Visual alarm devices

28 May 2019

An external fire risk assessor has recommended that we install “visual alarm devices” (VADs) in an area of our premises due to high noise levels. We already have “sounder beacon devices” in place. Do we have to fit VADs?

Using portable fire-fighting equipment

28 May 2019

I am aware that staff must be competent if they are required to use portable fire-fighting equipment and that this includes “sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities”. Could you outline what these “other qualities” are?

Sick building syndrome

20 May 2019

A small group of employees believe that they are suffering from Sick Building Syndrome and they want us to take steps to address the issue. First, how can we be sure that it is not just hay fever or a similar allergy and, second, what changes can we make to improve the workplace environment?

Biodiversity net gain

23 April 2019

How will construction businesses be affected by the new requirement for biodiversity net gain?

Contaminated surface water

19 March 2019

Would we have to pay extra to the water company if contaminated surface water is discharged to the mains sewer along with our trade effluent?

Inherited LEV system with no documentation

18 March 2019

Our organisation has taken over another company that has a workshop with a local exhaust ventilation system (LEV). No documentation can be found relating to its use and maintenance. What should we be doing in this situation?

Diesel vehicles on site

26 February 2019

We are a construction business with large cranes and other plant standing at our depot. We are already following health and safety guidance such as the bunding of oil storage tanks. Are there any other environmental regulations we need to be aware of?