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HSE Publishes INDG480. Hand-arm vibration in amenity horticulture and how to control the risk. Published 15th May. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg480.pdf. Hand-arm vibration is vibration transmitted into workers’ hands and arms, for example by hand-held and guided power tools, such as hedge trimmers and powered mowers. Regular and frequent exposure to hand-arm vibration can lead to permanent ill health. The two main health conditions associated with hand-arm vibration exposure are hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The guidance will help employers to identify when exposure may cause harm, understand how to comply with the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 and take practical steps to control the vibration risk.
HSE advise that MRL (maximum residue levels) in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin for pesticide residues are being changed. Authorisations for the use of such substances may be subject to change. While HSE aim to identify authorisations which require amending or withdrawing as a result of these changes authorisation holders are also responsible for ensuring their authorisations are compliant with the amended MRLs. Authorisation holders are advised to check the EUR-Lex webpage and the EU Pesticides database where new or changes to MRLs are published.
HSE has revised the guidance document “Management and operation of microbiological containment laboratories”. Most of the amendments are minor. There is a new Appendix 8 – Work with Hazard Group 3 Parasites. http://www.hse.gov.uk/biosafety/management-containment-labs.pdf