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3rd January 2020

HSE revise explosives licensing process

As a result of a review of the regime used for granting explosives licences HSE has updated the existing licence application forms and introduced a number of new forms to better reflect the range of explosive activities requiring a licence and to facilitate the supporting administrative framework.

The forms are:

LP41 – application to HSE for a new explosives licence LP42 – application to HSE for a variation to an existing explosive licence LP43 – application to HSE to transfer a licence to another company LP44 – application to HSE for the Receipt of a Transfer of an Existing Licence FROM Another Person or Company LP45 – application to HSE for a Variation to a licence with regards to Change of Licensee Name/Address of Site/Address of Licensee LP46 – application to HSE for a Licence to Manufacture and/or Store of Ammonium Nitrate Blasting Intermediate (ANBI) only LP47 – application to HSE for a variation to an existing licence to Manufacture and/or Store of Ammonium Nitrate Blasting Intermediate (ANBI) only LP48 – application to the Health and Safety Executive for a Licence to Manufacture Explosives by means of On-site Mixing

These forms can be found on https://www.hse.gov.uk/explosives/licensing/how-to-apply.htm

13th November 2019

HSE Revise guidance to exposure to welding fume

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised guidance on exposure to welding fume.  Task specific guidance for welding, cutting and associated tasks is provided in a suite of documents:

WL0 – Advice for managers WL2 – Welding in confined/limited/restricted spaces WL3 – Welding Fume Control WL14 – Manual gas and oxy-gas cutting WL15 – Plasma arc cutting: fixed equipment WL16 – Arc-air gouging (air-carbon arc gouging) WL18 – Surface preparation: Pressure blasting (small items) WL19 – Surface preparation: Pressure blasting (medium-sized items) WL20 – Surface preparation: Pressure blasting (Large items) WL21 – Weld cleaning with pickling paste
7th November 2019

Speech to Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) HSE Conference in Aberdeen

Martin Temple, chairman of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), addressed delegates at the opening session of the Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) HSE Conference in Aberdeen on Wednesday 6th November.  He spoke about the down-manning of EnQuest’s Thistle Alpha installation last month. The platform, around one hundred and twenty-five miles north-east of Shetland, evacuated its crew after a subsea inspection found deterioration in the condition of a metal plate connecting a storage tank to the platform’s legs.

This deterioration was similar to that which triggered the drastic capsize, and resulting death of one hundred and twenty-three men, in 1980 of the Alexander L Kielland, in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.  Mr Temple said that recent case, among others, highlighted the need for the sector to focus on asset integrity.  He also spoke about Process Safety Leadership principles to which industry leaders from various offshore bodies have recently signed up.   These principles are designed to prevent repeats of events such as Piper Alpha or the 2005 Buncefield explosion at the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal.