Summer-Autumn 2017 ...RS have just completed the servicing and inspection of the BSF schools within Birmingham on behalf of Cambridge Maintenance and Engie for the 4t h year. RS have been commissioned by Kingston & Sutton Council to carry out an Environmental Survey on all DT departments within the Borough. This encompasses all of the standard requirements of BS4163 as well as looking at air quality, light, noise levels and associated Environmental issues that may effect staff and pupils.Case Studies
Summer 2017 ...RS relocated the DT department at Rydon Community College into temporaryaccommodation pending the completion of new buildings and its transition to be part of Steyning Grammer School. Completion of works will be in Spring 2018.Case Studies
2018 ... RS have completed a complete DT department refurbishment at Highfield & Brookham School. The room was transformed from an old and outdated facility into a modern, spacious and light environment.
2019 ... RS will be undertaking works at the new Felpham College - Bourne Community College and Varndean College. Look for regular updates...Case Studies
RS Design and Technology based in Southampton, Hampshire,
have supplied their key services to School and Colleges for many years.
Our skills in Electrical & Mechanical engineering are well established as is our understanding of BS4163 :2014 and Building Bulletin 81 which allows us to give advice and guidance to assist in Design and Installation requirements.
Is your workshop machinery due for its Annual Service? The PUWER 98 Regulations recommended that your workshop machinery is serviced annually, and that the information is recorded, and the machines certified, for insurance purposes.Do all rotating blades or parts stop within 10 seconds of the emergency stop being pressed?
Legislation now requires the rotating blades or parts of machines to stop within 10 seconds of the emergency button being pressed. Emergency stop buttons must be correctly placed to comply, if the machine user needs to lean over the machines moving parts or reach around a machine taking the body closer to moving parts, to reach an emergency stop button, they do not comply and represent a clear and present hazard.
Do you need advice on compliance issues and electrical & mechanical installations?
Most County Councils require that their schools follow these recommendations. Servicing is the most cost-effective way of ensuring the longevity of your equipment and can be carried out with almost no disruption to classes, by our qualified engineers.
Our servicing is thorough, exact and documented for your peace of mind, and our knowledge of current legislation is second to none.
Contact RS Design & Technology for more information
What is Building Bulletin 81?
A guide for Design and technology accommodation in secondary schools - a design guide, 1996
Department for Education and Employment, London, UK
Description of Building Bulletin 81
Provides guidance on accommodation for design and technology in secondary schools. It discusses the issues that arise when considering both new and existing accommodation. The guidance given is not prescriptive. It illustrates typical examples and suggests a flexible approach which can be used as a guide against which individual schools can assess their own requirements.
Building Bulletin 81
Building Bulletin 81 Status
This document has been superseded. We are up to date with current changes and implement abd advise on all current advice.
Building Bulletin 81 when reviewed should be read in conjunction with DfEE Design Note 43.
Building Bulletin 81
Educational facilities, Schools
What is BS 4163:2014?
BS 4163 sets out the health and safety requirements for design and technology in schools and other educational facilities. This code of good practice gives clear guidance for personnel who are responsible for planning services, machine tools or machine handling, and for anyone who is involved with design and technology facilities.
“Design and technology in schools” refers to all teaching and workshop areas where materials are manipulated and processed. These include building services, food preparation equipment, textile machinery and accessories, plastics-working machinery and woodworking and metalworking machines.
How does it work?
BS 4163 includes terms, definitions and references to cover equipment safety and the supply of machine and hand tools. It gives a set of recommendations to put safety measures into place in an environment where learners/students work with chemical hazards, cloth, asbestos, adhesives, moulding equipment, plastics and wood.
BS 4163:2014 other contents include health and safety management, as well as planning and services.
What is new?
BS 4163:2014 replaces BS 4163:2007 which in turn replaced the BS 4163:2000 which was withdrawn.
Health & Safety Bulletins relevant to the Design & Technology Departments of Schools and Colleges
A useful British Standard provides safety guidelines for design and technology workshops. BS 4163:2014 Health and safety for design and technology in schools and similar establishments - Code of practice, provides guidance for people responsible for design and technology facilities in schools and similar establishments. The recommendations cover safe use of equipment, machine tools, materials and chemicals, and personal protective equipment.
BS 4163:2014 Health and safety for design and technology in schools and similar establishments – Code of practice For secondary school heads of department and subject leaders.
Now fully updated in 2014 this essential document is the basis for all D&T Health and Safety publications and guidance and provides an explanation of the legal aspects of the British Standard Code of Practice. In any investigation by the Health and Safety Executive it will be the ultimate reference document.
RSDT have appointed a dedicated Gas Safe Registered Engineers to carry out inspections of Gas Equipment installed in DT and Science Departments.
The legislation on gas safety has changed a lot in recent years. ( IGEM/UP/11 Edition 2 is the latest ) Those who are found not to be compliant may face prosecution and big fines. Do you know if your school is following the guidelines?
Most schools use gas. Whether it’s needed for boiler rooms and heating, Science labs, D & T or simply for cooking in the kitchens, almost all of them have some form of fuel gas on site. This frequently makes school bursars and catering managers responsible – and liable – for the safety of the gas systems on their site.
Wherever there are highly flammable materials or fuels, of course safety is a concern. Leaking gas can build up in enclosed environments posing an explosion risk from a spark when a light switch is activated, for example. And there is the risk of fire from exposed flames. Ensuring your staff are safe, protected and fully trained in the correct use of the equipment is vital for both them, and you as their employer.
Gas explosions are however mercifully rare. What is perhaps of greater concern is the risk from carbon monoxide (CO). CO is a poisonous gas with no odour, colour or taste. It’s caused by badly fitted or poorly functioning gas burners failing to properly burn the gas and poorly maintained extraction systems in D & T Departments. CO is extremely dangerous because it can cause suffocation in a relatively short amount of time by preventing oxygen from being carried around the body by the blood, and people may not realise what is happening to them. Even when an appliance is not working badly to cause death, prolonged exposure to CO can have severe health complications including brain damage and paralysis. This is why proper monitoring and servicing of all gas equipment is so vital. You should also always ensure there is proper ventilation in areas where gas is being burned – for example in boiler rooms or kitchens. Don’t let anyone cover essential vents. Ensure any chimneys or flues are regularly swept. Watch for flames burning yellow or orange rather than blue.
If any of your staff working around gas appliances complain of headaches, nausea, lethargy or dizziness you should refer them to their GP for CO testing and call in an engineer to test the equipment.
“Failure to keep up with inspections could result in an ‘At Risk’ or ‘Immediately Dangerous’ notice which could mean the kitchen - or in the worst case, the school - closing.”
If the school were to face a claim from someone who believed they had been adversely affected by working – or living - around faulty gas equipment it could have massive implications regarding future insurance premiums, and failure to keep up with inspections could result in an engineer issuing an ‘At Risk’ or ‘Immediately Dangerous’ notice which could mean that the kitchen / Department– or in the worst case, the school – would have to close until a full maintenance program had been carried out.
RSDT are now able to carry out saturation testing of fume cupboards in accordance with CLEAPSS guide lines. Full information and guidance available.