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1st November 2021

5 Ways to Manage the Fire Risk During Cladding Removal and Replacement

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Risk Management While Cladding Removal
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Combustible cladding needs to be removed due to fire safety risks, so how do we stay safe while completing the removal process?

When the government announced that there would be a nationwide review of cladding materials used in buildings, it started a massive undertaking likely to take years. Although the UK government has pumped hundreds of thousands of pounds into the replacement of cladding, the process has been slow thus far.

The government set aside an initial £3.5 billion to deal with cladding replacement or removal in publicly owned buildings. The fund was later expanded and includes private leaseholders that may now apply for grants to help mitigate the costs.

Here are some ways that companies who replace or remove your cladding should be managing fire safety risks, while they work.

The 5 Best Ways to Manage Fire Risks During Cladding Removal and Replacement

If you need to have your buildings cladding replaced or entirely removed, here are the 5 ways your specialist firm should be following fire precautions.

1 – Working with Local Fire Safety Officers

Fire safety officers are trained to be able to spot, highlight, and fix fire safety issues. Any contractor that comes to replace or remove cladding from your building should have consulted with local fire safety officers to ensure every stage of the removal process is fire safety checked. Ordinary contractors simply don’t have the knowledge and skills to identify fire safety risks.

The local fire officer should be brought in at the beginning of the project for consultation. They should spend time creating risk assessments for each stage of the process. Your construction company then has suitable information to draw from to create fire-safe steps for combustible cladding removal.

2 – Hire a Specialist Cladding Removal Team

Although it is possible to remove some cladding from a building yourself, it is not safe to remove combustible materials as a DIY project. Similarly, if you live in a high rise building, you won’t be able to safely remove the cladding on your own portion of that building safely. Firms who specialise in removing cladding are safest because they have the training to do so.

ASD build replace cladding on apartment blocks and properties throughout England. They are a specialist in removing and replacing combustible cladding and can advise you on cladding remediation if you need guidance.

3 – Place Control Points

Implementing fire safety control points throughout the cladding removal process will make it far easier to minimize the fire risk throughout. These control points should be allocated from the initial fire safety risk assessment plan. You should be able to mark out key moments in the process when the fire risk is greatest. If you can identify these areas as control points, it is then only a short step towards performing checks at the required time and recording that the check was made.

4 – Account for Materials

A proper inventory should be taken through every stage of the process to ensure that the materials used in the removal are controlled substances. Fire safety risks should remain low if the proper oversights are accounted for. One of these factors lies in the materials used in removal. If they are likely to cause sparks, the materials should be replaced with safer options.

5 – Eliminate Sources of Ignition

All areas around cladding replacement should be considered no smoking. This must be closely monitored for accountability purposes. A rotary saw is often used in the removal of ACM cladding since it is used to cut the bolts free[i]. This can produce sparks and the risk needs to be overseen. There should be no smoking, and fire retardant coverings should be used wherever possible.

[i] https://www.hse.gov.uk/foi/internalops/og/og-00106.pdf

How You Can Start Making Money From Home

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It’s estimated that there are now more than 4.7 million workers in the gig economy, many of whom operate in this space in order to generate a secondary income.

This highlights an interesting trend in the UK and indeed across the developed and developing world, as a growing number of people look to boost their earnings to cope with the rising cost of living.

This trend has certainly been exacerbated by the coronavirus, which has stripped people of their jobs and triggered gas price hikes and supply chain bottlenecks across the globe. However, what are the best ways of making money from home and how can you make them work for you?

#1. Freelancing

We’ve already touched on the rise of the gig economy, with freelancers increasing in demand as employers look to create more agile and remote workforces that are tailored to suit the needs of each individual project.

What’s more, there are some jobs that benefit from particularly high levels of demand in the digital age, including copywriting, web design and SEO services.

So, you’ll need to target a niche and look to leverage (or learn) a relevant skillset, while successfully marketing yourself online and utilising sites such as LinkedIn.

#2. Trading

If there’s one potential issue with freelancing, it’s the fact that this can be a time-consuming pass-time that requires considerable management and scheduling.

This issue can be solved through forex trading, which can create a largely passive income stream once you’ve learned the trade, developed some strategies and deployed these successfully.

You can also download the MT4 for Mac to seamlessly access the market while working with a compatible broker that allows considerable amounts of leverage (enabling you to control potentially large positions with a relatively small cash deposit).

This can be highly rewarding over time, you’ll need to acknowledge the evident risk and the fact that up to 70% of forex traders lose money consistently over time.

#3. Buy and Sell Items Online

The eCommerce marketplace represents huge business in the UK and around the world, creating immense opportunities for individuals to make money from home by profiting from the buying and selling of goods.

For example, you can use eBay and Amazon accounts to list unwanted items for sale, identifying which of your discarded items have value and establishing viable pricing that makes you competitive in real-time.

You could also look to participate in dropshipping. This requires you to identify items that are in-demand online and likely to sell quickly, before identifying suppliers and buying these in bulk at wholesale prices.

Then, you can resell these quickly at their retail price, banking the margin as profit and boosting your earrings through the volume of sales that you’re able to complete.