Health and safety isn’t just about having documents in place, it’s about reducing risk and following safe practices. Creating H&S Documents is an important process in understanding what risks may be present when carrying out a specific task, yet at the end of the day, a document is just words on a piece of paper. What really counts is getting the information in the documents to the people who are carrying out tasks. Instruction, training, informing and enforcing safe working practices are all an essential part of keeping staff safe.
A common risk to M&E tradespeople is asbestos exposure and this is often inadvertently disturbed because tradespeople are working on properties with out an asbestos register, and because asbestos containing materials may have been painted or over clad, making them hard to spot.
Other common risks include falls from height, slips, trips and falls , and manual handling incidents.
Dangerous substance exposure goes hand in hand with being a plumber as they work alongside human waste, bio hazards, mould and chemicals.
Hearing loss is common and using a percussion drill in a confined space with no carpets or furniture to absorb the sound, compounds the issue.
Risk or hand and eye damage is always present as is the risk of burns and smoke inhalation when carrying out hot works.