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BCSA Safe Site Handover Certificate revised

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The Safe Site Handover Certificate (SSHC), originally launched by the BCSA in 2001 has now been revised by the Health & Safety Committee in conjunction with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Commenting on the revision process the HSE, said: “We support the BCSA in its development of guidance on health and safety issues, and welcome this initiative to establish common criteria for the provision of site conditions that are suitable and adequate for the erection of steelwork.”

The provision of safe site conditions, does not necessarily receive the same level of priority and attention, however, site access and proper hardstanding are of fundamental importance to the efficient and safe erection of constructional steelwork.

Pete Walker, BCSA Health and Safety Manager, said: “Safety during steelwork erection is a key focus of the BCSA and its members. Issues such as safety when working at height, personal protective equipment, preventing and arresting falls are recognised as being of high importance and priority.”

The SSHC provides a check-list, for completion by the principal contractor. The items include: Personnel; Environment; Hardstanding; Preparatory work; Exclusion/Protection; and Other site hazards.

A free copy of the SSHC and guidance on the method of its operation can be obtained from the BCSA at www.steelconstruction.org or Tel: 020 7839 8566.

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