January 19, 2007 11:28 ET

HSE withdraws transport guidance in face of industry opposition

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 19, 2007) -

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced the withdrawal of guidance on transporting paper in spite of opposition from Amicus.

"Transporting paper safely: Guidance for hauliers and others who transport paper and paper products" included advice in relation to securing tall paper reels, bales and palletised products on curtain-sided lorries. The industry has now been advised to refer to a Department for Transport code of practice for guidance.

Amicus will now be targeting HSE and Local Authority Inspectors to ensure they enforce the "interim guidance" they have issued.

Tony Burke, Amicus Assistant General Secretary said: "This whole process has been highly unsatisfactory. Amicus has opposed the withdrawal of this guidance on the basis it was not being replaced by any effective, alternative guidance, thus leaving our members in the industry unclear about what they should do. Although the DfT guidance has existed for some time, there is no evidence of it being enforced. In addition it only refers to the public highway and not loading/unloading operations.

"We will be advising Amicus Health & Safety Reps to approach their employers to clarify the standards that operate in their company for the loading and unloading of curtain sided vehicles. Amicus will also be ensuring that H&S Inspectors are enforcing the new guidance."

Notes to Editors

Details of the withdrawal of INDG 396 are available from the HSE website at:

Full information is available on the Amicus website at:

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