Safer Sphere is delighted to reveal that we have been appointed on the new Tower Works PRS scheme in Leeds. This new build project will see the construction of 245 apartments set within the distinctive waterside development. One major aim of the project is to combine the iconic buildings of the area with the new neighbourhood to offer ‘landmark living’. Safer Sphere is acting as CDM Client Advisors to Ask Real Estate on the development which starts on site next month.
Safer Sphere is delighted to announce that our very own Allan Briscoe has been shortlisted for the Association for Project Safety ‘Member of the Year’ award at this year’s National APS awards. We couldn’t be prouder of Allan for getting to the final, and we will be a keeping our fingers crossed for the awards next month. Well done Allan!
Safer Sphere is delighted to reveal that we are working on the new ITV leisure attraction at the Lowry Outlet. The attraction will be the first of its kind and is due to be completed next year.
The strategic partnership with ITV is part of a wider masterplan and £26m regeneration of the Lowry into a leading leisure and retail destination that will also see the opening of a new waterside dining concept in 2020.
Safer Sphere is pleased to reveal that we have been appointed on the Capitol House project in London. The development will see the current site transformed into a six-storey building with 84 new residential apartments. Safer Sphere is supporting Dandara on the project in the roles of CDM Client Advisor through RIBA stages 5 – 6. The redevelopment will also deliver basement car parking spaces and cycle spaces alongside private and communal amenity space. Additionally, the development will include associated works to the existing highway and new site access roads, ramps and paths and infrastructure works.
Safer Sphere is pleased to confirm our appointment on a new refurbishment project at Blackburn Hospital. The works will include road resurfacing on the car park, the refurbishment of ward B20, the refurbishment of the A&E resus and 4 new lift replacements. We are appointed in the role of Principal Designer Advisor to ENGIE.
Safer Sphere delighted to have been appointed on the new City Residence Phase 2 project which will see the development of 80 residential apartments on Heriot Street in Liverpool. The development follows the award-winning first phase which won ‘Best Small New Home Development’ last year. Safer Sphere will be supporting Evolve Project Consultancy and Newregen Ltd in the roles of Principal Designer and CDM Client Advisor.
Safer Sphere is pleased to announce that we are hosting a free CDM Overview training seminar to delegates who would benefit from gaining a better understanding of regulations and their duties. You will receive a 2-hour Continual Professional Development training session along with an attendance certificate and supporting guidance packs.
Whether you are a Designer, Architect, Contractor, Principal Designer or the project client, let us help make discharging your duties easier to understand.
The event will take place on the 2nd September at the Grange Wellington Hotel in Westminster.
To reserve your space on the event, please click here.
Safer Sphere is pleased to see the works start on a series of Manchester Metropolitan University Student Hubs which will transform the student support services. We are delighted to be supporting 5Plus Architects on this project in the role of Principal Designer Advisor.
If you are looking for advice about welding fumes and the suitable PPE to wear it can be difficult to offer advice for every time someone welds something. The advice that you will find below will help you understand which steps you should take so the work environment is safe for your employees.
Do you need to ensure your workers are using a filtering face mask and that they have additional ventilation along with fume extraction? If you offer any or all of these options it’s vital that you ensure they are used correctly.
- When local exhaust ventilation (LEV) is used correctly the quality of the welds are not affected. You may need to provide all of your welders with the correct type of respiratory protective equipment (RPE).
- If your welders are undertaking short jobs FFP3 masks offer a good amount of protection and they tend to be quite cheap. Please note that you will have to purchase different sized dust masks as the same mask will not fit everyone.
- Powered filtering welding visors can be used when your welders are working for more than 2 hours. Additionally, they can also be used when it’s not viable to use extraction.
Eye and Face Protection
Your team should wear a helmet that comes with a filter lens and a cover plate. Hand shields need to protect the neck and face, forehead and ears. Approved safety glasses that come with side shields or goggles should be worn under the helmet.
Safety shields or goggles should provide protection from slag chips, flying metal and other hazards.
Head and Ear Protection
A fire-resistant welder’s cap or another form of head covering needs to be worn by your workers. This will protect their head and hair from radiation, splatter, flying sparks and burns.
When working over head or out of position ear muffs or plugs should be provided. If there is loud noise then approved muffs or ear plugs should be provided.
Clothes that are oil-free and that allow freedom of movement should be worn. Long sleeved shirts and buttoned cuffs will help to protect the arms and neck from radiation.
Steel toe, leather, high-topped boots that are in good condition need to be worn. If your welders are working in slag or heavy spark areas leather spats should be strapped around their legs and the tops of boots to prevent burns and injury.
Welding gloves that are dry and free from holes should be provided. The gloves should be flame-resistant and provide general hand protection.
One of the first steps you need to take is to determine if the job can be altered so that there is less welding, cutting and gouging involved. Excessive currents and long-duty cycles can produce a lot more fumes along with affecting the quality of the weld. Are your team using the optimum settings? You should also determine if you can use a welding technique that creates fewer fumes. Can you use TIG (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) instead as it produces a smaller amount of fumes?
Has your shielding gas been optimised? Doing so could result in the lowest emission of fumes. You should also bear in mind that the best gas for the work that your welders do may not be the cheapest. If you’re worried about the cost please note that the cost of the gases can be offset by the savings you have in terms of labour costs thanks to an increased speed in production.
Removing Surface Platings
Check to see if you’re able to remove surface platings, paint, dirt and oil. These substances typically increase the fumes and could on occasion may them toxic. Please note that hot work on chromate or lead paints and cadmium plating is very hazardous.
Changing The Environment
Can you change the environment so the welder does not have to breathe in the fume cloud?
- Give them more space to work?
- Provide turntables and other pieces of equipment so the workpiece can be manipulated?
- Plan the welding sequence differently?
If your welders can work with their head out of the rising fumes they will breathe less in. Fewer fumes equals a lot less risk.
Fume Control System
It’s crucial that you ensure the fume control systems are all working correctly. You need to:
- Carry out maintenance on your non-disposable RPE and your fume-extraction equipment.
- Check that you have no common faults such as faulty valves, blocked filters, or crushed or split ductwork.
- Ensure that your fume extraction systems are examined thoroughly by a competent individual at least every 12 to 14 months. Please note this is a legal requirement.
You need to check that any non-disposable welding visors or filtering masks are in good condition. While there is no specific time period set for these checks you should set a schedule.
Take into account the recommendations set by the manufacturers, where the respirator is used and how much they are used. Checks every 4 weeks is normal practice. However, respirators used a lot less often need to be checked every 3 months.
Safer Sphere is delighted to announce that we were ‘Highly Commended’ at the St Helens Chamber Business Awards for ‘Employer of the Year’ and took home the award for ‘Best Health and Safety Consultancy’ at the industry North West Grafters awards.
The awards were held at venues in St Helens and Manchester and representatives from the business were on hand to receive the accolades.
We were fortunate to take home the national award last year for ‘CDM Consultant of the Year’ and we to continue to take home more accolades demonstrating the businesses continued growth and presence in the industry and beyond.
Mike Forsyth, Managing Director, Safer Sphere said “We were in a fortunate position to be up for two separate awards with two different award bodies on the same evening, which was a nice situation to be in. We are delighted to take home Best Health and Safety Consultancy at the Grafters as the award describes exactly what we do and what we are all about as a business. It was also an honour to be highly commended for Employer of the Year at the Chamber awards, as it is our people who make our business great. We never take anything for granted and all recognition is truly appreciated and reaffirms that we are doing well as a business.”