Question 1 – Will the operative receive a Competence card after attending and completing The Building Safety Group’s half day Abrasive Wheel course?
Answer – Yes you will. The certification/card is valid for 3 years. Near to expiry you will need to take a 1 hour refresher course, where on completion, you will receive a new valid card.
Question 2 – Will I receive a Competence card after attending a toolbox talk?
Answer – No, you only receive the card on completion of an Abrasive Wheels half day course or refresher course.
Dave Dursley, The Building Safety Group’s Principal Safety Adviser for the Bristol area, has been heavily involved in advising the site for the old Bristol General Hospital on their health and safety over a four year period. After a three hour inspection from the HSE it was left without action.
The four year project to refurbish the old Bristol General Hospital into a mixed development of shops, bars, cafes and residential apartments, involved five months of licensed asbestos removal, temporary supports to areas of the building showing signs of movement and the construction of an eleven metre underground car park.
New technical guidance on major inspections of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) has been produced to keep equipment safe beyond the manufacturer’s design life.
The guidance document, published by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), sets down procedures for a major inspection scheme to validate structural integrity and functionality of critical components. Such a scheme may be undertaken to determine if a machine is within safe design and use criteria beyond the manufacturer’s design life. The new document stresses that equipment owners should fulfil their legal obligation and ensure that MEWPs are maintained in good repair and safe working order by implementing regular inspection and maintenance programmes in accordance with all relevant regulations, legislation and standards and with manufacturer’s requirements. These may include: pre-use inspection; interim, frequent or periodic inspections; and six-monthly or annual inspection/examination by a competent person.
The document proposes that a MEWP should undergo a major inspection within 10 years after having been originally put into service and subsequently every five years after that. IPAF’s new guidance on major inspections is available at www.ipaf.org/inspections