Mistakes are not inevitable and near misses can be avoided. Improving the culture of businesses and teams is fundamental to effective health and safety management. So, what is a mistake and how might this lead to a near miss?
All designers and contractors involved in the planning and execution of construction work must take into account the general principles of prevention when carrying out their respective duties. As a fundamental requirement of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the principles provide a framework to identify and implement practical and procedural measures to protect the safety and health of workers, and those who may be adversely affected by work activities.
In support of Small Business Advice Week here in the UK, we’ve put together this quick guide offering tips and guidance on how to better manage health and safety in your workplace.
Zero Accident Vision (ZAV) is a viewpoint stating that no one ought to be injured as the result of an accident in the workplace. More a school of thought than an actual numerical goal, in accident prevention terms, Zero Accident Vision proposes that all accidents can be prevented and offers a basis for learning from accidents and improving processes should they occur.
In Part 2 of this guide to the NCC2 practical, I will be looking at the ‘Report to Management’, practical element of the moderation.
In this part 1 guide to the NCC2 practical we are looking at the safety inspection of a workplace. I should start this blog with (what I think is) a very important comment:
In a keynote address to the recently formed ‘CDM Forum’, which has been widely publicised in the industry, a former Chief Executive of the HSE stressed the importance of the ‘Industry Taking Responsibility’ in matters of design and management. Using his first-hand experience of the catastrophic effects of the 2011 earthquake aftershock on the city of Christchurch, Geoffrey Podger cited two main reasons why 115 people died in the Canterbury TV building. Firstly, the building was designed incorrectly, and secondly, the contractor who built it was not competent to do so. Clearly, these are significant causative factors, and although, thankfully, events such as large earthquakes are not the norm in this country, those points are exactly the sort of issues which the CDM Regulations 2015 are supposed to prevent.
Are you ready to manage the adverse weather conditions in the UK? Is your organisation prepared? At this stage most people would say, “isn’t dealing with cold weather just common sense?” and as the author of this work I would have a tendency to agree with you. However, I would also ask, “Where do I get my common sense from?” Your common sense is developed from childhood by your parents/responsible adults in your life and is developed through interactions with others and I hope we can all agree that our version of ‘common sense’ changes over the years due to our experiences; in fact we are all the sum of our experiences.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 came in to effect on 6 April 2015 with the key aim of encouraging safer working practice in order to prevent injury, ill-health and fatalities to those working in construction and also to reduce bureaucracy.