TG20:13 Technical Guidance

November 3rd, 2014

European Standard BS EN 12811-1 is the current standard for scaffold erection but this does not contain a “standard configuration”, therefore all scaffolding structures built to BS EN 12811 require individual bespoke designs. Since this is not workable in practice, the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC), the recognised UK trade body, developed TG20 to reintroduce the concept of standard configuration of scaffolding. This is achieved by providing definitions for “TG20 compliant” scaffolding. TG20 compliant scaffolds are standard configurations of scaffolding that have been designed by structural calculation to BS EN 12811. Any scaffolding that can be shown to be erected in accordance with TG20 is therefore also in accordance with the design requirements of BS EN 12811 and exempt from further design.
Scaffold structures should therefore be constructed to BS EN 12811, which will require a structural design drawing, OR, the scaffold is to be identified as being “TG20 compliant” and constructed to TG20 compliance sheets, which need to be produced by the scaffolding contractor and provided to the ‘client’ requesting the scaffold. Read the rest of this entry »

New GREEN Construction Skills Operative Card

November 3rd, 2014

From 1st July 2014 the Green Construction Site Operative (CSO) card will no longer be issued.  There will be a new green CSCS card only available for people working in labouring occupations.

CSCS’ role is to provide a scheme for the construction industry that confirms site workers’ training and qualifications. Many site workers who are carrying out skilled occupations have been applying for the Green CSO card as the easiest route to gain access to construction sites. This makes it difficult for contractors to use CSCS cards as a reliable method of checking that site workers have the appropriate skills to work on construction sites safely and effectively. Read the rest of this entry »

RIDDOR – Change from 6th April 2012

January 23rd, 2012

From 6th April 2012 subject to Parliamentary approval, RIDDOR’s over three day injury reporting will change. From then the trigger point will increase from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day of the accident.

Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work. Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all over three day injuries, if the employer has to keep an accident book, then this record will be enough. Read the rest of this entry »

Workplace First Aiders – CPR Trained

January 22nd, 2012

Ensure that your trained First Aiders in the workplace understand that Vinnie is only assisting those that have NOT received First Aid Training. Read the rest of this entry »

CITB Increase Daily Attendance Allowance for Site Safety Plus courses.

October 3rd, 2011

The CITB has increased the daily attendance allowance for Site Safety Plus courses. The grant has been increased from £17.50 to £52.50 from the 1st October to the 31st March 2012. This effectively means that a company putting a candidate on to the SMSTS five day course, will receive £262.50 back in grants for the course. For the Site Safety Plus courses of SMSTS, SSTS, the one day Health and Safety Awareness and Refresher courses that PFP Safety Services deliver, it will make the courses half price for companies paying the CITB levy. Read the rest of this entry »

New CITB Site Supervisors Training Scheme Refresher Course

August 26th, 2011

CITB Construction Skills have now produced a new SSSTS Refresher Course. This one-day course is intended for first line managers who have supervisory responsibilities and now wish to update their skills and knowledge in line with current legislation and maintain their current certificate. Read the rest of this entry »

HSE Cost Recovery

July 28th, 2011

HSE consults on cost recovery from non-compliant businesses

25 July 2011

The HSE has launched a three-month consultation on how it plans to recover costs for its interventions from businesses that fail to comply with health and safety laws.

As agreed with the Government earlier this year, the regulator will impose fees on companies where a material breach of the laws is discovered during an inspection or investigation. Those fees would apply up to the point where the HSE’s intervention in supporting the company in rectifying matters has concluded. Read the rest of this entry »

PASMA Tower Safety Review

June 24th, 2011

PASMA, the lead industry body for the mobile access tower sector, has published its long awaited review into recommended best practice for the avoidance of falls from height when using mobile access towers. Read the rest of this entry »

Fire Safety – New Practical Fire Warden Training Course

September 2nd, 2010

In the light of  the judgement in the ‘New Look’ fire prosecution, PFP Safety Services is now offeringing a new practical Fire Warden training course. This course consists of a practical scenario with smoke filled rooms, searching of the building  to ensure full evacuation and noting areas of fire to enable adequate  information to be given to the Fire Service on their arrival. Use of our new ‘Evacuation Control Board’ system, practical use of Fire Extinguishers, knowing how to read and re-set the Fire Alarm panel and replace ‘Break Glass’ panels. This course is designed with safety for employees and other users of your premises. Read the rest of this entry »

Checking Electrical Appliances

August 18th, 2010

PAT TestingEmployers and other duty-holders have been reminded of the dangers that can be posed by electrical equipment in the workplace, in the wake of recent research into the failure rates of appliances.

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