CoSHH Awareness and Skin Protection

As specialists in the refurbishment of water retaining structures, our teams use CoSHH materials on a daily basis. These products are DWI Regulation 31 approved products and are known to contain skin sensitizers. In some cases, contact with these sensitisers can cause an allergic response to an individual, with severe consequences. We have recently implemented a number of safety alerts, training exercises and VTBT’s across the company to ensure operatives working with these products have a full understanding of the risks to both themselves and others. A key part of the training has been to ensure our teams understand the risk of onset or increased sensitisation through repeated and prolonged exposure to certain materials. We also focused on demonstrating the importance of following the correct PPE removal procedures. A practical task was set for all operatives working with CoSHH substances, where coveralls and gloves coated in jam, were to be removed without the jam touching any area of skin, the jam was a representation of the uncured materials used on site. The exercise was a complete success and gave our QSE team the chance to remind and reinforce the working procedures around skin protection. This was followed up with a video toolbox talk on the prevention of skin sensitisation and dermatitis. As DWI Regulation 31 products develop, we will ensure the importance of skin protection, washing procedures and effective aftercare is reinforced throughout the company. You can view our ‘Skin Protection VTBT’ here.

DWI Regulation 31

Creating an environment where all water companies buy into a single code of practice to create unity and encourage best practice. The water industry is highly-regulated, most particularly to ensure that drinking water is safeguarded and fit for human consumption. The Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI), formed in 1990, holds responsibility for regulation in England and Wales. The DWI inspects the laboratories where water companies rigorously test their drinking water and ensure that water operations are of a high standard. These standards are set down in national regulations for England and Wales and comply with laws set down by the European Union. It is in the DWI’s role to issue and assess approval for the use of products that fall under Regulation 31. Regulation 31 of the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2016 implements Article 10 of the Council of the European Union Drinking Water Directive (DWD) in England and Wales for all chemicals and construction products used by water undertakers, from the source of the water, up to the point of delivery to the consumer’s building. It defines which construction products and materials may be used safely, having been found not to prejudice water quality and consumer safety. Read the full article here, published by UK Water Projects. 

Sample Tap Training

As part of many of our contracts with water companies across the UK, we complete the installation and refurbishment of regulatory sample taps. Over the last 3-4 years we have refurbished and installed approximately 75 separate points for Yorkshire Water, this includes both walk-in cabinets and roadside kiosks, along with sunken sample pits to ensure gravity flow and new connection to mains where required. Prior to a new batch of sample tap works starting in early 2019 and to improve our continual quality standard for these installations, our workforce on this contract have undertaken the BPEC Plumbing Training in relation to Water Regulations compliance and fittings, delivered by Yorkshire Water. As a nationally recognised course, we are delighted to soon hold accreditation in this area, along with a planned extension course for groundwork pipework. The information learnt will be put into practice, as we resolve more challenging sample points across the Yorkshire Water area.