Thursday, 31 January 2013

Rope Access Concrete Inspection by Complete Access

Rope Access Concrete Inspection by Complete Access - Rope Access Specialists

We were called by Birmingham City Council to see if we could help Wolverhampton Council on an emergency inspection job .........

The site - Wolverhampton Civic Hall

The problem - Spalling concrete

An initial site visit was made on tuesday to determine work involved and access to the work area.

Client agreed our RAMS and we have attended site on Thursday to carry out inspection and removal of loose substrate, primarily to the front elevation directly above the main entrance....major events are programmed in for Friday and Saturday....

Our inspection findings consisted of major concrete spalling where re-bar was present and had corroded ..... this could suggest the presence of flourides, chlorides or high alumina cement.... the concrete samples have been sent off to the lab for testing.

Works to the rest of the building are ongoing.

If your Organisation requires a professional access company ...

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Confined Space Cleaning - Management and Equipment

Explosive Confined Space Cleaning, Maintenance and Inspection Services

Under what conditions can an explosion occur?

There is a risk of explosion when several elements are present:

           An oxidant: Oxygen over 23% in the air, for example......  

A fuel: Gas or vapors: hydrocarbons, solvents, varnishes, gas, alcohol, chemical products, agents for manufacture of plastics, powders and dust: magnesium, flour, aluminum, sulfur, cellulose, cereals, carbon, wood, milk, resins, sugars, starch, polystyrenes, fertilizer, etc...... a hot spot or a source of combustion

For example, when filling a grain silo, the concentration of dust is very high. The environment then is dangerous: a rise in temperature, or even a spark, can trigger an explosion.

If a risk of explosion is identified in an environment (gas or dust), a safety requirement is imposed for the use of equipment that is specifically designed to function without becoming a potential source of combustion. ATEX equipment offers different types of protection designed to diminish the risk of explosion.

The ATEX standard (Ex)

What is the ATEX?

The ATEX regulation is a European directive which requires all heads of organizations to fully understand the risks related to certain explosive environments. To do this, an evaluation of the risk of explosion in a company is required in order to identify any locations where explosive environments could form, and then to put in place the means to avoid explosion.

How do you choose equipment that is adapted for an environment at risk of explosion?

ATEX environments are subdivided into three zones:

  • zones 0, 1 or 2 for gases
  • zones 20, 21 or 22 for dust  

Our equipment is rated to Ex ATEX zones 0, 1 & 2 and all IP zones 20, 21 and 22.

Zone classification ATEX classification required for equipment
(for Group II, above-ground industry)
Zone 0 (gas)
Zone 20 (dust)
Category 1
The explosive mix is present constantly or for a long period of time
Zone 1 (gas)
Zone 21 (dust)
Category 2
An explosive mix may form under normal working conditions
Zone 2 (gas)
Zone 22 (dust)
Category 3
An explosive mix has a small chance of forming and would exist only for a short period


We have over 8 years experience in working in Safe Working in Confined Spaces with Rescue


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Confined Space Cleaning - Complete Access

Confined Space Cleaning by Complete Access

We deployed a five man team over the weekend of 22nd 23rd December to carry out a shutdown clean to the process ovens of the worlds largest manufacturer of fibreglass products. We are contracted to deliver 3 cleans per year.

Our highly trained Confined Space Cleaning team are experienced in entry, egress and rescue whilst working in Confined Spaces.

Our technicians are all IRATA trained to levels 1,2,3 and we also have two of our technicians that are members of SARAID

When we are working within confined spaces ..... we self enforce a safe permit to work......this consists of a pre entry air monitor reading which is discussed with technicians..... a further reading 30 minutes later and then every thirty minutes there after is recorded.... each and every entrant wears an air monitor and relevant PPE...... All recordings are documented.

All of our works conform to the Confined Space Regulations 1997