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In Construction Know Exactly what the Role of the Principal Designer and Designers means for you.
The Construction (Design and Management Regulations) 2015 is the only construction-specific legislation within Great Britain. It is abbreviated with "CDM 2015". These regulations are effectively the same as The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016.

A Principal Designer:

The “Principal Designer” is the person or organisation appointed in writing by the client to manage health and safety during the pre-construction phase of a project.
Daniel Stevenson
Having a Safer Christmas

This Christmas is going to be very different from any other. Thanks to COVID-19, there are even more safety factors to consider throughout the festive period than usual, from organising lockdown bubbles and keeping an eye on hygiene to turning off your Christmas lights at night. Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe over the festive season.

Daniel Stevenson
A New ETD Distributor – Summit Safety Solutions

ETD Training is pleased to announce that the health and safety consultancy business Summit Safety Solutions is now an official distributor for our online training courses. We haven’t showcased our new distributors/referrers yet, and it’s time we let you know about them. ETD has over 40 distributors and referrers that sell the courses to their client bases through their own branded portals on our online training platform. Referrers sell directly to ETD and get commission at the end of each month based on the number of courses sold.

Daniel Stevenson
What Is Legionnaires’ Disease?

Legionnaires' disease (legionellosis) is an infection caused by a bacterium called legionella pneumophila. There are two illnesses that you may develop if you are infected with this bacterium: Legionnaires' disease – a severe illness that causes pneumonia (a lung infection) and is sometimes fatal – and Pontiac fever, a flu-like illness that is not usually serious.

Daniel Stevenson
 Slips and Trips – They Happen a Lot!

What exactly is a slip? What is a trip? And what causes them to happen in the workplace – or anywhere else?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a slip means “to slide unintentionally, especially for a short distance; to lose one’s footing or balance or place by unintended sliding”.

Meanwhile, a trip means “to stumble or cause to stumble, especially by catching or entangling the feet”. 

So, in simple terms, a slip is normally caused by losing contact with the floor, whereas a trip usually happens because an obstruction catches/destabilises the feet.

Have you noticed how both definitions share a common factor? They imply that the incidents are both unintentional, not deliberate. They happen by accident. 

Daniel Stevenson
PAT TESTING in your workplace

PAT testing is vital when it comes to working with electrical appliances. The last thing you want is to be“zapped” with an electric shock from your electric-powered tools. But how do you know it’s safe to use an electrical appliance? Who should ensure that appliances are safe to use?

Daniel Stevenson
How Safe Is Working on Ladders?
When doing any work at height, whether it be at home or in a workplace, many people don’t take the risk seriously – unless something happens to them personally. It’s because of these risks that ladders should generally be considered a last resort when it comes to working at height.
Daniel Stevenson
Working from Home. Your new work place

Using Risk Assessments to Keep Remote Workers Safe under Lockdown 

A lot has changed since lockdown began, especially in terms of adjustments to the working day. Now that many of us are working remotely, the shift of responsibility has moved too. If you’re working from home, it’s your employer’s responsibility to ensure that your “new” working environment has everything that you need. Your employer must protect the health and safety of all their employees. One way to achieve this is to create a risk assessment to protect employees as “home workers”.
Daniel Stevenson
Lockdown: The Perfect Time for Training

To be furloughed or not to be! That is the question. 

Many UK employers are still unsure about furlough policies and what their rights are when it comes to furloughing staff. The main thing to keep in mind is that while furloughed employees can’t work, they can carry out training, as long as this doesn’t generate revenue for the employer. Employers have the right to ask their staff to do any necessary training while they are furloughed. Right now is a perfect time to catch up with any spare admin or training requirements needed.

Daniel Stevenson
Speeding During Lockdown!

Despite most of us staying at home during lockdown, a huge number of motorists were caught speeding during April. Though there has been over 66% less traffic on the roads than usual, the number of speeding offences rose to over 6,000 since lockdown began on 23rd March. Some motorists were even driving at over double the national speed limit. A driver in London was caught doing 134 mph in a 40 mph zone, while another driver in Manchester clocked 115 mph while travelling through a 40 mph zone.

Daniel Stevenson
Avoiding Food Poisoning During Lockdown

Over the past three months, most of us have been furloughed or asked to work from home. Many of those who have been furloughed are now spending more time in the house, cleaning, exercising, watching TV and cooking. If you’ve been furloughed, perhaps you’re cooking more for yourself, family, friends and neighbours. If so, it’s more important than ever to maintain good hygiene. Are you certain that you’re storing your food correctly? Are you doing everything you can to avoid cross-contamination and avoid food poisoning? 

Daniel Stevenson