The Precast Flooring Federation is committed to achieving a high standard and universal approach to health and safety and our Codes of Practice (see below) represent just one of our initiatives in this area.
Installation of precast ﬂooring components is acknowledged to be a potentially high-risk activity, as it involves the use of heavy plant, cranes and personnel working at height. The PFF Code of Practice for Safe Installation brings together best practice within the industry and has the interest of those involved in the design, speciﬁcation, use and erection of precast ﬂooring products at heart.
The PFF's Code of Practice for Safe Installation is intended as a guide to the safe manufacture and installation of precast flooring. A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive comments:
"The Code of Practice will assist clients, designers, specifiers, supervisors, installers and managers in selecting the most appropriate methods for reducing risks to persons carrying out these high risk activities,"
Stressing of prestressed concrete is acknowledged to be a potentially high-risk activity, as it involves the use of industrial prestressing equipment that uses hydraulic rams to stretch high yield wires and strands with forces that can be in excess of 1500 tonnes. The Code of Practice for Safe Stressing has been produced for the following purposes:
- Safety awareness within the industry.
- Planning the production process and equipment required.
- Training of all personnel involved with stressing operations.
- Preparation of safe working method statements.