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The BCSA’s Codes of Practice guides are intended to give guidance on how to eliminate or reduce the risk of on-site accidents.

Peter Walker, BCSA Health and Safety Manager, said the publications highlight the contribution the BCSA is making towards a safer working environment.

“Statistical data provided by BCSA members show the steelwork industry is in line to achieve the accident reduction targets set by both the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the construction industry,” he added.

All six publications carry an HSE endorsement and in part replace the withdrawn HSE publication GS 28 Safe Erection of Structures.

The full list consists of: Erection of Multi-Storey Buildings; The Erection of Low-Rise Buildings; The Metal Decking and Stud Welding; Windy Conditions Guide, Erection of Steel Bridges and Working at Height during Loading and Unloading of Vehicles.

In conjunction with the Codes, Mr Walker said the BCSA has also developed the Safe Site Handover Certificate (SSHC) which is supported by the HSE as it provides a consistent approach to site safety.

The SSHC can be included in tenders by steelwork contractors and a free copy is available from the BCSA.

“To further highlight our safety credentials, we’ve also launched the Safety in Steel Construction (SiSC) which is a health and safety service available to our members and gives SME’s access to a competent person, a 24-hour helpline and regular safety inspections,” said Mr Walker.

The publications and information on SiSC are available from the BCSA, Tel: 0207 839 8566 or email: postroom@steelconstruction.org

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