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 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 May’s TBT (Toolbox Talks) we had discussions around the following points:
Discussion centred around the introduction of the new MSL Project Construction Phase Plan booklet, covering:
- Completion by the engineer of the Risk Aseessment on the job sheet, this remains unchanged, if there is a significant risk identified prior to works being carried out, then the engineer will need to complete the new Project Construction Phase Plan booklet.
- Additional sections (in relation to the original MSL RAMS booklet) include :-• The front page where this will identify who, in accordance to the new CDM regs is the Designer, Principle Designer and Principal Contractor.
• Health and Safety Aims for the project
• PPE Requirements
• Welfare facilities
• Emergency arrangements and plan
• Who has completed the plan (engineer)
• Who endorses the plan (client)
Risk assessments that lead onto the development of safe systems of work are the basis of good health and safety management. Risk assessments must be completed for tasks that have a significant risk. You will be included in the preparation of the risk assessment and safe system of work, so before starting any task you must stop and think:
- What are you about to do?
- What are the potential hazards associated with the task, or what can potentially hurt me?
- How may the risk from these hazards be controlled?
- Have you been given any rules or instructions which relate to the job?
- What is the safe way of doing the job?
- Are you entirely happy that you can do the job in a safe manner?
If you have any doubts or concerns after asking the questions, stop and consult your manager or supervisor.
Undertake an employee risk assessment for all activities. Where significant hazards are present, your manager or supervisor will help prepare a safe system of work for the job.
The safe system of work is a written list of operations, to be carried out in a specified sequence, in order to complete a task safely. It will also include:
- Who is in charge
- What PPE is required
- Where and how you isolate the plant and equipment, and
- Emergency contact numbers.
Remember to consider PETE and ERIC when undertaking risk assessments.
The individual workplace and activity
P Person E Eliminate
E Equipment R Reduce/replace
T Task I Isolate
E Environment C Control
The hierarchy of controls
Materials and the people handling them accounts for approximately half of the cost of a traditionally constructed building or structure.
Waste of materials adds to the cost of any construction project and uses up the earth’s ever decreasing resources e.g. timber.
The following points should therefore be considered when using any resources on site:-
- Handle masonry units carefully to avoid breakages.
- Follow any instructions given by the manufacturers on stacking.
- Keep plasterboard, plaster, cement and any other materials affected by damp conditions in dry stores.
- Use materials in order of delivery, i.e. the oldest first.
- Ensure unused materials are taken elsewhere on the completion of any site so that they are not wasted.
- Reseal tins, containers and barrels after use.
- Use the right materials for the right job.
- Switch off any plant, heaters, lights and general equipment when not in use in order to save energy
- Always separate wastes into the appropriate disposal facility so that recyclable waste ends up being recycled and not sent to landfill.
- Always remember the 3 R’s
MSL Engineers in the training room for Toolbox Talks.