HSE Inspection Initiatives – October 2018

HSE Inspection Initiative – October 2018

Occupational Health

To help ensure your site is prepared if an HSE visit occurs, below is an overview of some areas, which may be reviewed and an example of some of the measures, which should be in place.  The list nor the control measures are exhaustive and each site should carry out their own review.


Common issues What you need to be doing
Wood dust When employees are cutting wood, make sure they’re using an adequate dust extraction tool with a HEPA filter – using the bag that came with the saw does notsuffice.
Silica dust Wet cutting techniques and PPE must be used when cutting concrete, roof tiles, or any other materials containing silica.
General dust If your COSHH assessments instruct it, make sure face fit tested masks are being used. Don’t forget that as little as 1mm of stubble will seriously reduce the effectiveness of the mask.
Dermatitis – Make sure you have up-to-date COSHH assessments for cement-based products like concrete and mortar. – Have control measures in place, such as impervious gloves and/or cream. – If employees are working with cement, ensure they’re always wearing impervious wellington boots and trousers.
Musculoskeletal disorders Where necessary, make use of mechanical lifting methods – manual handling is the most common cause of over seven-day injury reported within construction.
Solvents This is frequently found in paints, thinners and glues. Make sure you have an up-to-date COSHH assessment in place and control measures (like adequate ventilations and face fit tested masks) that are being adhered to.


Common issues What you need to be doing
Washing All facilities must be suitable and sufficient, clean, and have basins large enough for workers to wash their face, arms and forearms in. You must have clean, hot and cold (or warm) water, soap (or an equivalent means for people to clean with), towels (or, again, an equivalent of), and showers (if the work’s particularly dirty or presents the need to decontaminate).
Drinking water Unless you have a water jet, you must provide drinking water and cups.
Changing rooms If workers are required to wear special clothing, you must provide them with an area to change, along with seating and safe drying facilities.
Rest rooms You must have enough tables and seats (with backs) to accommodate the number of workers likely to use them at any one time. Workers should be provided with a means to prepare and eat their food. Boiling water should be available and, when the weather’s cold, heating should be provided.


Common issues What you need to be doing
Lack of information Make sure you have the R&D Survey to hand, and all relevant documentation for removal, including certificates of re-occupation and waste transfer notices.

If asbestos is remaining within the building, ensure there is an asbestos register and management plan in place, and that this risk issue is reflective within induction procedures.

Training and competence If asbestos is (or has been present) within the building, all operatives should be able to demonstrate that they have had asbestos awareness training.

Anyone involved in working with asbestos must be able to confirm training and competence.

Communication and Documentation

Common issues What you need to be doing
Lack of information Ensure risk assessments and method statements, including COSHH assessments are reflective of the works.

Undertake toolbox talks and provide information and guidance to the workforce on occupational health risks.

Lack of monitoring Ensure there is an active inspection and monitoring regime, with findings acted upon promptly.