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Choosing Oxford Plastics Products to meet with compliance

Here at Oxford Plastics we take site safety seriously. An important part of keeping your works site safe is ensuring the products you use meet the highest safety standards and are compliant to use. In this guide, we’ll explain the different types of compliance you need to be aware of and show which of our products are compliant.

Chapter 8 and Red Book Compliance

Chapter 8 and Red Book Compliance are typically associated with road and street works. They operate as guidelines to ensure the safety and consistency of the management of roadworks and road maintenance. Chapter 8 specifically refers to specifications and guidance regarding the use of traffic cones, signs and barriers to protect the public and workers carrying out roadworks, and is a legal requirement for all street and roadworks.

How can Oxford Plastics help with Chapter 8 & Red Book Compliance?

For more information on how Oxford Plastics can help you with compliant products, read our full guide to Chapter 8 & Red Book compliant products. 

British Standards BSI

British Standards are a formal set of standards that relate to a number of different industries. This can include Quality Management, Environmental Management and Occupational Health and safety to name a few.

How do Oxford Plastics Products meet British Standard testing?

A wide range of our products meet British Standard testing. You can see which products are compliant in our product guides, but to give you an idea, we’ve also featured some examples below. 

British Standard 7676: Slip Testing

British Standard 7818: Specification for pedestrian restraint systems

British Standard 8442: Miscellaneous road traffic signs and devices

HAUC Compliance

Highways Authorities and Utilities Committee, otherwise known as the HAUC provide guidance to practitioners working on street and roadworks. They provide a number of standardised codes to ensure safety and best practice.

What does HAUC include?

HAUC compliance includes advisory notes on a number of topics including;

  • Excavation and reinstatement techniques
  • Traffic management
  • Safety measures
  • Permit schemes

HAUC Compliance also gives specific advice around the specification and operational requirements for footway boards, driveway boards, footway ramps and road plates.

How can Oxford Plastics help with HAUC compliance?

Our LowPro road plates and footway boards are compliant with HAUC guidance. Read more in our guide to HAUC products.

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA)

 The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 are the Basic Health and Safety rules any business needs to adopt

  • The health and safety responsibility employers have towards employees and the members of the public
  • The health and safety responsibility employees have to themselves and each other
  • The health and safety responsibility self-employed staff have towards themselves and others

What does the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 include

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 covers a wide scope of health and safety compliance that can be applied to almost any business. Its basic principles include a duty of care towards employees, visitors and the general public. This can be through risk assessments to identify any potential risks and hazards and followed by the steps needed to mitigate any risks. Other considerations of the Health and Safety at Work Act includes Health and Safety Policy, Emergency Procedures and Health and Safety Training.

How can Oxford Plastics help with the Health and Safety at Work Act?  

If your site requires a trench, it’s your duty to keep your employees and the general public safe. Using an appropriate trench cover to suit the size and shape of your trench is important. As is proper installation. With Oxford Plastics, installation is simple, and for added peace of mind, you can book onsite demonstrations and training, contact us for more information.   

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