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FAME Health & Safety Notice – Dumpers and backfilled trenches

To help support the goal of safe working conditions for all archaeologists, FAME will be publishing Health & Safety notices for its members, and the sector at large, to learn from. These will be a mixture of instances of upcoming changes to Health & Safety regulations and incident reports, anonymously provided by FAME members. We […]

COVID Site Operating Procedures & Lifting of Restrictions from 17-26th July 2021

Over the coming weeks the countries FAME members are based in will be changing their COVID restrictions and FAME is updating our advice to members. In England, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, FAME has advised that the CLC Site Operating Procedures (https://www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Site-Operating-Procedures-Version-7.pdf) set the appropriate minimum for on-site work in England, supported by working advice produced […]

FAME briefing on bullying and harassment in UK archaeology

There have been several recent surveys on bullying and harassment in Archaeology which has shown that, while the sector is better than the NHS, we are worse than civil servants in terms of incidents in the last year. Of particular relevance to FAME members is the finding that these incidents are causing 29x more loss […]

The Official HSE Health and Safety app for SMEs

FAME would like to alert all FAME members and archaeology organisations that the Health and Safety Executive has released an a bespoke mobile app designed for small businesses or anyone new to health and safety. This app will help you to understand the law, your health and safety rights, your responsibilities and how to protect […]

Development-led Archaeology Health and Safety Injury Survey 2019-20

The results of the FAME 2019-20 Health and Safety Injury Survey are now available. The document can be downloaded here: FAME Health and Safety Injury Survey 2019-20   3 Key Findings: Significant drops in RIDDOR Injury frequency rates & Incident rates: Specified injuries: 0.21 & 42 in 2019-20 2.01 & 342 in 2018-19 Injuries resulting […]

FAME Health & Safety Notice – Traffic Management

To help support the goal of safe working conditions for all archaeologists, FAME will be publishing Health  & Safety notices for its members, and the sector at large, to learn from. These will be a mixture of instances of upcoming changes to Health & Safety regulations and incident reports, anonymously provided by FAME members. We […]

HSE’s Noise exposure calculator changes

The Health and Safety Executive has made changes to its noise exposure calculator. This tool can help you work out your daily noise exposure, weekly noise exposures, and estimate the performance of hearing protection. The updated calculator can be found on their website at: https://www.hse.gov.uk/noise/calculator.htm?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=health-noise&utm_term=exposure-calc-1&utm_content=noise-5-apr-21

Six evidence-based interventions, adapted from public health models, that archaeology organisations can adopt to measurably reduce harassment

Two new Open Access articles have been published on the topics of harassment in Archaeology:  Documenting Cultures of Harassment in Archaeology: https://doi.org/10.1017/aaq.2020.118 Disrupting Cultures of Harassment in Archaeology: https://doi.org/10.1017/aaq.2021.19 In addition, the author, Barbara Voss, has also posted a blog article with six evidence-based interventions, adapted from public health models, that archaeology organisations can adopt […]

Making your workplace COVID-secure during the coronavirus pandemic

The Health and Safety Executive has created an overview of the things you should do to help make your work and workplace COVID-secure. Essentially, a list of all the relevant guidance. This is for employers, but workers and the self-employed and FAME recommends all members look at it to ensure you are undertaking best practices: […]

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