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20 Tips For Better Construction Site Security

6th January, 2014 - Construction

Site security is an important issue and this blog post outlines 20 tips for better construction site security. These trespassers could be squatters, thieves, children, or your site could be blocking someone’s normal access route and they may still attempt to pass through the site.

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Securing Your Construction Site For Christmas Shutdown

20th December, 2013 - Construction

It's that time of year again. Less than 10 days to go until Christmas and many in the construction industry are planning a well deserved break. With Christmas being the longest period of closure for construction sites, site security needs to be a top priority to prevent unwanted visitors.

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Construction COSHH Failures And How To Avoid Them

25th November, 2013 - COSHH

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations are a well known set of regulations, however many workplaces fail to adequately assess the risks from exposure to hazardous substances. Why can COSHH fail in construction and how can we avoid failing to comply?

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Do Your Construction Welfare Facilities Pass The Suitability Test?

4th November, 2013 - Construction

During a recent inspection initiative by the HSE inadequate washing facilities were identified as a common health and safety breach on a number of construction sites. So what welfare facilities should be provided on construction sites and how do we make sure they pass the suitability test?

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Excavations And The 1.2m Rule

4th June, 2013 - Construction

If an excavation is under 1.2m in depth does is need supporting? What are the requirements? In this blog post we look at the 1.2m rule, how it came about, and if it still applies today. Excavations of any depth are at risk of collapse if they are unsupported.

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When To Update Your Health And Safety Policy

10th January, 2013 - Paperwork

A health and safety policy is a legally required document, but with the law changing regularly, how often do you need to update your health and safety policy to ensure you comply? In the post we discuss when should you update your health and safety policy to keep it up to date.

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The Importance Of Safe Manual Handling Techniques

21st November, 2012 - Manual Handling

Manual handling might not seem high risk, but it is actually one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. The importance of safe manual handling techniques can therefore mean the difference between a productive day at work or being off work with a bad back!

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22 Essential Items For Your Construction Site Office

12th November, 2012 - Construction

Starting a new construction project requires planning and preparation. Setting up your site office and getting the correct paper work in place is important before project commencement. Your site office needs to contain plenty of information for your project team, here are 22 essential items.

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What To Expect From CDM 2014

29th August, 2012 - CDM

In this post we look at what we can expect from the proposed CDM 2014 regulations. You may have heard that there are plans to change the CDM regulations. With the government currently looking to kill off various regulations, particularly in the health and safety arena, is this the end of CDM?

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The Legal Requirement For A Health And Safety Policy

27th June, 2012 - Paperwork

What is the legal requirement for a health and safety policy? A health and safety policy is one of the primary documents all organisations should have in place. It sets out your health and safety objectives, responsibilities and arrangements, and guides your health and safety delivery.

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Does CDM Apply To My Construction Project?

15th June, 2012 - CDM

Does CDM apply to my construction project? This is a question we are asked. The important thing to remember is that every project is a CDM project. The CDM regulations apply to every construction project in some way or another, regardless of the length of the project.

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Calculating The COSHH Regulations 8 Hour Time Weighted Average

17th April, 2012 - COSHH

Workplace exposure limits that apply under the COSHH regulations are subject to a time weighted average. The most common type of workplace exposure limit (WEL) is the 8 hour limit, or long term exposure limit. But how do you calculate the 8 hour time weighted average to stay under the limits?

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