D: High risk activities

The following organisations and websites offer high risk activities guidance for health and safety

2.1 Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, an independent review of Building Regulations and fire safety was announced by Government in July 2017.  The final report sets out a new regulatory framework for duty holders involved with planning permission, design, construction and refurbishment, to ensure building safety would operate across the building life cycle. The report contains recommendations and guidance, mapping the new building safety regulatory framework for the construction and occupation of a higher-risk residential building (HRRB)The review of fire safety requirements and guidance in the Building Regulations is ongoing, with the government continuing to respond to concerns on technical standards.

2.1.1 For further sources of information and guidance relating to roof work refer to the following websites:

2.3.2 For further information refer to the ACR’s Guidance note for competence and general fitness requirements to work on roofs.

2.3.3.2 For detailed guidance on wind speed advice for different roof work refer to the HSE guidance Health and safety in roof work (HSG33). 

2.3.3.2 For further information refer to the National Federation of Roofing Contractors’ guidance booklet Roofing and cladding in windy conditions.

2.3.3.3 For further information refer to the HSE guidance Fire safety in construction(HSG168).

2.4.6 For further information refer to Solar panel installation (GS001) (907KB, PDF)

2.5 Refer to the HSE publication Health and safety in roof work (HSG33) (paragraphs 170-202) and Fragile roofs (GEIS5) for details of the dangers presented by fragile surfaces:

2.6 The HSE maintains a list of accreditation bodies for training organisations that can deliver training of this nature.

2.6 The HSE has produced Asbestos essentials, a task manual for building, maintenance and allied trades on how to safely carry out non-licensed work involving asbestos.

2.7.2 For further information on this course, and the regulations, refer to:

2.7.7.1 For further information refer to the following:

2.7.7.1 Avoiding trapping/crushing injuries to people in the platform – Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group, Best practice guidance for MEWPs.

2.7.7.2 For further information refer to the International Powered Access Federation website.

2.7.7.3 For further information refer to the Specialist Access Engineering and Maintenance Association website.

2.7.8 For further information refer to the following:

2.8 For further information refer to Health and safety in roof work (HSG33) and the NFRC guidance for handling roofing sheets and recommended safe wind speeds.

2.10.1 The Advisory Committee for Roofsafety is a body dedicated to making working on roofs safer. It was established in 1998 and is made up of nominees from HSE, trade associations and organisations involved in roof work that provide many years' of experience of involvement in working on roofs in the advice given in their documents.

2.10.1 Refer to the Access Industry Forum website for some useful online videos.

2.10.2 For additional information and resources refer to the HSE website.

2.10.2.1 The Advisory Committee for Roofsafety (ACR), which is the lead authority in the UK on roof work health and safety and represents all the relevant trade associations, has published jointly with the HSE definitive guidance on what constitutes fragile material: Red book – Test for non-fragility of profile sheeted roofing assemblies (ACR 001:2014).

4.1.1 The British and European Standards can be accessed via the British Standards Institution (BSI) website..

4.1.1 Visit the Scaffolding Association and NASC websites for further information.

Scaffolding Association 

NASC

4.1.3.1 The CISRS website provides further information on UK recognised training schemes within the scaffolding industry.

4.3.2 For further information, including a list of scaffold structures where bespoke design is recommended, refer to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) scaffold checklist.

4.3.4 SG4 is free to download from the NASC website

4.3.5 For further information on rescue planning refer to:

Work at Height Safety Association's practical guidance note Guidance on rescue during work at height (PGN03 formerly TGN05)

and NASC safety guidance note SG19

4.6 For further information about scaffold inspection qualifications refer to the CISRS scaffold inspection training scheme (SITS). 

4.6.4 For further information refer to Access and egress from scaffolds (SG25).

4.7.2 Guidance on protection of the public (SG34) provides general advice for scaffolds erected in the public domain, including the planning required and the range of precautions that should be considered to eliminate the likelihood of harm (for example, through falling material or transport accidents).

4.7.2 TG20 includes compliant scaffolding features (such as pavement lifts up to 2.7 m and light-duty protection fans).

4.7.2 Reference should also be made to the HSE guidance document Protecting the public - Your next move (HSG151).

4.7.5 For further information refer to the HSE guidance Health and safety in roof work (HSG33)

4.7.5 Edge Protection Federation's Code of Practice 2014 - A guide to the selection and use of temporary edge protection systems. 

7.3.1 The HSE guidance document Avoiding danger from underground services (HSG47) can be downloaded from its website.

7.3.3 Full information can be obtained from NJUG guidelines on the Positioning and colour coding of underground utilities apparatus.

7.6.4 For information on working adjacent to underground pipelines and the location of underground pipelines around the UK visit the Linewatch and Linesearch websites.

7.8.3 For further information refer to the HSE guidance note Avoiding danger from overhead power lines (GS6).

8.4  The complete regulations and the ACoP and guidance notes can be viewed online.

Regulations on the UK government website

ACoP

8.5 Tunnelling offers more specific challenges. For the latest updates on training standards visit the Pipe Jacking Association and the British Tunnelling Society websites.

Pipe Jacking Association

British Tunnelling Society

8.6.14.2 The HSE publication Respiratory protective equipment at work – A practical guide (HSG53) sets out the nominal protection factor for each type of respirator and describes their limitations; it should be carefully consulted in cases of doubt.

 

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