News - Keep your business up to date
Following news and events in the industry will help you keep your health and safety policies and risk assessments up to date. Our E-newsletter BOSS Federation Online is distributed to all members at regular intervals and informs our members about all industry news, legal updates and issues of the day, and how the BOSS Federation is influencing government on relevant matters, including our Invision video newscast.
05 June 2015
A Safe System of Work (SSOW) or Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) is a formal procedure allowing you to methodically examine a working process and identify all the hazards associated with the task. It describes working methods that will eliminate those hazards or minimise the risks associated with them.
18 February 2015
Whether you have a scheme in place or are new to the market, a large business or simply looking to insure your family, BOSS Federation Healthcare can help you with a variety of health and wellbeing products and services.
20 November 2014
The European Union has set an ambitious goal of improving energy efficiency by 20% by 2020. BOSS Federation Associate Schneider Electrics offer a masterclass where they outline what opportunities are available.
12 February 2014
On the 21st January 2014, 56 year old Alan Dinsdale, Director of Wickford-based screen printer A&S Print Services, died in the workplace, after an incident occurred during a Guillotine blade handling task.
28 October 2013
What do you need to do to comply with current legislation? You cannot eliminate all hazards and risks within the business, but the law requires you to protect as far as is ‘reasonably practicable’, this means that you need to take precautions up to the point where doing more would be judged as grossly disproportionate to the residual risk.
05 September 2013
There have been a small number of isolated incidents over the years involving the use of platen presses, mostly around injury caused by operatives being struck by the ‘windmill’ flick action of the mechanical system at the front of the machine. Otherwise, there appears to be a good safety record. However, in the eyes of the law for workplace safety, the Platen does not meet the requirements of PUWER in relation to not having suitable guarding to prevent a person accessing dangerous parts of machinery.
03 September 2013
Revision 1 of Printing Information Sheet No 18 - 'Safety requirements for using hand-fed platen (die-cutting) machines' has been launched and is available on the HSE website. The information on short duration interventions has been amended only. This paragraph now includes 'access to the platen should be prevented until the clutch mechanism has been disengaged from the flywheel'. Also, 'The u- shaped trip, pressure sensitive edge and knee bar are NOT acceptable alternatives since they do not prevent inadvertent re-engagement of the clutch. If no cycle interrupt or equivalent stop control is fitted, isolation and lock off is the only safeguarding option.'
02 September 2013
Noise is one of those workplace hazards that is over looked by many employers and employees. However, those who do issue personal protective equipment, such as hearing protection, are confident that they have discharged their duty of care, but this is not enough to rely upon when faced with a regulatory enforcement or a civil claim.