Health, safety & environment - Contractors

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CORONAVIRUS - CONSTRUCTION - 27.04.2020

Is site work allowed?

The principal contractor is demanding that you send your staff back to site. However, they don’t want to go, as they believe it’s unsafe to do so. How should you deal with this awkward situation?
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OUTSOURCING - 30.03.2020

Outsourcing safely

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health has commissioned research into the safety of outsourced working arrangements. What were the findings and recommendations?
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CONTRACTOR SELECTION - 19.12.2019

Q&A - do we need multiple certifications?

Q. We thought that the days of having to obtain multiple certifications from the likes of Chas, Constructionline, SafeContractor, etc. were over. However, some of our clients are still insisting that we have specific certification rather than accepting what we have, even though they’re the same Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) standard. So is there anything we can do? ...
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CONSTRUCTION - 21.11.2019

Q&A - must the HSE be notified?

Q. We are a building contractor currently working on a house for a client who will be moving in with his family on completion. It’s quite a long project, so is it necessary to inform the HSE using Form F10 , and if so who is responsible for doing this? ...
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CONSTRUCTION - 30.09.2019

Improving construction safety by design

Those involved in construction design work have a responsibility to design structures which can be built safely. In practice they may lack the experience to do this well. Researchers are looking at ways to improve the situation. What are the options?
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CONSTRUCTION - 12.09.2019

Should you break up your construction project?

One of our subscribers has asked if they should break up their building project into smaller parts to avoid having to notify the HSE under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015)?
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