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.

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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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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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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.