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Health and Safety

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Health and Safety Executive inspectors have been employed in the field operations division in each of the last five years, broken down by region. [81115]

Mrs. McGuire: The number of Health and Safety inspectors employed in the Field Operations Directorate for each of the last five years broken down by region are listed in the following table.

On 1 April 2005, management responsibility for 72 inspectors transferred from field operations directorate to policy group but their role remains essentially unchanged.

As at 1 April each year Scotland North West Yorkshire and North East Midlands Wales South West East South East London Total

2002

120

119

129

163

105

183

83

902

2003

110

98

108

155

144

195

86

896

2004

103

96

133

141

112

164

77

826

2005

87

86

111

133

107

168

73

765

2006

89

91

113

121

112

159

70

755


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From October 2004, we have also had a front-line force of health and safety awareness officers, numbering 97 in 2006. The proportion of front-line staff remains at 21 per cent. of HSE staff in 2006 as it was in 2005, so essentially front-line delivery remains the same.

Over the last four years, the FOD has consistently increased the proportion of time it spends on front-line activities—standing at 61 per cent. for the 2005-06 work year.

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) work on contract for overseas Governments and public bodies, (b) work on contract for overseas commercial interests and (c) collaborative work with other agencies abroad is carried out by (i) the Health and Safety Executive and (ii) the Health and Safety Laboratory; and if he will make a statement. [81940]

Mrs. McGuire: The Health and Safety Executive carries out no work under contract for overseas Governments, public bodies and commercial interests. It does, however, carry out a considerable amount of collaborative work with other agencies abroad. The principal items of such work and the agencies, etc., with whom they are done are listed in table A.

The work currently being carried out by Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) on contract for overseas Governments and public bodies and for overseas commercial interests is set out in tables B1, B2 and B3.

In addition, HSL operates the Great Britain Explosives Notified Body, which offers a service to industry throughout the world to certify explosives falling within the scope of the European Directive 93/15/EEC and the Placing on the Market and Supervision of Transfers of Explosives Regulations (POMSTER). Explosives that meet the requirements of the directive and POMSTER may be marked with the CE mark. HSL currently has 80 overseas commercial applicants for certification.

HSL collaborates with a large number of overseas laboratories, principally in the area of quality control. In addition, HSL has formal collaboration agreements in place with the following overseas organisations: Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency; Canadian Explosives Research Laboratory; Institut de Recherche Robert Sauve en Sante et en Securite du Traveil (IRSST) Canada; and the National Institute for Occupational Health of the National Health and Laboratory Service, South Africa. Together with 11 other laboratories in member states of the EU, HSL is a signatory to the Framework Agreement on the Foundation of the Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health (PEROSH); and is also a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre.

In addition to these formal collaborative arrangements, Both HSE and HSL staff also regularly exchange information with the counterparts, experts and scientists throughout the world, both in the public and private sectors.


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Table A: Collaborative work carried out by HSE with Overseas Agencies
Organisation Area of work

World Health Organisation

Health effects of exposure to static/time varying electro magnetic fields; occupational safety and health statistics.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Nuclear Energy Agency

Nuclear energy safety.

International Labour Organisation

Developing and maintaining occupational safety and health standards.

International Social Security Association: International Agriculture Section

Occupational safety and health in agriculture.

International Organisation for Standardization

International health and safety standards.

International Atomic Energy Agency

Nuclear energy safety.

United Nations Group of Experts on the Globally Harmonised System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

Classification and labelling of chemicals.

International Conference of Chief Inspectors of Explosives

Exchange of information and good practice on the regulation of explosives.

International Association of Labour Inspectorates

Exchange of information and good practice on occupational safety and health enforcement.

International Regulators' Offshore Safety Forum

Offshore occupational safety and health.

International Group of Experts on the Explosion Risk of Unstable Substances

Energetic and oxidising substances and explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics.

International Collaborative Group on Environmentally Assisted Cracking

Nuclear energy safety.

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

European Week of Safety and Health at Work, occupational safety and health statistics.

European Union Administration and Cooperation Groups

Occupational safety and health in machinery, pressure, lifts and equipment for use in explosive atmospheres.

European Commission: Eurostat

Occupational safety and health statistics.

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

Occupational safety and health statistics.

European Committee for Standardization (CEN)

Occupational health and safety standards.

European Trade Union Institute for Research, Education and Health and Safety

Collaboration to develop methodology to obtain user information for the design of tools.

European Senior Labour Inspectorate Committee

Exchange of information and good practice on occupational safety and health enforcement.

European Working Group on Reactor Dosimetry

Nuclear energy safety.

European Chemicals Bureau and competent authorities in all EU Member States

Classification, labelling and safe use of chemicals.

North Sea Offshore Authorities Forum

Offshore occupational safety and health.

French Government-Ministere des Affaires Sociales (Ministry for Social Affairs)

Developing joint policy on machinery safety issues.

German Government- Ministerium fur Umwelt und Verkehr (Ministry for Environment and Transport)

Machinery safety issues.

Dutch Government-Arbeidsinspectie Expertisecentrum

Developing procedure to deal with the application of EU Supply Directives.

Dutch State Supervision of Mines

Offshore occupational safety and health.

Danish Energy Authority Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs

Offshore occupational safety and health.

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway

Offshore occupational safety and health.

US Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Occupational safety and health in ground handling activities in air transport.

Atlantic Alliance (UK, USA, Germany, Ireland, Australia)

Occupational safety and health in quarries.



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Table B1: Work carried out by HSL on contract for overseas governments and public bodies
Organisation Area of work

European Commission

Creation and the promotion of an inclusive risk governance culture.

European Commission

Quantification and control of the hazards associated with the transport and bulk storage of fireworks.

European Commission

Handbook for approval of hydrogen refuelling stations.

European Commission

Sharing experience on risk management to design future industrial systems.

European Commission

Safety of hydrogen as an energy carrier.

European Commission

Safe production and use of nanomaterials.

Health and Safety Inspectorate, Gibraltar

Dock work safety.

Health and Safety Authority, Ireland

Exchange of information, advice and support on process safety issues.

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

Occupational health and safety research topic centre.

Institut National de I'Environment Industriel et des Risques (INERIS), France

Hydrogen safety course.

Institut Quimic de Sarria, Spain

Explosives and explosives prevention.

National Institute of Occupational Hygiene, South Africa

Assessment of measurement and analysis of chemicals.

County Wexford Garda, Ireland

Diving equipment examination.

University of Wuerzburg, Germany

Risk assessment

TNO Quality of Life, The Netherlands

Development of worked examples for exposure scenarios of biocidal products to humans.

CRP Centro para la Prevencion de Riesgos Professionales, Columbia

Urine sample analysis.


Table B2: Work carried out by HSL on contract for overseas commercial interests
Organisation Area of work

European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), Belgium

Analysis of chemicals.

The Oil Companies European Organisation for Environment, Health and Safety (CONCAWE), Belgium

Analytical support for gasoline risk assessment.

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft, Leichtenstein

Tests on two fastening tools to assist the client in self-certification.

Adisseo France SAS, France

Measurement of dustiness of one powder.

Saint Gobain Cree, France

Measurement of dustiness of three carbon powders.

Microclean Environmental Ltd, Ireland

Analysis of chemical samples.

EHS Risk Management Services, Ireland

Nitrous oxide sampling.

AB Achema, Lithuania

Testing resistance to detonation.

Borax Rotterdam NV, The Netherlands

Testing chemicals in air filter samples.


Table B3: Work carried out by HSL on contract for a consortium of overseas public bodies and commercial interests
OrganisationArea of work

Danish Gas Technology Centre, Denmark; Gastec Technology BV, The Netherlands; Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning, Norway

Group sponsored research project on area classification for secondary releases from low-pressure natural gas systems in naturally and mechanically ventilated indoor locations.


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