COVID 19, coronavirus. We are still open for training under a different situation to 'normal' and have implemented precautions to remove as much risk as possible. All learners are asked, on arrival, to check they have no symptoms themselves and that they have not been in contact with anyone known to be infected with COVID 19. We have a temperature check requirement, hand sanitising and hand washing facilites, and if there is more than 1 learner on the course we have face shields for all involved, if you do not have your own. Anyone developing symptoms during a course will be asked to leave the course and go home to self isolate. The premises are deep cleaned on a daily basis to reduce risk of transfer as much as possible. This is placing burdens on everyone involved and we appreciate everyone's co-operation on this.
PRODUCT SAFETY WARNING FROM HSE
Face masks claiming to be KN95 compliant. These may well be substandard, imported from China, and may or may not comply with the Chinese standard for face masks. Under Chinese Law the manufacturer is allowed to self certificate their own product. If they are compliant they will have a CE marking on them and the assosciated paperwork showing their compliance number with E U regulations. Please be aware of this when buying face masks for your own and employees protection.
If you are not sure that you are aware of the latest in rules and regulation changes why not book a refresher course to bring your supervisory staff up to speed. Courses can be tailored to suit your work environment and situation making them totally relevant to your business.
Cost of these types of courses is much less than the cost of even a minor accident and associated investigations / downtime / loss of business operation for investigations.
Portable ladder regulations have changed so if you are looking at buying a new ladder now you will not find the 3 categories of ladder that we are used to. Ladders now are categorised as 2 different types. Both comply with EN 131 and are called Professional and Non-professional. If you are buying new ladders make sure they comply with this new rating and get the 'professional' one. Both are rated at 150kg maximum vertical load but the professional one is tested much more rigorously and will last longer.
As from February 2019 there is an updated HSE approved first aid kit that complies with BS 8599 standards. If you are buying new first aid kits for your work premises the best thing is to buy the new ones. which have slight changes to the contents. You can, as always, do your own risk assessment and have kits made up to suit your particular work situation, but it may well be easier to buy standard BS complient kits which will suffice unless you have a particular risk that requires certain contents in your kits. Existing 'old' style first aid kits will still be available for a year and current ones are still accpetable. It is at the time of replacing the new ones should be considered.
There is a need for their work employees to be supervised to ensure that standards of operation and safety are not being compromised in the pursuit of efficiency and time scales. Training for this type of work is based on management requirements and not operational skills as a machine operator. Are your managers and supervisors adequately trained for this type of work? If not get them trained, it is cheaper than a prosecution following an accident.
Do you keep records of all the training your employees do. Good records are always a good foundation to build suitability and quality of training on as well as proving training previously undertaken.
Breaking news. COVID update. Driver CPC courses can now restart from 12 April so we will be posting new dates on Upcoming Courses page so please look there if you are looking for DCPC. Don't forget that you can do an Emergency First Aid course and have DCPC accreditation for it at the same time and pay aminimal amount extra to get 2 qualifications on the same course.