• Who Is Most at Risk from Exposure to Asbestos
    10th October 2019

    Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) were finally banned in 1999. Historically, workers in the building, construction, shipbuilding, railway, and car industries were at particularly high risk of developing Asbestos diseases such as Asbestosis, Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma. Any exposure to Asbestos increases a person’s chance of contracting an Asbestos-related disease. Such diseases can take many years…

  • When Is A Hazard A Significant Hazard_
    3rd October 2019

    Over recent years, Health & Safety experts have noted that when carrying out risk assessments, some organisations list every risk that comes to mind. However, this tendency to over-catalogue hazards is unnecessary. Instead, it is more productive to assess risk levels realistically, concentrate on significant hazards and focus effort where it is worthwhile. Below, we…

  • How to get Asbestos Tested
    26th September 2019

    As a Contractor working within buildings that were constructed before 2000, you are highly likely to come into contact with Asbestos containing materials (ACMs). If left undisturbed, materials containing Asbestos are perfectly safe; however, should they become disturbed or damaged for whatever reason and there is a release of fibres, these fibres – if inhaled…

  • 20th September 2019

    Any change to Health & Safety legislation can have significant consequences for companies and sole traders. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, in particular, have made considerable changes to the way Health & Safety is managed in the construction industry.

  • Who Is Responsible For Enforcing Fire Safety Regulation On a Construction Site
    11th September 2019

    Fire safety compliance can often seem intimidating. Knowing which regulations need to be met, and who is responsible for meeting them, can feel needlessly opaque. But fire safety compliance is an essential part of managing a building site. However, knowing which legislation to comply with can be unclear so this guide intends to clarify which…

  • When is a Project Notifiable under the CDM Regulations 2015
    2nd September 2019

    Before a construction project starts on site, the Client has a specific duty under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015, to notify the enforcing authority for health and safety, should the project meet any of the following criteria: i) The construction phase is likely to last longer than 500-person days, or ii) Last longer…

  • Do I Need A Fire Risk Assessment & An Asbestos Survey_
    30th August 2019

    To ensure that your property is compliant, you will have to undertake a fire risk assessment and assess the potential risks associated from the exposure to asbestos containing materials. Each requirement falls under separate pieces of legislation, but are equally as important so as to safeguard those occupying your premises and to make sure that…

  • What is a Fire Compartmentation Survey and why is it important
    29th August 2019

    You may have been advised that you need a Fire Compartmentation Survey, so what is it and why is it important? This article will briefly explain this.

  • Is it a legal requirement to have a Fire Risk Assessment
    27th August 2019

    The answer to the question is almost certainly yes for all commercial premises and shared areas of domestic premises, such as blocks of flats. The relevant legislation in England and Wales is The Regulatory (Fire Safety) Reform Order 2005 (similar legislation exists for both Scotland and Northern Ireland). ¬†Under the Order, anyone who has control…

  • What is a CDM Consultant and do I need one
    26th August 2019

    In short, a CDM Consultant (also known as a CDM Advisor) is a construction health and safety professional who provides advice, assistance and guidance to duty holders under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015, to ensure they comply with their statutory duties and that health and safety is an integral part of the project.