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Members’ Health and Safety Forum SNIPEF Technical Officer, Shirley Williamson Tech IOSH, explains how you can get involved in valuable industry health and safety discussions THE CONSTRUCTION sector in the UK contributes almost £100 billion to the economy and employs around 7% of the workforce in the UK. This vital industry is also however a hazardous one; in 2015/16 43 UK construction workers died in an accident at work, and it is estimated that 100 people each week are dying through construction-related illnesses. The plumbing industry is a key component of this sector and as the trade association representing plumbing employers in Scotland and Northern Ireland we can see that our membership reflects the pattern of businesses involved across the industry, with the majority being smaller firms. The predominance of smaller business in the plumbing and heating industry has consequences for the prevention of ill health, accident and injury at work. Larger firms often have resources to support the management of health and safety but the HSE reports that most fatal accidents involve small businesses. Also, almost half of all injuries at work take place during refurbishment projects, which tend to involve smaller contractors. All firms, however, irrespective of size, are subject to the law and with domestic work now included in the CDM Regulations it is even more crucial to make sure that employers are complying with their duties to protect employees and members of the public. In order to help our members comply with their obligations as well as help the Health and Safety Executive address their priorities for the sector, we participate in the Specialist Engineering Contractors (SEC) Group Scotland Health and Safety Forum. This group meets twice a year at The Bush in Penicuik, and all members are welcome to attend. The aim of the Forum is to discuss issues affecting the industry and to share relevant information in order to help member firms manage risk and improve worker health. The meetings include a seminar or workshop as well as discussions on industry updates, legislation etc. Information on the speakers and seminar content will be made available on the SNIPEF website. The next meeting has been arranged for Wednesday 31st May at 1pm. If you have any issues you’d like addressed by the Forum, or any further information, please email technical@ snipef.org • Sflue has been designed as an entry level chimney system specifically for wood-burning & multi- fuel stoves. The range of components available are specific to stove installation, complete with an aesthetically pleasing straight adaptor for direct mounting. LY ENEW XTENDED 15 YEAR WARRANTY NOVA is a prefabricated, factory made twin-wall insulated stainless steel chimney system. It’s one of the most versatile chimney systems on the market, offering a single solution for virtually all of today’s combustion requirements. NEWLY EXTENDE 20 D YEAR WARRANTY Contact your local distributor or SFL direct for more information: Tel: 01271 326633 Web: www.sflchimneys.com SFL, formerly known as Selkirk Manufacturing, have been manufacturing high quality prefabricated chimney products in the UK for over 40 years. During this time our brands have been established as the leading chimney and exhaust products throughout Europe covering a wide range of specialist applications. 100% www.snipef.org 21 NOVA Sflue Advert Half Page.indd 1 10/02/2017 11:36:40


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