This weeks news
High blood-lead levels in decline
The number of workers under surveillance for high levels of lead in their
blood is continuing to show small declines, the Health and Safety Executive has
said. The proportion of male workers with relatively high blood-lead levels
fell in 1999/2000 as did the proportion of women, although this was after a
rise in 1998/99. There were also sharp falls in the number of workers suspended
from working with lead.
Roofing sheet safety
Two types of roofing sheet are not safe to work on without precautions to
prevent falling through the material, the Health and Safety Executive has
warned. Following an incident, the HSE carried out tests on Uralita, FC6 and
FC6R and found all but one was fragile. It is likely some buildings, in
particular farm buildings, will be roofed with such sheets, distributed by West
Midlands-based Roofing and Cladding Supplies, said the HSE.