JULY 22 TOOLBOX TALK – ‘Temporary Works’


Contributor: Sinead Gaines, P.J. Hegarty & Sons

“Temporary Works is an area of construction that workers are not always aware of unless they are directly involved in it. It is important that everyone working on a construction site  understands what Temporary Works is and report any elements of Temporary Work changes or defects to Site Management.”
(Sinead Gaines, EHS Manager, P.J. Hegarty & Sons)

Contributor’s Shared Advice:

Simplest Way to Describe Temporary Works?
Temporary works (TW) are the parts of a construction project that are needed to enable the permanent works (PW) to be built. Usually, the TW are removed after use some examples of
TW include access scaffolds or stairs, props, shoring, excavation support, falsework, and formwork, traffic management, hoarding, site gates and even sometimes the erection of signage can be considered TW.
It is very important that the same degree of care and attention is given to the design and construction of temporary works as for permanent works. As TW may be in place for a short time, there may be a tendency to assume they are less important; this would be an incorrect assumption. Lack of care with regards to design, selection and assembly may result in the risk
of an incident or injury.

August Training Programme Schedule


For your reference August Training Course Schedule


Wednesday, August 3rd: 09.30 – 16.30

IOSH Safety for Construction Managers Programme

Day 1:  Wednesday, August 3rd

Day 2: Wednesday, August 10th

Day 3: Wednesday, August 17th

Day 4: Wednesday, August 24th

Day 5: Wednesday, August 31st


Monday, August 4th: 09.00 – 17.00

City & Guilds Appointed Person’s Lifting Operations Programme

Day 1:  Monday, August 4th

Day 2: Monday, August 11th

Day 3: Monday, August 18th

Contractor Duties Under Safety Health and Welfare at Work Construction Regulations 2013


Contractor Duties Under Safety Health and Welfare at Work Construction Regulations 2013There are a lot of duties that contractors are responsible for, something that can be overwhelming for many. The Safety Health and Welfare at Work Construction Regulations 2013 detail the regulations in a way to ensure safety and good health of all workers or others on a construction site. This article will look at the types of duties contractors must be aware of and capable of providing in order to meet the requirement set by law.

Safety Duty holder Questions Answered – Designers


Who is a ‘Designer’?

Under the regulations, you are a designer if you are engaged in preparing drawings, particulars, specifications, calculations and bills of quantities in relation to a project. The term “designer” means a person engaged in work related to the design of a project;

July Training Programme Schedule


For your reference July Training Course Schedule

Wednesday, July 13th: 09.00 – 17.00

City & Guilds Project Supervisor for Construction Stage

Day 1:  Wednesday, July 13th

Day 2: Wednesday, July 20th

Day 3: Wednesday, July 27th


Monday, July 18th: 09.00 – 17.00

CIF Working with the Assigned Certifier: A Site Managers Approach



CIF Learning & Development over the last number of years have developed construction specific short Microsoft courses that, amongst other things, will provide students with the skills to tap into the full potential of Microsoft management tools.


Microsoft Excel Advanced & Data Visualisation for Excel

MS Excel is a natural starting point for our suite of MS courses. CIF Learning & Development provides three one-day courses. A natural starting point is MS Excel Introduction and MS Excel Advanced. On completion of both courses, students will be introduced to the fundamental features of spreadsheets and their use, advancing to being comfortable with automating worksheet functionality, as well as using a variety of different analytical tools, data presentation and working effectively with multiple workbooks.

“Data Visualisation for MS Excel” is the third excel course in the suite. This course is designed to introduce existing users of MS Excel to the Principles of Data Visualisation using Microsoft Excel Charts.

By the end of this course, students should be comfortable with applying data visualisation principles to create informative dashboards using chart options and chart design in Excel.

The Importance of Diversity in Construction


CIF Learning and Development has recently launched its latest Programme titled “ The Power of Diversity “

Developed by Sandra Lee, Sandra aspires to help others maximise their potential through training and coaching interventions in order to create an engaged and motivating work environment that allows us all to contribute and feel we can belong.

Sandra collaborates with CIF on a number of programme’s including the Athena Women’s Leadership Programme which has been running very successfully for a couple of years now. Many of you will know her from attending that day and if you enjoyed it please show your support for this new programme as well.

We welcome everyone and anyone to attend this one day programme and we promise you will leave feeling inspired and motivated to make a difference in the workplace and reflecting on the value and support you can bring to make the work environment more inclusive.

Assigned Certifier – A Site Manager’s Approach


Building owners, designers and construction companies have a legal obligation under the Building Control Amendment Regulations 2014 (BCAR) to ensure that buildings are designed and constructed in accordance with the relevant requirements of the ever-changing Technical Guidance documents and Building Regulations. The legislation requires the nomination of a competent person as an “Assigned Certifier” to inspect the works to ensure compliance with the Building Regulations.

The role of Assigned Certifier is critical to the implementation of the new regulations.  During the construction process, the Assigned Certifier monitors the works and both the Builder and the Assigned Certifier sign and issues a Certificate of Compliance on Completion.

The Assigned Certifier is now an integral part of any project team and must be a registered professional (Chartered Engineer, Chartered Building Surveyor or Registered Architect) with the relevant experience and competency in relation to complex construction projects.

June 2022 Toolbox Talk: Men’s Health


“Certain areas of the body need more looking after than others. One in five men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime. This cancer is known as the ‘silent killer’ in men.”
(Kieran Cullen, EHS Lead, John Sisk and Son Ltd.)

As we get older, the pressures and pace of life can be hectic, and sometimes we forget to look after our health and wellbeing. We always tend to look after the more visually noticeable or obvious things.

Safety Duty holder Questions Answered – Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS)


What does Project Supervisor Construction Stage mean?

The role of the project supervisor construction stage is to manage and co-ordinate health and safety matters during the construction stage. The project supervisor (construction stage) is appointed before the construction work begins and remains in that position until all construction work on the project is completed.

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