23rd September 2014



 Issue No.  2014/15



HSE Inspections – Refurbishments and Repair Works

The HSE announced yesterday (22nd Sept) that their Autumn initiative for 2014 will focus on unannounced visits to constructions sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway. 

The HSE have said…..

Throughout the month long initiative will ensure high-risk activities particularly those affecting the health of workers, are being properly managed. If unacceptable standards are found Inspectors will take immediate enforcement action.

During inspections, HSE inspectors will be checking that: 

  • risks to health from exposure to dust such as silica are being controlled
  • workers are aware of where they may find asbestos, and what to do if they find it
  • other health risks, such as exposure to noise and vibration, manual handling, hazardous substances are being properly managed 
  • jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions, such as proper support of structures, are in place 
  • equipment is correctly installed / assembled, inspected and maintained and used properly
  • sites are well organised to avoid trips and falls, walkways and stairs are free from obstructions and welfare facilities are adequate
We encourage all clients working in such areas to make sure that they put the appropriate measures in place and ensure that the necessary training is being provided to all employees. 

Clients arranging for such works to be carried out should make sure that contractors engaged are up to standard – and remember that whilst they are doing the work, you are also responsible for ensuring that what they do does not put people (not just their workers but especially your employees or visitors) at risk.

As always, if you have any queries or need assistance in carrying out such work or when managing contractors do not hesitate to give us a call.





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