Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspectors will be carrying out unexpected visits to sites where refurbishment or repair works are in progress from 22 September 2014.
Proper management of high-risk activities, predominantly those to do with the health of workers, will be assessed by Inspectors. Enforcement action will be taken straightaway if necessary.
The HSE have advised that the following will be checked during inspections:
- risks to health from exposure to dust such as silica are being controlled;
- workers are aware of where they may find asbestos, and what to do if they find it;
- other health risks, such as exposure to noise and vibration, manual handling, hazardous substances are being properly managed;
- jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions, such as proper support of structures, are in place;
- equipment is correctly installed/assembled, inspected and maintained and used properly;
- sites are well organised, to avoid trips and falls, walkways and stairs are free from obstructions and welfare facilities are adequate.
This comes after the HSE recently pursued a similar successful project with construction sites.