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Q&A - when do we notify the HSE? Publication date: 10.09.2010
Article database » Construction » CDM 07
Q. When seeking planning permission for a new commercial building, is it necessary to inform the HSE of the proposed contract? A. Although you have a duty to inform the HSE of large construction projects, such as the new build of a commercial property, you don’t have to do it at the planning permission stage. Instead, it should be completed at the...
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Q&A - should we block exits during fire drills? Publication date: 10.09.2010
Article database » Fire safety » Alarm
Q. We’ve heard that when we run fire drills we should obstruct an exit route to simulate a fire scenario. Is this true? A. Government guidance recommends that you do this in larger premises that have more than one escape route. The idea is to simulate one exit or stairway being unavailable due to fire. Choosing a different location each time will...
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What’s a “contract lift”? Publication date: 10.09.2010
Article database » Transport » Plant
You’ve been asked to make arrangements to replace the air conditioning plant on your roof. But when you tried to arrange for a crane, you were told you have to hire it as a “contract lift” rather than hiring a crane and driver. Why?
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Revolving blades Publication date: 10.09.2010
Article database » Safe use of machinery » Guarding
Although the law is explicit about machinery guarding, some firms still fail to ensure that their staff are fully protected from moving parts etc. A recent case has identified why this is so important. What’s to know?
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Risk assessing and managing laptop computers Publication date: 10.09.2010
Article database » Display screen equipment (DSE) » Laptop
... with transporting a laptop • the workplace in which the laptop is used, e.g. in a vehicle, a hotel environment etc. Management In addition to highlighting the significant hazards and identifying the levels of risk associated with them, we’ve also listed a number of appropriate control measures. These include: staff receiving training to ensure...
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Designer issues Publication date: 10.09.2010
Article database » Construction » Competence
A recent case underlines the importance of keeping an eye on architects and others involved in the design of building alterations, new plant installations etc. What happened and what can be learned from it?
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Enforcement? Not us... Publication date: 10.09.2010
Article database » Enforcement authorities » HSE
According to the HSE’s Estates Excellence website, if you need help improving your health and safety systems, without the risk of enforcement action, you should contact the campaign team. Is doing this a wise move?
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Mind the (fire safety) gap Publication date: 10.09.2010
Article database » Fire safety » Fire risk assessment
When carrying out your premises inspections you’ve noticed that there’s a gap around pipes and cables where they pass through to the next room. Is it a fire hazard and, if so, what should you do about it?
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Alcohol gel cuts sickness absence Publication date: 10.09.2010
Article database » Environmental health » Hygiene
A recent study has found that alcohol-based sanitising hand gels used regularly in the workplace can cut sickness absence. Is there anything in this?
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