HSE's Exposure Assessment and Control eBulletin November '18

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Exposure Assessment and Control 

Solvent Pouring

ESIG releases new guidelines for the safe use of gloves for handling solvents

The European Solvents Industry Group (ESIG) provides a single point of contact for information on oxygenated and hydrocarbon solvents in Europe.


Through its work with industry and with industry partners, the group promotes best  practices in solvent usage, health, safety and environmental protection.


Its main aims are to support responsible care in the use of solvents and to provide advocacy on issues affecting the producers of solvents. The full publication can be found here.


Further information on solvent analysis carried out by HSL can be found here for analytical chemistry and here for biological monitoring.



Isocyanate Spray Painting

Helen Beattie attends Health and Safety meeting of the Association of Colleges (AoC) (Midlands Region) in Birmingham

On 14th November 2018, Helen Beattie (HSE occupational hygienist) and Sarah Palfreyman (HSE manufacturing sector) attended an Association of Colleges event. The meeting was attended by the Health and Safety professionals from 17 colleges in the region.


HSE's laboratory had undertaken work with the City of Wolverhampton College in 2016-2017 looking at exposure to isocyanates by motor vehicle repair students.

The students undertake paint spraying as part of their course, but do not undertaken any biological monitoring (BM) or health surveillance as they are not “employees” as per the COSHH Regulations.

It was unknown what the exposures to students would be, and if BM should be required, so student volunteers undertook sampling to find out. HSE fed back the findings to the colleges at the meeting, and answered questions about the work.


The findings included that student exposures (at this particular college) were lower than those in the MVR industry. 


All the findings are due to be published in a HSE Research report, and in the AoC student newsletters.



Upcoming training courses


Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) – 4 – 5 December 2018


LEV - Practical Management of Local Exhaust Ventilation Controls – 16 January 2019


Management of Hand Arm Vibration in the Workplace - An Introduction – 23 January 2019 


Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Refresher – 29 January 2019


Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) - Health Surveillance and Exposure Control – 29 January 2018


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