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WHO DO YOU TURN TO WHEN YOU NEED HELP WITH PRODUCT RECALLS

It is always a difficult time for a business when they are faced with a product recall. This is particularly true if you export. Arranging and managing the process across a myriad of languages can be very challenging. If you add to this being based a few thousand miles away and you really do need to be sure that you have in place robust systems and processes to deal with such situations.

Atlantic Bridge have become aware of companies faced with a product recall looking to their Authorised Representative with help not only with liaison with UK regulators but also with the wording.

Working with an experienced and established Authorised Representative will make the recall process as manageable as possible.  Liaising with UK regulators is part and parcel of the work that Atlantic Bridge does with their clients on a regular basis.  We work with our clients in audit situations that means we work with regulators not only in the UK and Europe but also worldwide.

 

I often feel sad when I see the nonsense that people write about health & safety laws. It seems that when any organisation, event organiser or group wants to avoid doing something they site health & safety as the reason for not doing it. I despair when I see individuals flaunting everyday health and safety rules because they simply can’t be bothered or refuse to acknowledge the risk. The great thing is that lots of people have been saved by these laws, the tragic thing is that many had to die or be injured before they were introduced.

Thinking about risk -  one of the key activities for many organisations is a risk assessment. In fact when you think about it we as individuals do risk assessments all the time. We are doing them unconsciously and instinctively. The challenge is that we all class ‘risk’ differently. Think about when you are driving a car and someone pulls out in front of you – their idea of risk and yours is different. How many times do you see people crossing the road only feet from a crossing – so they are prepared to take a risk – would you?

When you look at this you can see why we need rules and regulations. They are there to standardise the risk and to protect everyone.

We were once doing a survey of a facility that used gas to power various pieces of equipment. The business had grown so new equipment had been purchased and placed in an adjacent building. When we arrived on site everything looked well organised and in order until one of our team noticed a plastic pipe running between the two buildings. When asked what the pipe was for we were told it was a temporary gas pipe. The site was immediately closed and evacuated until gas engineers could replace the plastic pipe. At any time the pipe could have been damaged and caused an explosion but someone on site thought the risk was worth taking – what do you think?

So keep you and your colleagues safe and sound by following your businesses health & safety rules and regulations. If you have any doubts about your Health & Safety policies Atlantic Bridge can review them and, if necessary, make recommendations for improvement.

 

Atlantic Bridge are specialists in Health & Safety offering risk assessments to make your business safe for those who work there and anyone else who visits.

  1. Introduction

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 came into effect in April this year. The following pages will take you through the new changes and the areas you need to be aware of.

To start with let's take a look at who will be affected by the changes and their relationship in the process.

The following sections look at some of the detail, who it effects and how. If you would like more information on how this impacts your business contact us.

  1. CLIENTS

2.1 COMMERCIAL CLIENT

  • Appoint Principal Designer (in writing)

  • Appoint Principal Contractor in writing

  • Provide Pre-Construction Information

  • Ensure Welfare facilities are in place

  • Issue F10 if job is notifiable

  • Ensure F10 is displayed on the construction site

  • Ensure the Construction Phase Safety Plan is in Place.

2.2 DOMESTIC CLIENT

  • The First Designer Appointed assumes the role of Principal Designer unless another is appointed by the Client. He must create the pre-construction information

  • The Contractor employed by the Client assumes the role and if other contractors are involved must assume the role of Principal Contractor without formal appointment

  1. DESIGNERS

3.1 PRINCIPAL DESIGNER

  • Work with the Client to provide the pre-construction information and fill in the “gaps” advising the client as necessary of any shortfalls.

  • Provide Pre-Construction Information to all other Designers and Contractors

  • Co-ordinate design with all other designers

  • Liaise with the Principal Contractor to assist with the Construction Phase safety Plan

  • Implement the Health and Safety File

  • Take responsibility for any design work contracted outside the UK.

3.2 DESIGNER

  • Take instruction from the Principal Designer and liaise with them.

  • Provide Residual hazard information to the Principal Designer

  • Co-ordinate design with all other designers

  • Identify Risks in construction

  • Consider all aspects including maintenance after completion

  • Take responsibility for any design work contracted outside the UK

N.B. Designers may be suppliers, surveyors,  persons who provide drawings, specifications, Bills of Materials, etc.

  1. CONTRACTORS

4.1 PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR 1

  • Construction Phase safety plan in liaison with the Principal Designer

  • Manage site Health and safety

  • Co-ordinate Workers

  • Carry out site Inductions

  • Manage site security

  • Workers Consultation

  • Provide Welfare facilities as CIS59

  • Finalise and Issue Health and safety File if Principal Designer not employed or released prior to contract completion.

4.2 PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR 2

  • Carry out routine Health and safety checks on site

  • Investigate near-misses

  • Hold regular planning meetings with Contractors

  • Does not have to carry out detailed supervision of contractors work.

4.3 CONTRACTOR

If no other Contractors are appointed or employed on the project – Assume Role as Principal Contractor (and Principal Designer if not separately appointed.)

  • Construction Phase safety plan in liaison with the Principal Designer

  • Manage site Health and safety

  • Co-ordinate Workers

  • Carry out site Inductions

  • Manage site security

  • Workers Consultation

  • Provide Welfare facilities

  1. WORKERS

  • Be Competent in work to be done

  • Attend Site Induction

  • Work to Construction Phase Plan

  • Be responsible for own H&S and that of others

  • Report safety issues to the Principal Contractor

  • Cooperate with Others

  1. TRANSITION PERIOD

Existing project as at 6th April 2015 for Completion by 6th October 2015

  • CDM Coordinator in place

  • Principal Contractor in Place

  • Construction Phase safety Plan in place

  • F10 in place

No action required

  1. TRANSITION PERIOD

Existing project as at 6th April 2015

  • No CDM Coordinator in place

  • No Principal Contractor in Place

  • No Construction Phase Safety Plan in place

  • No F10 in place

  • Client to Appoint Principal Designer (PD) and Principal Contractor(PC) or PC also acts as PD

  • PC to Produce Construction Phase Safety plan ASAP

  • Raise F10 if new threshold is reached

  1. TRANSITION PERIOD

Existing project as at 6th April 2015 for Completion after 6th October 2015

  • CDM Coordinator in place

  • Principal Contractor in Place

  • Construction Phase safety Plan in place

  • F10 in place

  • Client to appoint Principal Designer & Principal Contractor ASAP

  • CDM Coordinator to handover the role to Principal Designer following a full handover with PD and PC and Client

  1. TRANSITION PERIOD (Domestic)

Existing project as at 6th April 2015

  • No Principal Contractor in Place

  • No Construction Phase Safety Plan in place

  • No F10 in place

  • Client to Appoint Principal Designer and Principal Contractor or Contractor to assume both roles

  • PC to Produce Construction Phase Safety plan ASAP

  • Raise F10 if new threshold is reached

  1. NEW WORK FROM 6 APRIL 2015

  • Client to Appoint Principal Designer in writing

  • Client to Appoint Principal Contractor in writing

  • Client to  Provide Pre-Construction Information in conjunction with Principal Designer

  • Client to Ensure Welfare facilities are in place

  • Client to Issue F10 if job is notifiable

  1. NOTIFICATION FROM 6 APRIL 2015

  • Projects will need to be notified to the HSE by the Client on an electronic copy of form F10 for the following projects:

  • Project includes 500 man days (A man day is a day when a person attends site for any length of time).

Or

  • When at any single time during the site works 20 workers will be employed on any job over 30 days duration on site

  1. THINGS TO BE AWARE OF

12.1 THINGS TO BE AWARE OF - 1

  • The CDM Coordinator role will disappear on all new works and any work that completes after 6 October 2015

  • Work in course now with a CDMC and Principal Contractor should not be affected unless it completes after 6 October.

12.2 THINGS TO BE AWARE OF - 2

  • Are we are likely to be Principal Designer?

  • Have to liaise with Client to provide pre-construction Information.

  • Liaison with ALL other Designers

  • Start Health and Safety File and progressively update

  • Issue Health and Safety File on completion

  • Liaise with Principal Contractor to verify Construction Phase Safety plan (now required on every job)

12.3 THINGS TO BE AWARE OF - 3

  • Likely to be Principal Contractor on smaller jobs as well as currently

  • All jobs will need a Construction Phase  Safety Plan

  • If only one Contractor assume role of PC (no H&S File is required)

  • If Client does not appoint PD or PC, Client assumes the role himself (We still cannot start work on site without a Construction Phase Safety plan)

  • If Principal Designer does not stay until contract completion the responsibility to update and issue the final Health and Safety File moves to the Principal Contractor.

12.4 THINGS TO BE AWARE OF - 4

  • Requirement for CSCS or CCNSG cards  reduced and replaced with NVQs and SVQs.

  • Sole reliance should not be placed on industry certification cards or similar.
    N.B. The latest CSCS cards require NVQs to obtain a card.

12.5 THINGS TO BE AWARE OF - 5

  • No reference to the Client having an Agent to manage his interests

  • Does not say you can or cannot employ one Company to act as PD and PC, must be all down to resources and ability.

  • To assess Designers and Contractors SSIP is an acceptable criteria but is not mandatory.

  1. COVERAGE

CONSTRUCTION WORK INCLUDES:

  • Construction

  • Alteration

  • Fitting out

  • Commissioning

  • Repair

  • Redecoration

  • Maintenance

Mechanical & Electrical

Gas, Compressed air, telecomms,

Computer networks or similar

Fixed within or to a structure

  • Install, test, & Commission

  • Maintenance and repair

  • Removal