Monday, September 26, 2016

Highways England is switching to colour-coded hard hats in 2017

Are you used to seeing all the workers on our roadways wearing the same colour hard hat? Well, in 2017 that all changes.

Highways England has decided to switch to colour-coded hard hats, with four different colours available based on your role on the site.

Here's the options:
  • Black - Site Supervisors
  • Orange - Slinger or Signaller
  • Blue - Inexperienced Person or Visitor
  • White - General Use (when colour coding isn't practical), Manager, Client, Competent Operative
It sounds like a great time to be in the business of selling hard hats!

Source: Construction Enquirer

Monday, September 19, 2016

Turban-wearing Sikhs are exempt from the need to wear head protection in the workplace

This is sure to be a question that arises on site quite often: Are turban-wearing Sikhs exempt from the need to wear head protection in the workplace?

The answer, thanks to the HSE, is "yes."

The Employment Act 1989 was amended by Section 6 of the Deregulation Act 2015 exempting turban-wearing Sikhs from any legal requirement to wear head protection at a workplace. There are a few exceptions, for example, in a situation where head protection is absolutely essential such as a fire fighter entering a burning building. Beyond the head protection exemption, Sikhs must wear all other required protective equipment.

For more details, visit the HSE website.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

St. John Ambulance video teaches parents how to perform CPR on infants

St. John Ambulance have had the fantastic video you can watch above created to show parents, and the public in general, how to safely perform CPR on an infant. It's all about those puffs and pumps, and it could save a baby's life while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

For more information, as well as a free baby first aid guide, visit the St. John Ambulance website.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

HBCD-containing polystyrene insulation foams and end-of-life treatment

Anyone who has worked in construction or demolition knows all about HBCD-containing polystyrene insulation foams. They offered great insulation for housing while remaining highly durable and flame retardent. But the European Union has classified HBCD (Hexabromocyclododecane) as a Persistent Organic Pollutant as stated by the UNEP Stockholm Convention. It is also subject to authorisation under REACH.

With that in mind, the NFDC has produced a case study document on the end-of-life treatment for HBCD-containing polystyrene foams.

Monday, September 5, 2016

New style CCDO Smart Cards are now in use

We are now in the month of September, which means one thing: the new style CCDO Smart Cards are now in use and will be issued for all NDTG completed courses going forward.

Click on the image below to see the Smart Card Scheme breakdown:

From this month, all CCDO cards will be issued in accordance with the new CCDO Smart Card Scheme criteria and rules applied with a requirement to:
  • have or be registered for and working towards attaining an industry relevant NVQ
  • successfully attain the relevant Demolition Health, Safety & Environment Touch Screen Test
  • attend a National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) approved asbestos awareness course and card specific approved CCDO course with end test
The card scheme has also gone SMART, which means that a Demolition Operative’s complete training records can be accessed on site using an easy to use card reader and software via a smartphone, tablet or PC, making it simpler and quicker for operative to access site, whilst at the same time, as a manager or supervisor ensuring that an operative has the correct skills and competence to work on site.

Friday, September 2, 2016

"It can happen to anyone"

Mark Anthony, Editor of Demolition News, was on a routine site visit last week to film a high reach machine in action when the day took a turn that he wasn't expecting.

Please take a few minutes to watch this video to see how your day could also take a similar turn without the proper precautions being put in place.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

C&D Asbestos Awareness training course in Wombourne on September 13th

C&D are running an Asbestos Awareness training course at our new Wombourne training facility on the 13th of September, starting at 7.30am. If any company has employees who you want to book onto this session please let me know by emailing

We will also be using our new facility to put on more and different courses appropriate to the industry so watch out for further details, or contact me if you need something specific.