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Scaffolding Guidance

The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation has reissued its guidance on preventing falls (Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations).  It has been revised several times and has influential results of its standards, in that scaffolders now use fall protection harnesses and lanyards when erecting and dismantling scaffolding. The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation say that as …

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If you are planning to carry out some major landscaping works eg. moving earth, paths, wall construction or planting then as a client you must:- Ensure that you employ a competent contractor. Check that they plan to work safely. Monitor their work to make sure that the site and work activities remain safe. Remember you …

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Skin Exposure

The HSE has updated its guidance on its 2009 ‘Managing risks of skin exposure at work’.  There has been some rearrangement of the contents, plus:- References to revoked legislation on chemical packaging have been removed. There is no longer a detailed summary of legislation which applies to the subject. A new appendix shows the standard …

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Asbestos Issues

If you have the responsibility for repair and maintenance of premises you must identify asbestos containing materials (ACMs) and ensure that they are properly maintained.  This duty is described in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR).  Although CAR came into force in 2012 the responsibility to identify and manage ACMs was first communicated in …

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Flood Action

Flood Action

The Environment Agency suggests there are 260,000 business units employing 3.2 million people which are located in flood areas. As we are aware the EA is investing heavily in flood defences because of the effects of climate change.  Obviously, Cumbria is the evidence of how devastating these floods are. A case highlighted in the EA’s …

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New Electrical Guidance From HSE

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR) is one of the oldest pieces of legislation still in effect. The guidance has not been amended since 2007. The purpose of the EAWR is to prevent death or personal injury from electrical causes connected with work activities. This covers: Construction of electrical systems, including strength, safety during …

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Weak Scaffold Boards Are A Major Concern In The Construction Industry

In September 2015 the HSE in Northern Ireland issued a Safety Alert on substandard boards. It describes how the boards failed: The boards did not meet strength criteria before putting into use. The boards have been damaged and not withdrawn from use. The boards have become distorted. The boards have been attacked by insects or …

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