SC19 - Summary
06 Dec 2010



Code summary





  • Exposure to electricity (concealed services)
  • Exposure to asbestos
  • Incorrect installation (load bearing etc.)

Roles affected

  • Maintenance staff
  • All staff through incorrect installation or disturbance of asbestos


Relevant to anyone wishing to modify the fabric of the buildings in which they work from drilling holes into walls, through to knocking walls down or new buildings, to re-wiring or plumbing in services. The fabrics of buildings are the responsibility of site estates teams who understand through their experience of the site and site drawings the hazards they contain. Typical examples include - concealed electric cables, water pipes, gas lines, and asbestos through to the load bearing capacity of floors and walls, to fire management equipment – fire escapes, fire doors, alarm systems etc.

The code establishes the role of approved "Building Work Co-ordinators" (BWCs) – the only staff permitted to manage work affecting the fabric of the building. BWCs will be competent to understand the hazards in the building and manage work on them, ensure that site drawings are maintained, and that work affecting fire safety is reviewed by SHE Group so that the implications of work undertaken on Fire Risk Assessment is considered.

Contact: Baker, Gareth (STFC,DL,COO)