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March 4, 2008

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New PFF Code of Practice for even safer flooring erection

Since the previous edition in 2001, there have been many developments, not only in Health and Safety legislation – such as Work at Heights Regulations 2005, CDM regulations 2007, Health and Safety in Construction (2006 version) and Noise at Work Regulations 2005 – but also in best practice within the industry. The new code – which now runs to 114 pages – is intended to be published almost exclusively as a download from the PFF website, a number of looseleaf ring-binder copies will be made available to members, training organisations and the HSE.

The Code covers planning, organising, managing and carrying out work safely. It provides information for architects, structural engineers, main contractors and subcontractors as well as for managers, supervisors, foreman and operatives of the precast flooring specialists.

This edition of the Code has been some two years in preparation. Among the improvements are:

• the introduction of a new PFF Training Scheme;

• the introduction of a new NVQ in precast concrete erection;

• the acknowledgment of construction industry’s CSCS and CPCS competency schemes;

• greater consideration of control measures for falls from heights;

• consideration given to falls from vehicles;

• improvements in planning of stair installation;

• more consideration of occupational health surveillance, and;

• improvements in planning and control of lifting operations.

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