Guidance

The database contains summaries of the latest updates and guidance on key health and safety issues from organisations such as the MPA; the HSE, including the QNJAC and the Quarries Partnership Team on dust and silica; UEPG (European Aggregates Association); NePSi - representing the EU Silica Social Dialogue Agreement; etc.

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12 Guidance Article(s) returned


Title/Short DescriptionSourceSubjectDate 
British Precast guidance on isolation - May 2019

Within the precast concrete sector, repair, service and maintenance work is done on machinery, equipment and processes every day. It is essential to ensure the isolation of any unsafe machinery or equipment from potential uncontrolled energy sources takes place during such work. The attached document is guidance published by British Precast on isolation.

British PrecastIsolation02/05/2019
Drivers Handbook - November 2018

MPA has updated the Drivers Handbook,

The purpose of the Driver’s Handbook is to make LGV drivers aware of the risks that they may face or create while driving and operating vehicles and typically understanding how to manage the risks. The handbook outlines what is required of a driver in terms of his or her, vehicle, journey and driving behaviours. In addition it deals with emergency situations and gives practical advice on what to
do to help keep you safe from avoidable harm.


This handbook will help you work with your employer to avoid preventable incidents and injuries to yourself and other people when driving for work. It should be used with your employer’s driving for work policies and procedures.

MPATransport08/02/2019
Articlated Dump Trucks (ADTs) - Guidance Note - Issue 1 - June 2018

QNJAC Guidance on the safe operation of articulated dump trucks (ADTs) in quarries and surface mining operations.

This guidance is intended for sites where ADTs are in use, including quarries and opencast mines with the aim of reducing or eliminating the risk of body and cab overturns. It uses examples of good practice provided by UK quarry and coal mine operators together with input from specialist earthmoving contractors and manufacturers of ADT vehicles. This guidance will also be relevant to construction/civil engineering projects where ADTs are used in earth moving
operations.

QNJACPlant – fixed and mobile03/09/2018
MPA Company car and van handbook

The purpose of the Company Car and Van Handbook is to make companies and car/van drivers aware of the risks that they may face or create while driving and operating vehicles and typically understanding how to manage those risks. The handbook outlines what is required of a driver in terms of his or her, vehicle, journey and driving behaviours in line with the rules and regulations of UK roads. Travelling abroad and in Europe is also covered (pages 50-51). In addition it deals with emergency situations and gives practical advice on what to do to help keep you safe from avoidable harm.

MPADriving16/07/2018
Guide to energy isolation and LOTOTO - (Lock-out - Tag-out - Try-out)

The industry operates equipment that has the potential to cause harm if not operated or isolated correctly.

We have learnt from incidents within the industry, the critical importance of giving employees and contractors as much information and guidance on the risks involved when operating heavy machinery and a better understanding of the different types of energy they need to be protected against.

This document will describe LOTOTO (Lock-Out – Tag-Out – Try-Out), the process for isolating equipment to ensure that maintenance and cleaning can be undertaken safely.

Prepared by the MPA and Reece Safety, this document shares best practice and will help to raise awareness of ‘LOTOTO’ and to guide the industry to the achievement of a safer working environment. In this document you will also find also find product information to safe guard the workforce.

MPAIsolation11/07/2018
Pocket Book - The Safe Installation of Precast Concrete Flooring and Associated Components

A pocket-sized version that summarises the key elements of the Code of Practice and is intended for site operatives and supervisors to use as an aide-memoire when installing precast concrete floors. Launched November 2017.

British PrecastPrecast31/05/2018
Quarry Operator and Contractor Code of Conduct

Guidance in support of the Quarry Operator/Contractor Code of Conduct

The Contractors Code of Conduct states:

It is the duty of the contractor to demonstrate to the quarry operator that sufficiently competent persons supported by appropriate site based competency checks are provided. It is strongly recommended that contractors maintain a valid safety passport to underpin hazard awareness knowledge. 

Please read the the information sheet to learn more.

QNJAC have also created a toolbox talk that  is accessible via the Safequarry and QNJAC websites.. 

QNJACCompetence and Training27/11/2017
Bridge Saw Guarding

This guidance focuses on the need to complete a thorough risk assessment covering all aspects of the machine and its use. The risk assessment process for machinery will need to consider a wide range of hazards and also relate to a range of standards and legal requirements. One of the key aspects of machinery is to consider the danger of moving parts and to guard these dangerous parts.

So what should be the methodology for risk assessment of machinery? What standards and legal requirements are relevant? What should be the approach for guarding machinery?

The guidance within only offers an opinion on the current available control measures used in other parts of the industry to guard against the physical hazards associated with the moving parts of the machine. Through the risk assessment process it will be the responsibility of the company to select the appropriate guarding specific to their operation whilst considering the hierarchy of control found Regulation 11 (2) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and referenced in section 18 of this document.

While the focus of this document is on Bridge Saws, the same principles can be applied to other machinery used for working natural and reconstituted architectural stone such as edge polishers and milling machines.

MPAGuarding23/04/2017
Welfare facilities for contractors - Toolbox Talk

If we are to build true partnerships in the quarry operator/contractor relationship we must start treating contractors in exactly the same way as direct employees. Sites should provide access to clean, adequate welfare facilities for contractors whilst on site with a focus on establishing a consistent standard. See latest Toolbox on contractor welfare.

QNJAC 09/08/2016
Welfare facilities for contractors - Guidance

If we are to build true partnerships in the quarry operator/contractor relationship we must start treating contractors in exactly the same way as direct employees. Sites should provide access to clean, adequate welfare facilities for contractors whilst on site with a focus on establishing a consistent standard. See latest guidance on contractor welfare.

QNJAC 09/08/2016
Maintaining standards as a contractor - Guidance

This guidance summarises the documentation and other  information that a contractor should make available to the Site Operator to demonstrate that his organisation and employees are consistently working to maintain and improve the standards required to work safely within a quarrying environment.

QNJAC 09/08/2016
Maintaining standards as a contractor - Toolbox Talk

The purpose of this toolbox talk is to highlight good practices to be adopted to ensure that high standards of safety and health are implemented and maintained throughout the quarrying industry.

QNJAC 09/08/2016