Health and safety briefs

Vibration guide

Further guidance on whole body vibration has been published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Whole Body Vibration: the control of vibration at work regulations 2005, is available online. Go to

RSI database

A database expanding and updating existing information on repetitive strain injury court judgments has been set up by the HSE. The work-related upper limb disorder database can be found online. Go to

Silicosis consultation

A consultation is running until March on setting a new workplace exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica. About two million staff a year are exposed to crystalline silica, which is found in almost all types of rock, sands and clays. Long-term exposure can lead to the development of silicosis. Go to

HSE qualifications

A range of new health and safety qualifications aimed at people working in farming have been recognised by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the Health and Safety Executive has said. The vocational qualifications are the first designed specifically for the farming industry.

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