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Safety Briefing November 2019


Welcome to the Advance TRS November 2019 Safety Briefing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)..................................................................................

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Insurances................................................................................................................................... 3 Close Calls...................................................................................................................................

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Worksafe Procedures..............................................................................................................

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Life Saving Rules........................................................................................................................

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CIRAS - Confidential reporting for Safety ..........................................................................

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How to spot signs of drug use in others............................................................................

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Know the limits on drink driving ..........................................................................................

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Mental Health Awareness .....................................................................................................

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Safety Bulletins and alerts....................................................................................................... 8 Important Contact Information.............................................................................................

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Important Numbers Business Hours Emergency Number

01483 361 061 Out of Hours Emergency Number

07930 384 505 CIRAS:

0800 4101 101 2


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) All persons on or near the line and on the lineside shall wear at least the following PPE:

All contractors must:

Wear appropriate PPE as defined by the client.

Inform Advance TRS of any damage, deterioration or lack of PPE.

High visibility upper body clothing with reflective tape which complies with BS EN ISO 20471: 2013 and Railway Group Standard GO/RT3279.

High visibility lower body clothing to BS EN ISO 20471:2013 and Railway Group Standard GO/RT3279.

Report any and all PPE that is ill-fitting.

A safety helmet which complies with BS EN 397: 2012.

Safety footwear which complies with BS EN ISO 20345: 2011, provides support to the ankle, includes mid-sole protection and has a protective toe cap. Where used, steel or other conductive toe caps shall be covered.

Ensure that all PPE is used, cleaned and stored in accordance with all health and safety guidelines.

Invoke Worksafe procedures for any ill fitting, inadequate or lack of PPE.

Insurances If you do not have the insurances stipulated in your contract already, you can obtain cover with our insurance partner Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance. You can get a quote by calling 01242 808 740 and or by going online to advancetrs.kingsbridge.co.uk.

To understand more about these insurance requirements, please click here.

Close Calls No matter where you work, reporting Close Calls is vital to improving safety. If you see something with the potential to cause harm, raise the alarm on site

and make it safe. If it is not safe to continue work then stop. Once the hazard has been removed or made safe, ensure that you report it.

Worksafe (Refusal to Work)

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Our Lifesaving Rules Safe behaviour is a requirement of working for Network Rail. These Rules are in place to keep us safe and must never be broken. We will all personally intervene if we feel a situation or behaviour might be unsafe.

Working responsibly

Driving

Always be sure the required plans and permits are in place, before you start a job or go on or near the line.

Never use a hand-held or hands-free phone, or programme any other mobile device, while driving.

Always use equipment that is fit for its intended purpose.

Always obey the speed limit and wear a seat belt.

Never undertake any job unless you have been trained and assessed as competent.

Working at height Always use a safety harness when working at height, unless other protection is in place.

Never work or drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Working with moving equipment Working with electricity Always test before applying earths or straps.

Never enter the agreed exclusion zone, unless directed to by the person in charge.

Never assume equipment is isolated – always test before touch.

We will always comply with our Lifesaving Rules

For more information about our Lifesaving Rules go to safety.networkrail.co.uk/LSR

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CIRAS - Confidential reporting for Safety When it comes to safety, those of you out on site are often most likely to spot ‘accidents waiting to happen’. Fortunately, we have procedures for you to report issues to us, and most of the time this will be the best way for you to tell us what’s concerning you. But what if you want to report something and you are worried about how your manager or workmates might react? Or you’re working on another company site and the concern is about them, but you don’t have access to their reporting channels? Whatever the reason for it, an unreported issue could lead to an incident carrying a high price tag – human and financial. So, we have signed up to CIRAS, a

confidential reporting line which allows you to report health and safety concerns in complete confidence. We want to make sure you always have a way to tell us what’s concerning you – even if you don’t want us to know who you are. Although it operates independently, CIRAS is an important part of our safety system because it provides us with a ‘safety net’. If you want to use CIRAS, all you need to do is contact them directly and they will talk through your concern with you. They will write a report – minus any information that could identify you – and send it to us. CIRAS doesn’t investigate or make recommendations - it just brings the concern to light so we can

look into it. We respond directly to them and they share this with you. CIRAS will take reports on any health and safety concern. Common issues people report about include fatigue and rostering, unsafe working practices and issues with equipment. If in doubt, just get in touch. If it’s something they can’t help you with, they will advise you on how to deal with it. Report hotline: 08004 101 101 Report Textline: 07507 285887 Freepost CIRAS www.ciras.org.uk

Spotting signs of drug use in others Excessive intake of prescription drugs may make a person appear drunk, have slurred speech, droopy eyes and cause him/her to fall asleep at strange times. Look out for hidden medicines in the house. If someone’s taking opiates (such as heroin) they may have pupils that appear like pinpoints, have itchy and scratchy skin, go round asking for money and be either very hyperactive or very lethargic. Physically they may have a red nose and needle marks on their arms, behind the knees or ankles. They also may be very sick

one day with cold symptoms, cramps, diarrhea or an upset stomach and then be perfectly fine the next day. Crack and cocaine users tend to have glassy eyes, very large pupils and a nose that is red and raw. There may be marks, scabs, burns in the mouth and/or on the fingers and arms. Behavior can be very erratic and users become anxious and restless with a tendency to rambling conversations in which they jump from one subject to the next. Cocaine users constantly sniff, lick their lips and feel very thirsty. Look out for little

bags of white powder, crystal-looking residue, glass pipes, needles etc. The signs of Marijuana abuse include irritated, bloodshot eyes, an expressionless appearance, dry lips and a strong odour of burnt rope or grass. Users walk around in a daze, they exhibit a lack of emotion, stare out into space and go into fits of laughter when there is nothing to laugh about. Watch out for them washing their clothes immediately upon coming home or taking a quick shower before being around others.

Getting help There are a wide range of advice, treatment and support services for addiction in the UK. Anyone with a substance related problem can have access to such services. Your GP might offer to treat you or might refer you to your local specialist drug service. Most local

community drug units also run drop-in centres which don’t require a referral from a doctor. You should be able to find information about these on the internet or ask at your doctors’ surgery.

Don’t forget you can call Frank to discuss any issues you have confidentially on: 0800 776600.

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Know the limits Most of us have had days where we’ve felt the effects of the night before, but one extra pint on a night out can have serious consequences the next day. If alcohol is still in your system the morning after, think about the impact that could have when driving your colleagues to site or taking your children to school.

Safety tips

Did you know? Network Rail’s alcohol limit is one third of the England and Wales drink drive limit.

To help reduce the risk, and to enjoy alcohol responsibly: • Remember that the Network Rail policy and our Lifesaving Rules state that you must never be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at work, or when travelling to and from work. • When taking prescription drugs, always ask your GP about any possible side effects. If in doubt contact the medication enquiry service via our occupational health provider. Plus, it is helpful to share information about your prescription drugs (and their side effects) with your line manager.

Look out for each other this winter

www.iamroadsmart.com

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Mental Health Awareness Mental Health Awareness Week takes place every year, starting on the second Monday of May. The aim of this week is to raise awareness about mental health with lots of group activities and simple exercises to get people talking about mental health. If you notice a colleague acting out of the ordinary, you

might want to check in to see if they are ok! Most of us commonly reply with ‘I’m ok thanks’ when asked how we are, but it takes just an extra second to double check. For more information on mental health awareness and training, go to: www.mhfaengland.org.

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Health and Safety Executive

Construction dust

HSE information sheet

Construction Information Sheet No 36 (Revision 2)

Construction dust is not just a nuisance; it can seriously damage your health and some types can eventually even kill. Regularly breathing these dusts over a long time can therefore cause life-changing lung diseases. This sheet tells employers what they need to know to prevent or adequately control construction dust risks. It also provides advice for safety representatives and workers.

Construction dust This is a general term used to describe different dusts that you may find on a construction site. There are three main types: ■■ silica dust – created when working on silica-

containing materials like concrete, mortar and sandstone (also known as respirable crystalline silica or RCS); ■■ wood dust – created when working on softwood, hardwood and wood-based products like MDF and plywood; ■■ lower toxicity dusts – created when working on materials containing very little or no silica. The most common include gypsum (eg in plasterboard), limestone, marble and dolomite.

Health risks Anyone who breathes in these dusts should know the damage they can do to the lungs and airways. The main dust-related diseases affecting construction workers are: ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

Figure 1 Common tasks like cutting can create very high dust levels

However, most of these diseases take a long time to develop. Dust can build up in the lungs and harm them gradually over time. The effects are often not immediately obvious. Unfortunately, by the time it is noticed the total damage done may already be serious and life changing. It may mean permanent disability and early death. Construction workers have a high risk of developing these diseases because many common construction tasks can create high dust levels. Over 500 construction workers are believed to die from exposure to silica dust every year. The amounts needed to cause this damage are not large. The largest amount of silica someone should be breathing in a day after using the right controls is shown below next to the penny.

lung cancer; silicosis; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); asthma.

Some lung disease, like advanced silicosis or asthma, can come on quite quickly.

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The law

Control the dust

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) cover activities which may expose workers to construction dust.

Even if you stop some dust this way, you may do other work that could still produce high dust levels. In these cases the most important action is to stop the dust getting into the air. There are two main ways of doing this:

There are three key things you need to do: ■■ Assess (the risks) ■■ Control (the risks) ■■ Review (the controls)

Assess (the risks)

■■ Water – water damps down dust clouds. However,

it needs to be used correctly. This means enough water supplied at the right levels for the whole time that the work is being done. Just wetting the material beforehand does not work.

Assess the risks linked to the work and materials. Examples of high-risk tasks are listed in Table 1. High dust levels are caused by one or more of the following: ■■ task – the more energy the work involves, the

bigger the risk. High-energy tools like cut-off saws, grinders and grit blasters produce a lot of dust in a very short time; ■■ work area – the more enclosed a space, the more the dust will build up. However, do not assume that dust levels will be low when working outside with high-energy tools; ■■ time – the longer the work takes the more dust there will be; ■■ frequency – regularly doing the same work day after day increases the risks.

Control (the risks) Use the following measures to control the risk. Examples of controls for common high-risk tasks are given in Table 1. Stop or reduce the dust

Figure 3 Water suppression on a cut-off saw ■■ On-tool extraction – removes dust as it is being

produced. It is a type of local exhaust ventilation (LEV) system that fits directly onto the tool. This ‘system’ consists of several individual parts – the tool, capturing hood, extraction unit and tubing. Use an extraction unit to the correct specification (ie H (High) M (Medium) or L (Low) Class filter unit). Don’t just use a general commercial vacuum.

Before work starts, look at ways of stopping or reducing the amount of dust you might make. Use different materials, less powerful tools or other work methods. For example you could use: ■■ the right size of building materials so less cutting or

preparation is needed;

■■ silica-free abrasives to reduce the risks when

blasting;

■■ a less powerful tool – eg a block splitter instead of

a cut-off saw;

■■ a different method of work altogether – eg a direct

fastening system.

Figure 4 Wall chasing using on-tool extraction

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Respiratory protective equipment (RPE)

Review (the controls)

Water or on-tool extraction may not always be appropriate or they might not reduce exposure enough. Often respiratory protection (RPE) has to be provided as well. You will need to make sure that the RPE is:

You may already have the right controls in place, but are they all working properly? Check the controls work by:

■■ adequate for the amount and type of dust – RPE

■■ checking controls are effective. Does the work still

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■■ ■■ ■■

has an assigned protection factor (APF) which shows how much protection it gives the wearer. The general level for construction dust is an APF of 20. This means the wearer only breathes one twentieth of the amount of dust in the air; suitable for the work – disposable masks or half masks can become uncomfortable to wear for long periods. Powered RPE helps minimise this. Consider it when people are working for more than an hour without a break; compatible with other items of protective equipment; fits the user. Face fit testing is needed for tightfitting masks; worn correctly. Anyone using tight-fitting masks also needs to be clean shaven.

Remember: RPE is the last line of protection. If you are just relying on RPE you need to be able to justify your reasons for this. Other controls Depending upon the work you are doing you may have to combine these measures with other controls. Think about:

■■ having procedures to ensure that work is done in

the right way;

seem dusty? You might need to carry out dust exposure monitoring; ■■ involving workers. They can help identify problems and find solutions; ■■ maintaining equipment: – follow instructions in maintenance manuals; – regularly look for signs of damage. Make repairs; – replace disposable masks in line with manufacturer’s recommendations; – properly clean, store, and maintain nondisposable RPE. Change RPE filters as recommended by the supplier; – carry out a thorough examination and test of any on-tool extraction system at least every 14 months. ■■ supervising workers. Make sure they: – use the controls provided; – follow the correct work method; – attend any health surveillance where it is needed. You may have to put a health surveillance programme in place. You may need advice for this from an occupational health professional.

■■ limiting the number of people near the work; ■■ rotating those doing the task; ■■ enclosing the work to stop dust escaping. Use

sheeting or temporary screens;

■■ general mechanical ventilation to remove dusty air

from the work area (eg in enclosed spaces such as indoors); ■■ selecting work clothes that do not keep hold of the dust. You also need to make sure workers are doing the job in the right way and are using controls properly. Train workers: ■■ about dust risks and how this can harm their

health;

■■ how to use the dust controls and check that they

are working;

■■ how to maintain and clean equipment; ■■ how to use and look after RPE and other personal

protective equipment (PPE);

■■ what to do if something goes wrong.

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Table 1 Controls for common high-risk tasks Task Cutting concrete kerbs, blocks and paving with a cut-off saw

Eliminate or limit the dust by: ■■ ■■ ■■

Chasing concrete and raking mortar

■■ ■■

Cutting roofing tiles with a cut-off saw

■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

Scabbling or grinding with hand-held tools

■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

Short-duration drilling totalling 15–30 minutes with hand-held rotary power tools

■■ ■■

Limiting the number of cuts during design/layout Using lower energy equipment like block splitters Getting material cut off site and delivered Limiting the need for chasing at the design/layout stage Using a work method that limits/does not need chasing, like over-covering cables Hand cutting natural/fibre cement slates and other tiles where possible Using ½ and 1½ tiles Correct setting out/design Minimising valleys/using dry valleys Specifying architectural finishes that do not need scabbling Using (ultra) high-pressure water jetting Using chemical retarders and pressure washing Casting in proprietary joint formers, eg mesh formwork Limiting the number of holes during design/planning Using direct fastening or screws

Control the dust by using: ■■ ■■

■■ ■■

■■ ■■ ■■

■■ ■■

■■

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Drilling holes with handheld rotary power tools as a ‘main activity’ Dry coring

■■ ■■ ■■

Limiting the number of holes during design/planning Using direct fastening or screws Limiting the number of holes during design/planning

■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

Wet coring

Using a hand-held breaker in enclosed spaces with limited ventilation

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■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

Limiting the number of holes during design/planning

Limiting the amount of breaking during design/planning stage Bursting, crushing, cutting, sawing or other techniques Remote controlled demolition Hydrodemolition

■■ ■■

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Water suppression and RPE* with an APF of 20

On-tool extraction using an H or M Class extraction unit and RPE* with an APF of 20 – consider powered RPE for longer duration work Water suppression and A dedicated cutting area with scaffold board protection and RPE* with an APF of 20 Where possible use on-tool extraction using an H or M Class extraction unit and RPE* with an APF of 20

Where possible use equipment that stops dust getting into the air. The larger the holes the better this needs to be. Options range from: – drilling through a dust ‘collector’ or using cordless extraction attached to the drill (for smaller drill bits) or – on-tool extraction using an H or M Class extraction unit Otherwise use RPE* with an APF of 20 Where possible on-tool extraction using an H or M Class extraction unit and RPE* with an APF of 20 On-tool extraction using an H or M Class extraction unit Longer duration work (ie over 15–30 minutes accumulated time over the day) will also need RPE.* Use an APF of 20 Water suppression Long periods of wet coring in enclosed spaces will also need RPE.* Use an APF of 20 On-tool extraction using an H or M Class extraction unit and RPE* with an APF of 20

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Task

Eliminate or limit the dust by:

Abrasive pressure blasting

■■ ■■

Control the dust by using:

Using a different method of work like (ultra) high-pressure water jetting Using ‘silica free’ abrasive material

■■ ■■

■■ ■■

Soft strip demolition

■■ ■■ ■■

Removing small rubble, dust and debris

■■ ■■

■■

Cutting wood with power tools

■■ ■■ ■■

Sanding wood with power tools

■■ ■■

Carefully planning the work Limiting the number of people that need to be in the work area Screening off areas to prevent dust spreading Limiting waste materials during design/ planning Considering where waste material is created and how frequently it needs removing Using the correct dust controls when making rubble/debris

Using a less toxic wood1 Ordering pre-cut materials Using dedicated cutting areas to minimise spread

Using a less toxic wood1 Using ‘pre-finished’ materials

■■ ■■ ■■

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Using other finishes/systems

Use water suppression or on-tool extraction for those tasks where it is possible and RPE* with an APF of 20 – consider powered RPE for longer duration work Enclosed spaces may also need general mechanical ventilation to remove dusty air

Damping down and using a brush, shovel and bucket for minor/small ‘one-off’ amounts Or for regular removal/site cleaning: ■■ Water spray for damping down ■■ Rake, shovel and bucket/wheelbarrow to remove larger pieces ■■ Covered chutes and skips where needed ■■ Vacuum attachments fitted to an H or M Class extraction unit ■■ RPE* with an APF of 20 depending upon location, duration and type of work ■■

■■ ■■

■■ ■■

Sanding plasterboard jointing

Wet or vacuum blasting and RPE* will depend on silica content of building materials, blasting equipment and length of work: – In most instances use RPE with an APF of 40 – Use RPE with an APF of 20 for lower risk work (including the ‘potman’ nearby) Shrouds or screens to contain the flying abrasive Certain restricted/enclosed working places may also need general mechanical ventilation

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On-tool extraction using an H or M Class extraction unit Longer duration work (ie over 15–30 minutes accumulated time over the day) will also need RPE† suitable for the wood dust – particularly in enclosed spaces On-tool extraction using an H or M Class extraction unit and RPE† suitable for the wood dust in most situations On-tool extraction using an H, M, or L Class extraction unit

* Table 2 Common RPE types for construction dust APF 10 20

40

Common RPE types for construction dust ■■

FFP2 disposable mask or half mask with P2 filter

FFP3 disposable mask or half mask with P3 filter Or for longer duration work: ■■ Powered RPE such as a TH2 powered hood/helmet ■■

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Abrasive blasting helmet with constant flow airline

† RPE for wood dust The risk from wood dust is specific to different types (species) of wood.1 Knowing the species is important in establishing the right RPE to use. In general RPE with an APF of 20 is appropriate; particularly for higher residual dust levels, such as when sanding, and for all work with more toxic woods such as hardwoods, western red cedar and MDF. RPE with an APF of 10 is suitable for work with less residual dust and when the wood is lower risk (eg pine). 5 of 6 pages

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References 1 Toxic woods Woodworking Information Sheet WIS30(rev1) HSE Books 2012 www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/wis30.htm

Further information Further information on dust and other construction health risks can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/construction/healthtopics/index.htm For information about health and safety, or to report inconsistencies or inaccuracies in this guidance, visit www.hse.gov.uk/. You can view HSE guidance online and order priced publications from the website. HSE priced publications are also available from bookshops. This guidance is issued by the Health and Safety Executive. Following the guidance is not compulsory, unless specifically stated, and you are free to take other action. But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health and safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to this guidance. This information sheet is available at www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/cis36.htm. Š Crown copyright If you wish to reuse this information visit www.hse.gov.uk/copyright.htm for details. First published 06/13.

Published by the Health and Safety Executive

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HSE Alert 07 in 2019 Near Miss Accessing Track During Engineering Hours – London Underground

Date of issue: 14 August 2019 Expiry date: 14 August 2020

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Background Following a high potential near miss involving workers accessing the track at Stamford Brook, this Alert is being issued to remind about the importance of correctly following protection rules and procedures. Both eastbound tracks and the westbound fast had traction current switched off, and working parties accessed this area correctly to carry out cable route work. The last published train on the westbound local road was very late due to an earlier signal failure. Workers under the protection of a Protecting Workers on the Track (PWT) person crossed from the eastbound side to the westbound local to carry out cable troughing work, but were unaware that traction current was still live. After some time the delayed last train approached and the train operator applied the emergency brake stopping short of the group.

Following the initial investigation, it was found that neither the PWT or Site Person in Charge (SPC) carried out their duties correctly.

Instruction

Everybody has a responsibility for the safety of themselves and others. PWTs and SPCs have specific additional responsibilities, and the relevant rule book and accompanying Written Notices at LU Rule Book 16 explain what these are. PWTs The PWT must always observe the passage of the last train on all roads before accessing the track area.

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If the passage of the last train has not been witnessed, the PWT must contact the signaller to seek verification of the status of the last train. The PWT must correctly check and test to make sure that traction current is off on all the roads that protection has been booked for. SPCs The SPC must witness the last train with the PWT, or witness the call to the signaller. The SPC must witness the PWT testing for traction current. Everyone Always work to the rules and procedures that are in place to protect you and your colleagues. It’s ok to challenge if you think somebody has made a mistake. If you are the person challenged, take time to reconsider so that you can be certain that what you are doing is correct.

For more information:

Sean Allison, Senior Programme Manager, London Underground Access sean.allison@tfl.gov.uk

Approved by:

Alec Ferguson, HSE Senior Manager, alexanderferguson@tfl.gov.uk

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HSE Alert 08 in 2019

Immediate stop use: Miller MightEvac – MightyLite self retracting lifeline end users

Date of issue: 9 September 2019

Background We have been informed by Honeywell Miller of potentially non-conforming brake components in certain models of Miller MightEvac and MightyLite Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRLs) ranges manufactured within a specific timeframe. While there have been NO reported incidents due to this nonconformity, continued use of the product could result in serious injury or death.

Instruction Products included in this notice must be removed from use. This notice only affects the models listed in the table on page 3 of this alert, with identified manufacturing dates or re-certification dates between 27 October 2016 and 6 October 2018. Models outside of this date range, including new units, are not affected by this notice.    

Step 1: Look for model number on the product label and the date of manufacture (see Figure1 below). Step 2: If the model number on the label is on the list on Table 1 AND the manufacture date is between 27 October 2016 and 6 October 2018, then remove this product from service immediately. Step 3: If the unit has been re-certified or repaired (See Figure 2) between 27 October 2016 and 6 October 2018, then remove this product from service immediately. Step 4: Once you have identified affected units, go to https@//industrialsafety.honeywell.com/content/his/us/en/stopuse.html to submit a request for returning your unit to Honeywell for repair.

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Affected models of Miller MightEvac and MightyLite Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRLs) will require replacement of the brake component at Honeywell’s repair centre. Replacement of the brake component will be free of charge and at no additional cost to us. Honeywell will provide more details on the return and replacement process. For questions about how to determine whether your product is affected by this notice, please contact Honeywell directly on 1-800-873-5242 (option 5) or email hsprepairs@honeywell.com

Figure 1: Variable Label Each unit contains a variable label located on the front or back of the unit. The specific model and date of the manufacturer is printed on the variable label.

Figure 2: Recertification label example A recertified unit has a recertification date label containing the original date of manufacture along with the date of recertification

For more information contact: Approved by:

hsprepairs@honeywell.com Alec Ferguson, HSE Senior Manager

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HSE Alert 09a in 2019 Tragic accident at Waterloo station - update

Date of issue: 20 September 2019

_________________________________________________________________________ Following the tragic accident at Waterloo on 18 September, we suspended intrusive work on LU travellators and escalators. This review is now being extended until Wednesday 25 September to allow us to carry out a robust review of our safe systems of work. The suspension is also being applied across all escalators managed by TfL (or contractors who manage them on our behalf). The BTP and ORR investigations into the incident continue and LU will formally start its Formal Investigation next week.

Instructions To all TfL teams who work on escalators or travellators: 

all intrusive work that requires taking steps out of TfL travellators or escalators is suspended until Wednesday 25 September 2019 (effective immediately). The situation will be reviewed on 25 September to decide on next steps. This message has been communicated separately to the relevant TfL teams to ensure that they understand these restrictions.

To LU stations teams: 

routine, non-intrusive work on escalators and travellators (e.g. cleaning dust trays, etc.) will continue. The Asset and Project Teams that undertake this work have been briefed on what they can and cannot do in this interim period. Please continue to allow access as normal for escalator maintenance as these teams will not be undertaking any of the work that has been restricted.

If there are any questions about the nature of the works, contact the relevant duty engineer for information. Provision of information and action relating to the incident We have established single points of contact for key issues relating to the incident – the regulators’ investigations, site coordination, gathering documentation, operational matters, etc. All requests for information, documentation or communications must come through Marian Kelly (marian.kelly@tube.tfl.gov.uk; 07889 098 126) for the immediate future who will ensure that requests are channelled to the right person. Please continue to look out for each other and our customers – nothing is more important than our safety. For more information: Approved by:

Marian Kelly, Head of HSE LU Marian Kelly, Head of HSE LU

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HSE Bulletin 20 in 2019

Rail trolley brake handle chains Date of issue: 28th May 2019 Date of withdrawal: 28th November 2019

Background Link trolleys and track rat trolleys transport plant and materials along the track. The brake connecting link has a chain that prevents the link from being lost. This chain link can potentially touch the conductor rail or snag on other track components.

Connecting chain link

Link trolley

Instruction At the next trolley service, the length of the link chain must be modified by the trolley maintainer (Plant Services) to ensure that the chain drop does not come into contact with the conductor rail. Note: Rail trolley servicing intervals are three monthly. The Senior Plant Engineer will be advised by Plant Services when all the trolleys have been modified. In the interim the chain must not be allowed to drop below the lower level of the trolley deck. This can be achieved by using a cable tie to take the slack out of the chain. The connecting link must always be kept in the trolley handle link or on the storage bracket and must never be left loose and dangling. This bulletin does not affect the split type trolley. Track trolleys can only be used with the traction current off. For more information contact: Approved by :

PlantEngineeringTeam@tfl.gov.uk Paul Cooper, HSE Senior Manager

MAYOR OF LONDON

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HSE Bulletin 21 in 2019 TfL Projects and protected species Date of issue: 29th May 2019 Date of withdrawal: 30th September 2019

Background

Library Photo

A project team recently reported the presence of a slow worm (a protected species) and this highlighted that the general procedures relating to ecology surveys are not always understood, or that information is not necessarily shared from project to project. The purpose of this bulletin is to remind staff and suppliers of the requirements when work activities have an impact on the environment.

Instruction For projects following Pathway, in the first instance visit Pathway for the tools your delivery team requires to work effectively. For other works such as maintenance see Working at TfL Wildlife, habitats and green infrastructure for full instructions and guidance on managing risks and opportunities related to wildlife, habitats and green infrastructure. This will help to determine if there is potential to impact wildlife or their habitats. If this shows the potential impact, you must prior to site works commencing:

1. Commission an Ecology Survey that also includes relevant information from Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL).

2. Unless supplied by the Principal Contractor, select a competent ecologist from the TfL HSE Professional Services Framework to conduct the survey.

3. Not start work until the survey recommendations have been incorporated into formal plans and method statements and communicated.

Once an ecology survey has been conducted, TfL or its suppliers must return the environmental data from any relevant site surveys to GiGL. This ensures the most up-to-date information is made available to all TfL works, to reduce unnecessary spend on ecology surveys as well as protecting the wildlife and habitats on our network.

Legal requirements For information on TfL’s legal requirements relating to wildlife and habitats, in particular protected species and invasive species on our networks, please see Working at TfL Wildlife, habitats and green infrastructure. For more information contact:

environment@tfl.gov.uk

Approved by :

Helen Woolston, HSE Senior Manager

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HSE Bulletin 22 in 2019 LU ‘Go Look See’ process Date of issue: 7th June 2019 Expiry date: 7th December 2019

Background This bulletin has been issued to clarify the requirements of the LU ‘Go Look See’ process.

Instruction The ‘Go Look See’ process is a leadership activity that takes place after an accident or incident. The process is intended to be a collaborative approach between management and staff to understand how an event occurred. It is an opportunity for managers to ensure that the correct actions have been taken to prevent a recurrence. The ‘Go Look See’ process is not to apportion blame but to identify what has happened. When should a ‘Go Look See’ be done?

• For all customer serious injuries - as soon as possible following the accident • For all lost time injuries - within 14 days of the injured person returning to work • For other significant incidents which had the potential for multiple and/or serious injuries - as soon as possible following the incident and where practical

Who attends a ‘Go Look See’? For lost time injuries (as a minimum) • The injured person (if the event was traumatic, the injured person may not want to attend) • An accountable manager, ideally the Head of the area where the accident occurred • The local Trade Union Health & Safety Representative • The Heath, Safety & Environment Manager (where available) For customer serious injuries (as a minimum) • The local manager For significant incidents • Same people for a lost time injury/customer serious injuries What information is needed to prepare for a ‘Go Look See’?

• • • • • •

Incident report and any local post incident reports CCTV / photos taken following the incident if available Workplace or Customer Risk Assessment Incident data to check for incidents of a similar nature / trends Any immediate communications that may have been issued as a result of the event Any relevant process or work instructions for the task

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What do managers need to confirm during ‘Go Look See’?

• • • •

The events that led to the accident / incident. If it’s an injury to a member of staff, this can be explained first hand by the injured person Whether the immediate and root causes have been identified Whether the right actions have been taken to prevent a similar event happening again Who will complete the actions and by when

What does the manager do after the ‘Go Look See’?

• • •

Complete Go Look See Form F1016 and share with attendees / relevant parties Update the Incident Report on IE2 Track actions to completion and update attendees / relevant parties on progress

References:

• • •

Go Look See reporting form F1016 Go Look See Guidance document G1462 TfL Standard - Incident Reporting & Local Investigation S5557

For more information: Approved by:

Phil Jarvis: HSE Assurance Support Manager Paul Cooper: HSE Senior Manager Asset Operations

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F1999 A1

HSE Bulletin 23 in 2019 Open platform inverts Date of issue: 20th June 2019 Expiry date: 20th September 2019

Background There was an incident at Victoria Station where a train operator fell into an open platform invert which resulted in hospital treatment and a period of absence from work. The platform invert has hydraulic cylinders which open when the cover is unlocked and the most likely reason for the cover opening is the lock was not secured correctly following maintenance/access to the invert.

Open platform inverts

Instruction All maintenance staff and contractors on TfL’s infrastructure must make sure access chamber locks are fully engaged and any defective locking mechanisms are reported and replaced. Where an access chamber cover is intentionally left open (i.e. where work / access is being undertaken), it must be cordoned off to segregate the hazard (including appropriate traffic management in the Highway environment). All staff must report defects through the appropriate fault reporting channels, and hazards such as missing/open access chamber covers must be raised as a near miss via an incident report. Suitable controls must be put in place to make the area safe. For more information: Approved by:

Noel Norton, HSE Manager Emma Burton, HSE Senior Manager

Form F4X A1 must be used in conjunction with PR XXXX R1

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F1999 A1

HSE Bulletin 24 in 2019 Wearing of hi-vis Personal Protective Equipment on TfL’s infrastructure

Date of issue: 28th June 2019 Expiry date: 28th December 2019

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Background London Underground and the Rail Industry have over many years developed their requirements for hi-vis clothing to ensure visibility and to be able to identify suppliers for safety and security. Unfortunately this has lapsed in some areas and the mandatory orange is being replaced with mixed colour hi-vis or yellow. Quensh A18 states that for the identification of ALL suppliers’ staff and their sub-contractors hi-vis clothing, which carries the company name of the supplier on the back, must be worn at all times when on or about the operational railway (stations and depots). The suppliers’ staff must not wear LU branded hi-vis clothing unless working under a “labour only” contract and requested to do so by the LU Project Manager. Some areas require full body visibility clothing based upon risk. However, the minimum requirement is that the top half of the body, to at least waist level, MUST be clad with high visibility clothing that complies with the Railway Group Standard RIS-TOM 3279 Orange (previously GO/RT 3279) and also with BS EN ISO 20471:2013+A1:2016. This requires garments to meet at least 2-class scale of BS EN ISO 20471 for the minimum area of high visibility materials used within a garment.

Instruction 1. 2. 3. 4.

All hi-vis garments must be orange and meet at least class 2 on LU projects All suppliers’ hi-vis must include the suppliers name on back of the hi-vi Metronet and Tube Lines hi-vis are not to be worn All LU staff/TfL staff on LU Sites must have the LU Logo on their hi-vis clothing

A reminder for other areas Docklands Light Rail (DLR) requires high visibility clothing to be to BS EN ISO 20471. Full body high visibility clothing is required i.e. trousers and top (vest/jacket) and local instructions will define areas of exception. Works information supplied to contractors will give full details.

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High visibility requirements for other Rail (Trams and Overground) areas are defined in local instructions. Highways work - High visibility clothing for work in the highway is set out by Department for Transport guidance. This sets the minimum as class 2, with class 3 recommended for motorways and other high-speed roads. The colour of the clothing shall normally be fluorescent yellow. The London Highways Alliance Contract (LoHAC) sets the minimum high visibility PPE standard at Class 3 regardless of road speed, including long sleeves and full length trousers. This does not affect the requirement for TfL staff to comply with site specific PPE requirements set out by the Principal Contractor. If Bus or ODT staff attend sites for Dial a Ride or bus operators they will need to comply with their local requirements. All staff must review local instructions for the PPE requirements and any task specific PPE that may be required.

For more information: Approved by:

Tony Stapleton, HSE Manager Martin Bendrey, Senior HSE Manager

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HSE Bulletin 27 in 2019 Testing of live electrical equipment

Date of issue: 15 July 2019

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Background Live testing was required as part of the handover and commissioning of a new electrical installation. During testing a level 3 competent electrician made contact with a live conductor and received a minor electric shock, although this could have been more serious. The agreed safe system of work had not been followed, because the electrical supply was not isolated before removing the rubber “boot” from the conductor prior to applying test equipment. Had power been isolated until after test equipment was applied, the incident would have been prevented.

Instruction Where an installation or equipment has been handed over from one party to another, you must establish the isolation state prior to work. Where it is essential for live testing to be carried out, this must be done by a competent person, who must follow an agreed safe system of work that ensures effective precautions to prevent injury. Where testing of live electrical equipment is planned, a person in attendance must be made aware of how to safely isolate the electrical supply in the event of an emergency. Where a person suffers an electric shock (no matter how minor) they must be taken immediately to hospital for a check-up. The incident should also be reported via the TfL EIRF process. Works within London Underground must comply with the requirements of “Safe Systems of Work On Or Near Electrical Equipment” S1114, which contains information that may be of use to other parts of TfL who may use a comparable standard. The HSE Guidance HSG85 Electricity At Work – Safe Working Practices also provides relevant information. Please communicate this Bulletin to your teams, projects and suppliers as appropriate. For more information contact Approved by (HSE Snr Manager):

Stella Oboite stella.oboite@tube.tfl.gov.uk Alexander Ferguson alexanderferguson@tfl.gov.uk

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F1999 A1

HSE Bulletin 28a in 2019 Accessing the track during Traffic Hours – London Underground

Date of issue: 22 October 2019 Expiry date: 30 April 2020

Background Making sure that everyone goes home safely is the most important thing we do every day. We know that working on or near electricity can create a safety risk. This bulletin is a reminder to staff of the rules which are in place to keep everyone safe while accessing the track environment during traffic hours.

Instruction for London Underground As per the Rule Book 21 - Personal safety on the track when you are working on or near live traction current rail you must have a safe system of work in place which ensures compliance with statutory requirements. This means compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, specifically Regulation 14, which states that no work should be done ‘on or near’ live electricity unless: Regulation 14

Practical guidance

It is unreasonable in all the circumstances for it to be dead

It may be unreasonable to switch traction current off, to allow staff track access when we may risk stalling or gapping trains or creating significant station congestion, particularly:

It is reasonable in all of the circumstances for persons to be at work on or near it while it is live

in peak hours with severe delays and crush loaded trains when the weather is hot and there is a risk of heat stress to customers  in large traction current sections which could affect the movement of a number of trains if current was switched off  at gateway or destination stations where we require trains to move people. It will usually be reasonable for traction current to be switched off before anyone accesses the track environment so this should be the normal situation where possible. It may be reasonable for competent staff to be on track with traction current on if they are investigating, fault finding or rectifying a fault that is having an impact on running trains.

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Suitable precautions (including where necessary the provision of suitable protective equipment) are taken to prevent injury

These may include:  provision of PPE  use of insulated tools  training and experience of staff undertaking the  required activity - staff should be competent for the task with an understanding of the hazards associated with electricity.

The Regulations do not specify a distance for being near bare live conductors. Practically London Underground considers an activity to be live working if you are within 1 metre of a live conductor rail. Other factors to consider when determining whether it is unreasonable for traction current to be switched off include:   

weather conditions e.g. rain / snow lighting and the impact on visibility to undertake an activity space for an activity to be safely undertaken.

Live working justification for some maintenance activities has previously been risk assessed and is documented on the Working at TfL Management System – Electrical Hazards. If any of the above conditions cannot be met, then working around live traction current must not be permitted. Any decision to work around live traction current should be agreed by the person undertaking the activity and their Manager / Supervisor. The activity should be risk assessed and mitigation measures implemented to ensure the risk is managed. The decision taken and mitigation measures should be recorded in the Controllers log.

Instruction for other Rail modes Other rail modes should note the requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations and comply with the local procedures when working on their respective infrastructure.

For more information: Approved by:

Paul Cooper HSE Senior Manager Paul Cooper HSE Senior Manager

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HSE Bulletin 29 in 2019 Site security arrangements

Date of issue: 9 August 2019 Date of expiry: 9 February 2021 ______________________________________________________________________

Background A recent theft of tools and equipment from a Surface construction site has identified a number of deficiencies in the local site security arrangements. This bulletin aims to highlight and share these across all areas, to avoid the chance of similar happening elsewhere. The site in question was in the final weeks of the job, and being demobilised when the theft occurred. Site security staff were in attendance at the time of the incident (around 20:00 hours), and CCTV cameras in the site compound had recently been taken down. It has been reported that those responsible for the crime were allowed access to the site with minimal challenge, as they claimed to be employees of London Underground, and arrived wearing hi-vis with a roundel. The perpetrators informed the security guard that they were there to collect tools and proceeded to sign in. No further checks of their identities or activities were made. After this they were given access to the tool shed. It is estimated that they took away between £3-5k worth of equipment.

Instruction The Crime Reduction & Operational Security team in CPOS can provide advice on security measures. Outlined below are some good practices for construction sites:  always ensure that thorough checks of visitor credentials are carried out  all out of hours visitors to the site should be booked in advance  if in doubt, check – a genuine visitor should not object  ensure that all old PPE is appropriately disposed of to avoid misuse  if not already in place, consider distinctively marking tools and equipment  lock up equipment during non-working hours  keep equipment out of sight where possible as to not encourage thieves/organised crime  cameras and motion viewers will deter most would-be thieves. If a theft does occur, camera systems can help apprehend the perpetrator(s)  aim to keep recording equipment in place as long as possible when site works are finishing. Please communicate this alert to your teams, projects and suppliers as appropriate Incident reference For more information contact Approved by (HSE Snr Manager):

91956 CrimeReduction@tfl.gov.uk Jack Albrow (07595 236527)

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HSE Bulletin 40 in 2019 Dealing with point failures safely

Date of issue: 23 October 2019

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Background Making sure that everyone goes home safely is the most important thing we do every day. We know that working on or near the track can create safety risk. This bulletin is a reminder to staff of the precautions to be taken if you have been asked to go and inspect or secure a set of points.

Instruction Be aware that any points across the network could move when reported as failing so do not put hands or feet in the way of open point blades or touch any of the moving parts. As per Rule Book leaflet LF01 - Scotching and Clipping, when securing points, the scotch must be inserted first. This is to stop the points moving while the clip is being attached.

Image of a correctly inserted scotch

Image of a correctly secured clip

Although this Bulletin references the LU Rule book, the safe working practices detailed apply equally to other Rail modes.

For more information: Approved by:

Mark Teale, Senior Operating Officer Emma Burton, HSE Senior Manager

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The Dangers of Fatigue in the Workplace Fatigue is a disturbing cause of workplace accidents and stress-related conditions but choosing the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the job can mitigate the risks. There are some roles that, by virtue of the activity, environment or the long working hours they entail, can be physically demanding for an individual. If not managed correctly, fatigue and tiredness can quickly set in. This condition increases the risk of human failure, which has proven to be a key contributor to accidents. The risk of exhaustion can increase if an individual is required to work in an environment where there are hazardous levels of noise, dust or vibration (or any other harmful agent) and the wearing of PPE or respiratory protection equipment (RPE) is compulsory. Working in high temperatures can also have a significant impact on a person’s rate of work. The World Health Organisation reports that most workers feel uncomfortable in temperatures above 24ºC. It is important therefore to fully assess the impact of working in demanding conditions. Long, hot days can have a significant effect on the wellbeing of outdoor workers. We are all aware of the effects that global warming is having on our climate. In the UK, 2018 was the joint warmest summer on record with temperatures consistently over 30ºC in some parts of the country. Other factors such as heat radiating from nearby objects such as pipes and machinery, a lack of air movement and poor ventilation will contribute to an increase in temperature, while high humidity will inhibit natural body cooling. Work for which a combination of clothing and equipment pieces must be worn can affect balance and body posture, even during routine functional tasks. Everyday motions such as stepping up, stepping down, turning or passing under objects are not straightforward when movement, visibility and breathing are restricted. Manufacturing, construction, asbestos removal and firefighting instantly spring to mind as hazardous environments that impose such challenges. To assist managers in mitigating the risks, these key factors need to be considered when selecting PPE. The assessment must also explore comfort and functionality as well as ensure it provides the correct level of protection. Although the primary concern is protection, comfort has a direct effect on production and quality. There are different ways in which PPE comfort and fit affect workers: · Heat · Skin Contact · Reduced Agility and Dexterity · Isolation from Workplace and Other Workers Excuse of Reality? Comfort is usually the first reason given if someone does not want to wear PPE. It may be a valid grievance but equally it could be a valid excuse. It is important to establish the facts, otherwise increasing comfort is unlikely to improve the situation. Freedom of Choice. Workers who are provided with PPE without any consultation e.g. you work on a construction site, so you wear a hard hat and there is only one type of head protection available. However, giving workers a choice, even a simple one of personalisation such as style or colour, will help to improve buy-in and ownership. A good example is safety glasses, which are now available in a range of frames, tints and colours. Gender Specific PPE. This issue has had a high profile in recent years because, historically, the size and cut of garments have been designed specifically for men. PPE providers and employers are responding to this positively as the number of women entering traditionally male-dominated fields such as construction and manufacturing grows. When deciding on safety controls it is important to remember that PPE should be used only as a last resort or in combination with other measures. Elimination, substitution or engineering controls should always be prioritised

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Transport for London (LUL)

Document Number

Title

Issue

Replaces

S1158

Track - Inspection and Maintenance

A 10

A9

Purpose:-The purpose of this standard is to define the requirements for the measured and manual inspections and maintenance of the track system. Changes:-Standard updated to remove Rail Defect Management requirements which will be captured in new standard S1178. Written notices 01467, 01469, 01482, 01495, 01512, 01529, 01534, 01539, 01545, 01555, 01571, 01572 were incorporated. Further approved changes have also been included. Replacement of all example forms with links and other minor changes. Also, requirements in LU standard S2402 A1 ‘Snow and ice clearance from track, walkways and cable stiles’ has been incorporated into this standard. S2402 has therefore been superseded by this version of S1158. Change id CR-10633. Compliance Date:- August 2019 Personnel Requiring Awareness Briefing All operatives involved in track maintenance on LUL

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Health & Safety Information The Agency Workers (Amendment) Regulations 2019 Jurisdiction: England, Scotland, Wales Commencement: 6th April 2019 Amends: The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/93) as amended Mini Summary These Regulations implement EU Directive 2008/104/EC on temporary agency work. The Directive ensures that temporary agency workers receive basic work and employment conditions, such as; working hours, overtime, breaks, pay and holidays. Amendment These Regulations revoke regulations 10 (Permanent contracts providing for pay between assignments) and 11 (Calculating the minimum amount of pay) from The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 and remove any references to them in The Agency Workers Regulations 2019. The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR) stipulated that after 12 weeks in the same role with the same hirer, an agency worker is entitled to the same pay, as well as the same basic terms and conditions, as a permanent employee of that hirer. Under Regulations 10 and 11 of the AWR, agency workers could waive this right if they sign a “pay between assignments” contract, also known as a “Swedish derogation” contract with the Temporary Work Agency (TWA). This means that they become a permanent employee of the employment business (TWA) and are paid between individual assignments for up to 4 weeks. Their rate of pay is determined between themselves and the TWA and does not relate to that of the organisations pay of it’s employees in the role they may be employed to fulfil. The benefit to the agency worker is that they then have guaranteed employment and remuneration whether they are working on assignment for the TWA or not. The benefit for organisations is that they pay reduced fees for labour via the TWA. Due to abuse of this system, where contracts were being used to avoid giving agency workers their equal pay entitlements, the Swedish derogation is being revoked. TWA will still be able to offer between assignments contracts to agency workers after revocation, but workers will not be able to opt out of equal pay entitlements after 12 weeks in the same role with the same hirer. Businesses using the Swedish derogation contracts must issue a written statement to affected agency workers informing them of their revised entitlement in relation to pay. The change will take effect as the “pay between assignments” contracts come to an end.

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Health & Safety Information HSE develops 'Statement of Commitment' to Health and Safety The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are urging Local Authorities across the country to work with others to improve health and safety standards in the sectors they regulate, with a Statement of Commitment. This arose as a result of the figures that the HSE collected, showing failures in the management of occupational health and safety inside Local Authority enforced business sectors these predominantly refer to retail, consumer services, entertainment and warehousing/supply chain sectors (which account for around two thirds of business premises - or half of the total Great Britain workforce). The figures state more than 100,000 new cases of ill health, 5000 major injuries and around 10 workers deaths each year stem from this mismanagement. Many of those harmed are vulnerable workers who are not provided with reasonable workplace protection - this leads to around 15 members of the public, adults and children who are killed each year in avoidable accidents, accidents that could have been prevented with appropriate management of workplace activity. This is exacerbated by the challenging environment which impacts how the Local Authorities deliver their wide ranges of regulatory services and statutory duties. Local Authorities throughout Great Britain were instrumental in developing this Statement of Commitment, in conjunction with the HSE to help strengthen and maintain the delivery of their legal duty as enforcers of workplace health and safety, in a long-term senior commitment; the Statement of Commitment itself asks Local Authorities to collaborate with other bodies to help deliver an effective and correctly targeted solution with the workers safety as the end result. It recognises that: Local Authorities must target and prioritise regulatory resources to meet their legal duties; • continued delivery of effective co-regulation will require ongoing evolution in both the Local • Authority and HSE approaches to regulatory delivery; and the HSE and Local Authority co-regulatory partnership plays a vital role in delivering the ‘Help • GB Work Well’ strategy. The HSE will be working to develop further supporting materials that are to be made available in due time. In the interim, many Local Authority chief executives and Heads of health and safety regulatory services are encouraged to publicly endorse the Statement of Commitment and embed the principles within their service plans - which is already seen by HSE’s Board, the Local Government Association, the Welsh Local Government Association and the Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health in Scotland.

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Dust link to Crossrail mystery deaths ruled out Mystery deaths at Bond Street Station have caused concern among the workforce who have previously flagged fears over dust levels on the job. Independent air quality monitoring at Bond Street is conducted at regular intervals as well as for specific planned construction activities and recent tests have revealed nothing of concern at the

Crossrail construction site. A spokesperson for main contractor Costain Skanska Joint Venture confirmed that any concerns raised about health and safety on site will always be fully investigated with the appropriate action always taken.

Ltd demands the highest standards of health and safety across the project and continues to work closely with Bond Street contractor Costain Skanska Joint Venture in support of making sure this is the case.

A spokesperson for Crossrail Ltd has said that Crossrail

Please be vigilant while working on site and see a GP or contact us if you feel ill or believe any of your colleagues might be unwell.

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