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Asbestos Inspections & Advice

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 came into force on 13 November 2006. The three main effects of the new Regulations are (i) the introduction of a single, more stringent control limit; (ii) a change in the approach to determining when a license is required; and (iii) placing more onerous training requirements on all employers whose employees may be exposed to asbestos. Much of the previous Regulations (2002) remain.

Bruce Shaw has had considerable involvement with asbestos issues over the years and we are able to provide all the necessary guidance in order that the regulations are met with compliance.

CDM Co-ordination

“The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 are they just an update of CDM1994?”

Well.....yes and no! Firstly, Parts 1, 2 & 3 of CDM 2007 deal with similar issues to CDM 1994 on how construction projects should be managed and organised to ensure health and safety. However there are some differences. One of the most notable changes is the amended role of the “Planning Supervisor” to the “CDM Co-ordinator”.

Secondly, the existing Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 are completely revoked. These regulations dealt mainly with health, safety and welfare requirements on site during the construction phase. These matters are now incorporated within Part 4 of CDM 2007, with little change. So the previous 2 sets of regulations are now combined into one package, called CDM 2007.

Bruce Shaw has been involved with CDM since the original regulations came into force in 1994. We are geared up to provide the full CDM Co-ordinator role for a wide range of projects.

DDA Advice & Access Audits

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA95) aims to end the discrimination that many disabled people face. This Act has been significantly extended, most recently in the form of Disability Discrimination Act 2005 which amends and builds on DDA95. The Act now gives disabled people rights in the areas of:

  • employment
  • education
  • access to goods, facilities and services, including larger private clubs and land-based transport services
  • buying or renting land or property, including making it easier for disabled people to rent property and for tenants to make disability-related adaptations
  • functions of public bodies, for example issuing of licences

The Act requires public bodies to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people. It also allows the government to set minimum standards so that disabled people can use public transport easily.

Bruce Shaw has been involved in advising clients since the inception of the Act and we now have generated a considerable experience in advising clients on the most effective and economic solutions to access issues. We also undertake DDA Access Audits.

Workplace Health Safety & Welfare Audits

The Health Safety & Welfare Regulations 1992 have been around now for some time and remain highly relevant. In essence these Regulations look at the manner in which a building occupier uses their premises over a wide variety of aspects, including ensuring a safe means of access is provided for occupants, visitors and contractors.

Fire Risk Assessments

Health and Safety at Work Legislation places responsibility for fire safety on building occupiers and employers and, under the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006, the preparation of Fire Risk Assessments is a legal obligation.

We are experienced in preparation and implementation of Fire Risk Assessments with the aim of identifying and reducing the risk of fire in buildings and thus increase the safety of the occupants. Our service is tailored to suit client’s needs.

A detailed understanding of the principles of fire safety including building forms, means of escape, structural fire resistance and fire safety management, enables us to prepare risk assessments which are specific to the needs of our clients and their premises.