Health & Safety Update - December 2021

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Health & Safety Update | DECEMBER 2021

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Health & Safety Update | DECEMBER 2021

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GOVERNMENT CREATES NEW DEPARTMENT FOR BUILDING SAFETY The government has announced a new name and focus for the home of building safety, with the creation of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). After an extensive reshuffle that saw the departure of Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Prime Minister has also expanded the Ministry’s remit, and changed its name in the process. DLUHC is headed up by Michael Gove, and now includes the delivery of the levelling up agenda and responsibility for the union. Andy Haldane has been seconded into the Department in charge of a new levelling up taskforce. He was previously at the Bank of England and had only recently departed to head up the RSA. Expanding the large policy role even further, Michael Gove will also have responsibility for UK governance and elections and takes on the additional title of Minister for Intergovernmental Relations,

leading co-ordination with the devolved administration on the Prime Minister’s behalf. Lord Greenhalgh retains oversight of fire and building safety as Building Safety and Communities Minister in the new Department, and as Fire Minister in the Home Office. For more information on the DLUHC, click here. Click here for more on the Building Safety Bill.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT HAND WASHING AND DRYING AT WORK NEW RESEARCH SHOWS THE MAJORITY OF EMPLOYEES DO NOT WASH AND DRY THEIR HANDS PROPERLY New independent research has found that the majority of employees do not wash and dry their hands properly at work, despite both washing and drying being important to help reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses, including Covid. The YouGov research, commissioned by national washroom service provider, Elis, found that 55% of employees say they wash their hands for less than the recommended 20 seconds when they are at work, with 27% washing their hands for ten seconds or less. Only 37% said they wash their hands for 20 seconds or more, with those over 55 (45%) more likely to, compared to other age groups. The research also found that 57% say they leave the workplace washroom with damp hands because the drying equipment is not good enough or fast enough, with those working in London (60%) and the under 35s (65%) the most likely to say this. Only 31% of employees say they always leave their workplace washroom with dry hands, compared to 66% who say their hands are dry when they leave a bathroom at home. Nick Barton, regional director of UK-wide washroom service provider, Elis said: “We know that we should be washing our hands properly, but research has also shown that damp hands can spread more bacteria and viruses than dry hands, so it is important to dry hands properly too. The fact that employees are twice as likely to leave the workplace washroom with damp hands, compared to their bathroom at home, and that a majority blame the drying equipment, means there is an opportunity for employers to improve hand hygiene by providing better equipment.”

The Elis-commissioned research also uncovered which drying equipment employees believe is responsible for their hands being left damp. It revealed employee preferences when it comes to hand washing and drying equipment and which hand drying options employees believe are the most hygienic. Elis has produced a report on the research findings. Called ‘The truth about hand washing and drying

at work’, it also includes advice on how businesses can improve their hand washing and drying facilities. The report can be downloaded free at newsroom/news/truth-about-handwashing-and-drying-work For further information on Elis washroom services https:// washroom-service or telephone 0800 616691.


CONTRACTOR FINED AFTER EMPLOYEE FALLS FROM SCAFFOLDING A shopfitting company has been fined after an employee suffered multiple fractures after falling fifteen feet from scaffolding. An employee of TA Knox Shopfitters Ltd was working from a tower scaffold at the front of the Footasylum Store in the Trafford Centre, Manchester on 24 October 2019, when the scaffold moved throwing him off balance. Manchester Magistrates Court heard how he fell backwards against the safety rail of the scaffold, which gave way and he fell fifteen feet to the ground. The employee suffered ten fractured ribs, a fractured shoulder and a collapsed lung. The HSE’s investigation found that the safety rail had not been

fixed in place correctly, causing it to give way when the employee fell against it. It also found that the tower scaffold had not been erected by somebody with the appropriate skills, knowledge and training. If the edge protection been suitable and sufficient and the tower constructed by somebody competent to erect tower scaffolds, the incident could have been prevented. TA Knox Shopfitters Ltd of Hollingworth Road, Bredbury, Stockport pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The

company was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,623. Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Seve Gomez-Aspron said: “Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities and severe injuries in this country. The risks associated with work at height are well known. This incident could so easily have been avoided by ensuring that suitable and sufficient edge protection had been used and qualified people had been on site to erect a tower scaffold.”



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MS Properties (Northern) Ltd have been fined for safety breaches after employees were exposed to asbestos on 22 March 2019 after removing false ceiling tiles during a shop conversion at 309-315 Hessle Road, Hull. Beverley Magistrates’ Court heard that the company had not commissioned a refurbishment asbestos survey prior to the work commencing. Employees removed over 1000m2 of asbestos insulation board (AIB) ceiling tiles in an uncontrolled manner, exposing them to asbestos. The HSE’s investigation found that the company’s director, and the casual labourers they employed, spent approximately three to four weeks removing the suspended ceiling, along with the ceiling tiles which contained asbestos, to install new stud walls to divide the shop floor into separate units. The labourers were unskilled and untrained. They were provided with a claw hammer to knock the tiles down. The asbestos-containing tile debris was then shovelled or collected into approximately 62 one tonne bags. MS Properties (Northern) Limited of Beckside Business, Beckside Road, Bradford, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. The company has been fined £16,000, ordered to pay £3,011.87 in costs and a victim surcharge of £190. After the hearing, HSE Inspector Trisha Elvy commented: “If the company had identified any asbestos on the site through a refurbishment asbestos survey, carried out by a competent surveyor, and had it removed by licenced asbestos removal contractors prior to the refurbishment work commencing, then MS Properties (Northern) employees would not have been exposed to asbestos. “No matter how small or large your company, there is a need to prevent exposing your employees and the public to asbestos by ensuring that it is identified on site prior to any work commencing.”


COMBINING HI-VISIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY FOR WELLBEING AND SAFETY Snickers Workwear leads the way in developing responsible Hi-Vis protective wear. With an extensive range of Jackets, Trousers, Shorts, Toolvests, Shirts and Fleeces for men and women, there’s a host of garments in the Snickers Workwear range to satisfy the specific requirements of Class 1, 2 and 3 protection levels. The requirements of EN standards for wearing high visibility are interwoven with the Snickers Workwear hallmarks of functionality

and comfort in all the garments. What’s more, the lightweight Repreve® Polyester padding in the NEW AllroundWork Class 2 Hi-Vis padded jacket takes sustainablility in Hi-Vis workwear to a new level. This world-leading brand of recycled performance fibre combines with the hardwearing polyamide fabric and CORDURA® reinforcements for enhanced durability that’s

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The Snickers Workwear climate control system includes functional base layers, insulating mid layers and weather-protective outer layers. These technically advanced working clothes allow craftsmen and craftswomen to adjust to changing weather conditions on site so they’re always working effectively – with maximum comfort and protection. Take the new FlexiWork Inverted Pile jacket for example. This warm and versatile pile jacket can be used

both as a jacket in cooler conditions or a mid layer when the weather is more inclement. Made of laminated polyester fabric with a furry pile lining for optimal warmth and comfort, its ergonomics also feature shaped shoulders for a great fit and optimum freedom of movement. Hi-tech, advanced fabric technology like this is integral to all Snickers Workwear’s Base-, Mid- and Top-Layer garments for both men and women that always

combine well with the Snickers Workwear hallmarks of best-in-class durability, comfort, ergonomics and fit. campaigns/461 Getting information on the Snickers Workwear Layering system is easy. You can call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website and download a digital catalogue at or email

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The Do’s and Don’ts around Construction Boundary Monitoring Are you managing the impact of your construction site? Boundary monitoring can identify potential hazards, ensure compliance and protect the public from job-site hazards Construction dust can compromise air quality, environmental noise pollution can be harmful to workers and local residents, and excessive vibration can have damaging consequences. Alongside the human cost to health, fines of up to £20,000 ($30,000) per violation

are possible if preventable noise and dust exceed agreed emissions levels, and penalised companies may pay the additional price of reputational damage. Site management has a duty of care to protect against potentially dangerous conditions. However,

this can be challenging to manage without reliable data streams and instrumentation that gathers environmental information. Monitoring for noise, dust, vibration and harmful emissions makes it possible to manage the impact of your construction site.


Boundary monitoring can support construction site control by minimising potential contamination, protecting the public from jobsite hazards and allowing for adherence to the appropriate public health requirements. Consequently, more companies are turning to boundary monitoring technology to measure the risks and ensure they adhere to environmental limits and guidelines. To help site management teams make the most of the technology, Tim Turney, Global Marketing Manager at occupational hygiene and workplace hazard monitoring expert Casella, shares the Do’s and Don’ts of boundary monitoring.

Do know your site You must understand the area that surrounds your site and which locations to monitor. Large sites may need monitoring in more than one location, depending on the receptors around the site. For example, sites with nearby receptors such as schools, hospitals, or housing, will be more sensitive to disruption and require more monitoring. You may also have to measure vibration to avoid disruption or damage if sensitive buildings or people are working around the site. Being aware of the prevailing wind around your site is also essential. Ideally, a dust monitor should be both upwind and downwind of your site so that you can see the dust levels accumulating in your site and leaving it. Coupled with a wind speed direction sensor, this will allow you to mitigate and provide evidence against any complaints should they arise, with accurate data on whether excessive dust resulted from your site’s activity. Don’t mount monitors incorrectly Understanding how to mount any environmental monitor is essential to obtain accurate results. For example, noise monitors should not be mounted against flat surfaces because this will result in noise levels being overestimated. Any microphone should be above hoardings with a clear line of sight to the nearest receptor. Inlets for any real-time dust measurements should also be clear of obstacles and be mounted away from buildings, ideally between 1.5 and 4 metres above the ground. When measuring vibration, the sensor should be mounted to a concrete plinth firmly attached to the ground to ensure accurate measurements. Don’t just monitor at the start of construction It might be tempting to start monitoring at the beginning of the project’s construction phase, but a

period of baseline monitoring before the start of construction activities can be beneficial. Doing so will give you an understanding of dust and noise levels in the area prior to your site’s work commencing, providing a benchmark comparison that will enable you to assess and demonstrate the impact of your site once work begins. Do be proactive Traditional monitoring techniques such as dust deposit gauges limited the ability to be proactive. However, modern boundary monitors provide real-time noise, dust and vibrations levels with email or text alerts whenever prescribed levels have been exceeded. Having instant access to this data allows your site operators to act rapidly before any legal limits have been passed. For example, operators may move operations to another part of the site to reduce noise or measures such as dust suppression may be implemented, ensuring your site remains compliant. Do educate staff Guidance will need to be given to site operatives in order to know how to control noise and dust, such as what the limits are and how the site needs to perform. In addition to basic training on what the monitor does and how it works, knowledge on maintenance is key. For example, ensuring that units are not knocked or damaged and sensors such as noise monitors are calibrated on a regular basis. Ensuring you manage the impact of your construction site A comprehensive boundary monitoring program is a key part of any compliant, safety and environmentally focused construction project, ensuring your organisation adheres to environmental limits and guidelines and that your finances and reputation are protected.

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The 40 minute seminar covers all the relevant standards and regulations and is included in RIBA’s core curriculum: Design, Construction and Technology and Health, Safety and Wellbeing for the General Awareness knowledge level. It can be presented in person or virtually via a variety of online platforms and at a time to suit, usually lunchtime but breakfast seminars or afternoon sessions can be accommodated. To find out more or to book a CPD seminar, email or visit trainings-and-seminars-cpd. National Specification Manager Richard Richardson-Derry said: “More people die from smoke inhalation than fire itself, especially when smoke can travel freely through a building. This seminar explains how important fire doors are and how they can save lives.

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A GUIDE TO DISPOSING OF HAZARDOUS WASTE IN THE WORKPLACE Hazardous waste is a concern in many industries, particularly businesses working in the construction, manufacturing, utilities or healthcare sectors. There are many items and products that can be considered hazardous, from Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) such as phones and laptops, to materials such as paint, oil or chemical cleaners. In order to adhere to the necessary guidelines, here’s a guide to disposing of hazardous waste in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

What’s considered hazardous waste? Virtually all businesses will, at some point, produce hazardous waste. Even items as seemingly insignificant as batteries or printer toner can

be classified as hazardous and need to be disposed of in the right way. If your organisation deals with chemical or medical waste, painting or decorating materials, electronic items such as laptops and computer towers, or industrial cleaners, these need to be disposed of in a way that protects workers, the general public and the environment. Employers have a duty of care to ensure waste is treated properly and safely and must carry out risk assessments for all hazardous materials on-site. As WEEE solution and Asset Management firm, Priority Weee, explains: “All

companies in the UK are required by law to make sure that hazardous waste materials are disposed of in accordance with their duty of care responsibilities in a manner that poses no harm to humans or the environment. Many companies are increasingly concerned about their corporate social responsibility profiles and wish to be proactive on compliance in this regard”.

What steps do businesses need to take to dispose of hazardous waste? The first step to tackling hazardous waste is to



determine if it is indeed hazardous. Any waste your business produces needs to be categorised with the waste classification code: whether or not it’s deemed hazardous, the type of environment or business sector the waste was produced in, the name of the substance and the process that caused the waste. If there are any specific requirements or knowledge related to the type of waste you’re disposing of, this also needs to be included, along with a chemical and physical analysis of the waste. The waste then needs to be separated and stored safely in a secure location, using suitable containers to stop it from being mixed up with other types of waste. Make sure that the containers are labelled clearly, and use waterproof covers to stop the waste from blowing away or leaking, as well as from being contaminated by the rain. Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), all employees

need to be trained to deal with any hazardous materials they come into contact with. Where it’s essential that they have contact with hazardous substances, they need to be provided with the necessary PPE to keep them and those around them safe. The waste carrier you choose needs to be authorised to collect, recycle or dispose of hazardous waste. Even once the waste has left your premises, your business is still responsible for where it winds up, so using a reputable firm is essential for legal compliance. You will need to use consignment notes to move the waste and it needs to stay with it until it reaches the final destination. The Government has clear guidelines on how to fill out these notes for clear and concise information to accompany the waste you dispose of. Businesses need to keep these records for three years at the premises where the waste was produced

and stored. The consequences of not dealing with hazardous waste properly can pose serious health concerns depending on the waste being disposed of, as well as cause issues for the environment and animal habitats if it leaches into the ground without being treated properly. There’s also a risk of hefty fines if businesses are found to be disposing of hazardous waste without following the correct guidelines. By following just a few simple steps, businesses can ensure that any hazardous materials produced in the workplace will be disposed of or recycled in a safe, responsible, and relatively quick way, all while keeping to the current legislation. Click here for Guidance on the classification and assessment of waste (1st Edition v1.2.GB).

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