Criminal Record Bureau Checking

Local Government Authorities are making statement such as all personnel are to be CRB checked (usually Ebhanced) when working on schools and hospitals.

This results in the requirement to have such a clause included in the tendering packaged issued for contracts to buils schools and hospitals, with the end result that all construction, installation and fit out employees need to have CRB Enhanced check carried out before they can work on what is a construction site.

The cost of this is made even worse as each Authority and then Contract company will not recognise the CRB check carried out for a different project so the whole burden has to be repeated.

Peter Walker

BCSA, Health, Safety & Training Manager

Why is this idea important?

Local Government Authorities are making statement such as all personnel are to be CRB checked (usually Ebhanced) when working on schools and hospitals.

This results in the requirement to have such a clause included in the tendering packaged issued for contracts to buils schools and hospitals, with the end result that all construction, installation and fit out employees need to have CRB Enhanced check carried out before they can work on what is a construction site.

The cost of this is made even worse as each Authority and then Contract company will not recognise the CRB check carried out for a different project so the whole burden has to be repeated.

Peter Walker

BCSA, Health, Safety & Training Manager

Physical Agents (Electromagnetic Fields) Directive

The Physical Agents (Electromagnetic Fields) Directive is currently being processed into a UK Regulation after a delayed programme following the realisation that MRI scans would be adversely affected.

There is little evidence that exposure to EMF in the workplace causes long term illness and the areas of work that are affected already have control and measuring systems in place. The rest of industry do not need this Regulation as it will require SMEs and larger companies to invest in measuring, monitoring and training (probably creating specialist consultants costing additional fees) to satidfy a Regulation – but with no improvement to the health and safety of the workforce.

The symptoms given as the need for a Regulation are not experienced by the majority of workers this will impact upon.

Please can we prioritise our Health and Safety efforts in reducing real workplace risks?

Peter Walker

BCSA, Health, Safety & Training Manager.

Why is this idea important?

The Physical Agents (Electromagnetic Fields) Directive is currently being processed into a UK Regulation after a delayed programme following the realisation that MRI scans would be adversely affected.

There is little evidence that exposure to EMF in the workplace causes long term illness and the areas of work that are affected already have control and measuring systems in place. The rest of industry do not need this Regulation as it will require SMEs and larger companies to invest in measuring, monitoring and training (probably creating specialist consultants costing additional fees) to satidfy a Regulation – but with no improvement to the health and safety of the workforce.

The symptoms given as the need for a Regulation are not experienced by the majority of workers this will impact upon.

Please can we prioritise our Health and Safety efforts in reducing real workplace risks?

Peter Walker

BCSA, Health, Safety & Training Manager.