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20th August, 2018 - CDM

Can The Client Be The Principal Contractor Under CDM?

It is possible for the same person or organisation to be both the client, and the principal contractor under CDM. However, there are projects where the client should be the principal contractor and projects where they shouldn't. In this blog post we consider each situation.

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16th August, 2018 - COSHH

When A COSHH Assessment Is Required

When is a COSHH assessment required? Most businesses have them, and most workers have seen one, but when do you actually need a COSHH assessment? COSHH assessments are required by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, and are needed before exposure to any hazardous substance.

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13th August, 2018 - CDM

Construction Phase Plans Explained (What, When, Who And Why)

What is a construction phase plan? When is it required, and who writes it? A construction phase plan is a document required under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM). In this blog post we explain the what, when, who and why of construction phase plans.

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10th August, 2018 - News

100 Method Statements And Counting!

We have been busy adding more method statement templates to our library over the past couple of weeks and are pleased to announce we have hit a new milestone... 100! You can use the free blank method statement template to start, or you can find one ready to use for your task or activity.

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9th August, 2018 - CDM

Considering Construction Buildability In CDM Design

When carrying out design work for a building project, it is important to consider buildability, it's a legal duty under CDM for all designers. But, what exactly does buildability mean? In the context of CDM, buildability is simply, the ability to build the structure safely.

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7th August, 2018 - Paperwork

How Often Do You Need To Review A Risk Assessment?

You might realise you need to review your risk assessments from time to time, and many people tend to go with an annual review. But there are times when risk assessments might need to reviewed sooner, let's look at when, why, and how often, you need to review your risk assessment.

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2nd August, 2018 - Construction

Where To Locate Your Construction Site Office And Welfare Facilities

Every construction site needs welfare facilities, and most will also require a site office. But where should you locate these facilities? Where on your site should your site compound be? On some sites it might be obvious, but on others you might need to give this a little more thought.

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26th July, 2018 - Paperwork

What Is CHAS Accreditation And When Do You Need It?

If you work in construction, you have probably heard of CHAS. CHAS is a health and safety accreditation scheme, primarily for the construction industry and often acts as a type of pre-qualification during the tender process. But, what exactly is CHAS accreditation and when do you need it?

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23rd July, 2018 - 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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19th July, 2018 - Construction

40+ Daily Scaffolding Safety Checks And Common Faults

There are many different elements to a scaffold to check and maintain for safety. In this blog post, we will look at a checklist of over 40 scaffolding faults you should look out for, as well as discussing why and when you need to check scaffolds and their components to keep them safe and secure.

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17th July, 2018 - Management

15 Quick Ways To Reduce The Risk Of Slips, Trips And Falls

Slips, trips and falls are major contributors to workplace injuries each year. The great news is, reducing slips, trips and falls can be done on a budget and all of these suggestions can be put in place relatively quickly to start. Here are 15 quick ways to reduce the risk.

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12th July, 2018 - Paperwork

The Purpose Of A Permit To Work System

Permits to work will often be found in high-risk industries like construction, but what is their purpose and when would you use these documents? A permit to work system is a formal documented system, used to control high-risk activities. They are usually issued by a manager or supervisor.

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