Freedom of information response

Closed Toilets

Publication date: 
Tuesday 10 December 2019
Request: 

1. An asset list of all current petrol and battery powered handheld machinery used within your inventory with information about the make and model numbers of units and age per machine. I would like to request that this information is focused on brush cutters, blowers, chainsaws, hedge trimmers, kombi tools, pole pruners, backpack blowers and any other handheld machinery within your assets.

1a. If the council has not purchased any new battery powered handheld outdoor machinery when the need to buy more equipment has arisen (since July 2018), what was the reason to continue purchasing petrol powered handheld machinery?

2. The total amount of fuel in litres purchased since 24th July 2018 for use in two-stroke outdoor powered equipment as listed in Information Request 1. 

3. How often are the machines listed in Information Request 1 regularly serviced ?

4. How many schools and health trusts facilities are maintained using the equipment listed in Information Request 1  for tasks such as leaf blowing, tree surgery, brush cutting and hedge trimming?

5. Do you keep records of usage of machinery for the purpose of hand arm vibration regulations, if so please can you detail the hours of usage associated with each machine as well as how many people are trained to operate these machines for council related work throughout the year?

6. Does the local authority monitor the occupational health risks associated with operator’s exposure to the inhalation of Particulate Matter (PM2.5) emissions from two-stroke machinery?

Response: 

1. Please see attached document Appendix A.

1a. We have a current contract.  We are looking at electric versions although limited at the moment due to the volume (charging points).

2. Information not held, fuel cards are not allocated to machines.

3. Serviced at manufacturers’ recommendation or as and when required.

4. None.

5. Yes Thurrock does keep records of machinery use related to operator exposure to vibration, this is collected for the operators not for each machine. Each operative that uses driven machinery is covered under the Thurrock HAV Policy and trained in the safe machine use, maintenance and HAV policy. The number of users for HAV monitoring kit is presently circa 70 for hand held machinery.

6. No Thurrock does not monitor operator exposure to Particulate Matter relating to two stroke machinery.

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Request reference:
FOI 9580