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Mechanical Hazards Articles & Resources

The Health & Safety Executive definition is "DSE are devices or equipment that have an alphanumeric or graphic display screen and includes display screens, laptops, touch screens and other similar devices." This article covers some often asked questions:

  • Is a VDU classed as Display Screen Equipment or DSE?

  • What are the display screen or DSE regulations 1992?

  • What are the three main health risks of working with DSE?

  • Is display screen equipment training mandatory

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A few of the most commonly asked questions about the Puwer regulations are answered here including.

  • What does PUWER 1998 stand for? What does PUWER mean?

  • What is PUWER 98 regulations? What is PUWER legislation?

  • Why is PUWER important in the work place?

  • What equipment is covered by PUWER?

  • Are ladders, excavators, hand tools, abrasive wheels, lifts and agricultural machinery covered by PUWER?

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We have produced an article that covers what vibration is and the damage it can cause. Specifically, we look at what Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), Vibration White Finger (WVF), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and Whole Body Vibration (WBV) are, as well as their symptoms.

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  • How do you measure HAV
  • What is HAV measurement
  • What units is vibration measured in
  • Why measure vibration

All these questions are answered here

There are a range of different types of grinding wheel or abrasive wheel that someone may be required to work with. To help people understand the difference between them, we have created an article that answers some questions about the different types of abrasive wheel available in the UK, including:

  • What is an abrasive wheel?
  • What are the different types of grinding machine?
  • What are the different types of abrasive wheel?

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Abrasive wheels are tools commonly used in grinding, cutting and polishing operations. However, they can be very dangerous and, as a result, are marked with a range of important safety information that anyone using them should be aware of. In this article, we explore the abrasive wheel markings system and answer several questions, including:

  • What are abrasive wheel markings?
  • What does the specification mark on an abrasive wheel represent?
  • What is the system for marking abrasive wheels?

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Abrasive wheels can be dangerous, so it is essential that anyone who uses them at work does so safely. To help with this, the HSE published a set of guidance called HSG17, which explores information on a range of topics including:

  • What are abrasive wheels?
  • How can abrasive wheels be used safely?
  • How do I examine an abrasive wheel?
  • How do I select an abrasive wheel?
  • How should abrasive wheels be stored?

We have created an article that explores some of the key takeaways of this guidance, which can be viewed here.

Many people use display screen equipment while at work, but doing so incorrectly can cause injury and ill health. For this reason, the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 place several requirements on employers to provide safe equipment and support those employees who regularly use display screen equipment.

In this article, we explore some of the key takeaways from these regulations that employers and employees must be aware of.

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We all regularly use electricity, but it can be dangerous if not used correctly. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 are designed to protect workers from experiencing harm while using electricity at work, and place a number of requirements on employers to do so.

In this article, we will look at these regulations in detail and outline some of the things that employers are required to do to comply with them. Click here to view the article.

HSG107 is a piece of guidance published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that provides a series of recommendations on how to safely maintain portable electrical equipment in such a way as to prevent danger.

In this article, we explore the HSG107 guidance in detail and outline some of the key suggestions it makes concerning the use and maintenance of electrical equipment. Click here to view this article.