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MPA publishes new best-practice guide

Avoiding Contact with Moving Machinery and Isolation

Mineral Products Association launches ‘Guide to Avoiding Contact with Moving Machinery and Isolation’

THE Mineral Products Association (MPA) has published a new guide, ‘Avoiding Contact with Moving Machinery and Isolation’, to assist supervisors and managers on site.

The MPA’s Health & Safety Committee identified contact with moving machinery and isolation (including stored energy) as one of ‘The Fatal 6’ high-consequence hazards that have been the main cause of fatalities over the last decade.

By consolidating industry best practice and guidance, raising awareness using a variety of media including apps, developing useable tools for reducing risk and doing all these exceptionally well with an uncompromising approach, the Health & Safety Committee, supported by MPA’s Board and Council, believes that the industry could potentially reduce up to 75% of its most serious health and safety incidents.

The 171-page A5 guide has been prepared by the MPA and supports other industry technical guidance.

The narrative and practical examples have been taken from the significant amount of materials received from MPA members, both large and small, after a request to share best practice on this subject.

The publication complements the pocket size ‘Guide to Energy Isolation and LOTOTO’ and accompanying posters and stickers that were widely distributed to members earlier this year.

By embracing the MPA principles of ‘Safer by Sharing’ and maximizing the distribution and use of these materials, everyone can help reduce the risk of another ‘Fatal 6’ incident occurring. This approach forms part of a wider industry campaign supported by the Strategic Forum for Health & Safety.

Hard copies of the new guide are available at cost plus p&p, at £5.50 + VAT each for MPA members, £6.50 + VAT each for non-members. Sample copies will be sent to nominated representatives and key committee members with an order form. The information will also be sent electronically. A PDF copy of the guide can be downloaded below.

Nigel Jackson, chief executive of the Mineral Products Association, said: ‘The MPA’s Health and Safety Committee has worked hard over the last 10 years, recently developing the ‘four Ps’ of Safety Management (people, plant, process and performance) to support supervisors and managers on site.

‘The information in this document has been taken from a range of materials that were received from MPA members after a request for sharing best practice. I would like to thank all those that contributed with the singular uncompromising objective to reduce the risk of contact with moving machinery.

‘I hope this new guide will prove to be as successful as our earlier ‘LOTOTO guide’, which has now reached around 40,000 users in recent months, and our popular Driver’s Handbook, which has reached more than 60,000 users.

‘Collectively, these publications and the behaviours they can influence can contribute to major improvements in industry performance and cultural change.’

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