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Safety Alert – Cylinders manufactured fr…


There have been several recent catastrophic failures of aluminium cylinders used primarily to contain gases for underwater breathing apparatus and manufactured from aluminium alloys HE30/AA6082 and AA6351. These cylinders should...

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Safety bulletin – Ergonomic Issues of DP…


A semisubmersible DP drilling rig lost control of position for several minutes.  During this time it was obliged to shear the drill pipe and disengage the lower marine riser package...

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Safety bulletin – Offshore Crane Safety …


This Alert is to remind duty holders of the requirement to have measures in place to verify the correct operation and the correct settings of all safety systems and limits...

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Suspended ceiling inspection


1 September marks the deadline by which theatre owners should have had their suspended plaster ceilings inspected by a specialist to ensure that they are safe. New guidance about this...

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Safety notice – Use of barrier glands in…


The current International Standard allows the use of a ‘standard’ Ex certified flameproof gland as opposed to a Ex certified ‘barrier gland’ without the requirement to apply the previous flowchart...

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Written by Administrator   |   02 April 2014
Important Changes to the CSCS Green Card from 1st July


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CSCS, the leading certification card scheme for construction is making changes to the 'Construction Site operative' or 'Green Card'. The card for site operatives will be changed to a new Green Card for 'Labourers'. By making the changes CSCS is hoping to raise the standards within the industry and ensure that construction personnel apply for the card that best serves their role and competency.

Information on the Types of CSCS Card, and which one you should apply for can be found here.
The changes will take effect from the 1st July 2014

If you work in a Labouring occupation and want to apply for the new green Labourer card you will need to:

1. Pass the Health and Safety in a Construction Environment level 1 qualification* or
Hold a valid Site Safety Plus Health & Safety Awareness Course certificate (click the link for more info) or
Pass the CIEH Level 2 Award in Health & Safety in the Workplace
2. Pass the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment test within two years of applying for a new card. More information on the test can be found

Information on the CSCS Green Card changes from the 1st July 2014, and how it can affect you, can be found here;

SMC can provide the Site Safety Plus Health & Safety Awareness Course certificate (click the link for more info) and we can also arrange for you to undertake you Health, Safety and Environment Test at a local test centre. Contact us for more information. 


Written by Administrator   |   18 December 2013
NEBOSH accepted by CSCS as ‘proof of competence’ in construction


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The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is now accepting two NEBOSH qualifications as part of its passport scheme that allows people to provide "proof of competence" to work on construction sites. CSCS provides a range of cards to cover most occupations and skill levels in the construction industry. According to CSCS, their cards provide people employed on construction sites with a "portable means of identity and proof of competence to carry out their work on site."

The CSCS 'Academically Qualified Person (AQP)' card, or yellow/white card (more information here), is available to "competence assessed" members of CSCS approved professional bodies, including NEBOSH. Both the NEBOSH National Construction Certificate and NEBOSH National Diploma are now recognised by CSCS for AQP card eligibility.

Safety Management Consultancy are an accredited NEBOSH and CITB course provider. Click on the links to see our range of courses.

Written by Administrator   |   10 December 2013
Fireworks operator not guilty over display on night of fatal M5 pile-up

A fireworks organiser in charge of a display blamed for causing one of the UK's worst motorway pile-ups has fiercely criticised police and health and safety chiefs after he was cleared of any wrongdoing. Geoffrey Counsell claimed that his prosecution was motivated by a "desire to find someone to blame for this terrible accident" and insisted that his display had not created the deadly white-out conditions on the M5 in Somerset. However, some relatives of the seven who died and 51 injured in the pile-up on the evening before bonfire night in 2011 said they were devastated that the judge had halted the trial and said there was still confusion over what had happened.

The legal proceedings against Counsell have been long and tortuous following the crash on the evening before bonfire night in 2011.After a year-long police investigation Counsell was charged with the manslaughter of seven people but that case was dropped this year. Last month he went on trial at Bristol crown court accused of breaching health and safety rules by failing to ensure the safety of the public. The jury was told that smoke from Counsell's fireworks had mingled with mist to create an "impenetrable smog" that caused the crash.On Tuesday a judge told the jury to find Counsell, 51, not guilty after ruling the case against him was based on hindsight and there was no way he could have anticipated the conditions that were created that night. 

This case still highlights the need to have a comprehensive Event Management Plan in place for all your events including comprehensive risk assessments for all your activities. 

Written by Administrator   |   27 November 2013
Bolton recycling firm in court over steel beam injuries

A recycling firm in Bolton has been fined after an employee was badly injured when he was struck by a steel beam weighing more than 100kg.

The 52-year-old from Horwich was standing next to a forklift truck in the yard at J Doyle Ltd on Gaskell Street on 18 July 2012 when the six-metre-long beam slid from the forks and fell onto his left leg.The worker, who does not want to be named, sustained a fractured ankle, a deep cut to his shin, and bruising and swelling to his shin, ankle and foot.He was off work for more than three months and now walks with a limp.

The company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found it had failed to make sure the work to lift beams was planned, supervised or carried out safely.Trafford Magistrates' Court heard another worker at the site had been trying to load the steel beam into an empty skip so it could be delivered to a customer. As he did this, it slid from the forks on the forklift truck injuring the delivery driver.The HSE investigation found the company had used this method of lifting steel beams on previous occasions, but had failed to plan the work properly.

J Doyle Ltd was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,500 after pleading guilty to breaching the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

Written by Administrator   |   01 October 2013
The lengths our health and safety consultants go to carry out a risk assessment…

David walker, one of Safety Management Consultancy's health and safety consultants took part and completed 'Tough Mudder' in order to raise money for east Lancashire hospice. A team of twelve mudders named team Liz-zards took part in the arduous event to be presented with a T-shirt, orange tough mudder head band and best of all an ice cold pint of cider on successful completion.

Tough Mudder consists of tough courses designed to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. It is an endurance event in which participants attempt 10–12 mile long military-style obstacle courses. However David thought it useful to stop at each obstacle to carry out a brief 'Risk Assessment' and 'inspection' in order to see if what he was informed of during the induction brief was correct which in turn slowed the rest of team down. The course was designed by British Special Forces to test mental as well as physical strength. The organisers encourage teamwork, and many obstacles are designed to be very difficult to complete alone.

All the team at Safety Management Consultancy would like to congratulate David and Team Liz-zards for completing Tough Mudder and we all look forward to signing up next year !!!