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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Q&A - is our project notifiable to the HSE?
    Q&A - is our project notifiable to the HSE?..Q. We are having some construction work done and because it’s quite a large project we have been told that we should inform the HSE. Is this right and if so how do we go about it? A. If your project is expected to involve more than 30 working days and have 20 or more workers on site at any one time, or it is expected to exceed 500 person days then it is “notifiable”. This means that you as the client have a duty to notify a construction project to the HSE...
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety Documents - Safe methods of work on site
    Our updated method statement document makes it easier than ever to define how to complete a construction-related task. How should you use it?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety Documents - Q&A - must we do a method statement?
    Q&A - must we do a method statement?..Q. We have been told that we need to prepare a method statement for every job we do on site. Is this really necessary and, if so, how much detail do we need to go into? A. The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 do not specifically mention a requirement to prepare a Method Statement . However, they do state that in most instances you should formalise your safe systems of work. As preparing a method statement ticks this box, it seems reasonable that this...
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety Documents - Q&A - what safety issues must we cover?
    Q&A - what safety issues must we cover?..Q. We are just about to begin a new construction project. What are the key safety issues that we must address before we get started? A. Your legal duties are detailed in the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 . This legislation covers all construction projects. We have developed a new Site Setup Checklist that identifies the key issues that must be covered to comply with your legal duties. This includes making sure that the site is secure; you have...
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety Documents - Making sure your site is set up correctly
    When you start a construction project, there are many issues to consider - not least of which is ticking the health and safety boxes. To ensure that you don’t overlook anything important, use our new checklist.
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety Documents - Keep track of who’s on site
    If you’re running a construction project, it’s important that you know who is on site at any time. Manage this process with our new signing in book.
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety Documents - Q&A - should we get contractors to sign in?
    Q&A - should we get contractors to sign in?..Q. We have a number of contractors working on our premises completing a refurbishment project. Should we keep track of who is on site and when and, if so, how should we do this? A. Although there’s no explicit duty to count contractors in and out, it’s certainly worth doing so. Not only will the information be useful in the event of an emergency, but it will also help you to manage issues such as ensuring everyone on the site has attended a safety induction....
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Bemused builders blocked the wrong flue
    Residents in a 13-storey building were left in serious danger after two construction companies failed to manage risks appropriately. What went wrong and what could they have done differently?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety Documents - Q&A - how often should we do site audits?
    Q&A - how often should we do site audits?..Q. We’ve been told that we should be completing site audits on a regular basis. What does this really mean? A. As construction sites move forward at such a pace, it’s important to keep a close eye on them at all times. There is no need to fill in forms every day, but there is value in completing a formal Compliance Audit - Site at least once a month. This will help you to keep a timeline of compliance standards throughout your project. What to cover? During...
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety Documents - Requesting information from your construction client
    Construction work clients should proactively send out pre-construction information, but what should you do as a contractor if they don’t know this? Rather than struggle on, use our new document.
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