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With the regulations now more than three years old, it is the view of those administering the regulations (i.e. HSE), that generally, designers have taken their duties seriously and have been most diligent in identifying the hazards associated with their designs. However, they have been less diligent in taking the issues forward and amending their designs to avoid the risk ie the first priority in the hierarchy of risk control: (1) avoid - alter the design; (2) combat at source - design in, details which reduce the risk ie provide lifting points for items which require lifting; (3) control the risk - provide protective measures i.e. introduce measures to protect the entire work force. The use of personal protective equipment should only be used as a last resort. CDM Task Group
Wind over Christmas Nick Cook has reverted to the daunting topic of BS6399 in all its subtleties. He writes from St. Albans: Your anonymous correspondent of 18 August VOL76 No. 16 is not quite the 'Looney' he fears, since both his points are very important and formed the subject of lengthy debate in the drafting committee. The answer on BSI committee composition is simple: the drafting committee B/525/1/2 was composed of 3 'wind engineers' that know the subject and 4 design engineers that have to apply the standard - 6 chartered. This was supervised by B/525/1 that comprised industry representatives, including one from this Institution.
Working together to promote world-class standards of Safety, Efficiency and Excellence in Structural Engineering. This is the title and vision statement of the Strategic Plan for the Institution. Council approved the Plan at its meeting on Thursday 19 November 1998 after a lively debate. Clearly some parts of the Strategy will be controversial but a bland strategy would not be helpful in the future development of the Institution. Now the implementation debate begins! J.A. Hill