Design & Construction with Safety First
Sheers offer full design, build, installation and commissioning services for our clients. We provide services across the UK.
Some of our clients choose to officially appoint us as Principal Designer & Principal Contractor working in line with current CDM Regulations. This ensures that all aspects of the project details are incorporated into the design and build. Essential information is disseminated throughout the project to key stakeholders, contractors and our supply chain to ensure that the project is delivered safely and effectively along with final manuals, safety files and as built documentation for final client handover.
Designing with Safety in Mind
When designing a system, Sheers Ltd hold a pre-design meeting where the requirements of the project are discussed in detail. Key team members and stakeholders are invited to participate to discuss the specific requirements of the project and technical requirements.
A design risk assessment is prepared, the system is assessed to ensure that all safety aspects relating to operation and maintenance are covered to ensure that all associated risks are discussed and highlighted.
The designs reviews will typically consider the following:
- Hazards & Risk associated with specific chemicals
- Application of the system
- Location of the system
- Any specific security requirements
- Delivery & Installation issues (logistics, access, location and lifting plan)
- Environmental impacts of plant operation (chemical delivery, routine operation, loss of containment etc.)
- Any requirements for protective measures to be built into the system to ensure safe shut down in the event of equipment failure or chemical leaks
- Materials of construction based upon the chemical compatibility (regulation, chemical supplier guidance, best engineering practice, client specifications)
- Electricity at Work Regulations
- Machine Guarding and Safety Cut off systems
Once this assessment has been completed, P&ID’s are produced. These are then subject to a HAZOP with the client and broken down into specific elements to allow each of the areas to be assessed and reviewed for safety, operational and environmental impact.
The findings from the HAZOP study are then collated and the P&ID’s are amended where necessary to ensure that all items have been incorporated within the design. The P&ID’s are then issued to our clients for final sign off. The design is then frozen and the remainder of the detailed design can be carried out.
Supply & Assembly
Wherever practicable, Sheers engage in offsite manufacture to minimise health, safety, environmental and operational risks associated with site works.
Materials and components are delivered to our dedicated workshops and assembled by fully trained and experienced staff. All supervisors/engineers have SSSTS or SMSTS qualifications and all tradesmen possess CSCS and EUSR National Water Hygiene Cards. Workshop H&S is monitored by the Workshop Manager who is responsible for preparation and management of Risk Assessments and Method Statements. Regular safety audits are carried out and Sheers operate a system of positive interventions (near miss reporting) and Point of Work Risk Assessments (POWRA).
Delivery, Offload and Installation
Equipment for handling and delivery of equipment is selected to suit the lift in question, following completion of site surveys and Risk Assessment and Method Statements.
Typically, a Hiab vehicle will be utilized, but for larger items cranes may be required following completion of Lifting Plans in line with H&S regulations (LOLER 1998, PUWER 1998).
Lifting Plans and Crane Surveys will be carried out by our own Appointed Person or by a Contract Lift specialist, taking into account suitability of equipment (SWL, condition, inspection, record keeping) as well as other factors and site hazards including, but not limited to, excavations, culverts, drainage, buildings, scaffolds, overhead obstructions, other lifting operations, environmental factors etc.
Sheers have a Quality Procedure within our Management System which details the procedures that are followed to ensure safe and successful commissioning, testing and handover of dosing plant.
A project specific commissioning plan is developed for all projects and this is discussed and agreed with the end user of the equipment.
Our fully trained and dedicated commissioning engineers ensure that the system is set up for optimum performance and chemical usage. All aspects of the system are fully checked and verified and these essential documents form part of the final operation, maintenance and safety documents that we provide our customers at the end of each project.
We also offer full system training as part of our commitment to our customers. These specific training sessions cover both operational and maintenance staff, tailoring the training session to the individual and trade. A training handout and signed attendance register are also provided as part of the training and awareness sessions package.