Health and SafetyHSE.GOVHere’s a complete directory of resources for people who want to find out more about health and safety in the construction industry.
• Free leaflets - pdfs to download or, if you prefer, order in priced packs
• Construction law - links to all the UK statutory instruments that apply to the construction industry, and to HSE’s leaflets that help you interpret the law
• Guidance - a wide variety of publications offering advice and guidance for workers, managers and the general public
• Research - some construction specific research to help understand health and safety risks and how to control them
• Statistics - the HSE construction intelligence report gives data on aspects of the construction industry
• Toolbox talks - short presentations on single aspects of health and safety, ready-prepared to save you time
• Videos - to help you raise awareness of health and safety issues in the workplace
Building Regulations Building regulations approval is required to convert a loft or attic into a liveable space.
This section provides guidance for making alterations to the loft space of an existing house which is no more than two storeys high. Requirements for alterations to an apartment or other dwellings like maisonettes, or houses over three storeys, will be similar but may be more extensive and possibly extend to other parts of the building.
The regulations will be applied to ensure, for example:
• the structural strength of the new floor is sufficient
• the stability of the structure (including the existing roof) is not endangered
• safe escape from fire
• safely designed stairs to the new floor
• reasonable sound insulation between the conversion and the rooms below.
You may wish to make these alterations to enhance the storage facilities available or to increase the living space of the home. If you plan to make the loft space more accessible or more habitable by, for example, installing a stair to it and improving it by boarding it out and lining the walls / rafters etc, more extensive work is likely to be required and the Building Regulations are likely to apply.
It is recommended that you contact Building Control to discuss your proposal and for further advice and you must also find out whether work you intend to carry out falls within The Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
JCTThe Joint Contracts Tribunal, also known as the JCT, produces standard forms of contract for construction, guidance notes and other standard documentation for use in the construction industry. From its establishment in 1931, JCT has expanded the number of contributing organisations. Following recommendations in the 1994 Latham Report, the current operational structure comprises 7 members who approve and authorise publications. They were listed by the JCT in 2014 as the British Property Federation, the Contractors Legal Grp Limited, the Local Government Association, the National Specialist Contractors Council, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Scottish Building Contract Committee. In 1998 the JCT became a limited company.
Public LiabilityPublic liability insurance provides cover against claims made by members of the public who have suffered injury or damage to property in connection with the business. If a member of the public is injured on your property you may be held responsible. For example, a customer might slip on a wet shop floor.
It is designed to pay compensation which can include loss of earnings, future loss of earnings and damages awarded to the claimant in addition to your legal cost in defending the claim and the claimants' legal costs that you incur if you are found to be at fault.
Public liability claims can be made as a result of an accident at your business premises or outside of this space - perhaps when you are on a sales visit or working on a construction site, for instance. Some customers or clients may also require you to present proof of public liability insurance before they work with you. This is quite common particularly when working with local authorities, so you need to bear this in mind