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Exposure Assessment & Control                      June 2018

GDPR: new request forms and example
consent form

As a result of implementing the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), we have taken the opportunity to refresh our request forms and also to separate informed consent (required for biological monitoring samples).  

HSE has also updated its privacy policy.  Further information on informed consent can be found here, along with the example consent form that you can adapt for your needs. 
The new request forms can be found on our Analytical Services web page.


Piercing equipment

Talk by Dr Alan Beswick -
'Infection control related to invasive skin piercing treatment on the high street'

Dr Alan Beswick, Microbiology team, spoke at the Environmental Health office Training Workshop in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire on 21 June 2018. Attended by around 120 EHO's, the talk related to HSE’s guidance produced on tattooing, body piercing and micropigmentation as well as the testing of inks that HSL has carried out in the past. 


Dr Beswick has been involved in assisting to develop a British and European standard for skin piercing treatments in the past and this guidance is still in daily use by many EHOs and operators. Further information on the Tattooing and Body Piercing Guidance Toolkit can be found here


HSE also prepared guidance on this subject for Calderdale Council in 2008 and the PDFs are available from Calderdale Council’s website here

Hand-Arm Vibration

HSE fines company £500,000 for exposing workers to hand-arm vibration between 2002-2011

Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd was fined £500,000 after the HSE found that workers at the company were exposed to hand-arm vibration between 2002 and 2011, putting them at risk of developing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). 


Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd of Thorncliffe Park, Chapeltown, Sheffield pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company also pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 (1) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. These failings occurred between 2002 and 2011. The company was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £195,000. The full article is available here.  


You can find out more about HAVS and the requirements of health surveillance through our training courses on HAVS and refresher training.  We also offer Tier 5 HAVS assessments

Training courses

Asbestos - Managing Asbestos in Domestic & Non Domestic Premises – 28 June 2018


Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Refresher – 4 July 2018


Noise - Occupational Noise Control Workshop - 4 July 2018


Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) – 10 – 11 July 2018


LEV - Practical Management of Local Exhaust Ventilation Controls – 31 July 2018


COSHH Training - Practical Assessment and Control  - 22-23 August 2018


A full list of available training is available on HSL’s website here.