Construction health and safety inspections

Health & Safety can feel like a minefield for many businesses. Bosses fear visits from the dreaded Health & Safety inspector and worry about becoming embroiled in endless reams of red tape. Firms regularly become frustrated with ever-increasing workloads landing on their desks because the Government keeps on adding more and more Health & Safety …

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Pre-construction advice

Pre-construction information is health and safety information that is already in the client’s possession or which is reasonably obtainable. It provides a basis for the preparation of the Construction Phase Plan (CPP).  It must be relevant, have an appropriate level of detail and be proportionate given the nature of risks to health or safety involved …

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What is a Construction Phase Plan?

In this blog we are going to look at what is a Construction Phase Plan. The Construction Phase Plan must set out the arrangements for securing health and safety, including site rules, whilst construction work is taking place. It must take into account the information the project’s Principal Designer holds such as the pre-construction information …

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How does Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 apply to Self Builders?

Everyone in the construction industry is obliged to comply with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015). These regulations set out what people involved in construction work need to do to protect themselves – and anyone the work affects – from harm. These regulations also apply to self builders although the degree to …

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What should construction clients look for in a Principal Designer?

A Principal Designer is appointed by the client to have control over a project’s Pre-Construction Phase. The Principal Designer can be an organisation – or on a smaller project an individual – that has: A technical knowledge of the construction industry which is relevant to the project The understanding and skills to manage and coordinate …

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Could we be your Principal Contractor?

Acorn Safety Services is a full-service consultancy which has been established with the objective of meeting clients’ diverse health and safety needs within the workplace and helping them to be compliant with statutory health and safety regulations. Regardless of your requirement for CDM Client, Principal Designer or Principal Contractor services, retained health and safety consultancy, …

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Fire Risk Assessments on Buildings

In this blog we will consider why fire risk assessments are essential for certain types of buildings. In essence, fire risk assessments need to be carried out on all non-domestic properties and on communal areas of rented properties. The identified risks and subsequent safety measures that you put in place must be passed onto employees …

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Health and Safety book

We are thrilled to announce that we have launched a new no-nonsense guide to health and safety. The book, called ‘Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety – Stay out of Prison, Avoid Massive Fines and Cut Through the Red Tape’ has been written by two of Acorn Safety Services’ directors – Neil Munro and …

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John Crockett

John Crockett is Acorn Safety Services’ health and safety manager. He has worked in the Health and Safety industry for about 30 years. Prior to that he had been a project manager and a fitter for various construction companies so in total he has worked in the construction industry for around 45 years. In this …

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Risk assessments on construction sites

Managing health and safety on construction sites can be far more complex than in other workplaces. In factories and offices, you normally have the same teams working together, fulfilling regular duties. In comparison, on a construction site, the site is undergoing a transformation and teams from different trades come together to work alongside one another. …

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