Thursday, July 20, 2017

Face Fit Testing Available August-September

Essential Site Skills has sent word that they are offering a number of training courses both for Face Fit Trainers and Face Fit Testing. The dates for each type of training along with the price and location of each is as follows:

Open Course Dates
Face Fit Train the Tester:
  • 1 August 2017 - Warrington - £250+Vat pp
  • 16 August 2017 - Lincoln - £250+Vat pp
  • 29 August 2017 - Nottingham - £250+Vat pp
  • 4 September 2017 - Brent Cross - £250+Vat pp

Face Fit Testing - on-site course:
  • 1 x half day for 1 to 12 people £350 + VAT
  • Prices shown are for mainland UK
  • Book another 10 face fit tests (second course) to run on the same day and pay only £135 + VAT for the second half day.

Face Fit Train the Tester - on-site course:
  • 1 x half day course for up to 6 people £425+Vat
  • Fit Testing Kit - The cost of the Fit Testing Kit is an additional £150+Vat, and the tester can bring this with him on the day.

And here's some additional information regarding a couple of common questions usually asked relating to Face Fit Testing:

Is face Fit Testing a Legal Requirement?

YES...

The supporting guidance for COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health), CLaW (Control of Lead at Work), CAR (Control of Asbestos Regulations) and the Ionising Radiation Regulations, stipulate that fit testing should be carried out as part of the initial mask selection process. This ensures that inadequately fitting face pieces are not selected for use. www.hse.gov.uk/coshh/basics

Face Fit Testing is a method used for checking that a tight fitting facepiece matches the persons facial features and seals adequately to the wearers face. It also helps to ensure that poorly fitting facepieces are not selected for use. An inadequate fit will significantly reduce the protection provided to the wearer.

If a fit test is not performed, then an unsatisfactory seal / barrier may unknowingly exist. This could allow excessive leakage of airborne contaminants into the wearer’s breathing zone, even though the user is wearing a respirator correctly selected for the application.

When Should Fit Testing be Carried Out?

A Fit Test can be carried out in the initial stages of selecting RPE, where an untested face piece is already in use or when the wearer has any significant facial changes (i.e. weight gain or loss, facial hair growth, etc). Fit testing does not need to be done annually but it is recommended that face piece wearers receive annual refresher training covering the selection, use & maintenance of their mask. When face pieces are issued on an individual basis, it is recommended that they receive an individual assessment on their own face piece. Please note that in order for the face fit tests to work, the trainee MUST NOT eat, drink or smoke for at least 30 minutes before the test is performed. They must also be clean-shaven as stubble will prevent a good seal and the face fit test will fail.

Call 0115 8970 529 or email training@essentialsiteskills.com if this is of interest or for further information.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

NDTG’s Virtual CCDO Smart Card Scheme launching


17th July, 2017 signifies the launch of the NDTG’s Virtual CCDO Smart Card Scheme using ‘Vircarda.’ The first to market with this technology from partner Reference Point, the NDTG were keen to build upon the momentum gathered since its launch of their CCDO Smart Cards back in August 2016.

What is a Virtual Smart Card?

From Monday, 17th July, new applicants have the choice of being issued with a Virtual CCDO Smart Card in addition to a physical CCDO Smart Card. The virtual card works by way of an app downloaded to the card holder’s smartphone or tablet saving the need to carry cards on site.

All of the demolition worker’s relevant qualifications can now be stored on the 'Vircarda' App. The virtual card can simply be scanned and read by the site supervisor on the same Go Smart software used for reading a physical card, working in much the same way as an online ticket for a flight.

How does it Work?

On completion of an NDTG application form, the customer service team at the NDTG will issue members with a Virtual CCDO Smart Card.

When a virtual smart card is set up, an email and SMS containing a personal registration number and PIN is sent to the cardholder and includes directions on how to download the Vircarda app.
  1. Select your NDTG Smartcard in Vircarda.
  2. Select the ‘Read Card’ function and Vircarda generates a secure QR Code.
  3. The person checking your card reads your QR code and is then able to access the required information stored on your Smart Card - these QR codes can only be read using the Go Smart app.
  4. You receive a notification that your card has been read with the time and location, where available.
The Right Choice

“We are delighted to be the first to market with the launch of the eagerly awaited Vircarda CCDO Virtual Smart Card using the Gencarda cardholder management system. This once again proves that the demolition industry remains at the forefront of technology. The Virtual Smart Card gives workers and supervisors immediate access to information, reducing both the need to carry a physical card and the possibility of fraud. Furthermore, the app will work on Apple devices, which is a big plus.” NFDC/NDTG CEO Howard Button.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Not everyone in demolition needs one of these


The public face of the demolition industry might be big diggers and heavy equipment.

But there's WAY more to the industry than that.

Demolition employs thousands of people - men and women - that work behind the scenes and who rarely (if ever) set foot on a demolition site.

From administrators and office staff to those responsible for managing training and monitoring health and safety procedures, these are the backbone of a thriving industry with excellent training and excellent opportunities for career progression.

So if you are the type of person that wants to work in a nice clean office behind a nice clean computer, then don't dismiss demolition.

You could be just the type of person we're looking for. Contact us to find out more.

Monday, July 3, 2017

The most powerful tools in the demolition business


The public face of the demolition industry might be big diggers and heavy equipment.

But there's WAY more to the industry than that.

Demolition employs thousands of people - men and women - that work behind the scenes and who rarely (if ever) set foot on a demolition site.

From administrators and office staff to those responsible for managing training and monitoring health and safety procedures, these are the backbone of a thriving industry with excellent training and excellent opportunities for career progression.

So if you are the type of person that wants to work in a nice clean office behind a nice clean computer, then don't dismiss demolition.

You could be just the type of person we're looking for. Contact us to find out more.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Swanton Consulting Temporary Works Courses 25th and 26th July 2017

Swanton Consulting have organised their next public joint temporary works course on the 25th and 26th July 2017. The venue will be in Erith.

Temporary Works Coordinator Course - £500 +VAT (25th & 26th July)

This course is aimed at those who have been nominated by their company to act as TWC. These individuals will have either engineering qualifications or site experience of temporary works, or both. The course is also relevant to those who have been nominated to act as Temporary Works Supervisors and who may, in due course, act as Temporary Works Coordinators.

The contents of the course are based on the recommendations of the Temporary Works forum, and include an exploration of relevant legislation and best practice as outlined by BS5975; consideration of the nature of temporary works and associated risks; analysis of failures; the use of a case study to illustrate aspects of the role.

Temporary Works Supervisor Course - £250 +VAT (25th July)

Temporary Works Supervisors (TWSs) can be appointed by subcontractors to manage their temporary works or by main contractors to support the TWC on a large project. The purpose of this course is to outline the role of the Temporary Works Supervisor (TWS) as described by BS5975. It is aimed at those who have site experience of temporary works.

The course covers relevant legislation and best practice as outlined by BS5975, analyses the causes of failures and explores the way in which the role of the TWS supports that of the TWC.

If you are interested in finding out more or attending, please email training@swantonconsulting.co.uk

Monday, June 26, 2017

If you can do this...


Two joysticks to control speed and movement and push buttons to trigger functions?

If you can control a PlayStation or an Xbox, then you are well on your way to controlling a demolition robot or a high reach excavator.

And if you do it right, it can be more fun than Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty combined, and considerably more rewarding.


So if you have the skills, the demolition industry wants to talk to you!

The industry has all the training you need to take you from gamer to demolition operator. So contact us now to find out more.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Young tradespeople receive an important warning from 61-year-old carpenter

John Jackson is a 61-year-old carpenter who has spent his life working at a range of carpentry firms. He has also been diagnosed with mesothelioma, which he can trace back to working with asbestos in the 1960s and 70s. After discovering through the Health and Safety Executive that 20 people a week die from asbestos-related problems, he wants to get the word out to younger generations.

Mr Jackson explained:

"Most tradespeople will know the use of asbestos is illegal, however the ban only started in 1999. This means many older buildings still contain it and many younger tradespeople will not have worked directly with it and may be unfamiliar with what it looks like and where it can be found. Alarmingly it seems tradespeople are now being exposed to asbestos through a lack of training and ignorance of the dangers.

I now face an uncertain future and am concerned family members who came into contact with asbestos from my work overalls may also be at risk. My aim, whilst I am well enough, is to educate fellow carpenters and other tradespeople to the potential dangers of asbestos exposure.
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He now hopes that with the help of Anglia Asbestos Support Group, sponsored locally by solicitors Ashtons Legal, he can get the word out and young tradespeople gain access to the knowledge they need to spot asbestos in its many forms and react accordingly.

Here at C&D Consultancy we share Mr Jackson's concerns, which is why we offer regular training slots for asbestos awareness. If you would like to learn more, or know a young tradesperson this training would benefit, please email Stuart who'll answer any questions you have.

Source: Norwich Evening News