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Current HSE Working guidance for our industry

When it comes to health and safety, there's a lot of useful information for free.
If something went seriously wrong at one of your yards and someone was injured (or if an employee contracted an industrial disease directly associated with work at your premises) then, to have the best chance of defending yourself, it would be useful to show that you were aware of and were doing your very best to comply with the latest guidance available to your industry.

In this article we let you know what is currently available to you and we encourage you to obtain copies of these documents and use them in comparisons against your own current working methods at your own yards. If you go on to this page on the HSE website you will be taken to a dedicated page entitled ‘end of life vehicle industry’

OK, so now you have a wealth of FREE information at your disposal and if you scroll down this page then there are eight specific free pieces of guidance which you can access or download.

  • The safe recovery of petrol from end of life vehicles - ‘WASTE 10’
  • A guide to the handling and storage of airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners at garages and motor vehicle repair workshops
  • Safe use of petrol in garages - INDG331
  • Safe working with vehicle air conditioning systems’ - ‘INDG349’
  • Hot work on vehicle wheels - EIS1
  • Using electric storage batteries safely - INDG139
  • Safe working with LPG fuelled motor vehicles - INDG387
  • Engine oil.
Phil Wass
Phil Wass is a Chartered Safety and Health practitioner and has a Masters Degree in Occupational Health and Safety. He is Managing Director of Wass Management Limited who specialise in all aspects of health and safety training, advice and guidance. Phil is an advisor to the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers' Association and understands the needs of the industry. He regularly carries out work for MVDA members.

If you have any health and safety issues, visit Wass Management Limited, email Phil or you can contact him on 01773 541441
Now many of you reading this article will consider yourselves highly experienced in your industry and possibly at a stage where you have ‘seen it all’, ‘done it all’ and have ‘little to learn’ from such publications. However, I would strongly suggest that you download all of these documents / web pages and that you glance through them to satisfy yourself that you are indeed observing current best practice in your yard. I would then also suggest that you make these readily available to all relevant members of your workforce and encourage all such employees to look at these and to learn from these. If you have anyone who has difficulty reading or who is reluctant to read then you could perhaps ‘buddy them up’ with someone who is more literate and encourage them to work through these together.

None of these documents are strictly ‘legally binding’ and you cannot be punished in a court of law if you do not observe and follow these. However, if you are seen to be making use of and referring to these then it can only help you to encourage your employees to stay safe and prove to any third party that you are doing your very best to ‘stay current’ and learn from the industry experts who will have been involved in putting these publications together.

Remember all of this is completely FREE so why wouldn’t you access it and circulate it around your premises!

Finally, on this same part of the HSE website is also a ‘frequently asked questions’ section for your industry as well:-

  • Can I work under a vehicle whilst it is on the forks of a fork lift truck?
  • Do I have to use a proprietary de-pollution rig?
  • Is there an approved method for recovering petrol?
  • Does airbag detonation damage operators hearing?
  • Does every airbag need to be detonated?
  • How do I de-pollute a vehicle contaminated with blood, body fluids, hypodermic needles, etc?
  • What protective clothing do I need to wear?
Do you know the answers? Why not check out the HSE website and see if you got the answers right or not?

As always, if after reading this article, after looking through the parts of the HSE website referred to and after looking at the specifically mentioned documents on the website you feel you need any additional impartial guidance on any area within your own workplace then just get in touch for a chat – we are always here to help.

Stay safe until next time.

January 2014

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