Welcome back, today we’re going to be talking about asbestos management plans.
Prior to any work being done on buildings pre year 2000 the first thing that must be done is an asbestos management plan, this plan should set out the following:

  • Who is responsible for managing asbestos,
  • The asbestos register you have made,
  • Plans for the works on asbestos materials,
  • A schedule which monitors the condition and the types of asbestos and information to duty holders of any decisions/plans made.

This plan must say who is responsible and be regularly updated whenever works which would affect asbestos materials is to be done.
A template is available for you to use, please contact us for a copy.

Welcome back. Today we’re going to talk about personal protective equipment.

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, are items such as hard hats, gloves, eye protection, safety footwear, high-visibility clothing and harnesses that protect the user against health and safety risks at work. PPE should only be used as a last resort when risks cannot be adequately controlled.

Under the Health & Safety At Work Act, employers aren’t allowed to charge for PPE. The employer must also make sure that the employee has adequate training and information in the use of the PPE provided to them and that they have selected suitable PPE for their workers. Employers must make sure all PPE is maintained correctly and replace anything that cannot be repaired.

Employees also have duties when it comes to PPE. If a risk assessment has deemed it mandatory, then they must wear PPE when it is necessary to. Employees must also report any faults in their PPE to their employers as soon as they spot them.

Welcome back. Today we are going to talk about plant.
Not to be confused with things that grow in the ground, we are talking about larger pieces of machinery and equipment. For example, dumper trucks, excavators, generators or boilers as well as lifting equipment like cranes and passenger lifts.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) require plant and machinery used at work to be maintained so it remains safe.
As well as maintenance, some pieces of equipment need to be subject to regular checks and inspections. Some of these may be required by law such as the Thorough Examinations required by the Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (also known as LOLER).
In addition to requirements dictated by legislation, there may also be manufacturer’s requirements to adhere to, so careful planning may be required to ensure plant doesn’t miss out and put workers at risk.

Welcome back. Today we are going to talk about work at height.

The work at height regulations 2005 are there to prevent death or injury which is caused by a fall from height.

These regulations apply to you if you are in control of work at height or an employer of a business where work at height occurs.

Work at height must be supervised and planned correctly as well as carried out by competent people.

The right pieces of equipment must be selected and the risks assessed.

Before working at height consider the following:

  • avoid work at height where it is reasonably practicable to do so;
  • where work at height cannot be avoided, prevent falls using either an existing place of work that is already safe or the right type of equipment;
  • minimise the distance and consequences of a fall, by using the right type of  equipment where the risk cannot be eliminated.

There is a short guide available on the HSE website and we also have plenty of guides and templates for you to download off our website.