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
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 Systems, such as;
- industrial water cannons;
- specially designed scaffold gantries;
- an extensive cleaning regime to ensure all live operating systems are kept clean and free of dust;
We use Dust Suppression Systems to protect our Operatives from the inhalation of dust.
- we use tools with on-tool or built-in dust extraction systems. We work closely with the Hilti Design Team to ensure that the systems are effective;
- we provide the correct Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE). We ensure our workforce attend rigorous Face-Fit Testing and training on how to use and wear the equipment correctly (all dust masks are of a minimum P3 filtration);
- we use aircubes and industrial fans to direct fresh air through the site/building;
We adopt the following noise reduction systems and techniques:
- 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 various types of sound monitoring equipment, to ensure that our adopted techniques adhere to industry standards;
- echo barriers can be installed to reduce the transference of noise to other areas;
- our partnership with Hilti ensures that we use the most up to date sound ergonomic equipment where possible;
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 condition. 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;
- 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.