As part of our ongoing programme to ensure that all MSL engineers are fully up to date with H&S legislation and best work practice. We hold monthly Toolbox Talks (“TBT”) where health and safety information is discussed, and van & toolbox checks are carried out – this way ensuring, for example, ladders remain safe, electrical devices are tested regularly.

In July’s toolbox talks there was discussion on the following points:

Storage of Materials:

The law says we must keep every part of our construction site in ‘good order’ and every place of work clean. This topic stresses the importance of storing materials/products correctly, to avoid any damages to the materials and most importantly to prevent any accident from occurring. Materials such as bricks, blocks, steels, timber that requires stacking, must be stacked on a good firm level base and not too high to prevent any unwanted movement or accidental tipping.

Transportation of Fluorescent tubes:

Fluorescent tubes contain a small amount of mercury which is hazardous to our health. The TBT explains the importance of transporting them correctly to prevent any breakages. In this topic we also cover if a lamp does break accidentally,  how the engineers should clean this up correctly to prevent exposure to themselves and/or others and that they must report all breakages as an incident. A COSHH assessment was created and communicated to all engineers.

Hot Works:

It’s explained to the engineers that a lot of different types of activities fall under the Hot Work permit – not just an open flame. Activities such as cutting, welding, brazing, soldering and the use of blow-lamps.

The use of a hot work permit is appropriate in circumstances where work will involve flames or sparks, where flammable materials are close by and when work is to be completed in environments where such activities are not normally carried out.

Standard Hot Works Procedures were covered including the need for adequate training, storing of materials, condition of equipment, keep away from combustibles, suitable fire extinguishers to be positioned close to work area, PPE to be worn, Engineers to have knowledge of the store/site’s fire procedures, sufficient fire watches to take place after job has been completed (up to 2 hours), position of main services (Gas/Electricity supply) to be known, first aid to be kept close by the work area and the use of barriers and warning signs to prevent unauthorised access.

All the points were discussed in our training facility here at MSL: