The key European rules regulating the equipment used to protect workers have been left unchanged for more than 20 years. However, a new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation (2106/425) will introduce key changes to the way PPE is manufactured, sold and imported within the European Union. Irrespective of Brexit, the legislation offers UK manufacturers of PPE, employers and safety managers a unique opportunity to reassess occupational health and safety. Olivier Touchais, global manager for general safety at Honeywell Industrial Safety, reports.

As industrial operations become ever more challenging, complex and dispersed, safety threats can emerge suddenly and without warning. Never has it been more important for businesses to access real-time safety intelligence. Armed with such critical data, safety managers can make better informed decisions that protect workers and prevent a major incident, maximise uptime and increase productivity. Mahesh Joshi, European product marketing leader for gas detection at Honeywell Industrial Safety, reports.

Derry Carr*, chairman of the Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) takes a look at who is responsible for the safe operation of boilers.

The European Commission and European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) have launched the next stage in the Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing from the start of working life [1]. PWE looks how employers can support the campaign by providing effective hearing protection, particularly for young workers.

Between the 21 – 23 June, Safety & Health Expo, the UK’s leading health and safety event, returns to London as part of UBM EMEA’s Protection & Management Series - the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information. PWE reports.

In all engineering-related disciplines a coherent and responsible health & safety regime is critical, and in the field of hydraulic hoses and related equipment and systems this requirement is no exception. Jerry Hughes reports*.

Noise-induced hearing loss continues to be a major issue for many industries across the globe. In the UK alone, research estimates that over 1 million people are exposed to noise levels at work that may be harmful. Some 17,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus or other hearing deficiencies caused by excessive noise at work. As such increasingly stringent noise at work noise and environmental noise legislation regulations have been put into place. PWE reports.

Updates to the COMAH regulations mean that companies must work harder if they are to remain in compliance, says Jeremy Gadd, head of instrumentation, control & automation at GSE Systems, Inc.

What to consider when hiring aerial access equipment. PWE reports.

Alex Baggott, business development associate at Fortress Interlocks, looks at the Importance of safety interlocking in the Waste and Recycling Industry.

As with all products there is considerable variation in the quality of safety showers currently available on the market. Ivan Zytynski, marketing director for The Safety Shower People, considers some of the features that make a good shower and why they are worth paying extra for. This is not a discussion about how showers meet the various ANSI and EN standards as it is assumed that meeting these requirements is an absolute minimum requirement for any purchasing decision. Instead Zytynski discusses the features that go above and beyond the American and EU design standards.

Safety & Health Expo returns to London’s ExCeL between the 16-18 June, showcasing the latest in new products and training for the Health & Safety industry and bringing together thought leaders from across the industry for an authoritative voice on policy, practice and legislation. PWE reports.

There are a number of different hazards facing a firm which is looking to build an offshore wind farm. ODEE reports.

The British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) outlines what companies should do in order to best ensure they have an effective occupational health and safety management regime in place.

The majority of lift trucks used in warehouses and factories are battery powered. This means that battery handling – including charging and changing – can be one of the most important day-to-day tasks. Battery and lift truck suppliers have made great strides in recent years to ensure these routine procedures are carried out quickly, efficiently and above all safely. John Lawton, director of marketing, EnerSys Motive Power,(EMEA) reports.

The following is an edited extract from the Coxmoor Publishing Company book titled ‘Hydraulic Fluids – A Practical Guide’, by Allan Barber, Nigel Battersby and David Phillips, published in association with the BFPA. This article provides some useful health, safety and the environment-related advice concerning the use of hydraulic fluid.

Chris Buxton, CEO of the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), and Martin Kingsbury, the BFPA’s membership director, consider some important safety and efficiency aspects to be aware of when sourcing, fitting, using, maintaining and replacing hydraulic hoses.

When it comes to protecting workers from health and safety risks, making assumptions can be dangerous: make a bad assumption and the result could be injury, or worse. Franz-Josef Nuelle, regional product general manager for hearing in EMEAI at Honeywell Safety Products explores the most common bad assumptions and how to address them.

James Carlyle, Ashtead Technology, takes a look at why instrument hire makes occupational safety sense.

Safety & Health Expo, the largest UK based safety exhibition will be held at ExCeL London from 17-19 June. Visitors to health and safety’s flagship national exhibition will find a high quality speaker programme and the very latest in innovative, market-defining products. PWE reports.

Ivan zytynski, from safety shower people, reports explores how psychological factors can play a role in the poor usage of safety showers and explains how some product features can help to eliminate these barriers.

The British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) provides important advice and guidance on what to do in the event of a fluid injection injury.

Jenni Bracken, end user activation marketing manager UK, at Kimberly-Clark Professional, looks at why accidents happen, to whom and why?

The argument over the pros and cons of whether or not to install heated water safety showers has possibly run it course with the ANSI.Z358.1-2009 standard now recommending 15 minutes tepid water drench time' for all emergency showers. Janet Dickinson, operations manager at UK based Showers & Eyebaths Services takes a look at what emergency safety showers are available that meet current standards.

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