Non-Compliance Does Not Pay

Back in October 2015, the introduction of sentencing guidelines for environmental penalties meant that it was only a matter of time before companies were found guilty of breaching the law and that these companies would be hit hard. A water utilities company was fined £1 million following a guilty plea to two pollution offences.  The …

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Too Busy To Get Systems In Place? Want Recognised Accreditation to Win Contracts?

What could Hawksafe do for you? Assist in PQQ’s and gaining accreditations such as CHAS, Construction line and Achilles. Provide you with training ranging from first aid to face-fit and asbestos awareness and food safety. Write job-specific RAMS for you. Assist in compliance with regulations such as CDM including as acting as principal designer.  Help …

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Green Progress

Many businesses have started producing annual reports detailing their progress on a range of environmental parameters eg. carbon emissions, recycling, waste generation, energy, water and using renewable energy. However, in a number of instances more effort has been put into the presentation than the fact finding.  One study of 4000 reports found them littered with inaccurate …

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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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Landscaping

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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Safety Goggles

By providing staff with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) this reduces the risk of harm. This is also a requirement of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPEWR). Regulation 2 of the PPEWR states that employers must assess the suitability of all PPE by taking into account the nature of the risk, working …

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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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