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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Construction workers including scaffolders need adequate toilet and washing facilities, a place to warm up and eat food and somewhere to store clothing, keeping street clothing separate from work clothing to avoid any contamination.
Initially there is no structure in place against which the scaffold can be tied. The scaffold may surround a structure, but it is still vital that measures to ensure stability are incorporated. Accordingly the initial stability of the scaffold structure must be achieved by means other than ties. Design input is still critical.
The Handover Certificate will advise the client that at the time of the handover, the scaffold has been built to the required specification, it was suitable for the duty intended, it complies with the requirements of the Statutory Regulations, was structurally sound and in a safe condition for use. (Price is £4.80 includes VAT). Please note, as these certificates are available to NASC members only to purchase them please email email@example.com
The ‘good practice’ document has been produced by the NASC, it is a completely updated version. It provides guidance for scaffolders on the planning and safe use of construction hoists, including transport platforms, used for moving scaffolding materials during the erection and dismantling of scaffolding.
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