KBzine: the original kitchen and bathroom industry e-news - since 2002
28th January 2021
We strongly recommend viewing KBzine full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.
Targeted inspections coming to a street near you
Health & Safety Executivee construction inspectors are carrying out unannounced visits to sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.
Inspectors will be out and about ensuring high-risk activities, particularly those affecting the health of workers, are being properly managed.
* risks to health from exposure to dust such as silica are being controlled
* workers are aware of where they may find asbestos, and what to do if they find it
* other health risks, such as exposure to noise and vibration, manual handling and hazardous substances are being properly managed
* jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions, such as proper support of structures, are in place
* equipment is correctly installed / assembled, inspected and maintained and used properly
* sites are well organised, to avoid trips and falls, walkways and stairs are free from obstructions and welfare facilities are adequate
Where serious breaches of legislation are found then immediate enforcement action will be taken, but Inspectors will also be taking steps to secure a positive change in behaviour to ensure on-going compliance.
Health & safety breaches with clients and designers will also be followed up to reinforce their duties under CDM 2015 and to ensure that all dutyholders with on site & and safety responsibilities understand and fulfil these.
The HSE suggests that anyone in construction/refurbishment take a look at the SaferSites Facebook page to see examples of what inspectors find on site - better still, like and share it with colleagues!
28th October 2016