Welcome to KCS Health and Safety
In this section we’ll be advising on all aspects of Health and Safety but with special reference Building Health and Safety. We’ll be permitting ourselves a wide remit so won’t be restricting our articles to accounting the bare minimum legal requirements you have to comply with, We’ll be encouraging higher standards than the law demands and extending the idea of ‘Health and Safety’ beyond just accident prevention in the work place. We’ll include articles on how you can incorporate features into your building projects which deliver a healthier and safer environment for the eventual occupants.
So if you have any queries about these or associated topics and we haven’t so far published a relevant article, contact us. We’ll either feature one within days or give you some free advice direct.
Building Health and Safety
The UK is subject to a vast raft of Health and Safety regulations and the cornerstone legislation is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The Health and Safety Executive and local authorities enforce the rules.
But it’s a sad fact that some of it doesn’t contribute much to guaranteeing health and safety at all and avoidable incidents regularly occur. In recent years there’s been some attempt to make it all work better and the authorities now appear to be trying to focus on a risk assessment approach rather than simply insisting on prescriptive box ticking.
Nevertheless there are severe consequences for not observing the letter of the law. You may not injure anyone but you may suffer serious financial penalties and reputational damage for non compliance. And that’s before you even consider the fact that you might actually cause someone serious injury. Leaving aside the moral issues there are the financial consequences to consider
We’ll be advising on what you have to do to comply with the law. Our articles will help you to assess and evaluate risk by indentifying the potential hazards in the first place, and to prioritize the ones that are relevant in your situation. But we will be going further. We’ll be suggesting practical steps you can take to promote your own Building Health and Safety agenda. You have a duty of care to anyone you invite to work on a project you are controlling, but avoiding accidents and promoting a better working environment will also help you minimise the costs associated with illness.
We will explain how you can manage your workplace hazards whether they be chemical or biological ones, or the more obvious physical and mechanical ones associated with the machinery and tools present on your site. You have to consider things like falls, heat, cold, noise, electricity, gas, lighting etc, but you also have to consider less obvious things, even the emotional well being of the workers present on your site
We will also advise on all the appropriate Health and Safety equipment and clothing you need.
But beyond the workplace itself we will be helping you to ensure that you create healthier outcomes. That often involves using natural materials in the construction process so we’ll be linking up with our Sustainable Buildings Section. Given that many of our readers will be directing projects they intend to occupy themselves, the impact which the final result has upon the well being of any occupant is at least as important as the safety of the site when it’s under construction.