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New Guidance What HSE expects. John Healy HSE. Intend to cover. Guidance The harm that nickel can cause Legal implications Inhalation exposure Dermal exposure. The harm that nickel can cause. Cancer Allergic contact dermatitis Asthma. Legal implications. Adequately control exposure

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New guidance what hse expects

New GuidanceWhat HSE expects

John Healy

HSE


Intend to cover

Intend to cover

  • Guidance

  • The harm that nickel can cause

  • Legal implications

  • Inhalation exposure

  • Dermal exposure


The harm that nickel can cause

The harm that nickel can cause

  • Cancer

  • Allergic contact dermatitis

  • Asthma


Legal implications

Legal implications

  • Adequately control exposure

  • Totally enclose process unless this is not reasonably practicable

  • Ensure exposure is less than the workplace exposure limit (WEL) of 0.1 mg/m3 (as nickel as an eight hour time weighted average)

  • Reduce exposure to as low a level as is reasonably practicable


Legal implications1

Legal implications

  • Prohibit eating, drinking and smoking in areas that may be contaminated

  • Clean floors, walls and other surfaces at regular intervals and whenever necessary


Legal implications2

Legal implications

  • Risk assessment that covers everything in preceding slides plus what is to be done about:

  • Monitoring exposure

  • Maintaining control measures such as local exhaust ventilation (LEV)

  • Health surveillance

  • Information, instruction and training


Inhalation exposure

Inhalation exposure


Inhalation exposure1

Inhalation exposure


Inhalation exposure2

Inhalation exposure

  • LEV issues include:

  • Ensure that the minimum freeboard is at least 150mm on existing tanks although 300mm or more is preferred

  • Check LEV plant visually at least once a week

  • Supplement the weekly tests with monthly visual observation of smoke patterns from a smoke generator


Inhalation exposure3

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Inhalation exposure


Inhalation exposure4

Inhalation exposure

  • LEV issues

  • Ensure that a competent person thoroughly examines and tests LEV plant at least once every 14 months

  • Keep a record of examinations and tests for at least five years


Inhalation exposure5

Inhalation exposure

  • Monitoring

  • A programme of air sampling and analysis will generally always be necessary where nickel plating is carried out

  • Occupational hygiene consultants can do this - directory from the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)


Inhalation exposure6

Inhalation exposure

  • Monitoring

  • Take personal air samples to compare with the WEL

  • Allow employees to see their own monitoring results

  • Retain results for at least 40 years

  • Carry out any recommendations made by your consultant


Inhalation exposure7

Inhalation exposure

  • Health surveillance

  • Appoint a responsible person to complete respiratory questionnaires

  • An occupational doctor or nurse should train the responsible person

  • Questionnaires should be completed pre-employment, after six weeks, after six months and then annually


Inhalation exposure8

Inhalation exposure

  • Information, instruction and training

  • Information, instruction and training are a key part of your health risk management and without them the measures implemented as a result of your risk assessment will not be fully effective

  • Best delivered as toolbox talks or “classroom style”


Dermal exposure

Dermal exposure


Dermal exposure1

Dermal exposure

  • Control measures

  • Pump rather than pouring liquid tank additions

  • Restrict access to the plating line

  • Provide impermeable, easy-to-clean work surfaces

  • Pump rather than pouring liquid tank additions


Dermal exposure2

Dermal exposure

  • Control measures

  • Deal with spills immediately - preferably using a suction device

  • Use top sprays to rinse the work on the flight bar to reduce the build up of nickel salts


Dermal exposure3

Dermal exposure


Dermal exposure4

Dermal exposure

  • Gloves


Dermal exposure5

Dermal exposure

  • Health surveillance

  • Appoint a responsible person to carry out skin checks

  • An occupational doctor or nurse should train the responsible person

  • Inspect hands, forearms, face and neck at least every month and administer an annual questionnaire


Dermal exposure6

Dermal exposure

  • Information, instruction and training

  • Very important

  • Consider summarising and documenting the key points, laminating the resulting page or pages and displaying them at appropriate points in the plating shop


To summarise

To summarise

  • Successful management of the health risks associated with nickel exposure in electroplating requires an holistic or multifactorial approach

  • Read the guidance


Main cause of allergic contact dermatitis is nickel

Main cause of allergic contact dermatitis is nickel

Much of this results from body piercing using cheap jewellery


Any questions

Any Questions?


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