Hazard Related Topics
The CDM 2015 regulations make several references to 'materials' including hazardous materials, their storage and use on sites including ingress in for instance coffer dams or confined spaces in an emergency.
The majority of materials specified in a project are perfectly harmless in themselves. However a hazard may arise from the particular use of a material. It is essential to identify the properties of materials specified, particularly materials that have to be re-worked, or are applied, or are constituent parts of an on-site manufacture.
The characteristics of any hazardous materials used in the construction process should be identified and where possible less hazardous materials should be substituted. In particular identify:
- Lead and Silica.
- Materials of a chemical or biological nature.
- Materials covered by the COSHH Regulations.
- In general substances which carry a label relating to health effects as specified in the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations are classified as "substances hazardous to health" under the COSHH regulations.