CDM-C Tip of the Month – Health and Safety File

The Health and Safety File should only include things that will be of assistance to people when planning and undertaking future construction, maintenance and demolition work.

South West Construction Sites Fail Safety Inspections

Nearly a third of the construction sites visited across Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire during a month-long inspection initiative failed health and safety checks.

Inspectors visited the areas as part of a national Health and Safety Executive (HSE) clampdown aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.

At total of 61 of the 215 sites inspected were found to have significant failings and 40 enforcement notices were issued as a result.

Specific work activities on some of the sites were deemed so dangerous that 27 Prohibition Notices were served by inspectors, immediately halting further work until standards had been improved.

The inspectors visited sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place, to support a drive to improve standards in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries.

They made unannounced visits to ensure companies are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height. They also checked for general good order, assessed welfare facilities and checked whether Personal Protective Equipment, such as head protection, was being used appropriately.

During 2011/12, three workers were killed while working in construction across Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, and a further 131 were seriously injured. Nationally, there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries.

The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in the industry that poor standards are unacceptable and could result in enforcement action.

Andrew Kingscott, HSE Principal Inspector for the Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Construction Division, said:

“It is good news that the majority of the construction sites we visited were obeying the law and making the effort to manage safety, but sadly some sites are letting down the rest of the industry.

“Poorly erected scaffolding, exposure to dangerous types of dust, and inadequate washing facilities were among the poor standards we found on some sites.

“I hope by carrying out these spot checks we will help to raise awareness of the dangers and reduce the number of construction workers being killed or seriously injured at work.”

Further information about working safely in the construction industry can be found online at www.hse.gov.uk/construction

South West construction sites fail safety inspections

Date:
10 April 2013
Release No:
HSE/SW/Cons

Nearly a third of the construction sites visited across Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire during a month-long inspection initiative failed health and safety checks.

Inspectors visited the areas as part of a national Health and Safety Executive (HSE) clampdown aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.

At total of 61 of the 215 sites inspected were found to have significant failings and 40 enforcement notices were issued as a result.

Specific work activities on some of the sites were deemed so dangerous that 27 Prohibition Notices were served by inspectors, immediately halting further work until standards had been improved.

The inspectors visited sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place, to support a drive to improve standards in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries.

They made unannounced visits to ensure companies are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height. They also checked for general good order, assessed welfare facilities and checked whether Personal Protective Equipment, such as head protection, was being used appropriately.

During 2011/12, three workers were killed while working in construction across Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, and a further 131 were seriously injured. Nationally, there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries.

The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in the industry that poor standards are unacceptable and could result in enforcement action.

Andrew Kingscott, HSE Principal Inspector for the Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Construction Division, said:

“It is good news that the majority of the construction sites we visited were obeying the law and making the effort to manage safety, but sadly some sites are letting down the rest of the industry.

“Poorly erected scaffolding, exposure to dangerous types of dust, and inadequate washing facilities were among the poor standards we found on some sites.

“I hope by carrying out these spot checks we will help to raise awareness of the dangers and reduce the number of construction workers being killed or seriously injured at work.”

Further information about how Acorn EHS can assist your organisation with construction safety please click here we offer CDM-C Services and on Site SEHQ Services.

Please also visit the HSE website www.hse.gov.uk/construction

Fatalities/serious injuries in 2011/12

Fatalities Injuries
Former County of Avon Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority 1 3
Bristol Unitary Authority 27
South Gloucestershire Unitary Authority 12
North West Somerset Unitary Authority 6
Total 1 48
Gloucestershire Cheltenham Borough Council 4
Cotswold District Council 7
Forest of Dean District Council 5
Gloucester City Council 6
Stroud District Council 6
Tewkesbury Borough Council 2
Total 30
Somerset Mendip District Council 7
Sedgemoor District Council 7
Taunton Deane Borough Council 3
South Somerset District Council 1 9
Total 1 26
Wiltshire Swindon Unitary Authority 1 8
Wiltshire Unitary Authority 19
Total 1 27

News – £100 Reward to HR Dept

Peter Jones from HR Dept, based at Pure Offices in Swindon, has picked up a £100 voucher simply for referring Acorn Environmental Health & Safety Ltd to us. Acorn have taken an office here at the Business Centre and are enjoying the atmosphere and the networking opportunities. The offices and meeting rooms now allow us to keep our Health, Safety, Environment and First Aid training all locally to our Swindon Office.

Click here to find out more about our new premises.

AcornEHS deliver CDM-C and Site Safety for Nexus Business Centre Swindon

Acorn Environmental Health and Safey Ltd (AcornEHS)  are currently delivering Consrtuction Design and Management Services for Nexus Business Centre Swindon as they further develop thier serviced offices due to  additional requirements for new tenants. Nexus offer believe that a 21st century businesses never stands still. As businesses grow, change shape, develop new needs – or even go virtual, Nexus aim to meet thier needs, that’s why they have created prestigious easy-in, easy-out office space and semi-serviced leased space that suits thier clients business needs now – as well as any changes they may want to make in the future.

Acorn Environmental Health and Safey Ltd (AcornEHS) are part of this process supporting Nexus Business Centre Swindon during thier construction phases by offering CDM Co-ordinator services as required by the The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007  and site safety advice during the projects build through to final completion and handover.

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Toilet Pollution Killed 300 Fish

Toilet pollution killed 300 fish

Posted Mon, 25 Mar

Effluent from a chemical toilet polluted a tributary of the River Avon, killing 300 fish, a court heard.

Orchid Investments Ltd was fined £16,000 after admitting causing the pollution of the Gran Brook tributary at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon without having an environmental permit. Leamington Magistrates’ Court heard the firm was supplying sanitation services for the annual Bulldog Bash event in August 2011.

Effluent would normally have been contained in sealed plastic holding tanks before being taken to a sewage treatment works, magistrates heard. But on this occasion effluent was contained in a ‘lagoon-type’ cutting within the watercourse, which the company assumed was lined, resulting in it being discharged straight into Gran Brook.

Speaking on behalf of the Environment Agency, which prosecuted the firm under the Environmental Permitting Regulations, solicitor Sheila Abrahams said there was significant pollution of the tributary.

The court heard the company had expressed remorse for the incident and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, cooperating fully with the agency and taking steps to ensure the incident was not repeated. The firm was also ordered to pay £9,367 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Following the case Kate Grimsditch, the officer who led the investigation, said the agency would not hesitate to prosecute when regulations designed to protect rivers and watercourses were disregarded.

Copyright Press Association 2013

Source:http://www.iosh.co.uk/news_and_events/news/industry_news-1-1.aspx?i=N0052081364211961496A

Site Managers Safety Training Scheme – SMSTS Course

Acorn Environmental Health and Safety (AcornEHS) have a Site Managers Safety Training Scheme SMSTS 5 day course in Swindon on the 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th April & 2nd May, 2013 there are still spaces available don’r miss out!

If you are interested in our SMSTS course please contact us click here. If you would like more infomation about the course please click here.

Swindon Engineering Metalworkers – CHAS

Acorn Environmental Health and Safety (AcornEHS) have just completed another successful Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) application for a new client – Swindon Engineering Metalworkers Ltd. Thet are a privately owned company that has been trading for over 25 years fromthier own premises in Swindon. Below are some of the services they provide if you require any assistance with your Health and Safety Policies and Procedures please contact AcornEHS.

If you are a construction type Company and need assisstance in completeing any of the following  Safety Schemes in Procurement

  • CHAS
  • Exor
  • Constructionline
  • Safe Contractor

Please contact AcornEHS.

Swindon Enginerring offer the following Serveices
Mmulti skilled workforce that specialises in all aspects of metal working , including sheet metal fabrication , structural engineering , MIG, PULSE MIG and TIG welding.

Capabilities
Working to your specifications or concepts we provide engineered solutions for the following:-

• Sheet metalwork components
• General fabrication work
• Structural Steelwork
• Pipe work
• Mezzanine floors
• Staircases-Handrails-Balustrades-Railings-Gates
• Fire escapes
• Safety barriers-Height restriction barriers
• Platforms-Bollards
• Process equipment
• Site repairs and Modifications

Construction Design and Management Requirements

What is CDM?

Following its initial introduction in 1994, the Construction Design and Management Regulations (commonly known as the CDM Regulations) were re-introduced in April 2007; the revised Regulations are intended to make it easier for those involved in construction projects to comply with their health and safety duties.

The CDM Regulations are aimed at improving the overall management and co-ordination of health, safety and welfare throughout all stages of a construction project to reduce the large number of serious and fatal accidents and cases of ill health which happen every year in the construction industry. The HSE says that the new regulations emphasise planning and management to secure a safe project, rather than paperwork.

The Regulations place duties on all those who can contribute to the health and safety of a construction project. Duties are placed upon clients, designers and contractors with more power given to the CDM Coordinator in what is

Construction Design Management Regulations 2007

considered a more authorative and policing role.

The new regulations combine the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations (1996) and CDM 1994 into one single set of regulations. However, they also introduce some important changes to the safety regime.

These include:

A new duty on designers to eliminate hazards and reduce risks, as far as is reasonably practicable. They will also have a duty to ensure that any workplace they design complies with the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare)

Construction Design Management Regulations 2007Regulations 1992;

A Client will no longer be able to appoint an agent to take on their legal duties and criminal liabilities, thereby making the CDM Coordinator role more advisory in helping to fulfill their duties to comply with the Regulations

When Principal Contractors appoint contractors, they will have to tell those contractors how much time they have to prepare for on-site work;

Contractors will have a similar duty towards those they appoint to work on-site, as well as being obligated to plan and manage their own work; and

The role of Planning Supervisor, which carried responsibility for coordinating health and safety aspects of the design and the planning phase of the construction project, is to be replaced by a CDM Project Co-ordinator.

A CDM Co-ordinator, like a Planning Supervisor, has to be appointed by the client if a project lasts more than 30 days or involves more than 500 person days of work. But, unlike the Planning Supervisor, is required to advise and assist the client on how to fulfill their duties, especially on whether other duty-holders’ arrangements are adequate. At the most, only the initial design work for the job should have been completed before the position is filled.

 

What CDM Applies To:

The CDM 2007 Regulations apply to most common building, civil engineering and engineering construction work.

Construction work means the carrying out of any building, civil engineering or engineering construction work and includes:

a)       The construction, alteration, conversion, fitting out, commissioning, renovation, repair, upkeep, redecoration or other maintenance (including cleaning which involves the use of water or an abrasive at high pressure or the use of corrosive or toxic substances), de-commissioning, demolition or dismantling of a structure;

b)       The preparation for an intended structure, including site clearance, exploration, investigation (but not site survey) and excavation, and the clearance or preparation of the site or structure for use or occupation at its conclusion;

c)        The assembly on site of prefabricated elements to form a structure or the dis-assembly on site of prefabricated elements which, immediately before such dis-assembly, formed a structure;

d)       The removal of a structure or of any product or waste resulting from demolition or dismantling of a structure or from dis-assembly of prefabricated elements which immediately before such dis-assembly formed such a structure; and

e)       The installation, commissioning, maintenance, repair or removal of mechanical, electrical, gas, compressed air, hydraulic, telecommunications, computer or similar services which are normally fixed within or to a structure.

 

What CDM Does Not Apply To:

a)       Putting up and taking down marquees and similar tents designed to be re-erected at various locations.

b)       General maintenance of fixed plant, except when this is done as part of other construction work, or it involves    substantial dismantling or alteration of fixed plant which is large enough to be a structure in its own right, for, example structural alteration of a large silo; complex chemical plant; power station generator or large boiler.

c)        Tree planting and general horticultural work.

d)       Positioning and removal of lightweight movable partitions, such as those used to divide open-plan offices or to create exhibition stands and displays.

e)       Surveying – this includes taking levels, making measurements and examining a structure for faults.

f)        Work to or on vessels such as ships and mobile offshore installations.

g)       Off-site manufacture of items for later use in construction work (for example roof trusses, pre-cast concrete panels, bathroom pods and similar prefabricated elements and components).

h)       Fabrication of elements which will form parts of offshore installations.

i)         The construction of fixed offshore oil and gas installations at the place where they will be used.

What extra responsibilities do the CDM 2007 regulations place on clients?

While there are no new client duties; pre-existing ones have been strengthened, the HSE says:

Clients already had duties under HSWA 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to ensure construction projects were carried out safely. However under the new CDM 2007, clients are explicitly instructed to take reasonable steps to ensure that:

Construction risk can be carried out without risk to health and safety;

Welfare arrangements are in place before work begins;

Any structure designed for use as a workplace complies with the Workplace Regulations;

Sufficient time and resources are allocated to achieve these duties and

To indicate to contractors and designers how much time is available for planning and preparation before work starts.

An accompanying ‘Approved Code of Practice’ ACoP, due to be published some time from February 2007, gives simple advice on how to fulfil these duties, says the HSE.

However, a client will no longer be able to appoint a ‘client’s agent’ to take on their legal duties and criminal liabilities under CDM.

What other significant changes do the CDM regulations of 2007 bring in?

The Executive believes that this provision of CDM 1994 was confusing. Even if the client appointed an agent, they continued to have duties and criminal liabilities under the HSWA 1974 and the MHSWR 1999.

A client can still appoint a professional to carry out their duties but the legal responsibility to comply with CDM stays with the client.

Other changes to the regulatory regime include:

  • Duty holders must be sure that anyone they appoint to carry out or manage design or construction is competent; and
  • Duty holders themselves need to ensure that they are competent.

How can I ensure my business is CDM Compliant?

To ensure that your company meets the CDM regulations, is recommended to have a CDM audit carried out by a third party. A CDM compliance audit provides an objective third party view of your company strengths and weaknesses in this area. The CDM compliance audit takes part in two separate stages. The initial approach is to gather information; this is followed by a detailed evaluation which will be presented in a formal report. If changes and alterations are noted in relation to CDM regulations, an objective project management company can assist with new implementation measures

Will CDM help with demolition?

CDM regulations play an invaluable role in the life cycle of development and demolition that occurs in process plants and manufacturing sites. The safe demolition of disused facilities is crucial and the CDM regulations provide a structured base from which to work. Many companies are understandably nervous of undertaking the demolition work that may be required at a site, especially when they consider the CDM regulations they have to adhere to. There is often a belief that costs will be prohibitive and the risks difficult to manage. In this instance, an impartial project management company can offer an important support service in this situation and provide services to assist with the adherence of CDM regulations:

Fulfilling obligations under CDM

Undertaking a full scoping and pricing study

Selecting competent demolition contractors

Managing the demolition project in reference to CDM

Assessing the environmental impact

CDM Training for business

As well as understanding the ways in which CDM regulations affect your business, there is also the need for a constant monitoring or to ensure a safety-driven business culture. Training staff to be aware of and monitor CDM regulations can enable CDM safety to become part of everyday life. A project management/training company can support your CDM learning programme by a number of different techniques:

Tool box talks for staff

CDM training for Duty Holders

Alliance and team building events to spread the safety message

CDM mentoring for inexperienced construction staff

Who can help me ensure I comply and improve in line with CDM regulations?

Since the inception of the 1994 CDM regulations and the new regulations which came in force in April 2007, AcornEHS have supported many clients to ensure compliance with the legislation. AcornEHS’s involvement with clients is flexible and multi-faceted. We can provide CDM support as a stand-alone role, such as CDM Coordinator on internal projects. Alternatively the role of principal contractor, CDM Coordinator and designer can be represented within a turnkey project or alliance scenario.

In addition to working alongside our clients, AcornEHS have been active in the interpretation and development of the legislation via our role as a member of the CDM Duty Holders Support Group and our involvement in many safety initiatives. This means that our advice on procedural and documentation issues is comprehensive and well developed. This covers areas such as:

  • Support on the development of Risk assessment
  • Development of Health and Safety Plans and Files
  • Compliance and reporting
  • Auditing of the Construction Site
  • Chairing and Supporting the Design Risk Assessments Process

 

Specialist consultants in CDM Support and Training…

AcornEHS are a well-established project management company recognised as being leaders in the delivery of industrial projects on a stand-alone/turnkey basis or working alongside client companies.

As part of our service offering, AcornEHS deliver a number of Business Improvement Products and Services which have been carefully selected to add real benefits. These products/services have their foundation in the successful implementation of projects over the last decade, a statement given credence through the recognition of the

We can work independently or alongside the client project owners, providing expert advice from day one. We supply crucial resource when it is needed, control budgets and programmes and ultimately deliver the project as the client originally intended. Our core business is the successful delivery of projects from feasibility, capital justification, front-end engineering, detailed design, through to full turnkey project completion, providing the client with single point responsibility.

In an age of specialisation, AcornEHS can also offer a full design responsibility across all disciplines (Process, Control & Instrumentation, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil & Structural) in addition to Construction Supervision, Health and Safety, Procurement and Commissioning. Our extensive experience across a wide range of industries encourages cross fertilisation of ideas and adoption of best practice techniques. Our up to date knowledge and translation of current legislation and CDM regulations which allows AcornEHS to provide practical help and advice at costs sufficient to satisfy current regulations.

Contact Acorn EHS on 03334 560 999 or email: Info@acornehs.co.uk