At KpH Deconstruction our main focus when sourcing equipment is its effectiveness and ability to provide a sustainable solution to environmental impacts such as dust and noise pollution in the surrounding environment. We also pay particular consideration to Health Surveillance monitoring and select equipment that reduces the negative impact of long-term tool vibrations/use on the health of our site personnel.
KpH in Partnership with Hilti
Hilti On Track
We are proud to announce that KpH have partnered with Hilti to design and implement a paperless system that will improve the efficiency of our internal equipment hiring and asset management processes. The Hilti ON!Track Asset Management System was successfully launched at KpH Head Office In April 2019 and has since been systematically rolled out to all of our live sites.
The ON!Track system has:
- automated the management of PAT Testing, equipment maintenance and tool calibration;
- enabled our Supervisors to immediately access critical information and user manuals;
- improved our Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) record management;
- increased our ability to report on all assets, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and consumable usage costs across our sites.
We minimise the nuisance of dust from disturbing the local residents, businesses and general public, using Dust Suppression System, such as:
- industrial water cannons;
- specially designed scaffold gantries that mitigate dust through the use of an enclosed curtain system surrounding the skip lorry whilst loading, thus minimising dust pollution to the surrounding areas;
- an extensive cleaning regime to ensure all live operating systems are kept clean and free of dust.
We also use Dust Suppression Systems to protect our Operatives from the inhalation of dust, such as:
- using tools with on-tool or built-in dust extraction systems attached or working closely with the Hilti Design Team to ensure that the systems are effective, based on the practical use of the tool;
- provision of the correct Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) and ensuring they attend rigorous Face-Fit Testing and Training on how to use and wear it correctly (all dust masks are of a minimum P3 filtration);
- using aircubes and fans to direct fresh air through the site/building.
To help reduce noise levels from our works, skip lorries and tools, we adopt the following noise reduction systems and techniques:
- our partnership with Hilti ensures that we use the most up to date sound ergonomic equipment where possible;
- our vehicles meet the Euro 6 low noise and emissions standards and we improve operating practices via our accreditation with the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Bronze, our Driver Training (LoCITY Driving) and registration as Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) Champions;
- we use sound monitors to take readings of our noisy works levels to make sure we adhere to the Control of Noise at Work Regulations;
- echo barriers can be installed to contain noise within specific areas.
Control of Vibration White Finger (VWF)
VWF, also known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) or Dead Finger, is a secondary form of Raynaud’s Syndrome; an industrial injury triggered by continuous use of vibrating hand-held machinery. This is a common health risk in our industry.
KpH operate a best practice approach to monitor and reduce the likelihood of our Operatives developing this disorder. Our partnership with Hilti ensures that we use the most up to date equipment with the lowest vibration magnitude where possible, and provide vibration-absorbing gloves and pads to our Operatives.
In conjunction with using the right equipment and protective clothing we ensure that:
- all Operatives are made aware of the trigger time they are allowed for the tool as it is assigned to them;
- there is clear signage displayed on site to show the Exposure Limit Value (ELV) for tools we currently use;
- that Operatives rotate tasks and take breaks to reduce the amount of time using the tools;
- all Operatives complete an annual online medical and have their estimated trigger times recorded daily for monitoring their exposure to the condition.