Controlling silica exposure during fettling of castings

In foundries, once  the casting is removed from the mould it is usually necessary to remove excess metal and remedy defects. This process is usually referred to as “fettling” or “finishing”. Fettling normally involves the use of powered hand tools such as chippers and grinders. The operation presents a number of significant risks. Using powerContinue reading “Controlling silica exposure during fettling of castings”

Key steps to control health hazards

At the end of June I was invited to make a presentation to the BOHS workshop on the control of health hazards at work. The key points made are summarised in a previous post. I’ve finally got round to uploading the slides I used to Slideshare. These days I try not to overload my presentationsContinue reading “Key steps to control health hazards”

Reconsidering the “hierarchy of control”– Part 2

In a recent post I discussed the basis of the hierarchy of control and how it should be applied in practice. It’s something we cover when we deliver the BOHS module M103 “Controlling hazardous substances” and is also relevant to the control of physical hazards such as noise and vibration. During the M103 course I’llContinue reading “Reconsidering the “hierarchy of control”– Part 2”

Key steps to control exposure to health hazards at work

Last week I travelled over to Derby to attend a workshop organised by Mark Piney, the new BOHS “topic lead” on control of exposure. The objective was to explore the key issues on control that BOHS could be working on, and to try to decide on priorities. The workshop started by exploring the experiences andContinue reading “Key steps to control exposure to health hazards at work”

COSHH Essentials

COSHH Essentials is a tool developed by the UK Health and Safety Executive. It’s a “control banding” technique which was originally intended to help small companies, without access to expert help, determine what controls are needed to control exposure to the hazardous substances they use or handle. It was originally published as a “hard copy”Continue reading “COSHH Essentials”

Measuring hazardous substances

To me, the main aim of occupational hygiene is controlling exposure to hazardous agents, including hazardous substances, to do that its important to understand the degree of risk. That’s the only way we can ensure we’re directing our effort, energy and money at the real problems. With hazardous substances, measurement of their airborne concentration isContinue reading “Measuring hazardous substances”

Getting on top of Long Latency Disease

On Wednesday 9 March I attended a meeting on “long latency disease” organised by the BOHS North West Region. I guess the subject wouldn’t mean much to many people. In fact it simply means diseases that take a long time to develop following exposure to hazardous substances. This includes diseases such as cancer caused byContinue reading “Getting on top of Long Latency Disease”