As part of the Construction Working Well Together events arranged by the Birmingham Health, Safety & Environment Association (BHSEA) and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), we are pleased to announce that SATS Ltd are delivering two taster sessions each of 2 hours to be held in Birmingham of the 29th November & 6th December. These are specifically aimed at Proprietors/Managers of small contractors who need to plan, set up & manage small Construction Sites for works such as refurbishment and maintenance. Please see the flyer and booking form (bookings on a first come, first served basis via firstname.lastname@example.org and limited to two per Company).
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative throughout October 2018. This initiative will focus on health, in particular the measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts when carrying out common construction tasks.
Priority is often given to safety but thousands more workers suffer ill-health at work than are harmed by at-work accidents. Asbestos and dust are ‘slow killers’. HSE estimates that annually there are around 8,000 work-related cancer deaths a year. The construction industry accounts for around 3,500 of these with asbestos and silica the major causes. Construction businesses and workers need to be aware of how dangerous and hazardous to someone’s health such substances can be.
HSE inspectors will be looking to ensure those involved with construction projects know the risks, properly plan their work and use the right controls. Where poor standards are found, enforcement action will be taken. Work right and Go Home Healthy.
The Mock Trial will help you and your employees understand the law enforcement process and how companies and their people from senior management down can get caught up and caught out. Knowing how it works and what is involved can help you prepare and protect your interests if a serious health and safety incident were to occur. However, prevention is best!
The case involves a fall from height, something that could occur in virtually any and every business. Whose acts or omissions will be found to have contributed to the accident? Who will be found guilty? What will the penalties be? Will anyone go to prison?"
To book, copy this into you web browser: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bhsea-annual-seminar-mock-trail-tickets-42627126884
BHSEA has published its Programme of events for 2018 - see below:
The free event run Under the Working Well Together Campaign on Tuesday 11th July 2017 looked at issues and developments relating to Scaffolding and Work at Height, with presentations / sessions on items such as: what the HSE looks for when they visit site and the very real human cost if things go wrong which is what we are all looking to avoid; information on tool tethering (with some scary videos on what can happen to a hard hat when tools drop from height showing why it is important); plenty of information regarding scaffolding (with a practical inspection exercise); tower scaffold and Podium demonstrations; other lower level solutions mainly used by bricklayers; what to look for when purchasing harnesses and inspection requirements; and safe ladder usage.
From the scaffolding perspective, there are a few key documents that must be kept on site - a copy of the Scaffold Design or TG20 Compliance Sheet (unless it is a 'System Scaffold' in which case something confirming that would be good); Signed Handover Certificate; and Completed inspection records (inspections to be done by a Competent person every 7 days - good practice is also to attach Scafftags or similar to the scaffold). Not having any of these could lead to HSE actions against you.
Now that the HSE charge for their time to deal with "Non-Compliance's", it is more important then ever to take our advice, follow the good practice we encourage & above all plan your work carefully. IF YOU ARE COMPLIANT THERE ARE NO HSE FEES-We can help with preventative measures to avoid non-compliance which will keep people Healthy & Safe too!