Posts Tagged ‘safety’


Do You Suffer From Work Rage? This Guy Does!

June 13, 2017

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It seems that, as life gets faster and more stressful, “workplace rage” is on the increase.

If you think you may be a sufferer, you can find some confidential advice in the link here.


Part J Regulations for You: Hidden Gas Flues Need Access Panels

June 9, 2017


Ever since Part J Regulations came into force in January 2013, access panels have become a vital part of the heating engineer’s stock in trade.

  • Any gas boiler system with a hidden flue MUST have an access panel
  • Access panels should allow visual inspection within 1.5m of any joint or bend
  • Any existing acoustic or fire rating must be maintained
  • A carbon monoxide alarm with a long-term power source must be fitted 1 – 3m from the boiler

If any of these conditions are not met, the Gas Safe engineer is obliged to mark the boiler ‘at risk’ and instruct that it be switched off until access panels are fitted.


TBS stocks a range of access panels, from Select Products. Ideal for when you need to provide access to a fixture behind a ceiling or a stud wall – or create access where it was forgotten!

The standard panels are made of heavy duty plastic. We can offer you the following sizes:

105 x 158 mm at £9.98

162 x 238mm at £12.48

300 x 300 mm at £18.73

Should you be working to specific fire regulations, we now stock a 300 x 300mm panel that is 1 hour fired rated, at £56.08.

This link (though using a different make) shows you how to fit an access panel into a ceiling.PFFD


Wartime Bombs on Building Sites – Here’s What To Do

June 8, 2017

In May 2017, 50,000 people in Hannover, Germany were evacuated from their homes, businesses, a clinic and a care home. Why? Three British World War 2 bombs had been uncovered by a mechanical excavator near one of the main bridges. You can read about it here.

Rather unlikely on a site in the UK, you say? Not so! According to the Construction Industry Research and Information Association, between 2006 and 2009 (the last detailed figures available), over 15,000 items of ordnance were found on construction sites in the UK. That’s a lot! And it doesn’t include stuff hit by the plough in farmers’ fields.

It’s true, the majority of “UXO” (UneXploded Ordnance) is found in cities that were heavily bombed in World War 2, like London, Coventry or Portsmouth. But many bombs went astray, landing in unexpected places. In areas where the military were present, ammunition may have been buried and the location never recorded.

So anyone involved regularly in groundwork ought to download a very useful publication: Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), a Guide for the Construction Industry, which is available as a free PDF file here. Also free is A Client’s Guide to Risk Assessment on UXO Sites get it here.

It has photos of all manner of ammunition as it looks when it has lain in the earth for years, and it gives you advice on what to do if you find any. For example, don’t take it home! Call the police immediately, who have a direct link to the Bomb Disposal authorities.


Safety Tips for Gas Welding and Cutting

June 8, 2017


Welding is a technical and dangerous activity. It requires careful planning and risk assessment.  Welders and sheet metal workers should be well clued up on the risks and how to avoid them.

This guy clearly hadn’t bothered! Don’t be like him. The Safe Use of Gas Cylinders is available as a FREE download from the Health & Safety Executive.


While we’re at it – you can see what’s coming here, can’t you!  The cut pipe will fly into the air with the guy on it. Using oxy/fuel gas equipment for cutting, welding or descaling is a high-risk activity, requiring careful planning. There’s little evidence of risk assessment or even common sense here!

Here’s another handy and helpful FREE download on how to do it properly: Safety in Gas Welding, Cutting and Similar Processes.

Even smaller-scale, plastic pipe cutting needs to be properly done, by the way. Download Pipe Cutting Guidance for free.


Hand Arm Vibration Dangers with Power Tools: What are Safe Levels?

June 6, 2017


Do you use power tools for any length of time – or even electronic games with a vibrating effect in the consoles? Did you know there are recommended safety limits for exposure to the vibrations?

If you consistently go beyond the safe exposure limit, you risk physical damage to your arms, hands or fingers: the dreaded Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome. The trouble begins with tingling in the fingers, followed by numbness, swelling and eventually whiteness. It is estimated that 1 in 10 professionals who use power tools end up with HAVS.

You can find out more about the condition and how to prevent it via this link.


The good news is that there are ways to calculate safe exposure levels.  The image above is a chart compiled by the Health & Safety Executive. Click on this link and you can access it and use it yourself.

If the figures still confuse you, power tools maker Makita offer a handy online Vibration Calculator.

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