Responsible specification writing
Whether you’re an architect or a surveyor, as a specifier it’s important to understand where the responsibility lies when it comes to important issues such as the performance gap and health and safety issues. Unless you’re up to date with the latest regulations, it’s easy to be caught out. Mistakes at the design stage can be catastrophic in terms of the wellbeing of those working on site and those using the building.
The Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM) 2015 manage the health, safety and welfare of construction projects and apply to new build projects, as well as refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance. These regulations state: “The person who selects products for use in construction is a designer and must take account of health and safety issues arising from their use. If a product is purpose-built, the person who prepares the specification is a designer and so are manufacturers, if they develop a detailed design.”
So whoever takes on a “principal designer” role, whether it be architect, contractor or otherwise, also takes on the responsibility for any health and safety issues connected to the products they specify. Furthermore, it’s important to note that if a client does not appoint a principal designer during the pre-construction phase, these responsibilities then fall to the client themselves.
In conclusion, this means that anyone writing a specification must carefully assess the hazards associated with the products they are using. The best way to do this is to work with trusted manufacturers and select products that complete reduce any health and safety risks.
Safe2Torch – completely eliminate the risk of fire with Bailey
With safety at the front of everyone’s minds, it is important to remember to manage the risks when thinking about the installation of a felt roof. At the survey stage of a project the experts here at Bailey are able to hugely reduce the risk of fire on a roof with our innovative single layer, flame-free System 5000. Rapid and efficient to fit, without the use of naked flames or boilers, this roofing system greatly reduces the risk of fire and injuries caused by hot bitumen, giving you peace of mind.
In addition, we are strong supporters of the NFRC’s (National Federation of Roofing Contractors) Safe2Torch campaign, which promotes the positive message of putting safety first at the design stage. Developed in partnership with contractor and manufacturers the campaign is pushing to significantly reduce the risk of roof fires when using gas torches, either to dry out roofs or when used to install torch-on membranes. So if a torch-on option is chosen, the installer must follow the NFRC guidelines in order to minimise any risk. Find out more about the campaign here.
If you’re looking to specify a roofing system with safety, value and durability in mind, then contact our roofing team today to discuss your next project.