Health & Safety News

Health & Safety are obvious worries across all of the UK’s industries, but it’s of particular significance within the construction industry because it tops the UK industry with a fatality rate four times higher than the rate across all other sectors.
A few of the main hazards that are encountered on a typical construction site include: Working at Height, moving objects, slips, Trips & Falls, noise/acoustics, Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), and asbestos.
Within the Health & Safety news category, you will find a culmination of articles and features centring around health and safety breaches within the construction industry and how the HSE deals with such breaches, you will also discover informative pieces to help ensure your company doesn't have an accident, and many many more stories.

New private sector regulations miss electrical danger

New regulations miss electrical danger

Phil Buckle, Director General at the campaigning charity Electrical Safety First explains why the government’s response to the review of the Private Rented Sector lost an opportunity to protect both landlords and tenants Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, recently announced that private sector landlords will be required to install smoke alarms...
CDM2015 and domestic projects

CDM2015 and domestic projects

James Ritchie of The Association for Project Safety answers the questions most raised about the new CDM Regulations with regard to domestic projects… The phone line has been red hot since the beginning of the year. Everyone wants to know the implications of the new CDM Regulations; what they mean...
A smoke alarm victory

A smoke alarm victory

Graham Ellicot, CEO of the Fire Industry Association details the long campaign to ensure that smoke alarms are installed in all privately rented homes… In May 2011 I attended a seminar in the Palace of Westminster given by Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service (FRS) to the ‘All Party...
CDM2015 – a new era of construction health and safety?

CDM2015 – a new era of construction health and safety?

James Ritchie of The Association for Project Safety highlights some potential issues arising from the new CDM Regulations regarding the client’s duties to ensure proper health and safety in construction projects. By the time you read this, the Health and Safety Executive will have published their final draft of the...
Confidence in managing asbestos

Confidence in managing asbestos

Managing asbestos is a key health and safety concern, but we can have confidence in trained and certified professionals to deal with this hazardous substance say UKAS, the UK’s national accreditation body. Many years ago, asbestos was considered to be the latest wonder material for its high resistance to heat...
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Planning for asbestos removal

The importance of planning for asbestos in construction work cannot be underestimated. Tracey Boyle – Chartered Occupational Hygienist and current Honorary Secretary of BOHS outlines many of the pitfalls in failing to plan for asbestos removal… Often, when acting as an expert witness in civil litigation in relation to asbestos...
Following on from the HSE’s CDM 2007 consultation, Olswang LLP have submitted an umbrella response to the proposed changes.

CDM 2007 revision: An industry reaction

Following on from the HSE’s CDM 2007 consultation, Olswang LLP have submitted an umbrella response to the proposed changes. Here, Senior Associate Alexandra Lavery outlines the concerns raised by their respondents… The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is required to regularly review the effectiveness of the Construction (Design and Management)...
The safe approach for mobile elevating work platforms

Safe approach for mobile elevating work platforms

Operating safely when working at height is a dangerous occupation, but with good management and training, working on mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) can be safe says Berlinda Nadarajan of IPAF. Work at height is by nature a dangerous thing. Falls from height are the largest cause of fatal accidents...
The fire safety competency challenge

The fire safety competency challenge

The fire sector has responded to questions raised by Brandon Lewis, former Fire Minister, at a recent conference. Here, Graham Ellicott, CEO of the Fire Industry Association (FIA) provides an overview of the discussions. The opening address at a recent ‘fire event’ in the Palace of Westminster was given by...
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Asbestos in schools: time for better management?

The latest Health and Safety Executive advice is that schools should identify, protect and manage asbestos-containing materials. Planning and Building Control Today assesses the current thinking. In 2013, the Committee on Carcinogenicity (CoC) confirmed that children are more vulnerable to asbestos exposure than adults, as they have a longer time...

The height of roof safety

Paul Haxell, Chair of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Construction Group outlines the risks of working at height and what mitigation steps should be taken. There continues to be a high level of fatalities caused by falls within the construction industry, according to the latest Health and...
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The New Construction Health and Safety Manual

The cornerstone to your compliance. Helping you comply with health and safety legislation and promoting good practice. The No 1 bestselling Construction Health & Safety Manual is changing. Written by Health and Safety Directors and Advisors who represent a wide cross section of the UK’s leading construction companies and clients,...

CDM Regulations 2015: Better safety for all?

The revised CDM proposals have been debated and analysed by many in the industry. Here, James Ritchie, Head of Corporate Affairs at The Association for Project Safety examines the revisions in addition to what they should mean for the smaller contractor. Throughout the months of April and May the Health...
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Fire performance of timber stairs

New guidance from NHBC provides builders, designers and regulators with possible solutions for stairs in residential buildings where building regulations calls for them to be constructed from materials of limited combustibility. Approved Document B (Volume 2 clause 5.19) recommends that in residential buildings over three storeys with a single escape...

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