Vanguard are a professional and safety conscious company who value the effective management of health, safety and welfare throughout all stages of a project.
The clear objective is to minimise harm to persons and property by adopting a proactive approach to effective risk and safety management. All work will be carried out in accordance with best practice, to the relevant statutory provisions with all reasonably practicable measures being taken to avoid risk to employees or others that may be affected.
It is the intention of Vanguard that:
Building Regulations Approval is required for all mezzanine floor installations. Vanguard Contracts will provide calculations , design and drawings to help support your application. The Building Regulations are made under powers provided in the Building Act 1984, and apply in England and Wales. Building Regulations ensure the health and safety of the people in and around buildings by providing functional requirements for building design and construction. The regulations also provide for energy conservation, and access to and use of buildings.
All Vanguard Mezzanine Floors are compliant with structural steel code BS 5950: Parts 1 and 5 - Structural use of Steel Buildings. All loading design is based on BS 6399 Part 1: Code of practice for dead and imposed loads. Staircases and handrails for mezzanine floors are all designed to conform to BS 5395 : Parts 1 and 3. Vanguard Contracts will ensure that your new mezzanine floor is designed in compliance with all the current Building Regulations, British Standards, and best practice guidelines. We will submit the plans to your Local Authority/Approved Building Inspector, to get approval and all the required consents. We will also ensure all the necessary Fire Regulations, health and safety and access regulations are taken into consideration when we are designing, manufacturing and installing your mezzanine platform.
If a person carrying out work contravenes the Building Regulations, the local authority or another person may decide to take them to the magistrates' court where they could be fined up to £5,000 for the contravention, and £50 for each day the contravention continues (section 35 of the Building Act 1984).
This action will usually be taken against the builder or main contractor, although proceedings must be taken within 6 months of the offence (section 127 of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980). Alternatively, or in addition the local authority may serve an enforcement notice on the owner requiring them to alter or remove work which contravenes the regulations (section 36 of the 1984 Act.) If the owner does not comply with the notice the local authority has the power to undertake the work itself and recover the costs of doing so from the owner. The Fire Officer also has the power to remove the owner's fire certificate if he finds evidence of non-compliance.
Vanguard regards the provision of a safe and healthy working environment on construction sites as a principal objective. This objective can only be achieved by the co -operation of the Company, employees, subcontractors, the client and his representatives. Co-operation must be at all levels within these different organisations through the structures established under the Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM).
The Company will collaborate with all parties to provide the organisation, advice and resources to meet this commitment so far as is reasonably practicable. Authority to implement this policy is defined for all those who have a responsibility for health and safety.
Vanguard have a series of management procedures to ensure that health and safety issues retain a high profile during all stages of the Company’s activities. Such procedures are produced to conform with the requirements of CDM.
Vanguard recognise that our operations have an effect on the local, regional and global environment and will endeavour to ensure that our Environmental Policy: