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  • What is COSHH? COSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. These Regulations require employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health.
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  • In 2014/15 manual handling was the most frequent cause of over seven-day injury, approximately 909,000 working days are lost each year due to handling injuries.
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  • In the construction industry, 97 of 217 fatal injuries over the last five years have been the result of falls from height. QSC’s Ashley Moore shares his thoughts on how to reduce the risks.
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  • A hospital, engineering company and care home, all very different, but examples of organisations fined in the last 18 months for safety failings connected to legionella. Here is some useful reading and resources to help you manage your legionella risk.
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  • Around 20 tradesmen a week die from diseases linked to past asbestos exposure. QSC's Adam Willis talks about the importance of keeping awareness levels high, of the dangers of asbestos.
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  • Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. There are many myths around PAT testing and its frequency, here are answers to five common queries.
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  • Barely a week goes by without media stories of prosecutions and workplace accidents due to missing or ill fitted machine guards. Here QSC Safety Manager, Adam Willis, shares his thoughts on this worrying trend.
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  • QSC Director, Ashley Moore, considers UK workplace incident statistics and shares his thoughts on improving site safety.
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  • HSE urges people and organisations to engage in five-year strategy to help Great Britain work well.
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  • Do you have employees driving on company business? Do they have a regular eye examination? Poor vision is dangerous; don’t turn a blind eye to driver safety at work.
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  • HSE publishes useful guide on how to safely recover a business after the UK winter flooding.
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  • On the 6th April 2015 the CDM 2015 Regulations come in to force. We've been asked what projects will be notifiable under the new regulations, so here's a summary.
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  • You have voted to choose our Virtual Safety Advisor's name, and here's the result
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  • This week it has been reported that The Landscape Institute has made an agreement with the HSE on the extent of the application of the Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) to landscape works and landscape maintenance works.
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  • We'd like to say a warm welcome to the latest addition to the QSC Safety team, our Virtual Safety Advisor!
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  • "You don't have to fall far to land hard" is a quote from this page on the HSE website in relation to people falling from vehicles, most commonly occurring during loading and unloading.
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  • Information has reached us of a hydraulic ram failure on an MEWP JLG 450AJ series 2 model. Please take action if you operate such a model on any of your sites.Model Affected: The MEWP is a JLG 450AJ series 2 with a SWL 230kg.Subject: MEWP Ram Failure.Issue: A hydraulic ram fitted to a boom life MEWP failed as the MEWP was travelling with the basket at low level, resulting in the man riding basket tipping forward.The...
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  • It's a common belief that electrical appliances within the workplace need to be PAT tested on an annual basis, but this isn't true. The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) state that any electrical equipment with the potential to cause harm should be maintained and kept in a safe condition.
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  • We often take the ability to hear for granted and only notice problems with hearing after many years of damage. In this article, QSC’s Adam Willis looks at how workplace noise can contribute to hearing loss, and asks what measures can be taken to minimise the risk.
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  • Organising for health and safety is often described as involving the 4 'Cs' by the HSE. They are...
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  • QSC Safety expert, Marcell Foster, shares his thoughts on protecting young people in our workplaces.
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  • Thinking about potential causes of harm in the workplace and how to manage these risks.
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  • When designing projects, designers should apply the Hierarchy of Risk Control and the General Principles of Prevention. This is a series of steps to be followed when designing to eliminate and reduce risk by their design decisions, as follows:
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  • Health and Safety Week 2015 took place from the 15th to the 19th of June. The aim of Health and Safety Week 2015 is to inspire employers and employees to embrace health in the workplace by instigating initiatives and programmes throughout the year.
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  • The new Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations came into force in Great Britain on the 1st June 2015.
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  • This is the final video in our series. The eyes are a crucial part of the body, so please wear the correct protection if there is a risk of injury.
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  • Here's the second video that we've created for Health and Safety Week 2015 - you should always wear head protection if there is a risk of something falling.
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  • We've created a series of 3 videos for Health and Safety Week. Here's video 1, a reminder to always wear the correct footwear for the type of job you are doing.
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  • Celebrations have been held this month after the team at Stadco hit a landmark 100,000 man hours without a lost time accident. QSC Safety held a small event to congratulate and thank everybody for their ongoing efforts at the site, and for achieving such great results in terms of Health and Safety.
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  • QSC have been working with SAR Elektronic since 2012, assisting with the safety aspects involved in the construction and commissioning of their new waste to energy plant based in Plymouth, which is a multi-million pound project.
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  • CDM 2015 includes regulation and guidance for domestic projects. We take a quick look at the requirements here.
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  • The new CDM Regulations that came into force on the 6th April 2015 have brought a wide range of new roles, but one role that remains from the 2007 regulations is the 'Principal Contractor'.
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  • We hosted our webinar on the 17th April. If you missed it, then you can watch the recording here.
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  • Alcoa is a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing. The install of the 3rd largest forging press in the world has recently been completed successfully with the assistance of QSC Safety at their Sheffield site.
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  • For the new CDM 2015 Regulations, the health and safety file is defined as a file appropriate to the characteristics of the project, containing relevant health and safety information to be taken into account during any subsequent project.
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  • Regulation 15 of the 2015 CDM Regulations places duties on contractors. The main duty is to plan, manage and monitor the work under their control.
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  • We'll be hosting 2 webinars on the 17th April about the updated 2015 CDM regulations - will you be joining us?
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  • Olivia, the guide dog that we have been sponsoring has now graduated from her 2 years of training.
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  • The minimum welfare facilities required for construction sites has been broken down in the 2015 CDM Regulations into 5 main parts, which include sanitary conveniences, washing facilities, drinking water, changing rooms and lockers, and finally facilities for rest.
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  • The new CDM regulations will be coming into place in just over a month. To help, we're going to be releasing some key information about the changes each week. Here's week 1:
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  • The CDM changes this April mean there will no longer be a role for the CDM Co-ordinator. This may create confusion should you already have a project underway with an appointed CDM Co-ordinator.
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  • We're looking for a marketing graduate at our Derby HQ. Apply today, closing date 27th October 2014.
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  • QSC selected as a preferred supplier of health and safety services by BMW. Under a framework agreement lasting 2 years, QSC is now able to provide safety support for all BMW buildings and factories across the UK and Ireland.
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  • During safety training sessions we often tell workers and contractors about the impact work related injuries have, not just on the victim but their family and friends.When we saw this video we had to share it. It gives a personal look into the life of Jason Anker, who was injured in a fall, through the eyes of his close friends and family.
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  • The festive period is traditionally a time to relax with family and over indulge on mince pies and turkey, that’s unless you work for QSC, as Key Account Manager, Marcell Foster, explains.“Many manufacturing sites operate around the clock at full production capacity. This maximises productivity, but leaves very little scope for refurbishment, maintenance or new equipment projects.
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  • A safety alert for potential cylinder malfunction on Genie Aerial Lift model Z80 has come to our attention. Please take action if you have this model in service or storage.Genie Recall, Secondary Aerial Lift CylinderModels and Serial Numbers Affected: Z-80: Z8008-2064 to Z8008-2113Subject: Secondary Lift Cylinder ReplacementIssue: Genie has received a report of a failed secondary lift cylinder on one of the machines listed above. Genie has determined that all...
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  • QSC proud to support Ashley Kalnins in sky diving challenge for Cancer Research UK. Congratulations to Ashley Kalnins, who completed a sky dive, on Sunday 21st April 2013, for Cancer Research UK.Ashley’s father John, AME project engineer for Jaguar Land Rover Solihull, proudly reported back Ashley’s safe landing at Hinton Sky Diving Centre, Northamptonshire, and his fundraising success.From...
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  • The QSC project team working as Principal Contractors at BMW’s Mini plant in Oxford received an unusual thank you gift for their help and support throughout the 2012/13 winter shutdown period.In November 2012, a team of safety professionals from Derby based Quality Safety Consultants were appointed as Principal Contractor for a 12 week period to work on a multi-million pound project to oversee the re-configuration of a workshop and new equipment installation at BMW’s Mini plant in Oxford.
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  • QSC sponsored Spondon Dynamos proudly led Derby County Football Club (DCFC) out to a victorious win recently when they were selected to be team mascots.Spondon Dynamos were invited to be team mascots for the day at DCFC’s Pride Park stadium where they escorted the team onto the pitch.QSC Senior Safety Manager, Phil Tomkinson, whose son plays for the Spondon Dynamos said: “"QSC are the proud shirt sponsors of Spondon Dynamos...
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  • QSC Directors batter their bodies to complete assault course for Site Support Derby.QSC Managing Director Shane Moore and Directors Adam and Ashley Moore all took part in The Wild Warrior Mud Run at Wild Park Derbyshire, a 10 Kilometre assault course, on Sunday 17th March 2013 to raise funds for Site Support Derby.The three completed the course in impressive times around 1 hour 50 minutes, starting and finishing the course...
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  • In September this year, friend of QSC Mark Evans, a Project Manager for KUKA Systems and 3 friends will head off on bikes with Morocco in their sights.Mark hopes the adventure will raise much-needed funds for a little known charity called The Aplastic Anaemia Trust.The Aplastic Anaemia Trust carries out fantastic work supporting sufferers and families of plastic Anaemia and provides funding for research into this devastating condition.Aplastic...
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  • As the HSE plans to clamp down on unsafe practices on construction sites, QSC Director, Ashley Moore, looks at what this means for organisations and what can be done to help sites improve safety and comply with legal requirements.“I regularly monitor changes / updates in legislation as well as improvement and prohibition notices issued by the HSE. Sadly, an email alert I recently received made for very uncomfortable reading.According...
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  • QSC secures two new contracts, following exemplary safety standards set in 2012.QSC safety teams on sites across the UK, helped their clients achieve millions of safe working hours in 2012 and recorded no lost time accidents on any of the multi-million pound projects to which they were contracted for Principal Contractor or CDM Co-ordinator support.As a result of QSC’s commitment and dedication to safe working environments and to instilling a...
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  • Leading Midlands’ insurance broker, Bell & Co, team up with QSC to aid businesses to assess their risk levels.If you read the trade press and QSC's SafetyMatters on a regular basis, you’ll know the major implications of not taking health and safety seriously.A lack of checks and measures can lead to personal injuries, fires and incidents that c...
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  • Supporting and helping the communities where we work and the people who work with, and for us, matters to QSC.Here we share some of the great things our team, customers and community partners have been doing.QSC SPONSORED SPONDON DYNAMOS AT ST. GEORGES PARKSpondon Dynamos, the under 9s football team sponsored by QSC, recently had the opportunity to visit and play at St. Georges.Set...
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  • Industry awaits anticipated HSE consultation on proposed changes to CDM regulations.Back in May 2013, the HSE construction policy team prepared and presented, to the HSE Board, draft new regulations, a consultative document and impact assessment for proposed changes to CDM regulations.Under pressure to meet an October 2014 implementation date, word has it, any day now a 12 to 13 week public consultation on the changes could begin.
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  • On a recent Construction Phase Health & Safety Plan (CPHSP) we read about a site requirement for ‘Crash Radios’ during lifting operations. It seemed good practice to us, so we thought we’d share the recommendation.The plan detailed how all cranes, and any other mobile plant, which has the potential of physically coming into contact with the structure of another crane, plant or suspended load, person or object, must be equipped with a two way radio, known as a ‘Crash Radio’.The...
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  • QSC Safety staff respond to contractor Christmas safety crisis.On-site cameras capture the action at the West Midlands site.Incident took place: December 2013.
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