Sunday, 21 June 2015

Bernadette Barker is now included on the IFE Register of Fire Risk Assessors

As of  5th March 2015 Bernadette Barker is included  on the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) Register of Fire Risk Assessors.

Bernadette  will accept appointments to carry out fire risk assessments  for non fire engineered buildings in the UK  as well as the Middle East, The Maldives, and Singapore.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Searching for Bricks

We've found them.

We have been trying to source second hand bricks for the new shop for Reef Villa over the last few months and at last we have found a supply.  

Far more than we need and all odd shaped sizes but with a little cleaning up they will look fabulous.

It is easy to forget though here is a risk of getting silicosis when handling and cleaning bricks by breathing in the silica dust.

Silica is the basic component of sand and rock.  Some common types of silica containing materials include:

  • concrete, concrete block, cement and mortar;
  • masonry, tiles, brick, and refractory brick;
  • granite, sand, fill dirt and top soil;
  • asphalt containing rock or stone;
  • abrasive used for blasting.

Silica is so common that any workplace activity that creates dust can expose workers to airborne silica.

Silicosis is a disease caused by the prolonged breathing of crystalline silica dust. Fine particles deposited in the lung causes thickening and scarring of the lung tissue.

Crystalline silica has also been linked to lung cancer.

A worker may develop either chronic silicosis, accelerated silicosis or acute silicosis depending on the concentration of silica dust and the level of exposure.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

International Women's Day 8 March 2015 #SeeMeJoinMe My Inspiration?

So who has inspired me?

My mother Mary Barker, of course.  

One of the founding members of the Riyadh Desert Golf Club in the 1970's and the first woman to join. 

Then there were no greens, no buggies; just sand,  big sunnies and a square of astro turf to carry around and tee off from.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Fire Awareness Training

Who says fire safety training can't take place on a beach!

Regulation 21 of the Fire safety Order requires that the Responsible Person must ensure that employees are provided with adequate safety training.
(a)at the time when they are first employed; and
(b)on their being exposed to new or increased risks because of—
(i)their being transferred or given a change of responsibilities within the responsible person’s undertaking;
(ii)the introduction of new work equipment into, or a change respecting work equipment already in use within, the responsible person’s undertaking;
(iii)the introduction of new technology into the responsible person’s undertaking; or
(iv)the introduction of a new system of work into, or a change respecting a system of work already in use within, the responsible person’s undertaking.
The training referred to in paragraph (1) must:
(a)include suitable and sufficient instruction and training on the appropriate precautions and actions to be taken by the employee in order to safeguard himself and other relevant persons on the premises;
(b)be repeated periodically where appropriate;
(c)be adapted to take account of any new or changed risks to the safety of the employees concerned;
(d)be provided in a manner appropriate to the risk identified by the risk assessment; and

(e)take place during working hours.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) Order 2005

Friday, 25 July 2014

How Innovative Are You When it Comes to Working at Height?

Working at height in construction remains one of the major risks on construction sites whilst construction remains one of the most dangerous  professions in the UK.

As architects and engineers continue to innovate so does the need to provide a safe method of construction and maintenance of the finished building .

Look how the ladders are used for toddy tapping in Burma?
Gone are the days when men had to shinny up a coconut tree.

The ladders  are extendable so they can be lifted up when not in use.

Whilst in Burma this is to stop someone  else stealing the coconuts, on building sites in the UK ladders to external scaffolding should always be lifted at night or boarded off to prevent unauthorised access. 


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Revocation of the Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989

What are you doing to protect your head?

Just because the Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989 have been revoked, the level of legal protection has not (and it certainly doesn't mean you can start carrying bricks on your head).

Hard hats remain vital in protecting construction workers from head injuries.

The necessity for hard hats on construction sites remains, and employers do not need to do anything differently to comply with the law.

In addition to revoking the Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989, the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 have been amended so that they apply to the provision and use of head protection on construction sites as well as to other forms of PPE.

Avoid being dealt a knockout blow.

Wear a hard hat when the site rules dictate that you are required to do so and or when there is a risk of injury to your head.

To protect your head from falling objects, hard hats should:

     be in good condition.  If it’s damaged, throw it away;

     fit the person wearing it and be worn properly;

     not stop you wearing hearing protectors as well (when needed);

     only be obtained from a reputable supplier – there are fake hard hats on the market.

      Make sure that hard hats are worn:

o      by making it a site rule;

o      always wearing your hard hat to set an example;

o      checking others are wearing theirs.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Have Your Say! Planned Changes to Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM)


The HSE is currently consulting on proposed changes to the CDM Regulations.

This consultation began on 31 March and ends on 6 June 2014.

So now is the time to have your say.

This Consultation Document seeks views on HSE's proposal to replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) and withdraw the Approved Code of Practice.

The proposed Regulations implement in Great Britain the requirements of Directive 92/57/EEC on the implementation of minimum safety and health requirements at temporary or mobile construction sites, apart from certain requirements which are implemented by the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
The proposals support the strategic objectives of improved co-ordination, better value for money, improved efficiency and use of technological changes in Construction 2025, the Government's industrial strategy for construction.

The main proposed changes are to:
  • make the Regulations easier to understand;
  • replace the CDM co-ordinator role with the principal designer;

  • replace the ACOP with targeted guidance;
  • replace the detailed and prescriptive requirements for individual and corporate competence with a more generic requirement;

  • align notification requirements with the Directive and apply the Regulations to domestic clients but in a proportionate way.

The proposals will be of interest to clients of construction work (including householders as clients), designers, principal contractors, contractors, sub-contractors including the self-employed, CDM co-ordinators, safety representatives and anyone else with an interest in construction projects.

The full details of the changes can be accessed on the HSE website at: