Are you in the construction sector? Make sure you comply with stacking and storage rules in Construction Regulations 2014
Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 17 Apr. 2014
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The recently introduced Construction Regulations cover each and every safety issue. There are even safety requirements for stacking and storage on construction sites. It’s crucial that you comply with these rules to avoid harsh penalties or even prosecution. Continue reading to find out about the stacking and storage rules in Construction Regulations 2014.
Is your construction site compliant with all of the newly amended construction regulations?
When the DoL comes to inspect every last detail of your site, will you be confident that everything from your scaffolding to your Health and Safety file is compliant with ALL 26 of it’s regulations?
Now you can be!
Here’s how to ensure the DoL never says you’re site isn’t compliant!
Stick to these Construction Regulations 2014 rules when it comes to stacking and storage on your construction site
The South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors says Construction Regulations 2014 state that you (contractor) must, in addition to compliance with the provisions for the stacking of articles in the General Safety Regulations, 2003, ensure that:
#1: You appoint a competent person in writing. This person must supervise all stacking and storage on a construction site;
#2: There are adequate storage areas on the construction site;
#3 Storage areas are demarcated; and
#4: Storage areas are kept neat and under control.
Your 1 527 health and safety duties as an employer
When was the last time you checked what disinfecting agents and cleaning materials your company uses?
Do you comply with the Hazardous Chemical Regulations?
There are over 1 500 items you must evaluate in your workplace according to the OHS Act and hundreds more from SABS 0400: National Building regulations.
Health and safety laws apply to EVERY company, if you have more than 20 employees you have even greater obligations.
In addition to complying with stacking and storage rules in Construction Regulations 2014, follow these principles when it comes to stacking and storage
The Health & Safety Advisor says you must apply these principles when it comes to stacking and storage:
- Store pipes and bar stock on cross braces or racks with retaining uprights.
- Store gases, tyres, oils, styrene, packaging and similar combustible materials separately and not near ignition sources.
- Make sure there’s adequate clearance between freestanding stacks to allow for access and fire control.
If you want to find out more about stacking and storage on construction sites, be sure to check out the Construction Compliance Guide.
The bottom line: “If your stacking and storage isn’t properly controlled, you risk fire, explosions, pollution, damage to stock and injury to your employees, say the experts at FSP Business.
Since that’s a risk you can’t afford to take, make sure your stacking and storage practices are in line with Construction Regulations 2014.
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