New Welding Risk controls

The HSE has published new guidance on the control of welding fumes.  These have now been classified as a Group one carcinogen, i.e. we think it gives you cancer.

As a result of this RPE is to be used for all outdoor welding operations, LEV must be used for indoor welding work.

There was no guidance for burning and cutting work 

Have a safe one

 

Ian and the team

 

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Does your Fire Risk Assessment Require Annual Reviews

The answer is…. It depends on the assessment

Most Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs) are on an annual review and this is due to the nature of the premises and or the work carried out there

We at Green Dragon do have bi annual FRAs but these are usually in very low risk establishments

If you are an annual customer with us it should not be a problem for you.  As after the initial assessment if you renew with us for your general SHEF service we will conduct your FRA audit  at the same time as the general audit so you don’t incur any additional cost

Have a safe one.  Ian and the team

 

 

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Unnecessary SSW documents

Having defined the work practices at your place of work it is wise to produce a SSW for procedures that are hazardous

The crux is defining hazardous! 

General office work, photocopying, making tea and toast, organising the coffee swindle and going to the shop for milk, will not crop up in the hazardous category

If your staff can’t make a cup of tea for themselves without injury or major drama,  you should look at your selection process, as you may be recruiting the wrong type of people

 

Teas up!

 

Have a safe month

 

Ian and the team

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Is reverse parking mandatory

Easy answer is no

There are some merits to reverse parking but it is entirely a decision for you as the site owner

If you are not experiencing any issues then consider carefully any changes

If you are experiencing issues, investigate the cause and act accordingly

 

Happy New year from us all, may it be safe and prosperous for you

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Green Dragon Rail – Change of ownership

I am pleased to announce that Green Dragon Rail has changed hands and is now owned by TGD Solutions Ltd of Barry South Wales

GD Rail and TGD have been working together on projects for some time and TGD’s Managing Director, Dr Liesel Von Metz has taken the opportunity to take on GD Rail and combine the strengths of both companies to make them a winning force in the railway sector

Dr Von Metz is a long term railway professional and has collaborated with me on various things for over 10 years

Nothing will change at GD Rail in the short term as I will still be here working away looking after you our valued customers

Liesel will be in touch shortly and will take early opportunities to come and visit and get to know all our customers

I hope you will join us all at GD Rail as we wish Liesel the very best in her new venture as we move into this exciting phase

Best regards. Liesel, Ian and us all at GD Rail

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Brexit and SHEF Legislation

All change?

We very much doubt it, The current plan is to introduce the Health and safety (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018. These clarify existing duties and do not introduce or remove existing obligations on employers

Major changes to SHEF Legislation is unlikely to follow any time soon

Have a safe month

Ian and the team

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Construction Dust

The HSE is focusing on construction dust throughout October and November when it conducts construction site inspections

The inspectors will be checking on how the risks associated with dust are managed

Don’t go straight to PPE as a first option.  Consider how dust can be avoided or mitigated, can the material be vacuumed up?  can dust suppression methods be used such as wet spraying?

If in doubt give us a shout

 

Have a safe month

 

Ian and the team

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Do you check your new employees CVs?

Well you should

As recently an employer who had an employee killed on site whilst using a chainsaw found out belatedly that he wasn’t qualified to use it

This put the employer in an awkward situation and it cost them £75,000 in fines and a further £75,000 in costs

In all situations CVs should be checked and qualifications that are claimed verified

have a safe quarter Ian and the team

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