This month’s news

Respirator fit

A three-part research report, An Investigation of Factors Affecting
the Performance of Power Assisted Full-face piece Respirators in use has been
drawn up by the Institute of Occupational Medicine and the HSE. It looks at
previous data, the conduct and outcome of workplace simulations and the
relationship between facial form and respirator fit.  Copies available from
or 01787 881165

Quantitative risk

A quantitative risk assessment methodology for onshore process plants,
comparing accident experiences from various databases and theory, has been
prepared for the HSE. It indicates the proportion of accidents occurring when
the plant is in some abnormal state may be 40 per cent or more. A Comparison of
Accident Experience with Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) Methodology, is
available from the HSE, (details as above)

Legionnaires’ disease

A workshop discussing new guidelines for the treatment of Legionnaires’
disease is being run on Wednesday March 7 by the Chartered Institution of
Building Services Engineers and the Health and Safety Executive. It will be
held at the HSE’s new services centre in Balham, west London and will cover the
HSE’s new code of practice, Government guidelines and CIBSE’s revised guide.
Details from the CIBSE on 020 8772 3660 or on-line at

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