Policies, Procedures and Reference Materials
As Contractors of HD Property Maintenance, there is a lot of Health & Safety information and documentation that want to make you aware of and available for you to read and have access to whenever you require it.
Below you will find a collection of documents, which will be updated and added to as and when required. If there is anything that you can not find, or if you have any questions, please contact Phil or Colin at HD Property Maintenance.
General Health & Safety;
Employers, employees, contractors and the self employed, all have legal responsibilities for Health & Safety. You should know and understand your responsibilities and take action to comply with all relevant legislation and best practice.
HD Property Maintenance
Health & Safety Policy
HSE Health & Safety
Working at Height;
The Working at Height Regulations 2005 describe work at height as; work in any place where, if precautions were not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. Falls from height are a leading cause of accidental deaths in the workplace and 40% of falls from height involve the use of ladders. You should Avoid working at height wherever possible, and where it is unavoidable,you should Assess the risks and take action to Reduce the likelihood and consequences of a fall. Any arrangements should be Reviewed regularly
guide to ladders
HSE Safe use of
ladders & stepladders
HSE Working at Height
A brief guide
HSE Fragile Roofs
safe working practices
HSE Roof Repair Work
what you need to know
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 describe work at height as; any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force.
Manual Handling is a common cause of workplace accidents and injuries, some of which may take years to develop. You should Avoid manual handling wherever possible, making full use of aids such as trolleys, lifts and conveyor belts, and where it is unavoidable, you should Assess the risks, considering your individual ability and health, and take action to Reduce the likelihood and consequences of injury. Any arrangements should be Reviewed regularly.
HSE Manual Handling
at Work - Brief guide
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH);
Hazardous substances can come in many forms, such as solids, liquids, gases, dust and vapours and there is a lot of different legislation that relates to these hazards, including The COSHH Regulations 2002, Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992, Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012,
NB. The HSE has been focusing a lot of attention recently on dust production and management the serious health risks they can pose.
HSE Working with substances
Hazardous to Health
HSE PPE at Work
HSE Respiratory Protective
Equipment at Work
Large amounts of asbestos were used in new and refurbished buildings before 2000. Blue (crocidolite) and brown (amosite) asbestos were banned by law in 1985. Manufacture and supply of all asbestos was banned by the end of 1999. Existing asbestos articles can continue in use until they reach the end of their service life. A large number of premises and older plant and equipment still contain some asbestos. Much of the asbestos will be hidden in the fabric of the building so is not immediately obvious.
Workers most likely to come into contact with Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are those in the construction, maintenance, refurbishment and related trades. When ACMs are damaged or disturbed they can release dangerous fibres which, if breathed in, can cause serious diseases. Around 5000 people in Great Britain die every year from asbestos-related diseases as a result of past exposure, making asbestos the single greatest cause of work-related deaths.
Before starting work you should check what asbestos is present as part of your planning. In non-domestic premises, including industrial and commercial buildings, there should be a location plan/register – ask to see it. (This will not usually be available in domestic premises.) Check that the plan covers the area of the building that you will be working in and, if you are doing refurbishment work, that it includes a survey listing the types of asbestos present and their condition.
HSE Introduction to
Electric equipment, hot works, smoking and arson are all common causes or workplace fires and taking some simple precautions can reduce the risk of fires starting and spreading.
Fire safety should be an important consideration of any work, especially hot works. Keeping sources of ignition separate from sources of fuel is a basic principle that should be applied. Flammable substances and materials should be stored correctly, kept to a practical minimum on site and cleared away at the end of each day or work session.
HSG168 Fire safety in Construction