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Get advice on a huge range of health and safety issues with a new series of podcasts on BSG Hub


SELECT Members can now enjoy an expanded range of health and safety advice, podcasts and practical tools thanks to our ongoing partnership with the Building Safety Group (BSG).


BSG has recently updated its online Hub, launching an extensive variety of health and safety toolbox talks and enhancing its comprehensive range of risk assessments.


It has also published a range of guidance to help Members prepare for potential COVID-19 inspections and spot checks by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).


Members who are registered with the BSG Hub can now access this new wealth of content absolutely FREE to help them stay compliant and safe in all areas of their business.


Dave Forrester, Director of Technical Services at SELECT, said: “These new additions to the BSG Hub cover all aspects of health and safety and will provide even more fantastic help for our Members.


“If you haven’t done so already, I would recommend signing up to the Hub to take advantage of its many easy-to-use and flexible benefits.”


Toolbox talk podcasts

A series of BSG toolbox talk podcasts has been uploaded to the Hub, with short information resources available to view on YouTube.

There are a wide range of topics to choose from, including:

  • Health and welfare – including first aid, PPE, hazardous substances, dust and fumes, noise and vibration, manual handling, health and safety law, design and management regulations

  • General safety – including site organisation, fire prevention and control, temporary works, work equipment and hand-held tools, site transport safety and lifting operations and equipment

  • High-risk activities – including working at height, excavations, underground and overhead services, confined spaces and specialist activities

  • Environment – including environmental management and waste management.

Members can access them by logging into the Hub and selecting ‘BSG InTel’ > ‘BSG Information Videos & Podcasts’ > ‘BSG Tool Box Talks’.


Enhanced risk assessments

A number of enhancements have also been made to the Hub’s functionality and user experience, including:

  • Task-based risk assessments – users now have the option to build task-based risk assessments so multiple hazards can be included and assessed for one job. This will save Members a considerable amount of time when risk assessing larger projects.

  • COSHH assessments – new ‘Location of use’ options are now available for ‘Outside’, ‘Inside – well ventilated’, ‘Inside – poorly ventilated’ and ‘Confined space’. A ‘Method of use’ box is also available so users can provide a description of how the substance is applied.

  • Method Statements – a new ‘Plant or Equipment’ field has been added to the module.

Spot checks and inspections guidance

The final new feature has seen BSG update its guidance to help Members ensure they are COVID secure ahead of potential spot checks and inspections.


The HSE is currently visiting all types of businesses to ensure they are complying with guidelines, with failure to participate potentially leading to enforcement action.


To help Members, BSG has therefore published a range of guidance which includes:


  • 713 Coronavirus Hard Copy Risk Assessment

  • BSG COVID-19 Office Risk Assessment

  • Ventilation and air conditioning during the coronavirus.


All of the documents can be downloaded from the hub in the Health & Safety Documentation/Coronavirus COVID-19 section.


John Puck, Membership Development Officer at BSG, said: “These new Hub resources are designed to help SELECT businesses of all sizes, with a variety of functionality available all on one screen.


“We hope SELECT Members will find them useful, and will continue to review and refine our Hub services to keep pace with the latest health and safety developments.”


The new updates follow the success of BSG’s popular online risk assessments, which are now used by more than 180 SELECT Member businesses.


More than 115 different types of assessments are available – including electrical tasks first and second fix and test and commissioning – with each template pre-configured with its own set of unique control measures relevant to the hazard being assessed.

HOW TO REGISTER

To register for the Hub, go to www.bsgltd.co.uk/bsg-software-registration


HOW TO LOG IN

To access the BSG Hub, go to hub.bsgonlineservices.co.uk/login.phtml and log in with your email address and password, which should be your membership number. If you tick the ‘Remember Username’ box you won’t have to log in again.

HELPLINE

SELECT Members can also access BSG’s health and safety telephone advice support centre five days a week during office hours by calling 0300 304 9099.

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