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Health & Safety Update | AUGUST 2020

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RRC LIVE ONLINE COURSES RRC have created a new course delivery option that blends the dynamic of classroom based learning with RRC’s highly regarded Online Learning. RRC are now offering Live Online courses for: • • • •

NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management IOSH Managing Safely

With work underway to offer this method of learning for our NEBOSH Diploma courses in the next few months. Live Online courses run on scheduled dates just like a classroom course. Everything required to study is accessed and launched through our easy to use Learning Centre. There are specific study schedules for each day as well as all the resources needed to successfully study the course. Each study day is laid out in an easy to follow order featuring a mixture of live classes and directed study. Everything you need for the day is easily accessible. When your live course has concluded, you can use the included Online course as well as RRC discussion forums and tutor support to help to make the final preparations for the assessment. Our first trials of Live Online courses have received great feedback from the learners. These courses are proving very popular with both individuals and organisations of all sizes and sectors, with places already filling fast for upcoming courses. RRC Managing Director, Gary Fallaize, comments “It is great to see how popular these courses have already been with our learners. In these difficult times I am delighted that my team has responded with such an effective and well received learning method to meet the needs of those who want that classroom experience from their home.” Contact:-RRC International www.rrc.co.uk, info@rrc.co.uk, +44(0)20 8944 3100.


WELCOME August 2020

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COVER STORY

Hellberg Safety – Advanced Personal Protective Equipment

Snickers Workwear - Cool and Smart this Summer

16 20 Go-ahead for ground breaking new £150m mental health facilities at springfield university hospital

22 NEW EVO®VISTA™ DUALSWITCH™ helmet

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Government publishes draft Building Safety Bill The draft Building Safety Bill, published earlier this week, sets out a stringent new safety regime for higher risk residential buildings (HRRBs), backed by a powerful new Building Safety Regulator. The government bill creates new responsibilities for the construction teams of new builds and the landlords of existing HRRBs over 18m or six storeys in England and Wales. It is backed by the threat of criminal sanctions if new statutory duties – such as submitting adequate safety cases or ignoring compliance notices – are not fulfilled. Failure to comply could see dutyholders face two years in prison or an unlimited fine. Running to 334 pages, the draft bill incorporates the recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety following the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017, where gaps in regulatory oversight led to failings that ultimately claimed 72 lives. The draft text will now be scrutinised by a Parliamentary committee, and further consultations could also be held before measures are finalised. Responding to the bill, IOSH construction group chair Malcolm Shiels CFIOSH said: ‘Maybe you could argue there is too much emphasis on punitive measures. However if organisations or projects do not willingly look to improve and at times continue to place people, individually and collectively, at risk of harm, then those heavy punitive measures will be needed.’ But he also urged construction professionals to get behind the new bill. ‘If the construction industry does not grasp the nettle this time after a disaster such as Grenfell, and all the good work since then in getting to this point of the draft bill being published, and then the building safety regulations being published and enacted, it will be devastatingly disappointing.’ The new bill outlines the scope of the Building Safety Regulator, the branch of the HSE that will scrutinise the ‘safety cases’ submitted by HRRB construction teams at three design gateways, issuing ‘stop’ notices if the information is not acceptable. The new regulator will also oversee all registered building inspectors (covering local authority building control teams and those working in the private sector) and set up a new mandatory reporting system for structural and fire safety breaches. Construction dutyholders – including principal designers, principal contractors and building safety managers – will also have to create, store and update a ‘golden thread’ of building and product information through the three design

‘gateways’, then maintain it throughout the building’s lifecycle. Katherine Metcalfe, legal director at law firm Pinsent Masons, described the bill as a ‘complete regulatory overhaul [that will] signal a new era in the way we build’. She added: ‘New duties are created for organisations and individuals, backed up by penalties equivalent to health and safety law. Enforcement of the building regulations for the whole of the built environment will be strengthened by increasing time limits for enforcement [to 10 years], and the penalties for non-compliance.’ Katherine also welcomed the new regulator’s role in overseeing building control teams’ performance, saying that it ‘should improve consistency geographically, and also between local authority and private sector inspectors’. In further responsibilities, the Building Safety Regulator will set up a Buildings Advisory Committee, replacing the Building Regulations Advisory Committee for England, and will establish an industry-led ‘competence committee’ to oversee the construction industry’s efforts to raise the bar on professional standards. Katherine added: ‘Competence is a key issue, and central to making the new system work. New competence requirements will apply to all of the proposed new roles, as well as to a wider range of professionals and tradespeople. The new regulator will hold and maintain a register of competent principal designers, principal contractors and building safety managers.’ The HRRB landlord or its agent – known as the Accountable Person – will also be required to appoint a competent Building Safety Manager to manage fire and structural safety risks in the building day to day. ‘It is good to see that the government now accepts that an organisation can act as the Building Safety Manager, albeit that there must be a named individual within the organisation with responsibility for the building,’ noted Katherine. ‘A diverse set of skills will be required to carry out the role and it may prove relatively rare for one individual to possess all of them. ‘Important questions remain about the basis upon which the HSE might veto the appointment of a Building Safety Manager, and the availability of suitable insurance,’ she concluded.


SBES Space-Bit the Social Distancing Wrist Band Introducing the SBES Space-Bit, the wristband which alerts and traces if workers get in each other’s safe-space. It is perfect for all work environments. Should two wearers become closer than 2 metres the SBES Space-Bit will vibrate and has an LED to alert the users to separate. Each SBES Space-Bit will automatically store the ID and contact dates of each alert. It has a rechargeable lithium battery and a full charge lasts up to 72 hours. The SBES Space-Bit is IP67 Waterproof and dust resistant plus CE, FCC and FDA Certified. Contact Tracking • Each wristband has a unique MAC address • It records every person wearing an SBES Space-Bit who comes into close contact • Up to 20,000 Contact records stored • Transfer contact records storage to APP via Bluetooth® BLE 5.0

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INDUSTRY NEWS

MENTAL HEALTH STILL SIDELINED, POLL REVEALS More than half of UK workers do not have access to mental health support at work, a new survey has revealed.

Despite one in six workers suffering from a mental health condition and a rise of reported incidents of mental illness in employees, the poll found that 55.7% of people working in UK businesses don’t have access to mental health support, or even know if their business has policies to support workers with mental illness. Earlier this month, HSE Network asked a cross-section of more than 1500 workers from various sectors and job roles, across the UK if their workplace had policies for helping staff with mental health. Just 45% said yes, a fifth (21%) said no and 34% said they didn’t know.

Commenting on the survey results, HSE Network founder Paul Clarke said he sees the problem as a misunderstanding at a fundamental level. ‘People who don’t suffer with a mental health problem themselves, don’t always recognise or address it. There is real misunderstanding with mental health. If you have someone with an addiction problem with [alcohol] for example, they can’t just put the drink down. It’s an illness. We don’t have the people in positions of power, from the government level and in certain businesses, who share the right understanding of mental health and mental illness.’

Paul said there is an urgency to address mental health policies in businesses with the added pressures of working during the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Mental health problems are triggered or compounded by remoteness and uncertainty.’ Due to this, he believes, mental health impacts in employment are expected to rise. ‘There is unhappiness, anxiety, uncertainty and we are often driven by the wrong values, obsessed with status. We need a shift in consciousness and a shift in culture to see a real change to reduce fear, anxiety and stress.’


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INDUSTRY NEWS

COVID SPOT CHECKS RAMP UP FOR THE HSE The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out spot checks on businesses that have reopened since the UK went into lockdown. The UK regulator’s inspectors are visiting workplaces across a range of sectors following up any reports or concerns about safety in the workplace including over COVID-19 and ensuring compliance. They are also carrying out proactive checks to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to protect workers from COVID-19, the safety authority confirmed to IOSH magazine. Between 9 March and 29 June, the HSE received 23,569 COVID-related contacts, of which 7784 were COVID-related concerns, 9944 were COVID-related calls and 5871 were COVID-related advice requests.

Of the 3856 businesses contacted between 26 May and 2 July, 2386 spot checks were carried out by a mixture of phone checks and site visits. The phone checks included obtaining visual evidence such as photos and video footage. Out of nearly 4000 spot checks, 295 were follow ups to check on issues with cleaning regimes, social distancing as well as failure to engage with the regulator. All but 41 of these were deemed compliant after the second check. The remaining 41 are currently subject to inspector visits and further investigation.

‘Putting dutyholders on the spot, and checking on how they are managing risks, has always been part of our regulatory approach,’ said an HSE spokesperson. ‘This has continued to be the case throughout the pandemic. We’ve responded to workplace concerns and are inspecting some workplaces in response. This will continue as more businesses return to work.’ Last week we reported on the HSE’s latest annual fatality statistics, which revealed that workplace deaths have halved in the past two decades. However, the 2019/20 figures do not include RIDDOR-reportable deaths linked to contracting COVID-19 in the workplace, as these will be counted alongside other deaths from occupational disease. ‘With the virus prevalent in the community at large it is very difficult to be certain that an individual case of the disease resulted from occupational exposure,’ the HSE said in a statement to IOSH magazine. Cases reported are those which employers suspect could be due to an occupational exposure. The HSE plans to publish data on work-related COVID-19 deaths ‘at a later date’. ‘We want to publish this data on number of cases reported to the enforcing authorities where occupational exposure is suspected as the cause given the considerable public interest and are working hard to do so as soon as possible,’ the spokesperson told us.


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FEVER DETECTION SYSTEM TO HELP ENSURE RETURN TO ‘NORMAL’ LIFE As the world tries to find ways to safely return to work in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new system designed to automatically test body temperature is adding an important technological contribution in the ongoing war against the virus. FeverTIR is a thermography system which quickly and accurately measures people’s body temperature without any need for contact. With a fever being one of the main symptoms of Covid-19 infection (as well as many other contagious diseases), organisations are looking to ways in which employees and other building users can be screened for possible infection. Many of the existing potential methods are labour-intensive, time-consuming and expensive but by adapting a system originally designed to detect temperature in monitoring for potential fires, a ‘plug & play’ solution has been developed which is available in the UK from Reading based company Patol. The system features a high-precision thermal detector with a visible full HD camera which simultaneously measures a person’s core body temperature. This data is accurate to within 0.3°C, supported by a traceable calibration certificate – an important factor when there are alternative technologies on the market which are unproven. The suitability of the system for medical use is illustrated by FeverTIR meeting the ISO IEC 80601-2-59 Medical Electrical Equipment – Part 2-59 standard. This specifically addresses the basic

safety and essential performance requirements of screening thermographs for human febrile temperature screening. Patol Sales Director, Kelvin Miller, comments – “while we are in no way suggesting this is a panacea, it can be a very useful contributor to a more effective and safer return to the life that we knew pre-Covid-19. The cameras can be used in a wide range of applications, including large office buildings, hospitals, retail complexes, airports, construction sites and

hotels – in fact anywhere in which large numbers of people gather and a quick and accurate snapshot of their respective body temperatures could provide an indicator of potential infection.” FeverTIR features a special calibration temperature range for measuring facial temperature, offering prealarms and alarms with on-screen notification. It provides real-time hot-spot analysis and can be easily integrated with other safety and security systems. Alejandro Torres, International Business Development Manager for FeverTIR, comments – “we have been working in the field of multispectral thermography systems for over 20 years so understand how - and, equally importantly, how not - to apply the technology to body temperature monitoring. New and innovative methods are being introduced to help ensure safer environments for all in the new world that we are facing. FeverTIR is part of that response and we are confident that it can make a valuable contribution.”


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Snickers Workwear - Cool and Smart this Summer Lightweight Shirts, Shorts and Trousers make working on site a breeze this summer. Everyone needs to be cool, dry and safe at work this summer - to maintain wellbeing and working efficiency on site. That’s why Snickers’ new Topwear will make work this summer a real breeze! There’s also brand new LITEWork Trousers and Shorts, plus special offer ‘Two-pack’ 100% Cotton T-shirts. Choose from three different easy-care colour and design options to compliment whatever you’re wearing - at work or play. There’s also new Hoodies, Sweatshirts and Hi-vis ProtecWork protective wear in a range of styles and colours that are super-light and quick drying with advanced ventilation to keep you cool when it’s warm. They’ve all got superb, body-mapping designs for an amazing fit, outstanding functionality and long-lasting comfort – all day, every day. Getting information on the Snickers’ Summer Workwear range is easy. You can call the Hultafors Group Helpline on 01484 854788. You can check out the website and download a digital catalogue at www.snickersworkwear.co.uk or email sales@hultaforsgroup.co.uk


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WELCOME

Supreme Concrete launches new stockist guide for 2020 As part of its commitment to supporting the built environment, Supreme Concrete, the UK’s leading manufacturer of precast concrete products and fencing systems, has released its new stockist guide for 2020. The easy to use brochure has been updated to incorporate the latest changes to its extensive product offering following the addition of Anderton Concrete’s building and fencing products into its portfolio. In addition to its updated product offering, the newly refreshed guide provides customers with a simple pricelist to help streamline the planning and specification stages.

specific products for each project they are working on. This can be easily done through the guide’s simple breakdown of the products’ attributes, including colours, textures and pricing.

Mark Swift, Director of Sales for Supreme Concrete, said: “Our latest stockist guide provides a handy catalogue for customers to refer to when selecting

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“2019 has seen a fantastic increase to our product range, including the inclusion of pre-blended packs of high quality Shearstone Walling Stone, all of which can be found in our new stockist guide.”


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Go-ahead for ground breaking new £150m mental health facilities at springfield university hospital South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) has today announced that it has secured government approval to start work on its two new state-of-the-art facilities for south west Londoners. This multi-million-pound development will see the construction of two new mental health facilities set to open in 2022 on its largest site in Tooting, south London. This includes eight new inpatient wards which will be further boosted by the modernisation of the Trust’s community services. SWLSTG has already started construction work on this programme, which will include new housing and a 32-acre public park (the first of its kind since the 2012 London Olympics). The Trust has now formally signed contracts for the delivery of the Springfield University Hospital development with Springfield and Tolworth Estate Partnership (STEP), a 50/50 partnership between Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures

Ltd and Kajima Partnerships. STEP will act as master developer for the site with Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd as main contractor for the new mental health units and the park, surrounding public realm and infrastructure. This huge milestone in the Trust’s Estate Modernisation Programme marks a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the way the SWLSTG delivers mental health services for 1.1m south west Londoners. The Trust received government approval for its Full Business Case for the development following extensive engagement with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS Improvement, NHS England and Her Majesty’s Treasury.


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Ann Beasley CBE, Chair of South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust said: “This is the biggest landmark yet in our Estate Modernisation Programme and we are extremely proud of getting permission to go ahead and being able to start work on these brand-new, first class inpatient facilities. “This new environment will make a huge difference to our patients and the way we provide the best quality care towards their recovery. “It is incredibly important to us that we provide patients with the best environment and services possible and we are pleased to have done this primarily through raising our own funds. “Furthermore, this work will ensure that the Springfield University Hospital site is regenerated in a way which reduces the stigma of mental health conditions by integrating our organisation with our community.” Vanessa Ford, Acting Chief Executive of South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust said: “We have been developing the plans for our brand-new mental health inpatient wards for many years and we are delighted to have received government approval, meaning we can begin construction on these state-ofthe-art inpatient buildings.

The plans, now formally approved, will bring forward a range of benefits to the people who use the Trust’s services, their carers and the local community, including: • World class mental health facilities: delivering the best care for patients • 839 brand new homes: providing housing for local families in Tooting • A 32-acre public park: providing excellent outdoor space including a gym and play areas for our local community • Community shops and a café: for local residents to meet and relax • Extensive community healthcare: treating people closer to their families and their home • District heating system and centralised energy centre: providing efficient heating and reducing carbon emissions • Land to be made available for a new school: investing in our children’s future • More than £5 million for new transport facilities: boosting transport links for local residents

“The wards will revolutionise the way we deliver care for generations to come and ensure we can provide high quality and safe services. The new facilities have been carefully designed alongside our clinicians and service users to provide the most supportive environment and innovative facilities for the delivery of mental health care. “As well good news for patients, the new hospital facilities will be good news for the environment with much more efficient use of energy and working towards a carbon neutral footprint.” Harriet Gladwell-Phillips, the STEP General Manager commented: “We are delighted to be involved in the Estate Modernisation Programme at Springfield. It’s a pioneering project for the NHS providing not only much needed high quality mental health facilities, but also housing and new green spaces for south west London. “The whole area will benefit from the redevelopment of the site, which will bring together new and existing people who live and work at Springfield to create a community with mental health and wellbeing at its heart.”



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‘X-TREME’ 4-WAY STRETCH FLEXIBLE COMFORT FROM ENGEL WORKWEAR Recognised for its comprehensive range of well fitting, stylish and practical workwear, Danish manufacturer ENGEL build further on their reputation in the UK with the introduction of their new ‘X-Treme’ 4 - Way Stretch’ work trousers. Designed to allow as much flexibility as possible whilst kneeling or bending, the slim-fit trousers feature a 4-way stretch ‘breathable’, cooling fabric which quickly absorbs and dries light perspiration. The knee-pad pockets are reinforced with hard wearing Kevlar Teramid and have two options for pad height adjustment; in addition to the many useful pockets for keeping essential tools and accessories immediately to hand, some of which have either Velcro or zip closures, optional hanging tool pockets can be attached to the

waist; the trousers also have extra deep hems so that lengths can be increased if required. Made from 73% nylon, 17% cotton and 10% elastine, the ‘Engel X-Treme 4-Way Stretch’ work trousers are available in a variety of colour combinations and in all popular sizes. For more information contact Gareth Bladen – email: gbl@f-engel.com Telephone: +44(0) 7759 520034 or visit: www.engel.eu/en


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Knee and body protection from Redbacks Cushioning Redbacks Cushioning Limited, developers of the award winning, ‘Leaf-Spring’ cushioning technology offers a range of products to help protect the knees and body from damage caused by kneeling

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he Redbacks Pocket Kneepad, specifically designed to fit work trousers, features a flexible leaf-spring held within a thermoplastic honeycomb matrix which unlike foam or gel ensures a high compression rate and 100% recovery to its original shape. This combination and the inherent ‘memory’ aspect gives unique controlled weight distribution; the deceleration of pressure protects both the knees and body from potentially damaging impact forces and gives long lasting, anti-fatigue support; traditional foam or gel solutions create point-pressure which focus the force or energy to a point which is then transmitted back into the knee joint and beyond. Easy to slide in and curved to fit comfortably around the knee, the water-resistant pads which conform to CE EN14404 Type 2 Level 1 help to protect against possible injury from sharp objects, wick away sweat and provide thermal protection from warm or cold surfaces; they are machine washable at 30°c and 100% recyclable. For more information or to become a supplier visit www.redbackscushioning.com email: sales@redbackscushioning.com or telephone: 01327 702104


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NEW EVO®VISTA™ DUALSWITCH™ HELMET certified to both EN397 and EN12492 with integrated eye protection

The EVO®VISTA™ DUALSWITCH™ helmet provides the perfect solution and protection for those needing both Head Protection for working at ground level and working at height combined with Eye Protection in the form of a lens or shield which is fully integrated and fully compatible.

The EVO®VISTA™ DUALSWITCH™ Helmet offers the choice of either a VISTAlens™ or VISTAshield™ depending on the levels of protection and performance required.

Select the EVO®VISTAlens™ DUALSWITCH™ Optical class 1 overspec for an unobstructed wide view lens conforming to EN166.1.FT.KN providing F rated impact Combining the new EVO®VISTA™ retractable eyewear protection - tested with 6mm steel ball bearing at speeds helmet technology with the innovative DUALSWITCH™ of up to 100mph (160kph), even at extreme temperatures chinstrap harness system, it is easy for the wearer to with anti-scratch and anti-mist coatings. Or choose the switch between working at ground level standard EN397 EVO®VISTAshield™ DUALSWITCH™ Optical class 1 and working at height safety standard EN12492 by eyeshield which offers a clear panoramic view conforming flicking a switch. to EN166.1.AT.KN providing A rated impact protection - tested with 6mm steel ball bearing at speeds of up to At the same time, the EVO®VISTA™ DUALSWITCH™ 425mph (685kph), even at extremes of temperature with helmet provides individuals with compatible integrated anti-scratch and anti-mist coatings. Optical class 1 eye protection which is fully retractable when not in use and cannot be lost by the user or The EVO® VISTA DUALSWITCH™ range has been damaged on site after issue. Wearers can wear their own designed to be fully compatible with JSP respirators such spectacles under the lens or shield saving additional as the Force™8 PressToCheck™ and the Sonis® helmetcosts to companies for prescription safety eyewear. mounted ear defender range.


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ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET The Latest Footwear Technology from U-Power – Personal Anti-Fatigue Matting Italian safety footwear manufacturer U-Power has just launched the most technologically-advanced safety shoe on the market – the Red-Carpet.

The Red-Carpet range of 20 different styles, to our knowledge is the first in the world to feature its very own, anti-fatigue matting insert in every outer sole, made from a revolutionary new material from BASF.

shape of the foot. Two of the styles feature Hypertex Putek® technology, a breathable and water-repellent material that is 20 times more abrasion-resistant than traditional materials.

Wearing a Red-Carpet shoe feels like standing on an anti-fatigue mat. The shoe stimulates the foot to continually revitalise blood flow and energy through the legs and feet, so eases fatigue and exerts a positive influence across the whole body, relieving neck, back, leg and joint pain, increasing circulation, providing exceptional comfort and hugely improving the working day.

U-Power’s Managing Director, Stuart Thorne, said: “Gone are the days of expensive, slippery, hard to clean and maintain anti-fatigue matting that constantly needs to be replaced. The matting has been transferred from the workplace floor to the Red-Carpet shoe, sending the body stress relief they need direct to the wearer’s feet.

Every Red-Carpet shoe comes as ESD as standard, is lightweight and flexible,highly slip resistant and features an anti-static, shock-absorbing, breathable Elastopan® memory + Gel insole that moulds to the

“And gone are the days of fatigued and aching legs and limbs for those whose jobs entail a lot of standing and little movement, such as in the automotive or packaging industries. The stress and trauma of a fixed work position are removed, just by wearing the Red-Carpet.”

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