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A report on the Mining.com web site suggests that the market for recycled lithium batteries is expanding exponentially. Interestingly in North America and Europe, recycling is seen as a waste disposal activity for which companies should be paid to carry out. In China, the largest producer and consumer of lithium-ion batteries, competition has become so intense that recyclers pay to for dead batteries.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released the annual injury and ill-health statistics for Great Britain for the year 2018/19. In summary:4 million working people suffering from a work-related illness 2,526 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2017) 147 workers killed at work (2018/19) 581,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey 69,208 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR 2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
HSE commented that there have been no significant changes to industries in which there is a higher risk of sustaining an injury while at work.
HSE has published the second edition Guidance Book L140, Hand-arm vibration. The new edition has been updated in keeping with changes to related legislation, technical advances and experience. The emphasis is on the control and management of risks from exposure to hand-arm vibration (HAV). HSE has also made updates to the hand-arm vibration (HAV) exposure calculator.