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Latest news on the initiatives and activities being undertaken by the BESA in support of its members and the building engineering services sector.

Friday, May 3, 2019

CSCS MAP Test Changes 2019

Changes to the test come into force on 26th June 2019. All versions of the test have been reviewed, and the legislation updated. Operatives test The operatives test will have a better range of activities to reflect the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities operatives have on site Level playing field Each person taking the revised Operatives test will have the same proportion of easy, medium...

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Friday, March 29, 2019

HSE ISSUES SAFETY ALERT ON WELDING FUME

Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume This is update is applicable to all workers, employers, self-employed, contractors’ and any others who undertake welding activities, including mild steel, in any industry. There is new evidence available that identifies that exposure to all welding fume, including mild steel welding fume, can cause lung cancer. There is also limited...

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

HSE Safety Alert

There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans. The Workplace Health Expert Committee has endorsed the reclassification of mild steel welding fume as a human carcinogen. With immediate effect, there is a strengthening of HSE’s enforcement expectation for all...

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Revisions to key electrical installation standard focuses on concerns about fire safety

The 18th edition has expanded on previous regulations and amendments and broadened the scope of installers’ and designers’ roles in electrical installations, especially with regard to fire engineering. Building Regulations since 2014 have required all circuits in new or rewired homes to comply with the requirements of BS 7671, which includes an increased use of residual current devices (RCDs)...

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

ONE OF THE HSE's BIGGEST CONCERNS IS THE HEALTH OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS’ LUNGS.

Many common jobs on a construction site produce a lot of dust, including removing old materials or using power tools like cut-off saws. What is sometimes less well-known is that this “general dust” can contain hazardous substances like asbestos, silica and even wood – and breathing this in can cause serious long-term lung damage. Together these different types of dust are linked to chronic, and...

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