WHAT WE COULD DO
Requirements for site
How we can protect young
people on our works
IN THE COURTS
TOPIC OF THE MONTH
Working near watercourses
HAND ARM VIBRATION
How to protect yourself
How to prevent this
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Silt buster training
Latest SHE statistics
Latest safety alerts for
SHE NOTICE-BOARD REQUIREMENTS
We need to ensure that the relevant information
is displayed in our compounds and welfare
cabins, to ensure the right message is recieved
by all personnel.
We understand that space can be limited and
so we have put together a guide for different
types of sites.
Templates are available - speak to the SHE
Team to get this
• CSIM Escalation Chart
• IEMP Poster (if applicable )
• Site Map (with environmental constraints)
• Map showing directions to nearest hospital
• First Aider details
• Eight2¬O H&S Policy
• Eight2O Environment Policy
• Eight2O Sustainability Policy/ Poster
• HSE Poster
NOTE - smaller schemes with small cabins or no welfare do not need to display this, but must have
access to this
Other things to consider
• Communication updates/ newsletter
• Recent Toolbox Talks
• Insurance certificates
• Environmental Posters (search ENV POS on twexnet)
• TOCOP (if required)
• Top 5 hazards
eight2O have a growing number of ‘Young Person’s’ (over school
leaving age, but not yet 18) working across its sites. We must
ensure that we are managing their site involvement and protect
them from potential hazards.
It is generally accepted that a ‘Young Person’ will not have the
same level of hazard awareness as others in your team. Therefore,
the following must be considered before putting them to work;
• The layout of the workplace;
• How they will handle work equipment;
• How the work and processes are organised;
• The extent of health and safety training needed/recieved
• Risks from particular agents, processes and work.
Young Persons: An Assessment of Risk
A risk assessment covering all activities must be carried
out before allowing a young person to work on your site.
Once complete this must be reviewed by your H&S Advisor.
When completing this, consider;
• The inexperience and immaturity of the young person;
• Their lack of awareness of risk;
• The nature and exposure to COSHH;
• The range and use of tools and equipment
• Any health and safety training e.g. site induction and TBT’s
• The tasks they are expected to carry out.
For more information speak to your H&S Advisor and make sure
they are aware of any ‘young persons’ starting on site.
A sewage treatment company has been fined for failing to prevent
incidents occurring, after 6 million litres of sewage spilled into the River
The works require 3 pumps to cope with the volume of sewage and a
backup in case these fail. For 5 months in 2013 the backup pump was out
of action. As a result, in August 2013, when one of the pumps failed, the
remaining pumps could not support the volumes.
The Environment Agency followed the incident up in 2014 and
discovered that again the backup pump was out of action and had not
been replaced. This led to the courts fining the company for failing to
implement pollution prevention measures.
TOPIC OF THE
This includes rivers, lakes, ponds, reservoirs, canals, drainage ditches, estuaries
and coastal waters. If we are working near these, we have the potential to cause
pollution, which could lead to prosecution and clean-up costs.
How to manage working near a watercourse
• Prevent water contamination e.g. cover excavations during rainfall, ensure roads
are kept clean;
• Store materials, machinery and waste at least 10m’s away from any watercourse;
• Ensure containment processes and spill response measures are in place – spill
kits should be located in any high risk area (e.g. storage areas, working areas, near
• Refuelling should occur at least 10m away from the watercourse and drip trays
should be used;
• Ensure daily briefings and RAMS include mitigation measures;
• DO NOT wash anything down into a watercourse or surface water drain without
permission from your Environmental Advisor
Case Study 1: Hornsey Emergency Scheme
Following a recent main burst in Hornsey, SMBJV were on site to fix the pipe and reinstate
the area around the burst.
The burst sent clean water flowing across a grassed area, along a footpath and into the
adjacent New River, causing an area of the river bank to collapse.
Work to repair the bank will take place later this year. This work will involve working in the
river and so all appropriate controls will be followed.
What the teams did;
• The work area was cordoned off
• All plant and material were kept at least 10m from the edge or the river
• TBT on working near watercourses was given
• All liquids and plant when not in use, were stored away from the river to prevent any
contamination from spillages.
REMEMBER – Your Environmental Advisor is there is provide advice and
guidance on how to mitigate these risks.
HAND ARM VIBRATION SYNDROME
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (referred to as HAVS) is caused by the over exposure to vibration in the
hands, fingers, wrists and arms.
If you use hand-held power tools, be aware that over-use can affect your ability to work and enjoy a normal
home and social life.
What is it?
What are the symptoms?
HAVS can occur where the nerves, blood
vessels and/or joints are damaged by vibration.
Whilst uncommon, symptoms can occur in the
short or long term. Early detection is crucial
and if ignored can become more serious and
in some cases permanent.
You may be more at risk if:
• You regularly operate hammer action tools
(such as breakers, drills, needle guns etc.) for
more than about 15 minutes per day
• You operate some rotary and other action
tools for more than about an hour per day
• You smoke
• You grip vibrating tools too tight
• Pins and needles
• Loss of sense of touch
• Difficulty in everyday tasks (e.g. tying shoelace)
• Tips of your fingers going white, particularly in cold
and wet conditions, and becoming red and painful on
If exposure continues there may be:
• Loss of manual dexterity making it difficult to pick up
• Severe pain and numbness
• Symptoms which appear more frequently and spread
to more of the fingers
What can I do?
• Stay aware and follow good practice
• Don’t exceed the maximum safe working times
• Swap between tasks that involve vibration and those
• Massage your hands and fingers
• Keep your hands warm in cold weather
• Make sure your protective gloves fit properly.
If you are worried that you are suffering from the symptoms of HAVS, it is important that you discuss this at
the earliest opportunity with your GP or Healthcare provider.
PREVENTING CONTACT DERMATITIS
Contact dermatitis occurs when your skin reacts to a particular substance. This can be either;
an irritant – a substance that damages the skin
an allergen – a substance that can cause the body to react abnormally
Common irritants include:
• soaps and detergents
• antiseptics and antibacterials
• perfumes and preservatives in toiletries
• oils used in machines
Avoid contact where possible, but if this is not;
• acids and alkalis
• powders, dust and soil
• water – especially chlorinated water
• many plants
1. Clean your skin
Rinse the affected skin with warm water and a soap substitute (such as an emollient – see below).
2. Use protective clothing (especially gloves)
You may find it useful to wear cotton gloves underneath rubber gloves, if the rubber irritates you.
Take your gloves off every now and again, as sweating can make any symptoms worse.
3. Change products if you show any signs of dermatitis
Check products ingredients to make sure it does not contain any irritants or allergens.
4. Use emollients to keep your skin hydrated and protect it
This is better than bar or liquid soaps which can dry out your skin. This is particularly important if
you need to wash your hands frequently at work.
5. Use of barrier creams to create a barrier between you and the irritant
6. Apply after-work creams to reduce frequency and symptom severity
Works located next to drainage channel leading to the River Lodden -
On returning to site after the Christmas break the site was found to be flooded. This washed away
temporary roads and turned the site into a mud bath.
To cope with the heavy rainfall, the team have installed a french drain which filters the water through to
one of the on-site structures that is acting as a holding tank. It is then pumped to a settlement tank and
discharged to an area of land agreed with Thames Water (via a TWOSA).
• Water sampling - to ensure minimal silt accumulation
• RAMS - specific to dewatering
• Recorded using the Permit to Pump form - the site records pictures of settled out sample bottles
and test the pH.
• Due to space constraints, efficient traffic management has been imperative. The use of a one way
system for deliveries to site, as well as clear pedestrian walkways and barriers have been effective
in reducing the risk moving vehicles pose to site personnel.
• Banksmen are also used to negate any potential problems caused during the operation of
excavators, dumpers and rollers.
No Injuries on site in over 67,800 man hours
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The Basingstoke Thermal
Hydrolysis Plant (THP) that
includes additional digester
capacity and CHP generation
is part of the AMP6 strategy to
eliminate lime sludge treatment.
The end goal is that after start-up,
the THP and generation system will
be self-sufficient. Surplus power
generated, will be consumed by the
rest of the works and any surplus
above this will be exported to grid.
In June, a selection of CAJV’s SHE team, Site
Managers and Foremen undertook a training
course on silt management delivered by Siltbuster.
This training was arranged due to a number of
recent silt related incidents, in an effort to increase
awareness and to ensure the implementation of
The day was well-received by all attendees and
feedback is currently being gathered on the training
to enable the environmental team to produce
some targeted training for site teams on this topic.
If you would like to arrange this training
for yourself or your site teams, inform your
• Silt pollution legislation and prosecution case studies
• Disposal of water and filtration techniques of silt laden waters
• Permits and Consents
• Erosion control
• Practical solutions for silt removal
• Methods for the treatment of Concrete Wash Water
• Practical experiments to separate silt particles from silty water.
SILT BUSTER TRAINING
• How to estimate groundwater flows
and treat hydrocarbons and dissolved
• Importance that silt and water
pollution management is given early
consideration at the design stage,
- site set up to include water attenuation
- appropriate location of stockpiles
- the need to undertake land re-profiling
to reduce the speed of any potential
surface water to limit erosion.
• The importance of adopting a phased
approach to excavation works to limit
the extent of soil exposure (e.g. reinstate
and stabilise exposed surfaces as you
Near miss - utility
Trip or slip hazard
Every month reporting data is extracted from Safeguard and the BB
Whether a service strike, incident, near miss or hazard, it is all
incredibly important to us.
Diversion of Excavated
Material from landfill
Recycled aggregate use
It is the responsibility of the
construction team to ensure that our
subcontractors are using facilities
which maximise recycling.
Please ensure that you are
completing your inspections on
safeguard. These are crucial in
identifying hazards and reducing
the risk of an incident on site.
We are getting better ... but we are
not reaching our target yet!
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