Remember, younger staff can often be in flatshares or bedrooms which can make maintaining a suitable working environment challenging.

Contact us for more advice or join our competent person scheme to get the support you need.  Below is further information from the updated guidance which is worth a review.

HSE: working from home guidance and resources

As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for people working at home as for any other worker.

Our home working guidance has been redesigned and expanded to provide more detail on straightforward actions to manage home workers’ health and safety.

This includes the risks of stress and poor mental health as well as working with display screen equipment (DSE).

There is also:

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Metalworking: HSE to begin October inspections (LEV checks, metal working fluid checks, lung and skin checks)

Starting in October 2023 and continuing until March 2024, HSE will begin a series of workplace inspections to review exposure to metalworking fluids (MWF).  Those clients operating CNC machinery should review their current processes to ensure that they align with best practices including LEV design and annual inspections, regular metal working fluid quality checks and regular occupational health checks for lung and skin conditions.

If you are a retained client we can assist you to make sure your arrangements for metalworking fluids are robust, please get in touch with your consultant or request a call back to set a date.  If you are not currently a member then please see details of our competent person support service here

Below is the original release from the Health and Safety Executive:

Metalworking inspections start in October

From October until March 2024, HSE will be inspecting manufacturing businesses that use metalworking fluids or coolants in their machining processes.

Inspectors will be focused on how employers are ensuring workers are protected from exposure to fluid or mist generated by computer numerical control (CNC) machines and that regular health checks are in place.

There are 3 areas where manufacturing companies, particularly smaller companies, commonly fall down on compliance:

  • not having Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV)
  • not completing regular fluid quality checks
  • not providing regular health checks for lung and skin conditions.

Be prepared for inspection

Metalworking fluid is a hazardous substance that comes under COSHH regulations (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002).

Exposure to metalworking fluids can cause harm to lungs and skin through inhalation or direct contact with unprotected skin; particularly hands, forearms and face. Breathing in the mist generated by machining can lead to lung diseases such as occupational asthma and occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

To reduce exposure, you need control measures in place. LEV should be fitted on CNC machines to carry away any harmful metalworking fluid mist, which is difficult to see in normal lighting.

Fluid quality should be regularly checked, focusing on concentration, pH, bacteria and contaminants. Fluid systems can become highly contaminated with harmful bacteria.

Where there is exposure to fluid or mist, it is a legal requirement to carry out health surveillance even when preventative controls are in place. You will need to involve an occupational health professional and workers should be encouraged to report any health symptoms that occur.

Find out more

See our campaign website for more details including:

  • Guidance on buying and using local exhaust ventilation
  • Machining with metalworking fluids information sheet
  • How to look after your metalworking fluid
  • Setting up occupational health and health surveillance.
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Compulsory Audiometry (Hearing Testing), when is this required?

Many of our clients operate practical businesses in construction, engineering, manufacturing and similar sectors which expose their staff to noise.  Almost all of these businesses will have assessed employee exposure to noise and a majority of them will have had noise assessment completed by one of our consultants and a report issued explaining the exposures, legal duties and what might be able to be done to reduce or otherwise control noise exposures.

What is often less understood is that you also have a clear legal duty to carry out health surveillance for staff who are regularly exposed above the Upper Exposure Action Level of 85 dB(A).  Your noise report will identify who these staff are and you will then be required under the Regulations (Regulation 9) to provide audiometry (hearing tests.  Interestingly the employee is under a duty to attend these tests in addition to the employer’s duty to provide one but please note that these tests are typically required to take place during the employee’s normal working hours (in the absence of other arrangements being agreed by both parties.

Exceptions are rare but you may have staff who are only present in these hearing protection zones for short periods.  Please be wary of any signed disclaimers by staff (these are very likely worthless and likely to get you into further trouble) and beware of making audiometry ‘optional’ or making appointments and leaving it to staff to attend or not. Your duty of care means that you retain a duty to ensure staff do attend these appointments where they fall into scope.

Ideally, you will have a system which covers all staff already but if you are only just putting this into place then look to check all employees at first employment (if practicable) and every annually for the first two years of employment.  Beyond this, you may choose to move to less frequent checks unless otherwise advised with three yearly checks not being unusual.

Make sure whoever you are working with is qualified and reputable.  You will often find that a health surveillance partner is able to offer fr more than audiometry and so you can often combine checks for lung function, hand-arm vibration and similar with a single provider which can be useful as a single source of contact and be more efficient.  Make sure you retain the results of this health surveillance for at least 40 years as they provide very useful information in the event of a claim.

Finally, don’t be afraid of beginning this type of health surveillance.  At worst, you are only uncovering what is already there and you will then be able to make changes to address any concerns.  People will lose hearing as they age and some staff will have experienced hearing loss which has nothing to do with their work. However, being able to identify this through tests across your staff (for example, not everyone in a workshop will also play in a rock band at the weekend!) you will have great data to defend a health claim from the outliers in your data.  You will also be able to help your insurers defend a historical claim using data from other staff who have worked in the same or similar areas and not suffered hearing loss.

If you choose to bury your head in the sand and not complete any audiometry tests you are not only breaking the law, you’re also missing all of this data for your defence of any claim and your staff are still going deaf – whether from your own workplace or what they do when they’re not working!

If you would like to talk through noise exposure monitoring or if you are (or would be interested in becoming) a member of our Safety~net competent person scheme please get in touch or ask us to call you back

You can find further guidance on the HSE website here: https://www.hse.gov.uk/noise/healthsurveillance.htm

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Occupational Hygiene Provider fined by HSE

We offer a range of services which are classed as occupational hygiene.  This term is not often used and is often misunderstood even by those who are working to improve the health and safety of workers.  This is the reason that these safety professionals rely on outside competent help to assist them when it comes to chemical exposures and monitoring the effectiveness of their controls from spray booths to simple PPE.Occupational Hygiene

We have, without fail, only met other providers who are professional and serious about their role in assisting others but there will be occasions where gaps are found and mistakes are made.  We feel sure that the business named below has high standards but it did fail in this case.

The learning point is to develop a good understanding of what you require and to work repeatedly with a provider who you know and trust to carry out your Occupational Hygiene programme.  Interpretation of the data is key and there can be times when the knowledge of the onsite staff working within the business is the key determining factor in getting the job done right.  We have often visited workplaces where isocyanate exposures are poorly understood and data is scant, often being limited to a simple yes/ no rating of OK or not OK.  Delving a little deeper allows you to gain knowledge which can be very helpful but will require more time and effort on the part of all concerned.

An example would be providing enough data so that a client can be updated if an exposure is higher than the last sample, is this trending upwards?  If so what might be the cause of this?  Higher throughput?  A change in supplier perhaps?  Maintenance issues with the control from LEV or similar?  Changes in the air supply such as ‘dirty air’ feeding back into the compressors providing ‘breathing air’?

When all is said and done we are all here to ensure the safety of these workers and must work together to achieve this goal.  If you have occupational exposure monitoring or biological monitoring in place make sure you have sufficient understanding of it to interpret the basics of what you are being supplied with.  Ask for the results and a brief explanation of them.  Speak to the person onsite carrying out the work and see if they can explain what they are doing and why, and then ask them why they are not sampling other areas or personnel.  In short, be satisfied that you have the right people doing the job as far as you can and take an interest in this more technical assessment of safety in your workplace, you might find it as interesting as we do! 

If you would like to know more about occupational hygiene, solvent exposure sampling, welding fume exposure monitoring, metal powder exposure for additive manufacture or wood dust exposure in your workshops (plus perhaps a hundred other exposures) please get in touch or ask us to call you back.


HSE Press Release

A Hampshire-based hygiene consultancy firm has been fined £2,000 after its failures put workers at risk of exposure to hazardous substances.

Envirochem Analytical Laboratories Limited provided an occupational hygiene consultancy service to customers across the South of England. The reports provided by Envirochem are used by their customers to make decisions regarding necessary controls to protect their workforce from risks to their health from substances including hazardous chemicals and dusts. However, they provided one customer with a deficient occupational hygiene exposure monitoring report.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the report to be inadequate and did not provide the information necessary regarding the extent of exposure to hazardous substances, including isocyanates from paint spraying, a potent respiratory sensitiser. The report used inappropriate occupational hygiene monitoring and analysis methods and consequently under-reported the actual exposures at the customers premises.

Portsmouth Magistrates Court heard the services the company provided included the provision of reports, following testing carried out by their consultants at customer premises.

Envirochem Analytical Laboratories Limited, of The Gardens, Broadcut, Fareham, Hampshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £6,583 in costs at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on 23 May 2023.

HSE inspector Nicola Pinckney said: “This was a case of the company failing to provide the specialist services which its customer expected. Consultancies providing specialist services have a responsibility to ensure they are competent to undertake this type of work, undertake the work to the correct standards and provide accurate reports. They need to provide the necessary information, instruction, training and supervision to their employees undertaking this work to enable them to provide this specialist service.

“I would urge those wanting to appoint occupational hygiene specialists to check with the relevant professional body, such as the British Occupational Hygiene Society, as to whether those offering consultancy services are competent to do so.”

Hampshire hygiene consultancy firm fined after admitting failures

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LPG forklift truck fire risk – HSE Safety Notice Issued on LPG forklift truck fires

Many of our customers will have forklifts trucks operating at their premises and a good number of these will be of the LPG type.  You may well not be aware of the potential for LPG forklift truck fires.  Apart from one obvious danger, the emission of carbon monoxide (an LPG engine will typically give rise to one-quarter as much CO as a petrol equivalent) these forklifts are a sound choice.  However, recently HSE has noticed a number of accidents which have led to LPG forklift truck fires. If you operate forklift trucks fueled by LPG you should read on to find out more and to decide if you are affected by the hazards highlighted below.LPG forklift truck fires

If you have questions surrounding the potential for LPG forklift truck fires then please contact us if you are part of our Safety~net competent person scheme or if you wish to become part of it call us or we will call you back.


Health and Safety Executive – Safety notice: LPG forklift truck fires

Department name: Engagement and Policy Division (EPD)

Bulletin number: EPD02-2023

Issue date: 05/23

Target audience: Anyone responsible operating, supplying, inspecting or maintaining LPG powered forklift trucks.

Issue

HSE is aware of a number of fires on, and around, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) powered forklift trucks and other similar vehicles that have occurred during starting.

Outline of the problem

Build-up of deposits in fuel systems, in particular, the vaporiser units of LPG powered vehicles has led to a number of fires.

Trucks not starting due to sticking valves

Deposits in vaporiser units, flow regulators and shut off valves cause the truck to fail to start, particularly from cold. Build-up of deposits can lead to sticking valves and the mixture supplied to the engine being too rich to be ignited.

Repeated starting attempts can release unburned LPG

Repeated starting attempts can result in the release of unburned LPG, which in extreme cases can be ignited, setting fire to the vehicle and surrounding materials and causing LPG forklift truck fires.

Action required

Operators

  • review your safe system of work in relation to the use of all LPG powered lift trucks and similar vehicles
  • provide information, instruction and training for all operators about the hazards raised in this alert
  • park LPG vehicles in well ventilated areas free from flammable material, particularly when parking overnight or for longer periods

If a truck does not start within the normal few seconds

  • do NOT continue to turn (crank) the engine over using the starter
  • do NOT repeat the normal engine starting procedure
  • do NOT spray volatile agents into the air intake in an attempt to aid starting
  • get off the truck and close the shut off valve to isolate the gas bottle
  • secure the truck to prevent further starting attempts
  • ensure the area is well ventilated
  • do NOT attempt to solve or repair the problem yourself, arrange for a competent maintenance engineer to do a check of the LPG system

Service and maintenance engineers

If you are presented with an LPG powered truck with a starting problem:

  • do NOT follow the normal starting procedure
  • isolate the LPG supply by closing the shut off valve
  • ensure that the area is well ventilated
  • disconnect the battery
  • release LPG pressure trapped in the fuel supply system
  • follow the manufacturer’s guidance for inspection of the LPG system

LPG is cold, take appropriate precautions when working with it. Once released LP gas is heavier than air and can pool in low-lying areas, where it can be ignited by any source of ignition, including static electricity, electrical sparks and hot surfaces leading to LPG forklift truck fires.

Guidance

Relevant legal documents

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Wood Dust Inspections from HSE are underway

HSE inspectors are visiting businesses across Great Britain in woodworking industries, focusing on the dangers of respiratory risks from wood dust.

The inspections are to ensure duty holders know the established health risks associated with woodworking and have effective controls in place to keep workers safe and protect their respiratory health.wood dust

In 2022/23, HSE found 78% of businesses were not compliant in protecting workers from wood dust and other respiratory hazards. This resulted in 402 enforcement actions being taken.

We’ve monitored for soft and hardwood dust exposures for over 25 years now, carrying out dust monitoring in various workshops and factories across the country.  We think it’s unlikely you’ll be aware that hardwood dust levels have reduced in line with a European Directive (the EU Carcinogen and Mutagens Directive (2017/2398).  In compliance with the EU Directive, the limit in Great Britain has fallen from the previous level of 5 mg/m3 (as an 8-hour time-weighted average or TWA) for hardwood dust to 3 mg/m3 in 2020 and then to 2 mg/m3 in 2023.  (Note: this is applicable to hardwood rather than softwood dust but where exposures are mixed, as is common in the industry, then the lower limit will apply).

Note: for any clients who are affected by this change please speak directly to Roger Hart on 01453 800100 to discuss the requirements, similarly, if you’re a new client and need some support on wood dust please either call or request a callback

To ensure your woodworking business is managing the risks and is prepared for an HSE inspection, HSE have produced free resources and guidance to prevent exposure to dust and protect your workers’ respiratory health:  

You can get further information about the campaign through the HSE’s press release..

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