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The BESA provides practical assistance to its members in managing, developing and training their workforce and in establishing terms and conditions of employment.Read More
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The BESA is committed to ensuring that its members are fully compliant with all relevant health and safety legislation, and that they remain up-to-date with current industry best practice.Read More
BESA has been providing best-in-class technical guidance and standards to the building engineering services sector for over 100 years.Read More
The BESA technical team is on-hand to give expert advice, guidance and practical support that address key technical issues as well as deliver access to standards, specifications and guides to good practice.Read More
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Certification and registration enable the demonstration of best practice to end users, as well as enabling you to remain compliant.Read More
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It is crucial that employers understand and manage the wide range of regulatory requirements and obligations they must comply with.Read More
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Mediation represents a speedy and efficient form of dispute resolution.Read More
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BESA Training has provided training and apprenticeships for the building engineering services sector and its employers for over 25 years.Read More
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Construction is a complex process. It therefore requires significant expertise to deliver the building engineering services that buildings demand.Read More
The BESA Book is an annual industry directory published on behalf of the Building Engineering Services Association by Open Box Publishing.Read More
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BESA is proud to celebrate the achievements of upcoming talent within the building services industry.Read More
The BESA North West Awards will take place in Manchester on 17 February 2018.Read More
Cymru/Wales & SW England Awards takes place on 11 May.Read More
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There are 12 BESA London & South training awards in total across 3 categories - apprentice awards, employer awards and judges' choice.Read More
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A dedicated area to help raise awareness on the key issues surrounding the current lack of diversity, promoting the business benefits of a diverse workforce and sharing best practice case studies and actionable resources.Read More
A dedicated area to help raise awareness of mental health wellbeing in the building engineering services sector, providing practical resources and tools to help companies address this important issue in their workplaceRead More
A dedicated area to help raise awareness of the importance of indoor air quality, the conditions of air inside buildings and how our sector can work together to make buildings safe havens.Read More
A dedicated area to focus on how we in the building engineering services sector can learn from and improve following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.Read More
A dedicated area highlighting BESA's efforts to address the issue of retentions in the built environment.Read More
A dedicated area with resources and guidance for members affected by the Carillion collapse, as well as information on late payment reform.Read More
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) regulation 6 specifies the circumstances where inspection is required to ensure healthy and safe conditions are maintained.
More information about the content of the work equipment inspection is available here.
To decide what first aid provision you need to make, you should carry out a first-aid needs assessment.
The assessment should consider the circumstances of your workplace, (what type of work you do) the workforce and any hazards and risks that may be present. Once completed the findings will help you decide what first-aid arrangements you need to put in place.
The health and safety executive (HSE) has published further guidance on all the factors that will help you carry out your first-aid needs assessment.
More information is available here.
Small low-risk workplaces will only need to have a first-aid box and an appointed person, to take charge of first-aid arrangements such as calling the emergency services and stocking the first-aid box.
The appointed person does not need specific first-aid training.
If your workplace has more significant health and safety risks, for example, you use machinery, or hazardous materials, then you are more likely to need a trained first-aider.
More information on first aider training requirements is available here.
The HSE provides further information, risk assessment and policy templates and examples here.
A health and safety policy sets out your general approach and commitment together with the arrangements you have put in place for the management of health and safety in your business.
The arrangements section gives details of the specific systems and procedures you have in place.
This part of your policy must describe in detail how you control the risks associated with your business activities. For example, there is no point describing your safety rules for dealing with chemicals if you do not use them in your business.
Some examples of health and safety policy arrangements include:
Safe handling & Use of substances, Information, Instruction & Supervision, Competency, Accident investigation and reporting (RIDDOR), Monitoring, Emergency Procedures, Fire & Evacuation, Housekeeping, First Aid, Risk assessment, Dermatitis.
It is common practice to advise not to wear gloves when using a pipe-threading machine. Most manufacturer guidelines for pipe threading machines stipulate the gloves and loose clothing should not be worn with running machines due to the entanglement risk.
Gloves or loose clothing may be entangled by the rotating pipe or machine parts leading to personal injury. If required gloves should be worn once machine has been stopped and locked off. Alternatively, tight fitting gloves can be provided, but there must be no residual risk of entanglement when using the machine.
BESA members have access to a free dedicated health and safety helpline. For all of your health and safety questions contact one of our BESA representatives on 01768 860452.
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