New Lifting Ops & Equipment Regs

New Edition – Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. Approved Code of Practice and guidance

This Approved Code of Practice and guidance is for those that work with any equipment provided at work or for the use of people at work, those who employ such people, those that represent them and those people who act as a competent person in the examination of lifting equipment.

It sets out what you should do to comply with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

LOLER applies to lifting equipment and builds on the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER).

This edition brings the document up to date with regulatory and other changes. The guidance clarifies which equipment is subject to the provisions of the regulations and the role of the competent person.

The context and examples have been expanded to show that LOLER applies across every sector using lifting equipment. New examples show the impact on the health and social care sector.

To download a free copy of these new regulations click here.

With thanks to www.hse.gov.uk

Van Drivers CPC ??

Managing the road risk of van fleets – should van drivers take driver CPC training?

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training should be extended to van drivers as part of wider efforts to improve the safety of van fleets and bring them in line with the rest of the freight and passenger transport sector, says the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) in its latest report on managing the road risk of van fleets.

The ETSC argues that CPC training is needed for van drivers because many workers – including postal workers, technicians, engineers and movers – drive vans every day in their jobs and spend up to half of their working time on the road, although driving is not their main occupational activity.

The report also calls on the EU to:

  • extend the Working Time Directive to van drivers
  • introduce speed management technologies to vans
  • extend the mandatory use of speed limiters, as applied to buses and HGVs, to vans.

It also recommends that individual EU contries introduce a graduated driver licence for young workers.

What is Driver CPC?  Click here for more information.

Article with thanks to The RoSPA Occupational Safety & Health Journal

Construction Industry Slows

UK Construction grows at slowest pace for 17 months

Activity in the UK’s construction sector grew at its slowest pace for 17 months in December but remains robust thanks to continued growth in housebuilding, a survey has found.

The closely watched Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index (PMI)fell to 57.6 from 59.4 a month earlier.

The index remains above the 50-mark which indicates growth in the sector.

Housebuilding continued to drive construction activity, but grew at its slowest pace since June 2013.

The weakest construction sub-sector in December was civil engineering, which reported a fall in output for the first time since May 2013.

Despite the slowdown in December, Markit said housebuilders overall had enjoyed their best year since 1997.

Construction companies also reported “a solid increase in new business volumes in December”, Markit said.

The survey said anecdotal evidence pointed to strong demand for new residential development and a further recovery in construction firms bidding for commercial projects.

Markit also reported signs that wages might be starting to rise in the sector, with rates paid to subcontractors growing almost as rapidly as November’s record-high pace.

Economists are forecasting that after several years of falling real wages, 2015 might bring the first year that the UK sees widespread increases in pay since the 2008 financial crisis.

Construction firms pointed to new housebuilding as a key area of growth in 2015. Uncertainty surrounding the general election later this year – at which the main political parties are expected to outline how they would tackle the UK’s continuing budget deficit – was expected to weigh on confidence.

Tim Moore, senior economist at Markit, said: “A sharp recovery in housebuilding, as well as resurgent demand for commercial development projects, continued to boost staff recruitment and sub-contractor pay rates across the construction sector in December.

“While new business growth moderated to its lowest for a year-and-a-half in December, UK construction firms are still highly upbeat about their prospects for output growth in 2015.”

Article from BBC News – see full article here.