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Welcome to your new-look Testing and Monitoring ebulletin

We've extended the HSE brand. While we will continue to provide Guidance and Research on our main website to help you comply with health and safety law, we also offer paid-for solutions to help with your management of health and safety.

HSL products and services are now offered under the HSE brand and include:
Publications and ProductsTraining and EventsTesting and MonitoringResearch and Consultancy

Get face fit testing right with HSE

RPE Fit Testing - meet FFRED

Where respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is used, it must be able to provide adequate protection for individual wearers. RPE can't protect the wearer if it leaks.

A major cause of leaks is poor fit; tight-fitting face pieces need to fit the wearer’s face to be effective.

As no two people are the same it is unlikely that one particular type or size of RPE will fit everyone. Fit testing will ensure that the equipment selected is suitable for the wearer.

HSE’s Nick Baxter demonstrates how factors such as facial hair, incorrectly positioned straps and ill-fitting nose clips can compromise mask efficiency. Watch Nick's full demonstration here.

Learn about RPE Basics on our HSE website.


Meet HSE at Expo 2019

See FFRED in action and meet us at
Safety & Health Expo 2019

Once again, the team from HSE will be attending Safety and Health Expo from 18 - 20 June at London's Excel exhibition centre.

We're bringing FFRED along with us for live face fit testing demonstrations, so come along and join us
on Stand SH1260.

You'll also have the chance to meet our Occupational Hygiene, Health, and Testing and Monitoring specialists. They'll be happy to answer your questions and chat to you about our latest products and publications, training and services to improve your workplace health and safety.

Find out more about Safety & Health Expo 2019.


GRIP footwear slip resistance scheme from HSE

Get a GRIP on workplace slip accidents

Slips, trips and falls on the flat cause a third of non-fatal injuries in UK workplaces as reported under RIDDOR in 2017/18.

At HSE, we understand the science behind slips.

By identifying the true causes of slips, trips and falls in our workplaces, we can help you prevent future accidents.

Our footwear rating scheme, GRIP, provides you with free information about the slip performance of footwear to help inform your purchasing decision.

Footwear buyers can use our research to enable  them to choose the most appropriate slip resistant shoes for their employees, thereby reducing slip accidents and their associated business costs.

Mark Liddle, falls prevention expert, will be presenting and demonstrating our new slip resistance testing rig at EXPO 2019.

Come along and meet Mark in the PPE Attack Zone, who can answer your questions and talk to you about preventing slips and trips and provide more information on the GRIP scheme.


New skin exposure paper: dART

As inhalation exposures reduce through improved controls and lower exposure limits, dermal exposures are becoming an increasingly important fraction of worker body burden. 

Biological monitoring is one way to assess total worker exposure (including skin uptake) in a pragmatic way. Another way is to model exposures before they happen.

HSE’s Kevin McNally, Jean Philippe Gorce and Nick Warren have been involved in developing a mechanistic model for underpinning the dermal Advanced REACH Tool (dART), an extension of the existing ART model and its software platform.

The study has resulted in two publications; one looking at low volatile liquids and the other covering the calibration of the model. 

We hope to present this work at the OEESC Conference in Dublin this September where there will be opportunities for occupational hygienists and health professionals to learn more about skin exposure and health issues.  

Join us at our half-day workshop on 18 July 2019 on the practicalities of running a biological monitoring programme.


Relevant training courses in June and July 2019

Asbestos - Managing asbestos in domestic* and non-domestic premises - Tues 25th June

Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) - Health Surveillance and Exposure Control - Thur 27th June

LEV - Practical Management of Local Exhaust Ventilation Controls - Tue 2 July

COSHH Training - Practical Assessment and Control - Wed 3 - Thu 4 July

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Refresher  - Wed 10th July

Biological Monitoring for Chemical Exposures at Work - Thu 18th July

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) - Tue 30 - Wed 31st July




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