National Access & Scaffolding Confederation
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Health surveillance is the application of systematic, regular and appropriate procedures to detect early signs of work related ill health in employees who are exposed to certain health risks. An important area for consideration in managing well and leading to consideration of behavioural safety.
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.
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.
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.
The legal requirement for rescue is specified in the ‘Work at Height Regulations 2005’ and require every employer in selecting work equipment for use in work at height to take account of the need for easy and timely evacuation and rescue in an emergency.
The NASC are committed to involving everyone in health and safety matters whether on construction sites or in the office. To effect a change we must consider our workforce and consult with all those involved in a project, listening to and where necessary acting upon the views of the workforce.
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 Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 requires that employers give all employees sufficient information, training & supervision as is necessary for their Health & Safety. A broad guidance reminding us to ensure good preparation and emphasising to employees the areas of responsibility we all have in working safely.
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