Following the Grenfell Tower fire, a significant amount of additional scrutiny has been directed at work relating to high rise buildings. There are still cases where scaffolds erected on occupied buildings are being covered in sheeting and netting which does not comply with the current HSE Guidance.
There are two main documents that explain the standards of sheeting and netting which are required for buildings where there is a risk of fire:
The HSE Guidance for Managing Fire Risk During Cladding document states that:
‘The Principal Contractor (PC), in co-ordination and co-operation with the client and designer, should make a thorough fire risk assessment to determine what controls are required as a result of the construction work, and then implement and maintain those controls. This should include preparatory enabling works, dismantling and strip off of defective cladding and insulation, and installation of new insulation and cladding.’
The document goes on to say that the following standards of sheeting must be used:
‘Where existing external wall panels have been removed, pending a decision on what material to replace them with, and weather protection is needed, wall coverings or sheeting should be to the relevant standard, either LPS 1207/TS63 (temporary protective covers) or LPS 1215/TS62 (or equivalent for scaffold sheeting or netting).’
This statement below is taken from the HSE Guidance for their inspectors
‘Each project should be assessed to determine the risks and controls that are relevant. Fire risk during construction (erection of scaffold or mast climbers, cladding and insulation removal and replacement, dismantling of scaffolding, etc.) should be low provided a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks is made and the controls identified are implemented and managed effectively.’
How Citation can help
If you’ve got any questions about how to make sure the netting and sheeting used in your business is up to standard and compliance with the HSE’s guidance, you can call our Health & Safety advice line on 0345 844 4848 or speak to your local Health & Safety consultant.