HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES - 02.07.2020
Do we need to test cutting fluid?
One of our subscribers has been told by an auditor that he should have a regular test of the cutting fluid on his metalworking machines. Is this true? And if so, what should be carried out?
WORK EQUIPMENT - 18.05.2020
Worker trapped under all-terrain vehicle
A council has been fined after two employees were injured when their all-terrain vehicle (ATV) overturned on a golf course. What went wrong and could the accident have been avoided?
CORONAVIRUS - CONSTRUCTION - 18.05.2020
Guidelines for builders’ merchants
Opening up. The Construction Leadership Council and the Builders Merchants Federation have published guidelines to help builders’ merchants protect their staff and customers during the coronavirus pandemic (see The next step ). What’s covered? The document is filled with practical suggestions on how to operate safely including: (1) daily checks; (2) travelling to work; (3) running an office; (4) receiving and sending deliveries; (5) serving customers; and (6) tool hire. Many of the suggested precautions equally apply to other retailers. ...
CORONAVIRUS - PPE - 18.05.2020
Zero VAT for coronavirus PPE
A breather. Personal protective equipment (PPE) and protective clothing is normally standard-rated for VAT, i.e. 20%, but to help in the fight against coronavirus the government has announced temporary VAT relief. It does not affect all PPE, just those items needed for the fight against the pandemic, e.g. disposable aprons, gloves and masks. ...
TECHNOLOGY - 07.05.2020
Safe use of small 3D printers
As part of the public response to help the NHS during the pandemic, small 3D printers have been utilised by individuals to make protective visors. What are the safety considerations when using this equipment?
MACHINERY - 27.02.2020
Agency worker injured by machinery
A manufacturing company has been fined after a blade caused serious injuries to an agency worker’s hand. What caused the accident and how should the firm have managed its agency staff differently?