Vol. 1, Issue 43 (Mar 09) Training

Various statutory piece of legislation require health and safety training. From the key piece of legislation the “Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974” to regulations and approved codes of practice.

Many such as ‘Construction’ related industry requires formalised training routes such as “CSCS” (construction skills certificate scheme), and can include occupations from cleaners to carpenters highways workers to kitchen fitters, bricklayers, roofers to stonemasons. For detail visit

Many occupations do not have formalised health and safety training programmes and we take this opportunity to provide basic facts. The starting point is “induction training” if you do not currently provide this, you should review your position – send to us an e-mail and we will send a ‘induction procedure’.

The stated Act states “the provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of his employees”. This suggest that you need to make something understood, i.e. what equipment, what procedures, location of fire exits and the location of the facilities to clean, location of toilets and where to obtain a drink.

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Vol. 1, Issue 40 (Jun 08) Site Waste Plan

From the 6th April 2008, you must have a Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) for all new construction projects worth more than £300,000.

If a project is considered before 6 April 2008 and construction work begins before 1 July 2008, you will not need to produce a SWMP.

In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland you do not need to have a plan – this may change in the future. Following the plan could assist to reduce the amount of waste produced.

If the project you are working on is projected to be more than £300,000, work should not commence until a SWMP is in place.

Each project should have a SWMP. It is a live document and therefore must be updated through the course of the project.

As it is produced at the very start of a project, the designers’ can consider ways that waste can be reduced and site-gained materials can be reused or recycled as part of the project. Identifying waste materials at an early stage that can not be reused on that project will make it easier to find other alternative uses for them.

Who is responsible for the SWMP?

If you are the client, you are responsible for the following: –
Producing the SWMP before construction works commences.

  • Appointing the Principal Contractor.
  • Passing the SWMP to the Principal Contractor.
  • Updating the SWMP (at least) every three months if you decide to manage the project yourself.

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Compliance with the “Construction (Design and Management) Regulations”.

Full site inspection, audits of documentation and hazard spotting exercises.

Recognised health and safety awareness training providers under the ‘CSCS’ scheme operated through the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board).

Provider of ‘Tool-box-talks’ documentation.

Regular and routine site safety inspections.


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