World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2013

At Acorn EHS we celebrated World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2013 on the 28th April 2013.

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work in 2013 focuses on the prevention of occupational diseases.


Further information please visit the ILO Website

If you need guther assistyance with your Health and Safety please contact Acorn EHS on 03334 560 999


Builder Fined For Failing To Provide Proper Facilities For Workers

A builder has been prosecuted for neglecting the welfare facilities of his workers at a construction site in West Cornwall.

David Lawrance, as a partner for Swiftfix Reinforcement Specialists, failed to provide adequate washing facilities and rest areas at a site in Beach Road, Carbis Bay, between May and July 2012 where a new home was being built.

Bodmin Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday (17 April) that when an inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the site he found there was no hot or cold running water, or even a basin to wash in.

There was also no supply of suitable drinking water, just a hose running from a neighbouring property into a plastic container.

The inspector also found that an area for resting, drying clothes or eating was inadequate. There was a small portable office with room for three chairs, but there were eight workmen on site and there was no electricity supply connected to the office.

An Improvement Notice was served requiring better conditions, but a follow-up HSE inspection revealed nothing had changed.

David Lawrance, of Downside, Rosudgeon, near Penzance, pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. He was given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £2,141.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Barry Trudgian, said:

“The need to provide running water to wash hands and arms is not a trivial matter on a building site.

“The workmen were pouring concrete and when splashed on the skin this can lead to dermatitis if it is not washed off. Apart from being an unpleasant condition, in some cases it can lead to the loss of use of fingers and hands.

“Site contractors and supervisors like David Lawrance, who are responsible for the work of employees or subcontractors, have a legal duty to ensure that adequate facilities are in place for the welfare of the workforce from the very start to the completion of construction work.”

At Acorn EHS we provide Site Safety advice and can assist with your site setup ensuring you provide suitable welfare facilities call us on 03334 560 999.

Bubble Ban At Parties: Safety Myths Exposed

Bubbles banned from a child’s birthday party and toothpicks removed from a restaurant are among a list of health and safety myths exposed in the last year.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said more than 150 cases had been reported to a panel it set up last year to target “jobsworths” who use safety laws as a ruse to ban legitimate activities.

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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.

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.

The NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

Acorn Environmental Health and Safety (AcornEHS) have  The NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety 14 day Course in Swindon on the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 30th April & 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 13th May,2013, there are still spaces available, avoid disapointment book now!

If you are interested in our NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety 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.

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)

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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: