Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002
These regulations are designed to help prevent exposure to crystalline silica and construction dust or, where unavoidable, to control airborne exposure limits to 0.1mg/m3 per 8 hour TWA. Under COSSH rules, a qualified person must carry out a risk assessment for any activity that might cause dust exposure.
Your risk assessment must include:
You’ll find this PPE symbol next to hire products that coluld produce harmful amounts of dust
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
These regulations aim to make sure that workers are protected from excessive noise which could result in hearing loss.
The regulations mean you must:
You’ll find this PPE symbol next to hire products that require to use ear protection
Hand/Arm Vibration is vibration transmitted from handheld, powered work equipment into the operator’s hands and arms. Regular or excessive exposure can lead to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, or White Finger Disease.
Hand Arm/Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
HAVS affects the joints, muscles, nerves and blood vessels of the hand, wrist and arm. The symptoms are tingling in the fingers and a reduced ability to work in cold or damp conditions. You’ll notice your fingers becoming numb and turning white, and a loss of strength in your hands. You might also experience pain, distress and sleep disturbance. You’re at risk of HAVS if you regularly use handheld power tools and machines.
The HSE recommend the use of the following ‘ready reckoner’ table to calculate daily vibration exposures. All you need is the vibration magnitude (level) available on the relevant product table detailed below and the exposure time. The ready-reckoner covers a range of vibration magnitudes up to 40 m/s2 and a range of exposure times up to 10 hours. The exposures for different combinations of vibration magnitude and exposure time are given in exposure points instead of values in m/s2 A(8). You may find the exposure points easier to work with than the A(8) values:
Using the Ready-Reckoner
Please be aware that the hand arm vibrations listed are for guidance only and are subject to change. Please refer to the manufacturers guidelines before using the ready-reckoner or commencing any work based on its recommendation. The above table is also a guide and subject to change at any time. Please refer to the HSE website for up to date information. Travis Perkins cannot be held responsible for any injury caused by procedures that have been followed based on the above information or the vibration information provided.
Working at Height Regulations 2005
The purpose of the regulations is to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height. If you are an employer or your control work at height, the Regulations apply to you.
It’s important to note that anyone working unsafely at height can be prosecuted even if no injuries result. IPAF training available through Travis Perkins - just call 0344 892 3355 for more information.
What you need to do:
The Working at Height Regulations require you to follow a simple three step process:
Can the work be done at ground level, or by using extendable tools or lifting equipment?
If you’ve decided that it’s absolutely necessary to work at height, you must do everything you can to prevent a fall:
Minimise the consequences of a fall by using the appropriate safety equipment or other measure correctly, and making sure all equipment is properly maintained and inspected.
Manual Handling Regulations
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 are designed to reduce the risk of injury through a wide range of manual handling activities, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling and carrying.
Heavy manual labour and manual materials handling can increase the risk of musculoskeletal disorders including:
These types of injuries affect around 1 million people in the UK every year. Workers tend to be at increased risk of manual handling injuries in environments such as building sites, factories and warehouses.
Employers must, as far as is practical:
We can supply everything you need to help you comply with the Working at Height Regulations 2005, including safety harnesses and a full range of PPE.
As part of our flexible hire service, we offer different rates based on how long you need an item. The longer you want it, the better the value! You’ll find our rates, as defined below, next to each item:
Hire rate for the first 24 hours from collection or delivery
Hire rate for 48 hours from collection or delivery
The maximum rate for each 7 day period of hire All hire rates shown are exclusive of VAT and subject to trade terms where applicable.