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13th April, 2021 - Vibration

How To Calculate Vibration Exposure To The ELV

The exposure limit value (ELV) under the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations is a value you must not exceed. But how do we calculate this limit? Calculating the ELV in real-life situations is not always straight forward, but using a points-based system, you can keep track of exposure levels.

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7th April, 2021 - Fire

What Type Of Fire Extinguisher Should You Use On Construction Sites?

On a construction site, like any other workplace, you should always have suitable fire extinguishers readily available and a fire and emergency plan in place. But what type of fire extinguisher should you use on a construction site? Water, foam, powder, carbon dioxide, or wet chemical?

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30th March, 2021 - Vibration

Understanding Your HAVS Trigger Times

HAVS trigger times are how long your hands and arms are exposed to vibration levels. Trigger times can often get overestimated because they are not always fully understood. In this post, we look at what trigger times are and how to measure them when assessing vibration exposure.

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24th March, 2021 - COSHH

How To Complete The COSHH Assessment Form

COSHH assessments are health and safety documents needed in nearly every type of business. Carrying out this assessment is a legal requirement, so you need to write it right. There are several steps to completing a COSHH assessment form. Follow these steps in order, as each stage leads to the next.

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18th March, 2021 - Paperwork

5 Best Risk Assessment Control Measures With Examples

Control measures are the things you put in place to reduce risk and prevent harm. A successful risk assessment must check existing controls, and consider if you need to do more. In this blog post, we look at the five best risk assessment control measures (with examples), and in which order you should apply them.

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16th March, 2021 - Fire

13 Fire Prevention Tips For Construction Sites

Construction sites are at a high risk of fire, so fire prevention must be a top priority when planning and managing construction work. There are a few reasons why a fire could start on your site, but there are ways to make it less likely - here are 13 tips for fire prevention on construction sites.

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10th March, 2021 - COSHH

What Is A Carcinogen?

Employers have a legal duty to protect workers from harm, including the health effects of hazardous substances and materials. Carcinogens in your workplace could put your team at risk of developing cancer, so it's important to identify, prevent and control exposure to keep people safe.

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4th March, 2021 - Management

The Difference Between Hazard And Risk Explained

What is the difference between a hazard and a risk? If you carry out a risk assessment, one of the first steps you will need to take is to identify the hazards, then you can assess the risk. These two terms are often confused with each other, and in this blog post, we explain the difference.

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2nd March, 2021 - Construction

10 Good Housekeeping Rules For A Tidy Construction Site

On construction sites, good housekeeping refers to the practice of keeping your site clean and tidy. A tidy work area reduces the risk of accidents and increases fire safety. Implement these 10 rules, and you should see a reduction in slip and trip accidents and near misses on your project.

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24th February, 2021 - CDM

How To Appoint A Principal Designer Under CDM 2015

CDM 2015 introduced a new role of principal designer for most construction projects. This CDM duty holder needs to be appointed in writing by the client on any project with more than one contractor. In this post, we look at how to appoint a principal designer.

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18th February, 2021 - Management

HSE Fee For Intervention Charges Explained

FFI stands for 'fee for intervention' was introduced under the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012. FFI aims to recover the HSE's related costs, including inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action, charging businesses that are in breach of health and safety regulations.

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16th February, 2021 - Management

No Injuries, No Health And Safety Problems!?

It's been over a year since the last injury in your workplace. But just because you haven't had any accidents, doesn't mean you are safe or that your health and safety performance is good. Your accident reporting system might just be hiding the truth. No injuries, no problems!? Don't count on it.

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