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FEATURE


1989 Noise at Work The Noise at Work Regulations,


1985 RIDDOR


The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences


Regulations 1985, commonly known as RIDDOR, require a 'responsible person' to notify the enforcing


authority where a person dies or sustains any injuries or specific medical conditions, or where a


dangerous occurrence takes place in connection with a work activity.


1988 COSHH


The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations,


generally referred to as the COSHH Regulations, were introduced to


protect the health of people arising from work activities. Under the


Regulations, employers must carry out a risk assessment to ensure that employees are not exposed to


substances which will be hazardous to their health.


Piper Alpha A series of catastrophic explosions


occurred on the Piper Alpha offshore platform on the evening of 6th July


1988. Of the 226 people on board the Piper Alpha platform, 165 died. The HSE’s Offshore Division was later


established at the recommendation of Lord Cullen’s Inquiry into the Piper Alpha offshore


established in 1989, stipulate that 'Every employer shall reduce the risk of damage to the hearing of his employees from exposure to


noise to the lowest level reasonably practicable'. Where employees are exposed to noise, adequate ear protection must be provided and ear protection zones set up where


necessary. The regulations left PPE manufacturers jumping for joy.


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