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Safer Sphere Today National Award winning CDM Consultants of the Year!

Building Regulations B1 changes Safer Sphere takes a look at the changes to the Building Regulations, Part B1, following the Grenfell disaster

Wins and Completions See the latest contract wins and completed projects from Safer Sphere

Safer Sphere News We take a look at the latest Safer Sphere news



What's Inside Forward Managing Directors welcome

Wins & Completions Discover our latest contract wins & completions

Building Regulation Amendments Safer Sphere takes a look at changes to the Building Regulations, Part B1, following the Grenfell disaster

Industry News All the latest news in construction

Safer Sphere News We take a look at the latest news at Safer Sphere

Page Guide 03 Forward 04 Building Regulation Changes 07 Health and Safety News 11 Safer Sphere News 13 New Appointment - Richard Procter 14 Case Study 15 Wins & Completions

Welcome . . .

Welcome to the latest edition of Safer Sphere Today. In this issue, we take a look at the latest health and safety news as well as providing an insight into our business. This month we explore the new updates to the Building Regulations part B1 following the Grenfell disaster in our main feature. We also take a look at our business wins and project completions as well as exploring one of our projects in more detail in our featured case study. Also in this issue, we welcome our new Associate Director for the South region, Richard Procter and have some exciting award news that we can only win with your help.  Safer Sphere operates nationally from our headquarters in the St Helens, with additional offices in Liverpool and Reading providing clients with support under CDM 2015.  If you have a need for any business or project support please contact our team. Kindest regards

Mike Forsyth

T: 01744 768023 E: info@safersphere.co.uk W: safersphere.co.uk






Main Feature

Devastating fire risks 

Building Regulations, Part B1 changes focusing on the use of ‘combustible cladding’. After extensive industry consultation as a result of the tragedy of the Grenfell fire the government has introduced an amendment to the Building Regulations, Part B1, which prohibits the use of ‘combustible cladding’ in high-rise residential buildings above 18 metres. The Building (Amendment) Regulations, SI 2018/1230 came into force on 21 December 2018, they apply solely to England. The amendment implements the promised ban on combustible cladding by prohibiting the use of combustible materials anywhere in the external walls of high-rise buildings over 18m above ground level, containing one or more dwellings. This ban will apply whenever the 4

work comes within the scope of Building Regulations, so it applies to new buildings and to refurbishment work where the external wall is involved. It will also apply if a building, which is not currently within the scope of the ban, subsequently undergoes a change of use that means it falls within scope. At which point the external walls must be brought into compliance with the new requirements. The ban is being implemented through explicit regulation rather than through guidance The changes apply to what the regulations call a relevant building, which is not the same as a relevant building under the Fire Safety Order. The term relevant   

building within the Regulations refers to a building with a storey (not including roof top plant or storeys containing plant rooms etc.) more than 18 metres above ground level and which contains at least one dwelling, an institution (hospitals) or a room for residential purposes but excluding hotels, hostels and boarding houses.    Basically, the changes contained within the amendment regulations are; A new definition of external wall An extensive definition of what constitutes an external wall is added under the heading Interpretation (2).  The definition includes; safersphere.co.uk

(i) anything located within any space forming part of the wall; (ii) any decoration or other finish applied to any external (but not internal) surface forming part of the wall; (iii) any windows and doors in the wall; and (iv) any part of a roof pitched at an angle of more than 70 degrees to the horizontal if that part of the roof adjoins a space within the building to which persons have access, but not access only for the purpose of carrying out repairs or maintenance; There is also a definition for specified attachments which include balconies, solar panels and brise soleil. A new category under ‘material change of use’ A new category is introduced within material change of use so that works to investigate and upgrade the external walls of a building will be required where, ‘the building is a building described in regulation 7(4) (a), where previously it was not”. 7(4)(a) is a reference to relevant buildings mentioned above. So, for example, if an office building is converted into student accommodation and has a storey over 18 metres a review of the external wall construction and upgrade is required if it did not meet the new requirements for combustibility. However, if the building is changed to a hotel the requirement would not apply. 5

The current Regulations already make allowances for considering external fire spread via the walls within Regulation 6 (c) which requires B4(1) (external fire spread – walls) to be considered when a material change of use is carried out on a building exceeding 15 meters in height. An additional requirement under Regulation 7, ‘materials and workmanship’ Regulation 7 (2) has been introduced which effectively states that, in relation to a relevant building, materials which become part of an external wall or specified attachment shall meet the classification for materials of limited combustibility A2 or noncombustible A1 in accordance with BS EN 13501, reference to all other classification methods (BS 476) have been removed. There are various exclusions from this requirement given in Regulation 7(3) examples being window frames, insulation and waterproofing material below ground and seals, gaskets etc. Ensuring these changes are considered will be key to any designer and contractor to ensure there is no repeat of the fire distasters we have seen recently and reduce fire risk and possible risk to life. 

"industry consultation as a result of the tragedy of the Grenfell fire"


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Latest H&S News

Company fined after scaffolding collapses at school A scaffolding company has been fined after scaffolding it had erected collapsed onto a neighbouring primary school. Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard Swain Scaffolding Limited had erected scaffolding 7m high and 8m long at the gable end of a residential property in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan. On 5 May 2017 at approximately 1.30pm, the scaffold collapsed landing on a single storey roof above playground of a neighbouring school. At the time of the collapse, a group of nursery children were in the playground only a few metres away and minutes before the collapse the playground had been full of children playing after their lunch break. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the scaffolding was not designed or installed to withstand foreseeable loads. It was not tied to the adjacent building, nor did it have adequate buttressing or rakers 

and was essentially a freestanding structure. The investigation found that it was almost inevitable that the scaffolding would collapse, even in unremarkable weather conditions. Swain Scaffolding Limited of Heol Y Nant, Rhiwbina, Cardiff was found guilty of breaching Regulation 19(2) of the Construction Design and Management Regulations and was fined £24,000and ordered to pay £3452.50 in costs. Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Gemma Pavey commented: “Failure to adequately design and install scaffolding, so that it can withstand foreseeable loads, creates risk to workers and members of the public who could be injured by an uncontrolled collapse. “Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.” sourcehttp://press.hse.gov.uk/2019/02/11/company-fined-after-scaffolding-collapses-at-school/

Construction firms fined after worker suffers fatal fall Oliver Connell and Son Ltd and Rydon Construction Ltd have been fined after a worker fell to his death when a temporary platform collapsed. Southwark Crown Court heard how, on 24 July 2015, Mr Vasile Nichitut was working on the fifth floor of the construction site at the Green Man Lane Estate, when he walked onto a temporary platform covering a vertical shaft, which collapsed beneath him. He fell approximately 14m and died as a result of his injuries. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Oliver Connell and Son Ltd had failed to ensure that work at height was properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe and practicable manner. Specifically, there was no temporary works design for the platform and the company’s system for installing and inspecting it was inadequate. Rydon Construction Ltd failed to plan,  

temporary platform to ensure that, construction work is carried out without risks to health or safety. They failed to identify the lack of design drawings and carry out suitable checks on the platform. Oliver Connell and Son Ltd, of Zanrose House, Horsenden Lane South, Greenford, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and have been fined £360,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4834.08.

system for managing the  temporary works on site is established and adhered to. Crucially, all temporary works require a design to ensure that they are suitable for purpose. “In this case the failure to manage the risks associated with temporary works and work at height led to the entirely preventable death of Mr Nichitut.”

Rydon Construction Ltd, of Rydon House, Station Road, Forest Row, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, and have been fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £40,740.88. After the hearing, HSE inspector Owen Rowley said: “The consequences of temporary works failing can be dire. All contractors involved must ensure that an effective source;http://press.hse.gov.uk/2019/02/15/construction-firms-fined-after-worker-suffers-fatal-fall 



HSE Safety Alert

Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume Bulletin No: STSU1 – 2019 Issue Date: February 2019 Target Audience: All workers, employers, self-employed, contractors’ and any others who undertake welding activities, including mild steel, in any industry. Key Issues: There is new scientific evidence that exposure to all welding fume, including mild steel welding fume, can cause lung cancer. There is also limited evidence linked to kidney cancer. There is a change in HSE enforcement expectations in relation to the control of exposure of welding fume, including that from mild steel welding. All businesses undertaking welding activities should ensure effective engineering controls are provided and correctly used to control fume arising from those welding activities. Where engineering controls are not adequate to control all fume exposure, adequate and suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is also required to control risk from the residual fume. Consequences: With immediate effect, there is a strengthening of HSE’s enforcement expectation for all welding fume, including mild steel welding; because general ventilation does not achieve the necessary control. Outcome: Control of the cancer risk will require suitable engineering controls for all welding activities indoors e.g. Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV). Extraction will also control exposure to manganese, which is present in mild steel welding fume, which can cause neurological effects similar to Parkinson’s disease. Where LEV alone does not adequately control exposure, it should be supplemented by adequate and suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to protect against the residual fume. Appropriate RPE should be provided for welding outdoors. You should ensure welders are suitably instructed and trained in the use of these controls. Regardless of duration, HSE will no longer accept any welding undertaken without any suitable exposure control measures in place, as there is no known level of safe exposure. Risk assessments should reflect the change in the expected control measures Action Required: Make sure exposure to any welding fume released is adequately controlled using engineering controls (typically LEV). Make sure suitable controls are provided for all welding activities, irrelevant of duration. This includes welding outdoors. Where engineering controls alone cannot control exposure, then adequate and suitable RPE should be provided to control risk from any residual fume. Make sure all engineering controls are correctly used, suitably maintained and are subject to thorough examination and test where required. Make sure any RPE is subject to an RPE  programme. An RPE programme encapsulates all the elements of RPE use you need to ensure that your RPE is effective in protecting the wearer. For the full report visit the HSE website, if you need more guidance and support please contact us and let us help source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/mild-steel-welding-fume



HSE Guidance

HSE Guidance - Scaffold Checklist In recent weeks the UK has been battered by strong winds and heavy rain which can have a major impact on the stability of scaffolding. The HSE has a comprehensive guide when it comes to Scaffold which might assist you on your projects. This guide is intended to clarify when a scaffold design is required and what level of training and competence those erecting, dismantling, altering, inspecting and supervising scaffolding operations are expected to have. Scaffold design It is a requirement of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 that unless a scaffold is assembled to a generally recognised standard configuration, eg NASC Technical Guidance TG20 for tube and fitting scaffolds or similar guidance from manufacturers of system scaffolds, the scaffold should be designed by bespoke calculation, by a competent person, to ensure it will have adequate strength, rigidity and stability while it is erected, used and dismantled. At the start of the planning process, the user should supply relevant information to the scaffold contractor to ensure an accurate and proper design process is followed.  Typically this information should include: site location period of time the scaffold is required to be in place intended use height and length and any critical dimensions which may affect the scaffold number of boarded lifts maximum working loads to be imposed and maximum number of people using the scaffold at any one time type of access onto the scaffold eg staircase, ladder bay, external ladders whether there is a requirement for sheeting, netting or brickguards any specific requirements or provisions eg pedestrian walkway, restriction on tie locations, inclusion/provision for mechanical handling plant eg hoist) nature of the ground conditions or supporting structure information on the structure/building the scaffold will be erected against together with any relevant dimensions and drawings any restrictions that may affect the erection, alteration or dismantling process Prior to installation, the scaffold contractor or scaffold designer can then provide relevant information about the scaffold.  This should include: type of scaffold required (tube & fitting or system) maximum bay lengths maximum lift heights platform boarding arrangement (ie 5 + 2) and the number of boarded lifts that can be used at any one time safe working load / load class maximum leg loads maximum tie spacing both horizontal and vertical and tie duty details of additional elements such as beamed bridges, fans, loading bays etc, which may be a standard configuration (see note 1 ref TG20:13) or specifically designed information can be included in relevant drawings if appropriate any other information relevant to the design, installation or use of the scaffold reference number, date etc. to enable recording, referencing and checking All scaffolding must be erected, dismantled and altered in a safe manner.  This is achieved by following the guidance provided by the NASC in document SG4 ‘Preventing falls in scaffolding’ for tube and fitting scaffolds or by following similar guidance provided by the manufacturers of system scaffolding. For scaffolds that fall outside the scope of a generally recognised standard configuration the design must be such that safe erection and dismantling techniques can also be employed throughout the duration of the works. To ensure stability for more complex scaffolds, drawings should be produced and, where necessary, these may need to be supplemented with specific instructions. Any proposed modification or alteration that takes a scaffold outside the scope of a generally recognised standard configuration should be designed by a competent person and proven by calculation. 9


HSE Guidance

HSE Guidance - Scaffold Checklist Scaffold structures that normally require bespoke design Includes: all shoring scaffolds (dead, raking, flying) cantilevered scaffolds 1 truss-out Scaffolds façade retention access scaffolds with more than the 2 working lifts2 buttressed free-standing scaffolds temporary roofs and temporary buildings support scaffolds complex loading bays 1 mobile and static towers 1 free standing scaffolds 1 temporary ramps and elevated roadways staircases and fire escapes (unless covered by manufacturers instructions) spectator terraces and seating stands bridge scaffolds 1 towers requiring guys or ground anchors offshore scaffolds pedestrian footbridges or walkways slung and suspended scaffolds protection fans 1 pavement gantries marine scaffolds boiler scaffolds power line crossings lifting gantries and towers steeple scaffolds radial / splayed scaffolds on contoured facades system scaffolds outside manufacturers guidance sign board supports sealing end structures (such as temporary screens) temporary storage on site masts, lighting towers and transmission towers sdvertising hoardings/banners rubbish chute any scaffold structure not mentioned above that falls outside the ‘compliant scaffold’ criteria in TG20 or similar guidance from manufacturers of system scaffolds.   The above list is not exhaustive and any scaffold that is not a standard configuration or does not comply with published manufacturers’ guidelines will require a specific design produced by a competent person. If you need more guidance and support please contact us and let us help and for the latest guidance on Scaffolding visit the HSE website. source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/scaffoldinginfo.htm: 



Safer Sphere opens Reading office Safer Sphere continues with their growth plans by opening a new office based in Reading. The move comes off the back of an increase in project appointments and overall growth within the South region of the UK and follows the opening of the Liverpool office in May of last year. The new Reading office will be headed by the company’s latest hire Richard Procter, who has joined the business this month as Associate Director and CDM Consultant (South). Mike Forsyth, Managing Director, Safer Sphere said “We have seen an increase in demand for our services in the South region with many clients coming back to us for new projects.

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We strategically expanded our offices to Liverpool last year so that we could be closer to our Liverpool projects and clients so, with the growing demand in London and the surrounding area, we decided that expanding our operation around the South region on a full-time basis makes sense. Richard is an experienced Health and Safety professional with a vast amount of experience having previously worked at Capita and Carillion and is a perfect fit for our business and to lead the growth of the area. Once Richard has settled in the plans are to bring on board more experienced CDM Consultants from the London area and have a London based team.”

Safer Sphere appoints new Associate Director in the South Safer Sphere has appointed a new Associate Director to head up our brandnew South region office as part of the business’s expansion plans. Richard Procter formerly of Capita and Carilion will assist the business with its expansion plans in the South region and will be taking over numerous projects already in the area. Richard has a wealth of experience in Construction Health and Safety having worked on projects such as Heathrow Airport and various projects at Southmead Hospital with a project value of £430m.

Richard said “I am really excited to be joining Safer Sphere this year and to be heading up the South region. Safer Sphere is a leader in Construction Health and Safety and the CDM regulations which was demonstrated at the end of last when the company took home the award for ‘CDM Consultant of the Year’ at the National Association for Project Safety (APS) awards. It is a really exciting time for the business, and I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to the role and helping achieve growth in the area.”

Safer Sphere makes NWCSG awards final We were delighted to have made the final of the North West Construction Safety Group awards this year in the brand new 'Consultant' category. It has been a real achievement to be shortlisted for an award so early in the year and the award ceremony coincides with the safety groups 40th anniversary. We narrowly missed out on taking home the award on the night but was honoured to have made it so far. Fun was had by the whole team on the night with wonderful food, entertainment and company.  


Mike Forsyth, Managing Director said "Whilst it is always disappointing to not take home an award, it was an achievement in itself to make the shortlist as there was a high volume of entries and we made it to the final. All of our team work so hard and it is nice to attend these events to see their hard work pay off. A great night was had by all and we look forward to next years event.


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We have been shortlisted.. And we need your help! We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the 'Best Health and Safety Consultancy' at this year's Grafters awards. But we need your help... In order for us to have a chance at taking home the award, we need your vote. Voting makes up 50% of the overall result so please help us by casting your vote today!

Voting closes on 4th April. Please click on the button to the right to vote for us! 9



New Team Member CV Name: Richard Procter Role: Associate Director (South) Certified Member of the Association for Project Safety (CMaPS) Registered Occupational Safety and Health Consultant (OSHCR)   Incorporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (ICIOB)  Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH)  Richard has worked for over 30 years in the Construction, FM, and Support Services sectors, with expertise in the field of CDM / Health & Safety management.   He is a very experienced health & safety professional gained over the last 19 years, which has included Regional Director and CDM/Health & Safety Consultancy Manager positions before joining Safer Sphere. Richard has worked on a wide range of construction projects and health & safety commissions values ranging from £10k to £1.6 + billion, across a diverse range of sectors including PFI/PPP, Defence & Government (Richard holds SC clearance), Healthcare, Retail, Residential, Office, Education, Mixed Use Developments, Local Authority, Civil Engineering, Airports, to national Facilities Management portfolios and Charity Events.  Professional Qualifications

Professional Memberships

BSc (Hons) Safety, Health and Environmental

CMaPS - Certified member of the Association of


Project Safety

BOHS P405 Management of Asbestos in Buildings

CMIOSH - Chartered Member Institution of


Occupational Health & Safety  

PTLLS – Level 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the

IOSH - Chartered Member Chartered Institute of

lifelong Learning Sector


Approved IOSH and NEBOSH Tutor

OSHCR – Registered Occupational Safety and

Approved NEBOSH NGC3 Assessor

Health Consultant

UK/PIA Petrol Retail – SPA Safety Passport

MIIRSM – Member of the International Institute

CSCS Card, Manager & Professional

of Risk and Safety Management

In his time as CDM/Health & Safety Professional Richard has delivered the statutory Roles of Planning Supervisor, CDM Client’s Agent, CDM Co-ordinator, Principal Designer, and support services as Principal Designer Advisor, and CDM2015 Client Advisor. Specialist commissions have included auditing, training, and developing CDM / Health & Safety Management Systems for Local Authorities, Property Owners & Developers, Design Practices, national and regional Contractors, and FM Providers. Richard has a long, successful career within the construction sector that spans over 30 years and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with the Safer Sphere team and our Clients.

Welcome to the Safer Sphere Team Richard!




"I would highly recommend them for their breadth of CDM knowledge and practicality in a challenging construction environment."



Fairhursts Designer Group

December 2016 - January 2019



Principal Designer Advisor

National Horizons Centre - Teesside University

Service Description

Safer Sphere was appointed in the role of Principal Designer Advisor on the construction of the new National Horizons Centre at Teesside University. The new facility has been developed for scientific innovation, research and teaching.  Additional work to the site included the development of the car park for the new facility and landscaping around the new building structure. Under CDM 2015 the scope of services includes: Principal Designer Advisor services in line with CDM 2015 Assisting with H&S in designs, buildability and programme to reduce risk profiles Assisting the Client in discharging their duties under CDM 14

Senior Architect - Fairhursts Design Group

Pre-Contract reviews with sub-contractors and packages.

Service Challenges Whilst the client and design team have led the design with best practice CDM principles, some of the key challenges included:-  Maintaining the current right of way through the site to the university teaching facilities Working on a live campus with students and teaching staff Provision of welfare facilities as the site has no power and water.


Wins & Completions

wins & completions Take a look at all of Safer Sphere's new project wins and project completions since our last issue.

Client: ENGIE Project: 3 new operating theatres - Manchester Royal Infirmary Service: Principal Designer Advisor 

Client: UMC Architects Project:  Western Approach Service: Prinicpal Designer Advisor


Client: Dandara Project: 1887 The Pantiles Service: Principal Designer Advisor & CDM Client Advisor

Client: Griffen Project: Unit 8 Wellesbourne Service: Principal Designer Advisor

Client: Fairhurst Design Goup Project: Wellcome Trust Genome Campus Extension Service: Prinicpal Designer Advisor

Client: Interserve/ Leeds LEP Project: Middleton Nursey School Service: Principal Designer Advisor & CDM Client Advisor safersphere.co.uk

Wins & Completions

Client: Fairhursts Design Group Project: Horizons Centre - Teesside University Service: Prinicpal Designer Advisor

Client: Jon Matthews Architects & Ask Real Estate Project: First Street, Manchester Service: Principal Designer Advisor & CDM Client Advisor

Client: ENGIE & NHS Trust Project: Project RED, Manchester Royal Infirmary Service: Prinicpal Designer Advisor & CDM Client Advisor

Support services - New clients C. A. Burke Construction Ltd


We are pleased to welcome C A Burke Construction who have come on board with us by signing up to our Contractor support services and Zerum who have signed up to our Designer support services. We look forward to working with you guys and providing expert health and safety knowledge and support. 



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