Aimed at breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health within the access and scaffolding industry, supported by the Lighthouse Club, the construction industry charity this new guidance helps employers to understand mental health, and to create an action plan for employees to thrive at work. It provides advice and contact details of other organisations who can also provide support.
This guidance outlines how employers should complete their risk assessments as required by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. As employers you must carry out an assessment to identify the hazards, evaluate the risks to employees and identify any control measures which should be implemented.
More than a quarter of the accidents reported each year by NASC members to enforcing authorities are associated with manual handling – the transporting or supporting of loads by hand, or by bodily force. A well-established document that proved to still be robust and valid. Hence date changes only in the 2015 update.
SG4:15 - 'Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations' - see's more emphasis on the creation of a 'Safe Zone' by scaffolders covering a variety of safe methods. This revision also see's the removal of the practice of the 'unprotected traversing element' from the tunneling principle.
Employers are responsible for establishing an inspection regime for the inspection of fall protection equipment that is produced and implemented by a competent person. A Register of equipment should be compiled for use in managing the inspection regime.
Substance abuse affects the functioning of both body and mind and can increase the chance of having or causing an accident. The damaging health effects of substance abuse may increase when combined with exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.
Where it is not reasonably practicable to avoid entering a confined space to undertake work, the employer or self-employed person is responsible for ensuring that a safe system of work is used. This recently updated guidance outlines the hazards associated with Confined Space Entry.
The SG6 manual handling video can now be viewed free of charge on the NASC website here: https://nasc.org.uk/information/sg6-video/
This guidance note has been revised to take account of the changes in the Noise at Work Regulations. The erection and dismantling of scaffolding can create quite high levels of noise. The general moving and storage of scaffolding materials can be quite noisy and other related activities such as abrasive wheel cutters, bench mounted circular saws and drills all generate noise levels that could be detrimental to health that may require the employer to provide hearing protection and the employees to use it correctly.
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