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.

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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Suppressing the fire

An effective sprinkler system can reduce a multitude of costs from fire and here, Steve Mills, BAFSA Fire & Service Co-ordinator provides the evidence. Since the very first occasion that mankind used fire to cook and keep himself warm the phenomena of fire has been the proverbial ‘double edged sword’....
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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...
More training for asbestos workers?

Is more training needed for asbestos workers?

Graham Warren, Manager at ACAD discusses the focus that is now placed on employers to ensure employees are competent to work with asbestos. With the publication of the latest Asbestos Code of Practice (ACoP) Managing and Working with Asbestos (L143), a great debate has arisen over the impact of competency. Although...
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Asbestos training – the real ‘know-how’

Terry Slater, Director of SMH Training & Scientific Services UK LTD highlights the hands-on knowledge of asbestos management that comes from the continuous development of skills. All workers who carry out work on asbestos containing materials (ACMs) using control measures and who have specific responsibilities to either site, set-up, operate or...
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The voice for fire engineering

Martin Duggan, General Manager at the FIA outlines the launch of the new Fire Engineering Council and the key concerns they intend to address. Fire engineering needs a voice. As a profession it is still fairly new (30+ years) compared to other construction professions, and it is time that it stood...
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A window to safety

The NHBC Techzone provide guidance for the appropriate requirements for the fitting of French windows. All designers, builders and building control professionals are familiar with the Building Regulations and the Approved Documents which support the functional requirements, and desired outcomes set by them. However, there are more than a few areas...

Asbestos victims to get increased compensation

The government is increasing payments from £115,000 to £123,000 for a new compensation scheme starting in April. Victims of the fatal asbestos-induced cancer mesothelioma who can’t trace a liable employer or an employers’ liability insurer will soon be able to apply for compensation packages worth an average of £123,000. The...

Plan and prepare

The Environment Agency explains how communities can take steps to prepare for flooding. Flooding can be devastating and it poses a risk to life, property and vehicles and can force people out of their homes. December 2013 was the stormiest since records began and was followed by further gales and extensive...
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Avoiding an asbestos breach

Graham Warren ACAD Manager, details the challenges facing local authorities in the management of asbestos. When it comes to the management of asbestos, local authorities (LAs) and similar organisations are in an unenviable position. Issues are varied, and include a huge variety of buildings under their control as well as...

Health and safety training provision

Over 25 years providing effective and efficient health and safety advice and training to the construction industry and others. Callsafe Services Limited has been providing health and safety advice, assistance and training to our clients, and our clients’ projects, since 1987. Our clients have included many central and local government...

The real cost of workplace bullying

Dr Lynda Shaw, a chartered psychologist discusses the effects workplace bullying has on businesses. The crippling effects of workplace bullying, which is rife in the UK but often goes unnoticed and unreported, is taking an immeasurable toll on our workforce.  With one fifth of all UK employees experiencing some form...

Drop in workplace major injuries

Figures published today by the Heath and Safety Executive show an 11 per cent drop in major injuries for 2012/13 compared to 2011/12. The provisional statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that in Britain between April 2012 and March 2013: 19,707 major injuries such as amputations, fractures...

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