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keeping everyone safe
hazlemere group 01494 897600
In the second of several exclusive articles for Vision Magazine, Mark Austin, Hazlemere Commercial Marketing Director and Chair of the Glass and Glazing Federation’s Windows and Doors Group, shares insights into the most crucial aspect of any school or college job – health and safety.
Education projects can bring more than their fair share of challenges and potential headaches - but none more major and more daunting than ensuring student safety.
Sadly, despite vast improvements in health and safety standards, people can still suffer injuries on construction sites – and the risk of them coming to harm is inevitably heightened on jobs that require bringing heavy-duty machinery, scaffolding, huge glass panels and other potentially dangerous building materials in close proximity to hundreds of people.
Health and safety is therefore something that should rank highly on every education project manager’s list of priorities – so how can you make sure you’re doing your utmost to protect everyone one site, including students, staff, workers and visitors?
Find leading companies to work with
First and foremost, it’s vital to ensure that the main contractors, subcontractors and other organisations you’re working with take health and safety as seriously as you do.
The best firms will be fully compliant with CDM 2015 - the latest Construction, Design and Management regulations governing health and safety on commercial construction projects.
They’ll have a highly accredited workforce – including CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Skills) certificates for every surveyor, installer, foreman and manager on site.
They’ll be members of initiatives like the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme, established to improve standards across the industry, and have been verified and accepted by bodies like Exor.
Be clever with your scheduling
Beyond being selective with who you work with, what else can you do to minimise risk?
One simple, incredibly effective solution is scheduling as much of the work as possible out of term time. The six-week school summer break each year offers a perfect opportunity to complete noisy and, in theory, potentially dangerous work on schools.
Colleges and universities have even longer breaks – although they tend to remain busier than schools in these periods, with some students staying behind to complete work, and the institutions themselves making their facilities available to conferences and other events.
Make sure the client knows their own obligations
Regardless of when your project is set to be implemented, it’s crucial you make sure the school, college or university itself is aware of its own health and safety obligations.
Under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the commissioning institution has a responsibility for ensuring the safety of everyone affected by the works – and there are big penalties if the Health and Safety Executive judges them to have fallen short.
mark austin
now available national plastics 0800 011 3505
National Plastics has just announced that Pro-Can canopies will be available through its UK trade counter network.
Geoff Foster, National Plastics’ MD, said: “Pro-Can canopies don’t compromise on quality and use the best materials and the latest production processes. We’re proud they are available through us.”
and the Flat Top Deep, the Classic Flat, the Peaky Top Boxed, the Double Top Open, Double Top Sunrise and the Big Top.
They are constructed in the UK using high quality GRP, polycarbonate and steel and have been designed with the tradesman in mind. All products are robust and supplied fully protected and shrink wrapped to ensure they reach site in perfect condition. They are easy to fit and come with the minimum number of separate parts because as much assembly as possible is done in the factory. A complete fixing kit is included in each pack, including a full installation guide, Rawlplug fixings and with fixing templates where required.
National Plastics is renowned for being a one-stop shop when it comes to building plastics. The Pro-Can canopies will be part of an offering that also includes bathroom panels, guttering products, fascias and soffits, cladding, drainage products, roofing products, PVC-U windows, doors and conservatories, composite doors, garden products, accessories and wall panels.
All nine canopies are available via their network which include the Clear Top Flat and Clear Top Curved, the Flat Top Thin
All products are sold with the promise of competitive pricing and by knowledgeable and experienced staff making it such a successful trade counter network.
proving popular
trojan group 01922 713 933
The Trojan Group added two door knockers to its renowned Stainless Steel range last year and they are proving to be a popular addition.
Tony Chadwick, MD, said: “The aim of the Slim Urn Door Knocker and the Contemporary Door Knocker was to increase the number of design choices on offer and help bring Trojan quality to a wider audience. Sales suggest we’ve done exactly that.”
Black. And, perhaps most importantly, like all the products in the Stainless Steel range, both products come with a 25 year anti-corrosion guarantee.
When you look at the two door knockers it’s easy to see why they’re proving so popular. They have been designed with the installer in mind because they are face fixed so there is no need to drill through the door, making installation quicker and easier.
The range has been one of the industry’s biggest success stories of recent years and Tony is clear why: “The Stainless Steel construction means no corrosion and it’s something our customers really appreciate because it puts an end to disappointed homeowners and expensive, time-consuming callbacks.”
Both have a slimline contemporary design that will appeal to today’s discerning consumer. Both suite with all the other products in the Stainless Steel range to provide a totally coordinated approach. Both are available in a full choice of finishes including Polished/Brushed Gold (PVD), Polished/Brushed Stainless, White and
The sales of the door knockers demonstrate Trojan’s ability to spot trends and react to them with value-added products that enhance fabricators’ and installers’ portfolios. It’s just one of the reasons why it’s one of the industry leaders when it comes to hardware.

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