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C: General safety

The following organisations and websites offer general safety guidance on the topic of health and safety.

2.1 The Fire Protection Association’s Fire prevention on construction sites (Joint Code of Practice, 9th edition), applies to construction projects with a contract value of £2.5 m or above, or smaller value contracts where they are part of a larger contract.

2.5 The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has also produced guidance Fire safety in construction, which is available from their website (HSG168) (PDF file).

2.8 A guide to choosing a competent fire risk assessor has been published by the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council. For this and further documents to help you ensure you are competent to undertake risk assessments, visit the:

2.10.5 For further information refer to the HSE publications.

2.11.1 The Structural Timber Association has published several guides (freely downloadable from its website) related to fire safety in timber-frame construction, as part of their safe site strategy.

  • Risk assessment checklist.
  • Separating distance guidance.
  • Site safe registration/compliant.
  • Guidance notes on wireless fire alarms.
  • 16 steps to fire safety.

2.11.1 For examples of major timber-frames and investigation into the risks and causes refer to the Timber Frame Fires website.

2.13.1.1 For further information on the selection and use of fire extinguishers refer to Fire safety in construction (HSG168).

2.14 The Confederation of Fire Protection Association Europe provides guidance on the fire protection of temporary buildings on construction sites, covering fire risks, fire protection requirements for escape and protection against the spread of fire.

2.14 For further information on Fire safety in construction (HSG168) visit the HSE website. 

2.14 For further information on the recommended frequencies for the inspection and testing of most electrical installations in temporary buildings refer to the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

2.14.4 For information on fire safety routes and distances refer to the FPA Joint Code of Practice Fire prevention on construction sites.

5.4 For further information refer to the HSE publication Safe use of work equipment (L22).

5.4.9.2 For further guidance refer to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) leaflet Safe use of ladders and stepladders (INDG455) and the Ladder Association website.
HSE leaflet
Ladder Association

5.5.2 For further guidance refer to the HSE publication Safety in the use of abrasive wheels(HSG17). 

5.5.8 Details of suitable training courses and training providers can be found on the British Abrasives Federation’s website.

5.5.13 For detailed information on abrasive wheels refer to the HSE publication Safety in the use of abrasive wheels (HSG17). 

5.6.1.4 For further information refer to the Cartridge-operated hand-held tools. Safety requirements. Fixing and hard marking tools (BS EN 15895).

5.7.4      For further information on the retrofitting of brakes refer to the HSE woodworking information sheet Retrofitting woodworking machine brakes (WIS38).

5.7.7 For specific guidance on the use of chainsaws refer to the HSE leaflet Chainsaws at work (INDG317).

5.7.8 For guidance on the safe use of other specific types of woodworking equipment refer to the HSE woodworking information sheets, which can all be downloaded, without charge, from its website.

  • Circular saw benches - Safe working practices (WIS16).
  • Safe use of hand-fed planing machines (WIS17).
  • Safe use of vertical spindle moulding machines (WIS18).
  • Safety in the use of narrow band saws (WIS31).
  • Safe use of power-operated cross-cut saws (WIS35).
  • Safe use of manually operated cross-cut sawing machines (WIS36).
  • Safe use of woodworking machinery (L114).

5.8.2 For further guidance on the use, maintenance and examination of compressors and compressed air systems refer to the HSE publications

5.9.1 For detailed guidance on the safe use of concrete pumps refer to the Construction Plant-hire Association Code of Practice for the safe use of concrete pumps (BCPG0401).

5.11.4 For further information about drones and UAVs visit the:
Civil Aviation Authority website 
and the 

Air Accidents Investigation Branch website.

7.3.1 For further guidance on PUWER refer to the HSE’s ACoP and guidance Safe use of work equipment (L22). 

7.3.2 For further guidance on LOLER refer to the HSE’s ACoP and guidance Safe use of lifting equipment (L113). 

7.4.11 For further guidance on planning of lifting and installation refer to:

7.4.12.2 For further detailed guidance on crane hire and contract lifts refer to the Construction Plant-hire Association’s Crane hire and contract lifting (Best practice guide).

7.5 For further detailed guidance on the siting of lifting equipment refer to:

7.5.2 For further guidance on assessment of ground conditions and lifting equipment foundations refer to the CIRIA publications:

7.5.4 Further guidance on the use of lifting equipment in the vicinity of airfields or railways is given in the following publications:

7.5.6 For specific guidance on the effect of loads with large wind sail areas on limiting wind speeds, refer to the Liebherr publication Influence of wind on crane operations which can be downloaded from its website free of charge. 

7.6 If a personnel carrying platform suspended from a crane is being used, BS 7121 Part 1 gives detailed advice.

7.7.2 For further information refer to the Construction Plant-hire Association Radio communication for lifting operations (TIN017).

7.9 For further guidance on training and competence refer to BS 7121 Parts 1, 3, 4 and 5.

7.9.1 For detailed guidance on medical fitness refer to the Strategic Forum for Construction Plant Safety Group's Medical fitness to operate construction plant (Good practice guide).

Appendix C For further information refer to the HSE publication Safety signs and signals.The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulation. Guidance on regulations (L64).

8.3.1 For further guidance on PUWER refer to the HSE’s ACoP and guidance Safe use of work equipment (L22).

8.3.2 For further guidance on LOLER refer to the HSE’s ACoP and guidance Safe use of lifting equipment (L113). 

8.4.1 For further guidance on PUWER refer to the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE's) ACoP and guidance Safe use of work equipment (L22).

8.4.2 For further detailed guidance on the maintenance, inspection and thorough examination of mobile cranes refer to the following:

8.5.1 For detailed guidance on the design and installation of tower crane bases and ties refer to the Construction Industry Research and Information Association's Tower crane stability (C654).

8.5.1 For further detailed guidance on the erection, climbing and dismantling of tower cranes refer to the:

8.5.2 For further detailed guidance refer to the Construction Plant-hire Association'sRescue of personnel from height on tower cranes (TIN013).

8.5.2 For further detailed guidance on the safe use of tower cranes refer to:

Construction Plant-hire Association's (best practice guide):

8.5.3 For further detailed guidance refer to the:

8.5.4 Further information on the Safe crane campaign can be found on the Construction Plant-hire Association website.

8.6 For further information refer to the Construction Plant-hire Association's Work at height whilst loading and unloading transport (Best practice guide).

8.6.3 For detailed guidance on the safe use of lorry loaders refer to the Construction Plant-hire Association's The management of lifting operations with lorry loaders (Best practice guide).

8.7.2.1 For comprehensive guidance on avoiding entrapment refer to the:

8.7.2.2 This decal is available to download free from the IPAF website.

8.7.4.2 For advice on the inspection of harnesses and lanyards refer to the HSE information sheet Inspecting fall-arrest equipment made from webbing or rope(INDG367).

8.7.7 For further detailed guidance on the planning and safe use of MEWPs refer to the:

8.8.1.3 For detailed guidance on transport platforms refer to the Construction Plant-hire Association's Transport platforms - Installation, use, maintenance, inspection, examination and testing (Best practice guide).

8.8.2.1 For further information refer to the Code of Practice for the safe use of construction hoists (BS 7212).

8.8.2.4 For further detailed guidance refer to the Construction Plant-hire Association'sTransporting scaffolding in construction hoists (Best practice guide).

8.8.2.5 For further detailed guidance refer to the Construction Plant-hire Association'sWork at height on construction hoists (Best practice guide).

8.8.3.1 For further detailed guidance on landing and gating requirements for goods hoists refer to the Construction Plant-hire Association's Safeguarding requirements for landing gates on goods-only hoists (Best practice guide).

8.8.3.2 For detailed guidance on the planning and installation of construction hoists refer to the Code of Practice for the safe use of construction hoists (BS 7212).

8.8.6 For detailed guidance on the planning and use of construction hoists refer to the Code of Practice for the safe use of construction hoists (BS 7212).

8.8.7 For further detailed guidance refer to the Construction Plant-hire Association'sMaintenance, inspection and thorough examination of construction hoists (Best practice guide).

8.9.1 For further information refer to:

8.10.3 For further detailed guidance on quick hitches refer to the:

8.10.4.6 For further guidance on suspended loads refer to the Strategic Forum for Construction Plant Safety Group’s Lifting and travelling with suspended loads using telehandlers (Good practice guide).

8.10.5.1 For tyres fitted on multi-piece wheels refer to the BITA publication Multi-piece pneumatic tyred wheels - Inspection, maintenance and repairs (GN67).

8.10.5.1 For further detailed guidance on the safe inflation of tyres refer to the HSE publication Safety during tyre inflation in motor vehicle repair (INDG433).

8.10.6 For further information refer to the Strategic Forum for Construction Plant Safety Group's Safe use of telehandlers in construction (Good practice guide).

8.11.1.3 For further detailed guidance on quick hitches refer to the Strategic Forum for Construction Plant Safety Group's Safe use of quick hitches on excavators (Best practice guide).

8.11.1.5 For further guidance on planning and carrying out lifting operations with excavators refer to the Construction Plant-hire Association's Lifting operations in construction when using excavators (Guidance).

8.12.11 For further guidance on the selection, use, maintenance, inspection and thorough examination of lifting accessories, and planning and carrying out lifting operations with excavators, refer to the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association Code of Practice for the safe use of lifting equipment 

Appendix A For further guidance on maintenance and inspection refer to BS 7121 Part 2-1.

Appendix B For further guidance on thorough examination refer to:

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