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19th June, 2024 - Asbestos

What Happens To Your Lungs When You Breathe Asbestos

Asbestos is mostly a health risk to your lungs. Breathing in deadly asbestos can cause permanent damage to the inner cells and the outer lining of your lungs and chest wall. How does it get in? And what happens to your lungs when you are exposed? Let's take a look.

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13th June, 2024 - Construction

20 Tips For Better Construction Site Security

Site security is an important issue in construction. Your site could be at risk from thieves and vandals, but it could also appear to be an exciting place for children or a shortcut for someone's way home. Here are 20 tips for better construction site security.

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11th June, 2024 - Fire

50 Potential Fire Hazards In The Workplace

Fire hazards in your workplace are anything that may create a fire, and you need to identify them in your fire risk assessment. In this blog post, we will look at the three types of fire hazards you might find in your workplace, including ignition, fuel, and oxygen fire hazards.

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5th June, 2024 - Toolbox Talks

Are Toolbox Talks A Legal Requirement?

Toolbox talks are often used as part of a good health and safety management system to refresh, renew and provide health and safety information. But beyond being good practice, are toolbox talks a legal requirement?

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30th May, 2024 - CDM

When Does A Principal Designer Need To Be Appointed?

You need to appoint a principal designer on all construction projects involving more than one contractor (including subcontractors). This requirement applies to any type of construction project, including domestic (where the appointment can happen automatically).

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28th May, 2024 - CDM

CDM Guide For Developers And Housebuilders

How does CDM apply if you are both the client and the builder? For developers, CDM can seem like a lot to handle when multiple CDM roles apply. So if you're developing a plot or doing up a house to sell, and managing the project yourself, here's our CDM guide for developers and housebuilders.

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22nd May, 2024 - Inductions

What Should Be Included In A Construction Site Induction?

Every worker on your construction project needs a site induction. But what should it include? Construction sites are high-risk environments, and the information you include in your induction could be the difference between a safe site or an accident waiting to happen.

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16th May, 2024 - Construction

Construction Noise And Working Hours Near Residential Areas

The law does not limit noise to certain hours, but between 11 pm to 7 am councils can enforce restricted permitted noise levels. Construction work ideally shouldn't be carried out during these hours, especially close to residential areas, but there can be exceptions.

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14th May, 2024 - Management

Your Near Miss Reporting Procedure Needs These 6 Simple Rules

If you are thinking about starting a near-miss reporting system, you need more than a form. A successful near-miss reporting system starts with good design and ends with results. Here are six simple rules that will help you get the most out of your near-miss reporting procedure.

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8th May, 2024 - CDM

CDM Notifiable Projects Working Days And Person Days Explained

Notifiable CDM projects are construction projects that you need to tell the HSE about. If your construction project meets certain criteria - based on project length and the number of people on site - you have to notify the HSE, and your project is notifiable.

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2nd May, 2024 - Management

HSE Improvement Notices Vs Prohibition Notices

If the HSE visit your premises or site and find something wrong, they will expect you to put it right. You may get an enforcement notice, an improvement notice or a prohibition notice. But what are the differences between an improvement notice and a prohibition notice?

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30th April, 2024 - Management

What The Law Says About Hot Water At Work

No hot water at work? Hand washing is important for cleanliness, at work and home. As an employee, you have legal rights to certain welfare facilities at work. As an employer, if you don't provide it, you could find yourself in a different kind of hot water with the HSE or local authorities.

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