Health & Safety
Health & Safety Policy
William The Concreter Limited is committed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all it's employees whilst at work and further to ensure that other persons not in its employment are not adversely affected by it's work activities.
Particular attention will be paid to the provision and maintenance of:
- Plant, equipment and safe systems of work.
- Safe arrangements for the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances.
- Sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to enable all employees to avoid hazards and contribute positively to their own safety and health at work
- A safe place of work safe access and egress
- A healthy working environment with adequate welfare facilities
Management will ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that whilst on company premises customers, contractors and visitors are not exposed to risks to their health and safety and will give such persons any information about the undertaking as is necessary to ensure this.
Whilst the Company accepts its prime responsibility for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of its employees it is expected that all employees accept their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974:
- Take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.
- Co-operate with management and any other persons to enable the Company to fulfil its legal obligations.
- Not to interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interests of health, safety and welfare.
The Company will seek to promote its policy by all appropriate measures. It will provide such resources, organisational arrangements, systems of work and training as required. The Company will provide the necessary resources to ensure the full implementation of this policy and the Board of Directors will give full backing to all those committed to achieving the policy objectives.
In order to keep abreast of new legislation relating to health and safety we are committed to undertake an annual review of this policy and to update and make changes as necessary.
Mr W Skinner
Frequently Asked Questions
How soon can I use my concrete slab after placing?
Concrete will not achieve its full strength for 28 days but, by the use of special admixtures and/or alternative cement types, it is possible to produce a concrete which may be usable within two or three days. Ambient temperature will have an effect on the time required before the concrete can be trafficked; ambient temperatures below 20°C will require longer curing time and would benefit from the use of insulating coverings (such as frost blankets or straw) to maintain the rate of strength gain. All concrete should be cured for at least seven days before it will achieve full durability, best achieved by using curing agents or covering with polythene sheets, which are applied to the surface of slabs.
What is the risk from contact with wet concrete and mortar?
Wet concrete can cause severe chemical burns to skin and eyes. This is because water mixed with cement becomes a strong alkali (caustic) liquid. In addition to being caustic this liquid also acts as a local anaesthetic which means burns can occur without feeling any pain at the time.
Severe concrete burns are likely to require skin graft reconstruction. If there is a risk of contact with wet concrete (or any other mixture of cement and water) then waterproof clothing should be used to protect the parts of the body that are at risk – waterproof gloves if there is a risk of hand contact; waterproof boots if there is a risk of foot contact; waterproof trousers if there is a risk of leg contact, etc.
When working with wet concrete you should always be alert to the risk of accidental contact. As soon as you are aware of skin or eye contact, stop what you are doing and thoroughly wash the affected area. In the case of contact with the eye, medical advice should then be sought to ensure that all traces of the concrete have been removed.
The risk of chemical burns is only present when concrete is wet. Once it has set the alkaline liquid is no longer present and it is safe to touch.
I am planning to use a large amount of concrete in the construction of a new house. Are there any sustainable options available?
Yes. William The Concreter provide Ordinary Portland Cement which is suitable for foundations, pavements and structural projects and we can also design and supply bespoke mixes to suit individual needs.
My site doesn’t have appropriate access for delivery
We understand that our trucks aren’t always suitable for deliveries requiring small volume orders or with restricted access. Which is why William the Concreter offer a mini mix operation. This is a dedicated small contract delivery service for customers where we are happy to provide a 'Hand Barrowed' service where required.
If this is appropriate to you please let us know in advance.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please call us on 01424 775388 and we will do our best to assist you
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