Top 5 Installation Considerations from a Health and Safety Expert.
Boon Edam Limited Blog | May 2019
New and modern entrance products can be an effective way to enhance a premises security and throughput, whilst providing a professional welcome to visitors and clients. Each year, an array of businesses chooses to either retrofit and service their current entry product or install a whole new solution. Each choice must factor in the logistics and installation process requiring detailed planning to ensure either a smooth transition in product retrofit or full site installation.
We talk to our Health, Safety and Environmental Manager Sam Ruddock at Boon Edam UK to look at the common considerations that should take place prior to arrival on site, during and after. The construction industry is in an era of continuous change, adaptation and improvement, Sam is part of that change, for the better.
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Pre-Installation Considerations from an HSE Perspective.
Construction sites can be complex and busy environments which is why pre-installation inspections of the client’s site should be completed to determine the suitability of locations for product installs. Sam Ruddock explains; “A pre-installation inspection should always be completed on-site, this is to ensure that the grounds are suitable for installation. The initial inspection must consider whether it’s a retrofit of an existing product or, an entirely new installation which essentially determines the type of inspection initiated. We must always think about the logistics of the product prior to installation and the inspection is crucial for this to be planned efficiently.”
Minimising Disruption when Retrofitting an Existing Product.
The main goal for all installations from a Health and Safety perspective is zero accidents and zero harm, this filters down to not only teams on site, but surrounding workers and building users during retrofits. “Careful consideration must be made regarding pedestrians during a retrofit, protecting them from not only harm, but from disrupting the retrofit process. Depending on the location and proximity, temporary physical barriers are commonly put in place to separate building users from activities. We make sure that we work closely with the client to find a suitable solution which will keep business open as usual, sometimes this means installing screens to reduce dust and noise, minimising any disruption to the client.”
Key Preparations for a New Product Installation.
Before an installation it’s important to let clients know specific requirements that need to be completed prior to arrival. “Before installation, we let the clients know what our requirements are. If it’s a revolving door the requirements are usually weights and slab information for matwall ring prep. Clients must also have all the electrics wired in so we can begin the installation. Looking from an HSE point of view, we must evaluate the number of contractors on site, site traffic such as vehicles and, other work that might be going on around our installation technicians. If we’re looking at a city installation, we must look at extra possibilities such as red routes, restricted hours and appropriate storage of equipment.”
Tackling Large Weight or Tall Installations.
When installing large products such as tall doors, manual handling is a key issue, Sam explains: “Our first choice for any large installation should involve mechanical lifting, however this is fully dependant on site conditions. Each installation technician is limited to a number of kilos per person, so if the items to be installed weigh more than the legal lifting weight we’d have to add more technicians. Glass is incredibly heavy and not to mention fragile, so we must take a realistic approach to installations, this takes into consideration appropriate over-night storage.”
Being Environmentally Conscious.
We have an obligation as a manufacturing company to be as environmentally friendly as possible. This means that products or parts should be available for reuse when necessary and procedures for safe disposal are understood. “All of our waste where we can, is reused rather than just disposed of so we receive parts for refurbishment. But, where we haven’t got a choice for recycling items, we understand that they must be disposed of correctly with specific waste carriers. Waste is also segregated, so we constantly look at proactive measures to reduce any potential impact on the environment, currently we’re installing spill kits in all our vans. It’s important that constant review of risk assessments take place, so we can identify any upcoming issues arising on site.”
Meet Our Expert.
Sam Ruddock, HSE Manager at Boon Edam Limited.
With 12 years being directly involved in the Health & Safety industry and working within construction for a further 5 years, Sam plays a vital part in the smooth yet safe running for all within the Boon Edam UK family. Sam’s contribution to the company ensures legislative compliance for internal and external activities while providing accident investigating, site audits while continuously finding ways to minimise our carbon footprint.