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Put a spring in your step

There can be no question that safety boots are an essential part of PPE which no engineer, or anyone working on a building site or refurbishment project should be without. However, what is open to question is the level of protection your feet need and whether in fact the sheer amount and range of safety […]

Do you know how to RIDDOR report?

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) reporting is a simple and straightforward procedure for any accident that needs to be reported to the HSE. The HSE have produced a guide on the RIDDOR Regulations, covering what needs to be reported, who should report the accident and how to go about it. […]

Work at Height

Working at height is known as the most common cause of deaths and serious incidents in the work place.  Employers and employees are both responsible for ensuring that any work at height is carried out safely.

PPE – Personal Protective Equipment

The new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation became law on 21 April 2016.  There is a two year transition period until its full enforcement in April 2018.  The main changes put the onus on manufacturers to provide good quality equipment and provide the necessary information and certification, it is hoped that this will put an end to cheap inferior […]

Vaping at work

Vaping is seen as the acceptable face of smoking, but should employers sanction it at work? Smoking cigarettes, pipes, cigars or herbal cigarettes in indoor work places has been banned since 1 July 2007, but e-cigarettes do not burn tobacco, so the law treats them the same way as nicotine patches, gums etc. Individual organisations can ban […]

NASC updated scaffolding guide

The NASC has launched an updated version of its user-friendly, free Scaffold Specification Template (Guide to Managing and Appointing Scaffolding Contractors).  It can be downloaded from their website http://www.nasc.org.uk/nasc-launches-updated-free-scaffold-specification-template-2/.

Ladders & Work at Height

The Ladder Association’s main message is “When it’s right to use a ladder, use the right ladder and get trained to use it safely”. They currently have a scheme running called the Advocate Scheme, where a team of ladder experts will come out and address corporate events or meetings of trade and professional bodies whose […]