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Health and Safety and Environmental Statements

 

Catrake Ltd, trading as Yorkshire Dampcourse, is accredited with CHAS - Contractor's Health and Safety assessment scheme "having demonstrated compliance with and sound management of current basic health and safety legislation".

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The company is required by law to consider all aspects of its work in terms of the effects that such work has on its employees, its customers and anyone else (including pets) that might be affected by what we do. For example, during the course of property inspections a preliminary risk assessment is made in accordance with The Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health Act (COSHH) 1988 (and as subsequently amended) regulations. This relates to the condition of the property at the time of inspection. This means that chemicals and other materials chosen to provide treatments are those available of low hazard to householders, third parties and our operators. Most of our assessments indicate that all risks fall within those normally associated with the applicable types of treatment.

We are also required to have written policy statements and comprehensive health and safety formats available for inspection at our office. These detail how health and safety is dealt with in the company and who is the responsible person or persons. We have carried out risk assessments of the hazards that might result from the chemicals we use and the ways that we use them. These are supported by documents (Material Health and Safety Data Sheets) provided by our chemical suppliers. This in turn leads us to provide our operators with personal protection equipment (e.g. gloves, goggles, footwear etc.) and to provide health and safety information to our customers when required. The company is required to monitor its health and safety performance and to review this from time to time, so that improvements to the health and safety regime are always in progress.

Management of our health and safety systems is carried out by our appointed consultants Stallard Kane Associates.

Damp-proofing

Fluids used for installing chemical damp proof courses are covered by an Agrement Certificate for that product. The water based siliconate damp-proofing fluid is corrosive, but is non-flammable and can be regarded as being virtually odourless. The cream-type damp-proofing material has a similar classification to that of the fluids. Injection Mortar is a cementitious compound, which is non-flammable and odourless. As a cement-based product, injection mortar has the same health and safety classification as cement.

Timber treatments

All treatment chemicals used are approved under The Control of Pesticides Regulations, 1986. The timber treatment fluids used will be low odour formulations of permetherin (insecticide) or boron (fungicide and insecticide), either separately or together depending on the treatment requirements. These treatment fluids are Health and Safety Executive approved for 8 (or 1 - depending on the product) hour re-entry. This means that re-entry into a treated area may be made safely when 8 (or 1) hours has passed since the completion of the treatment and when treated surfaces are dry. Some of the timber treatment chemicals we use have a one hour re-entry classification - dependant on treated surfaces being dry. As drying out is less likely in an hour, we tend to apply the 8 hour rule, and err on the side of caution.

Structural Waterproofing

Cement based tanking compounds have the same classification as cement.

Materials used for structural water proofing, forming cavity drainage systems or dry-lining systems, have no health and safety classification. This indicates that such materials form no health and safety hazard in their use.

An example of the sort of information issued to customers is the following warning notice which we leave on site on completion of the timber treatment.

- WARNING -

SOME SIMPLE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO REMEMBER AFTER CHEMICAL DAMP-PROOF COURSE OR TIMBER
TREATMENT WORK HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT

TREATMENT OF THIS PROPERTY WAS COMPLETED ON.............

AT.................................................

THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTION MUST BE TAKEN FOR AT LEAST 8 HOURS.

ANY CONTRACTORS WORKING IN THE PROPERTY SUCH AS PLUMBERS, ELECTRICIANS, ETC. SHOULD
BE WARNED ACCORDINGLY.

 

DO NOT SMOKE. NAKED LIGHTS, FIRES AND HEATING APPLIANCES MUST
NOT BE USED IN TREATED AREAS

 

KEEP TREATED AREAS THOROUGHLY VENTILATED

DO NOT EAT, DRINK OR SLEEP IN TREATED ROOMS

FISH AND CAGED BIRDS SHOULD NOT BE RE-INSTALLED IN TREATED AREAS

DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN OR PETS TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH
TREATED AREAS

 

DO NOT STORE FOODSTUFFS IN TREATED AREAS

 

In addition we include the sort of information seen below in our reports.

"Please ensure that this Health and Safety Information is passed on to anyone who may be occupying or working in the property.

We endeavour to use only the safest products available. However, any working environment always has an element of risk and, therefore, we would ask you to read any safety precautions or warning notices that will be left on site and observe the following:

  • Do not enter any areas where work is in progress
  • People who suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems should vacate the property whilst work is in progress
  • Household pets, plants, food and drink should be removed from any work areas."

 

 

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