BSG Podcast – Dust on Construction Sites

BSG Podcast – Dust on Construction Sites

BSG’s podcast about Dust on Construction Sites is now available in the secure area.

During the podcast, Chris Chapman, Technical Support Manager at BSG discusses which construction tasks produce high levels of dust and how companies can prevent or adequately control construction dust risks.

Members can view the podcast by logging into the ‘BSG Secure Area’. Please click this link to login: http://www.bsgltd.co.uk/secure/

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

As some of our members may be aware, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable from 25th May 2018, at which point businesses need to ensure they are fully compliant. The new regulation has been designed to simplify and unify data protection laws across all countries in the EU (including the UK, even after Brexit). Its aim is to strengthen and standardise data protection laws for individuals.

Consequently, the Building Safety Group (BSG) has taken the necessary steps to ensure compliancy with GDPR. This means that all information that we hold concerning you as an individual will be held and processed by the Building Safety Group (BSG) strictly in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.

Such data will be used by BSG to provide you and your organisation with BSG services and to provide you with information about our planned activities and for related purposes. We will not, without your consent, supply your information to any third party except where (1) such a transfer is a necessary part of the services that we undertake, or (2) we are required to do so by the operation of the law.

Further details about BSG’s procedures with regard to GDPR can be found in our data Privacy Notice hosted on our website: https://www.bsgltd.co.uk/privacy-notice/ Should you have any queries concerning BSG and GDPR, please contact the Managing Director info@bsgltd.co.uk

 

Building Safety Group reports 8% increase in Welfare breaches on construction sites

The Building Safety Group (BSG), has reported an 8% rise in ‘Welfare’ breaches on construction sites. BSG’s figure is based on approximately 10,000 independent inspections conducted for the construction industry over a six month period, comparing Q4 2017 with Q1 in 2018.

Welfare provision is fundamental to safeguarding the health and well-being of construction workers. According to a report conducted by Unite in 2017, one in five construction sites provide no drinking water. It was also discovered that 22% of sites did not provide hot water, while 14% did not provide cold water. A major concern is that despite construction involving dirty, hot and physical work, less than half of those surveyed said enough soap was provided and 40% said that toilets and showers were not cleaned daily; with some saying they were never cleaned.

Contractors (including Principal Contractors) and Clients have a legal duty under The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM Regulations) to ensure the appropriate and adequate welfare facilities are provided at all workplaces. The provision of toilets, drinking water, a supply of cold and hot (or warm) water for washing, changing facilities (with a lock if not male and female) and somewhere warm to eat and rest is a basic as well as a legal requirement.

It is important that sites comply with the law in order to avoid a fine. A recent case saw a construction firm fined for not providing adequate welfare facilities for workers on site. Toft Construction Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 15(11) of the CDM Regulations 2015 and was fined for not providing a toilet or washing facilities.

Chris Chapman, Head of CDM Services and Technical Support Manager for BSG commented: “Having access to a toilet and washing facilities to remove any contamination after carrying out works such as groundworks and bricklaying on site is not a luxury; it is a basic human right. Workers need to feel that they are valued and their health and welfare is taken into consideration by their employer. The law states that welfare facilities need to be arranged on site before any work can begin. These facilities need to be considered during the planning stages and then maintained to a high standard throughout the entire lifespan of the project. Contractors working on a site where there is a Principal Contractor have a duty to ensure that the welfare facilities provided by the Principal Contractor meet with the requirements of Schedule 2 of the CDM Regulations 2015.”

Chris added: “These basic requirements are often neglected. A cold tap and nowhere to eat lunch are not adequate facilities. Facilities that meet the requirements and are well maintained can positively benefit the long-term health and well-being of workers.”

Note to Editors

About BSG

The Building Safety Group (BSG) is the UK’s largest construction safety group offering consultancy, training and non-compliance reporting services. We are a ‘not for profit’ organisation which has been in business for over 50 years. For more information please visit www.bsgltd.co.uk

About BSG’s Non-Compliance Reporting Index (NCRI)

BSG’s ‘Non-compliance Reporting Index’ (NCRI) is the only known real-time, reporting service which compiles high volume health & safety non-compliance data, collected for and on behalf of the construction industry through site inspections.

 

Third of UK construction workers fail to check asbestos registers

One construction worker in three has never checked a site construction register before starting work according to new research commissioned by IOSH.

An Opinium survey of 500 workers found that 32% of respondents have never checked the asbestos register before starting work on a new site. Almost half of these workers (15% of the total sample) do not know about asbestos registers.

The survey was conducted ahead of today’s launch of the fourth phase of IOSH’s No Time to Lose occupational cancer campaign.

Nearly one in four workers (23%) told Opinium that they believed they may have been exposed to asbestos fibres.

Although 59% of respondents said they had been informed of the risks posed by asbestos and had had this reinforced regularly through training, 15% said that they had never been informed. Almost one in five (18%) admitted they would either be unsure or have no idea what to do if they found asbestos.

Dr Lesley Rushton, chair of the UK’s Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, said: “What these new survey results confirm is that, while people have heard of asbestos and know what the effects of being exposed to it are, they are not sure how to check if it’s present and they may not know what to do if they find asbestos.”

Rushton said the results showed that “uncertainty and ignorance” was particularly prevalent among small companies, sole traders and older workers.

“It is crucial that we reach them, to inform them of the risks and how these can be managed, to ensure their future health is not compromised,” she added.

Asbestos is banned in 62 countries. Although the UK restricted the hazardous material in 1999, many buildings constructed before this date contain it. Asbestos can be found in many products including spray coatings, lagging, insulation board, rope, yarn and cloth and is present across many industry sectors.

The Health and Safety Executive estimates that at least 5,000 people die every year in the UK from an asbestos-related cancer caused by workplace exposure, including the deadliest form of cancer, mesothelioma. Worldwide, asbestos claims over 107,000 lives a year.

At this morning’s launch, IOSH highlighted a suite of free practical resources to help businesses reduce asbestos exposure, including a leaflet for employees that covers the risks and protection measures and case studies sharing good practice tips and experiences (IOSH Magazine April 2018, p 16).

“We are calling on everyone, including employers, to do the right thing; to protect the people who work for them,” said Craig Foyle, IOSH president.

Source: Iosh Magazine

BSG April Newsletter

BSG’s April 2018 Newsletter is now available for members to download from the Secure Area.

This month’s issue includes:

  • BSG Awards 2018
  • BSG reports 8% increase in welfare breaches on construction sites
  • REACH: the clock is ticking
  • New BSG environmental advice sheets
  • IOSH is to focus on asbestos in the latest phase of No Time to Lose (NTTL)
  • High levels of worker representation linked to better stress management
  • HSE launch Construction Industry Advisory Network
  • 64% of industry wants more action on pollution

BSG Safety Adviser featured on NEBOSH’s website

BSG’s safety adviser, Mark Stevens has been featured on NEBOSH’s website – Health and safety boring? Far from it mate!

The article focuses on Mark’s NEBOSH experience, how it has helped with his career and Mark’s transition to civilian life after 23 years in the military.

Please click here to view the article: http://www.bsgltd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Mark-Stevens-NEBOSH-Case-Study.pdf

BSG Online Site Notification Form

BSG are pleased to advise that a new online Site Notification form is now available to use.

To submit site notifications, please visit the ‘Membership’ option on the top menu bar of our website and select ‘Site Notification’ from the dropdown menu.

Alternatively, use the link below:

http://www.bsgltd.co.uk/site-notification/

Members can choose to continue emailing or faxing hard copy site notification forms to BSG, if they prefer.

BSG Environmental Heading Amendments

BSG expanded the environmental section of its site inspection report in January 2018, following the specialist training recently provided for BSG’s advisers about ‘Environmental Management in Construction’.

Consequently new environmental headings have been added that will provide BSG’s Site Inspection report with more detailed and in-depth reporting across this area. This means our members will be better placed to comply with UK regulations imposed by the Environment Agency.

An in-depth article detailing the breakdown of the new environmental headings can be found here – http://www.bsgltd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/BSG-February-2018Newsletter-Environmental-Excerpt-2.pdf

BSG Risk Assessment Software

We’re delighted that so many of our members are benefiting from BSG’s new risk assessment software, launched in January. Over 440 people are now using the software and we expect this number to grow significantly.

About BSG’s Risk Assessment Software

BSG’s risk assessment templates are ‘ready-made’ with their own set of control measures unique to the task or hazard being assessed. Users simply have to allocate a risk rating for each task appraised, using our 5 x 5 risk evaluation matrix. The matrix will automatically calculate scores accordingly based on risk severity and likelihood. A residual risk rating can then be applied once the control measures have been considered.

After an assessment has been completed, it can be saved as a PDF before being emailed to the site location where the construction work is taking place. All BSG members can use the software for free as part of their membership package.

Not yet registered for BSG’s Risk Assessment Software?

Please contact the main BSG contact in your company who will have been emailed instructions about how to set up new users. If you are not sure who that is, please let us know and we will forward you their contact details. Email us at info@bsgltd.co.uk

BSG Byte – Edge Protection on Construction Sites

What are ‘BSG Bytes’?

BSG Bytes are a series of short videos discussing topical industry health and safety matters.

BSG Byte – Dave Dursley

Our new BSG Byte is with Dave Dursley, BSG’s Regional Manager for the Bristol & South Wales Region. During the video, Dave will be discussing:

  • What are the working at height regulations?
  • What is the European Standard for edge protection?
  • What should I use?
  • Can I use Heras fencing or similar as edge protection?

Members can view the BSG Byte by logging into the ‘BSG Secure Area’. Please visit our website to login: http://www.bsgltd.co.uk/secure/

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BSG Podcast – Stress Management

BSG Podcast – Stress Management

BSG’s podcast about Stress Management is now available in the secure area.

During the podcast, Chris Chapman, Technical Support Manager at BSG explains how stress can occur at work and provides a breakdown of recent mental health statistics, which is now at its highest rate in 11 years. The podcast identifies HSE’s six main areas of work design that can affect stress factors and how these can be managed. Chris offers guidance and practical advice on how you can tackle stress at work and the business benefits that it can bring. The podcast also highlights the common signs of stress, how to spot them and shines a light on the ‘Mates in Mind’ scheme.

Members can view the podcast by logging into the ‘BSG Secure Area’. Please visit our website to login: http://www.bsgltd.co.uk/secure/

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BSG Health & Safety Documentation Updates

BSG has now finished updating its Health & Safety documentation for 2018. For a summary of the changes that have been made, please log into BSG’s Secure Area and visit this page: https://www.bsgltd.co.uk/secure/hs-documents-incl-rams/bsg-document-overview/

All of BSG’s Health & Safety documents can also be viewed in BSG Online.

Our Health & Safety documentation has been updated as part of an annual check for changes in current legislation as well as innovations in best practice.

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BSG March Newsletter

BSG’s March 2018 Newsletter is now available for members to download from the Secure Information Area.

This month’s issue includes:

  • CLOCS moves forward
  • ISO 45001 is due to be published on 12 March. Are you ready?
  • BSG environmental heading amendments
  • BSG task based risk assessments
  • Bill for OH shortcomings in construction approaches £1bn
  • BSG online site notification form
  • BSG health & safety document notice
  • HSE abandons asbestos plans

BSG continues to expand

We are delighted to announce four additions to the BSG team as our business expands.

Mark Fords joins The Building Safety Group as a Safety Adviser looking after our members’ sites in the Midlands and the surround areas.

Neal Harris has joined BSG as a Safety Adviser. Neal will be covering sites in Devon.

Nick Ody joined us at the start of March as a Safety Adviser covering sites in and around Wiltshire.

Tracey Turner has joined us as our new management accountant.

Welcome on-board Mark, Neal, Nick and Tracey!

BSG Staff Annual Convention 2017

BSG’s Annual staff convention took place at the Gables Hotel last month. All our employees attended, helping us to remain up to date with the latest legislation and recommendations for the best practice in Health and Safety.

Our Safety Advisers were ‘put to the test’ covering a range of courses which included;

  • CDM 2015 Refresher
  •  Environmental Site inspection updates
  •  Driver Awareness
  •  Office staff: Health & Safety Awareness

Richard Voke, from Ashford Solicitors was also on hand to talk about his experiences defending construction companies in their dealings with regulatory bodies and government agencies such as the HSE, the Environment Agency and planning authorities.


Richard Voke, Ashford Solicitors

The convention concluded with a presentation by the HSE’s HM Principal Inspector, Helena Tinton, who talked about the HSE’s latest statistics for Occupational Health and Safety in construction as well the HSE’s plans for 2018.


Helena Tinton, HSE

Building Safety Group reports 16% increase in Excavation work breaches on construction sites

The Building Safety Group (BSG) has reported a 16% rise in ‘Excavation work’ breaches on construction sites. BSG’s figure is based on approximately 11,000 independent inspections conducted for the construction industry over a six month period, comparing Q3 with Q4 in 2017.

Injuries resulting from excavation trench collapses can often be severe and at times fatal. Last year the director of a housing development company, Conquest Homes, was jailed for gross negligence manslaughter after a ground worker was crushed to death in a building site trench. Another company undertaking excavation work was fined for safety breaches when a worker was burned after striking underground electrical cables. Mason Construction (London) Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of CDM regulations 2015 and was fined £25,000.

The HSE advises that construction managers must ensure that excavations are made safe, by setting up trench supports, battering back, fencing or other equally effective measures. Companies should also provide training for staff, highlighting the risks of excavation work. In addition weekly trench inspections should take place, particularly after bad weather.

Paul Kimpton, Managing Director of the Building Safety Group commented: “These types of injuries can be prevented if companies implement safe methods of working, and provide the necessary information and training for workers. Excavations must be properly planned, managed and monitored to ensure no one enters an excavation deeper than 1.2m, without adequate controls in place to prevent a collapse”.

“Without suitable support, any face of an excavation will collapse; it’s just a matter of when. The steeper and deeper the face, the wetter the soil, the sooner the collapse.” Paul added: “Trenchless technologies are available which will help to avoid many of the hazards of excavation, but if a trench is required modern, approved systems can allow the ground support to be installed without the need to enter the excavation.”

Notes to Editor

About BSG

The Building Safety Group (BSG) is the UK’s largest construction safety group offering consultancy, training and non-compliance reporting services. We are a ‘not for profit’ organisation which has been in business for over 50 years. For more information, please visit www.bsgltd.co.uk

About BSG’s Non-Compliance Reporting Index (NCRI) BSG’s ‘Non-compliance Reporting Index’ (NCRI) is the only known real-time, reporting service which compiles high volume health & safety non-compliance data, collected for and on behalf of the construction industry through site inspections