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HSE Construction Health Inspection Initiative – October 2020

October 2020 will see HSE carrying out its latest construction health inspection initiative with health and safety inspectors targeting construction sites across Great Britain. Details of the Initiative: The initiative will run from Monday 5 – Friday 30 October As Continue reading →

COVID Site Guidance Update September 2020

CITB have issued a suite of documents to be used on site to assist with the management and control of COVID 19. This checklist is designed to be used to ensure compliance with current guidance on protecting your workforce on Continue reading →

Making your workplace COVID safe

Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Social distancing and making your workplace COVID-secure HSE has produced guidance on social distancing in the workplace, with details on common areas, workstations, movement around buildings and more. Find out more below or Continue reading →

HSE Spotchecks for COVID Compliance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is out conducting spot inspections on businesses checking they are working right and are COVID-secure. HSE is checking that businesses are aware of the Safer Workplace guidance and advising where necessary on improvements needed Continue reading →

COVID 19 CLC Site Operating Procedures V5 Update

Site Operating Procedures V5   The Site Operating Procedures have been updated by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) to reflect the latest Government guidance following the easing of lock-down measures in England from Saturday 4 July.   The ‘one metre plus’ Continue reading →

HSE issues safety alert against using KN95 facemask as PPE

HSE issues safety alert against using KN95 face mask as PPE The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning against the use of KN95 facemasks as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). A safety alert has been issued urging all employers and Continue reading →

Air suspension systems on vehicles

Air suspension systems on vehicles Introduction HSE have investigated several serious incidents involving air suspension systems on vehicles. The two main causes are collapse of inadequately supported vehicles and unintended rupture or release of components from the air suspension system. Continue reading →

Working Safely During COVID 19

Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak Assessing Risk As an employer, you must protect people from harm. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect your workers and others from coronavirus. In your risk assessment you must: Identify what work activity Continue reading →

SAFETY ALERT – ALCOHOL BASED HAND SANITIZER

A Safety Alert has been issued by Highways England following an incident involving alcohol based hand sanitizer. A gas transport employee used alcohol based hand sanitizer as recommended during the COVID-19 pandemic. The person then touched a metal surface before Continue reading →

Working Safely with Metal Working Fluids

Working safely with metalworking fluids  During processes such as machining, grinding and milling, individuals working with metalworking fluids as part of their day-to-day role risk developing a host of respiratory illnesses, which is why it is important for organisations to Continue reading →

HSE ISSUES SOCIAL DISTANCING WARNING TO EMPLOYERS

The HSE has published guidance on social distancing, keeping businesses open and in-work activities during the coronavirus outbreak Social distancing In these extraordinary times, the HSE is constantly reviewing the fast-moving situation with their partners across government to support the Continue reading →

EXAMPLE RISK ASSESSMENT: CARRYING OUT CONSTRUCTION TYPE ACTIVITIES, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS – CONSIDERING THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH REGARDS TO EXPOSURE TO AND TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19

We have created an example risk assessment for our clients’ use, for the carrying out of construction type activities, maintenance and repairs – considering the current situation with regards to exposure to and transmission of COVID-19. To access and download Continue reading →

RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19

You must only make a report under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) when: an unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a Continue reading →

Carrying out thorough examination and testing of lifting and pressure equipment during the coronavirus outbreak

HSE recognises the potential challenges when carrying out legal requirements for thorough examination and testing (TE&T) of plant and equipment as a result of additional precautions people need to take to help reduce risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Continue reading →

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Site Operating Procedures Version 3 Published

Site Operating Procedures Protecting Your Workforce During Coronavirus (Covid-19) This guidance is intended to introduce consistent measures on construction sites of all types and sizes in line with the Government’s recommendations on social distancing and ensure employers and individuals make Continue reading →

EXAMPLE RISK ASSESSMENT FOR COVID-19 IN WORKPLACES

HSENI has produced an example risk assessment which shows the kind of approach HSENI expects a small business or workplace to take when carrying out a risk assessment for COVID-19 in the workplace. Click on the link below to access Continue reading →

FIRE SAFETY WARNING AS MILLIONS WORK FROM HOME

Firefighters are issuing urgent #StayHomeStaySafe advice as millions of people complete their first full week of working from home amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. The majority of city office workers have now stopped commuting following Government advice to avoid all but Continue reading →

COVID-19: construction briefing – 24 March

The following briefing has been produced in collaboration between the Association for Consultancy & Engineering, Build UK, Chartered Institute of Building, CITB, Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Construction Products Association, Federation of Master Builders, and Institution of Civil Engineers, as part Continue reading →

Fit testing face masks to avoid transmission: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Respiratory protective equipment Tight-fitting respirators (such as disposable FFP3 masks and reusable half masks) rely on having a good seal with the wearer’s face. A face fit test should be carried out to ensure the respiratory protective equipment (RPE) can Continue reading →

COMPANY FINED AFTER WORKER FALLS FROM UNPROTECTED LANDING AND SUFFERS BROKEN HIP

A construction company has been fined after a painter and decorator fell from an unprotected landing on the second floor of a house. The Court heard that the employee suffered life changing injuries when he fell from a second floor Continue reading →

COSHH – EH40/2005 WORKPLACE EXPOSURE LIMITS REVISION PUBLISHED

On 17 January 2020 HSE published a revised version of EH40/2005 ‘Workplace exposure limits’. This has been updated in order to implement amendments to the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (2004/37/EC) which introduces or revises 13 binding occupational exposure limit values Continue reading →

COMPANY FINED £50,000 AFTER VEHICLE STRUCK AN OVERHEAD POWER CABLE

A stone merchant has been fined for safety breaches after a vehicle made contact with an uninsulated overhead electric power line. The court heard that in July 2018, a wagon delivering materials to the company’s ready-mix plant was directed to Continue reading →

Amputation after glove was entangled on rotating drill

An architectural metalwork company has been fined after an employee suffered a serious hand injury on a pedestal drill. In August 2018, an employee, who was an apprentice, suffered an amputation injury to his right-hand middle finger whilst operating a Continue reading →

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION FINED £600,000 AFTER FIVE EMPLOYEES DEVELOPED HAND ARM VIBRATION SYNDROME (HAVS)

A property management and development organisation has been fined after five employees developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). The Court heard that between 2009 and 2014 five employees of the company used vibrating powered tools to carry out grounds maintenance Continue reading →

DUMPERS/MOBILE PLANT AND VEHICLES GUIDANCE – CONSTRUCTION COMPANY FINED AFTER DUMPER TRUCK OVERTURNS AND FATALLY INJURES WORKER

A leading construction company has been fined following an incident in which a worker was killed when a dumper truck overturned. The court heard that in October 2016, a groundworker working for the construction company, was manoeuvring a 9T front Continue reading →

UPDATE: REVISED HSE GUIDANCE ON EXPOSURE TO WELDING FUME

In February 2019 HSE issued a safety alert to inform industry of a change in relation to the control expectations for exposure to welding fume including that from mild steel welding. This followed new scientific evidence from the International Agency Continue reading →

CONTROL OF WELDING FUME: HSE TARGETED INSPECTION OF ENGINEERING & FABRICATION SITES TO COMMENCE JANUARY 2020

Following the strengthening of enforcement expectation for all welding fume (including mild steel) in February of this year (see safety bulletin http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/mild-steel-welding-fume.htm), HSE Inspectors will be carrying out visits to engineering and fabrication sites between January and March 2020, ensuring Continue reading →

IS HEALTH SURVEILLANCE REQUIRED IN YOUR WORKPLACE?

Is health surveillance required in your workplace? Risk assessment and controls (first part of the health surveillance cycle .) The starting point is your risk assessment. Through this you will have found out the hazards in your workplace, identified who is Continue reading →

THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING TRAINING RECORDS

This year two cases brought before the court illustrated how the availability of training and other records can influence the likelihood of a prosecution after an accident. In August 2019 Volvo Group UK was fined £13,333 after it pleaded guilty Continue reading →

HSE CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION INITIATIVE – 7TH OCT TO 1ST NOV 2019

Between 7 October – 1 November, HSE will be carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative. This will continue the focus on health, in particular the measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by asbestos, silica, Continue reading →

Electrical safety in construction – breaches on construction sites up by 31%

The British Safety Group (BSG) has reported a 31% increase in electricity breaches on construction sites. The report was based on 20,000 independent site inspections carried out in the first six months of 2019, compared with the first six months Continue reading →

Hand-arm vibration exposure calculator and publication updated

HSE has made updates to a hand-arm vibration (HAV) publication and tool. Find out more below. Hand-arm vibration exposure calculator HSE has made updates to our hand-arm vibration (HAV) exposure calculator. HSE’s HAV exposure calculator helps estimate and record workers’ Continue reading →

STOP USE & PRODUCT RECALL – 3M SELF-RETRACTING LIFELINES

Issue Date: 25/07/2019 On July 25, 2019, 3M Fall Protection announced an immediate stop use and product recall of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ edge and the Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ Wrap Back Self-Retracting Lifelines. 3M determined that in a fall and under certain conditions, the Continue reading →

Provision of welfare facilities during construction work – construction firm prosecuted due to inadequate welfare facilities on site

A construction company has been prosecuted after failing to ensure suitable welfare facilities were provided for workers on site. The Court heard that the company had been issued with multiple Improvement Notices, following an inspection by a Health and Safety Continue reading →

Plasterboard manual handling aids

Plasterboard manual handling aids and factors helping and hindering the practicability of their application (HSE research report) Introduction Handling and installing plasterboard represents a moderate to high level of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) risk. This is predominantly due to the weight Continue reading →

Preventing unauthorised access onto scaffolding and other work platforms

Issue Date: 11/07/2018 Introduction Scaffolding on all construction sites, but especially in residential areas, can seem like an inviting playground for children – who do not have the ability to perceive danger in the same way as adults.  Clients and Continue reading →

Tower Crane, Slew Brakes and Release Mechanism Maintenance

Issue Date: December 2018 Introduction: HSE is investigating the collapse of a tower crane jib in high wind.  The precursors of the incident are not fully determined at this point but investigations to date suggest that problems with adequate maintenance Continue reading →

Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume

Issue Date: February 2019 Introduction: There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans. The Workplace Health Expert Committee Continue reading →

Platform Lifts (vertical lifting platforms or lifts for people with impaired mobility). Risk of falls from height to employees/workers and members of the public.

Issue Date: 18/03/2019 Introduction: This Safety Notice is aimed at: companies providing maintenance of platform lifts (vertical lifting platforms) and owners/operators of such platform lifts used by people with impaired mobility, installed at their premises.   Information is provided for Continue reading →

Suspended sentence and electronic tag for scaffolder who verbally abused a Health and Safety Executive inspector

A scaffolder who verbally abused an HSE inspector has been handed a suspended prison sentence and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring tag. He was erecting scaffold on the front of a house for installation of solar roof panels when Continue reading →

HSE safety alert – use of ICAR capacitors in uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems

Target audience: All users of industrial uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems including, but not limited to, the chemical industry, energy industry, offshore oil and gas production and other users of high capacity electrical capacitors in industrial equipment. Affected capacitors are Continue reading →

Advice for employers – company and director sentenced after multiple workers diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)

A company providing specialised services in rock drilling, cliff stabilisation and rock anchors, and its director, have been sentenced after a number of workers were diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). The Court heard how three employees had developed Continue reading →