HAND ARM VIBRATION Company Fined Heavily

Thanet District Council has been fined £250,000 after a grounds maintenance worker was left debilitated by hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Canterbury Crown Court heard how the council worker would typically spend up to six hours a day using a range of powered equipment including mowers and hedge cutters. He was not under any health surveillance …

Face Fit Testing

Companies should undertake periodic face-fitting tests on masks because one-off tests do not sufficiently protect workers. Also, if you don’t know already, masks need to have a maintenance record. HSE guidance is very clear about this. COSHH ACoP L5 Dec 2013 states: “Tight-fitting RPE (i.e. full and half masks) should be face-fit tested, using a …