HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES - 02.07.2020
Do we need to test cutting fluid?
One of our subscribers has been told by an auditor that he should have a regular test of the cutting fluid on his metalworking machines. Is this true? And if so, what should be carried out?
PPE - 02.07.2020
Substandard face masks on the market
No protection. The HSE has warned that face masks are appearing on the market which claim to be to “KN95” standard and it wants businesses to be aware of what this means and why they are not to be used (see The next step ). Not up to standard. KN95 denotes a Chinese quality standard for face masks which are broadly equivalent to mid-range disposable face masks under our own standards, which are labelled “FFP2”. (FFP stands for filtering facepiece, and there are three grades from one to three.) ...
CONTRACTING - 25.06.2020
Demonstrating green credentials
To satisfy client requirements, many contractors are being asked to go through the Common Assessment Standard (CAS) process. This includes answering questions that relate to environmental management. What’s involved?
CORONAVIRUS - CONSTRUCTION - 11.06.2020
Keeping coronavirus at bay on construction sites
A new website has been created by key players in the construction industry which shows how businesses are managing the risk of coronavirus. What practical examples have been shared?
CONSTRUCTION - 03.06.2020
Pedestrian struck by site hoarding
A construction company has been fined after a temporary hoarding collapsed, injuring a member of the public. Why did the accident happen and what measures should have been implemented to prevent it?
CORONAVIRUS - CONSTRUCTION - 18.05.2020
Guidelines for builders’ merchants
Opening up. The Construction Leadership Council and the Builders Merchants Federation have published guidelines to help builders’ merchants protect their staff and customers during the coronavirus pandemic (see The next step ). What’s covered? The document is filled with practical suggestions on how to operate safely including: (1) daily checks; (2) travelling to work; (3) running an office; (4) receiving and sending deliveries; (5) serving customers; and (6) tool hire. Many of the suggested precautions equally apply to other retailers. ...