These reports are made available by the Health and Safety Executive. Neither the Executive, nor the contractors assume any liability for the reports nor do they necessarily reflect the views of the Executive.
All the reports listed below are in PDF format.
- Workplace health connect in rural areas [2.6MB]
Research report presenting the findings of a study to provide evidence to ensure that the needs of employers and employees in rural areas are incorporated into any future planning for the Workplace Health Connect service.
- Powertrain Occupational Respiratory Disease Outbreak: Report of Immunological Investigation MU/06/01
Powertrain Limited produced engine components in aluminium and cast iron. In March 2004, HSE was informed by Birmingham Heartlands Chest Clinic of a number of cases of extrinsic allergic alveolitis in Powertrain employees prompting further investigation. By March 2006 the cases of probable and definite work-related respiratory disease had reached 1021 mainly of occupational asthma (OA) and extrinsic allergic alveolitis (EAA).
- Analysis of Slips, Trips and Falls in the UK Printing and Publishing Industries, 2002-2003.
Report Number PED/04/09
The aim of this piece of work was to analyse the 2002 to 2003
RIDDOR reportable slip and trip accidents for printing and publishing. In the Printing industry between 2002 and 2003 25% of reportable injuries were caused by slips
and trips. If only major injuries are considered, slips and trips account for 41% of injuries.
- Summary report of a survey to
investigate the use of antifouling products (AFOs) in UK freshwaters
Report produced by HSE’s Biocide and Pesticide Unit based on the results of a survey undertaken by Applied Management Techniques.
- Professional operator practices – A site survey of timber treatment businesses in the UK utilising brush, dipping and spraying application methods
Investigates the operating practices at timber treatment sites concerned with brush, roller, spraying, dipping and irrigation applications of wood preservatives, to identify potential losses to the environment.
- Catalogue of OSD and HID Offshore Research by Key Human Factor Elements – 2002 Revision
Originally published in 1999 this catalogue has now been updated (2002).
- UK offshore public transport helicopter safety record (1976 – 2002)
Produces a safety record of UK offshore helicopter operations and makes
comparisons with other modes of transport.
- Implications for the assessment of existing fixed steel structures of proposed ISO 13819-2 member strength formulations [8MB]
A study to determine the likely consequences for existing structures of introducing the member strength formulations proposed for the new ISO fixed steel structures standard.
- Evaluation of simulation based design tools for the construction industries - final report
Evaluates the use of virtual reality and simulation tools in design packages to assist in health and safety risk assessment and risk reduction in the design process.
- Generic modification of compressed oxygen self-rescuers for use in compressed air tunnels at pressures of 0.0 to 3.5 bar gauge (U)
A range of techniques has been used to provide breathing apparatus for use during normobaric tunnelling operations. Tunnelling work may also be conducted at elevated pressures up to 3.5 bar gauge; currently available respiratory protection systems are not appropriate for these operations due to limited endurance and the toxic effect of oxygen at elevated inspired partial pressure.
- Establishment and management of focus groups to establish the optimum methods of communication with a view to encouraging changed behaviours on chemical related health and safety issues
To understand what tools Micro Firms in 4 key sectors need to help them protect their employees from the ill effects of working with hazardous substances.
- Successful interventions with hard to reach groups
contains information and
recommendations about identifying hard to reach groups, and the ingredients of
- Worker participation in health & safety
A review of Australian provisions for worker health & safety representation.
- Work related upper limb pain syndromes
- origins and management - [2MB]
Report on a research priorities workshop hosted by the institute of Occupational Health -
University of Birmingham.
- A review of diagnostic criteria for work-related upper limb disorders
Work related upper limb disorder is a collective term for an heterogeneous group of soft
tissue disorders thought to have arisen as a result of work involving repeated use or
- A review of diagnostic
criteria for work related upper limb disorders
The term upper limb disorder encompasses a variety of musculoskeletal problems, affecting the
tissues of the hand, wrist, arm and shoulder. Such problems are relatively common in the general
population. Regarding the workplace, WRULD is an umbrella term for conditions thought to
be caused by exposure in the workplace.
- The role and interaction of occupational risk factors and generalised susceptibility to osteoarthritis of the knee. A case control investigation (1 of 2)
- The role and interaction of occupational risk factors and generalised susceptibility to osteoarthritis of the knee. A case control investigation (2 of 2) [2.1MB]
- The effect of thermoplastic melt flow behaviour on the dynamics of fire growth
Extract from PhD thesis by Jo Sherratt B Eng, MSc
- Lines of defence/layers of protection analysis in the
This report considers a number of risk assessment techniques
using the Line of Defence / Layer of Protection concept and their usefulness in the COMAH
- A simplified approach to estimating individual risk
Describes a simplified method of calculating individual risk. The method described is a development of other semi-quantitative approaches such as the risk matrix or Layer of Protection Analysis. The method may be useful in the context of performing risk assessments for the purposes of preparing safety reports under COMAH.
- Controlling Risks Around Explosives Stores
Prior to the Manufacture and Storage Regulations 2005 (MSER), a review of the requirements on separations distances around explosives stores was undertaken. This review was carried out on behalf of HSE under the auspices of a working group set up by the Health and Safety Commission’s Advisory Committee on Dangerous Substances (ACDS). The working group drew together experts from the Industry, MoD and HSE as well as local authority associations.