Working Group Safety

The Safety Working Group’s aims are to promote safety awareness for the geotechnical and geoenvironmental industry.

Strategic Plan

The Safety Working Group aims to provide guidance and links to relevant documents via this web page.

We produce regular updates throughout the year and all guidance documents are downloadable to make them as accessible as possible.

We aim to provide generic guidance to inform practice – it should be noted that for every site a specific risk assessment must be made to assess the actual site hazards present and how they can be addressed to minimise risks to people and property.

Publications

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Safety Guidance

Guidance on dealing with contamination during a ground investigation

Published September 2020. This version replaces ‘Guidance on dealing with contamination during an intrusive investigation’ which was published in 2012. This guidance…

Safety Guidance

Comment on the approach for classifying sites into green, yellow or red

Published September 2020. This version replaces ‘Guidance for safe intrusive investigation of contaminated land’ document, which was published in 2010. Potential contamination…

Event Bookings

[WEBINAR REPLAY] Urban Geoscience: opening up the industry to a more inclusive and diverse community

This inaugural webinar from the AGS will see Nick Koor, (University Geosciences UK Group and the Geological Society), discuss the decline of…

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Safe Ground Investigations in the Light of COVID-19

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) which is commonly spread through coughing and sneezing, through close…

Safety Guidance

Guidance on Working on Soft Ground

Published May 2020 This guidance considers access to construction work on soft ground and in particular ground investigation. Working in areas of…

Safety Guidance

Risk Assessments and Method Statements for Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists

Published March 2020. This version replaces ‘Health and Safety Risk Assessment for Ground Investigation’ document which was published in 2010. Health and…

Articles

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AGS Diversity Statement

The AGS is a non-profit trade association that is managed by elected individuals from member organisations, none of whom are paid by…

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AGS Safety WG – Update

Roseanna Bloxham, AGS Safety Working Group Leader, has provided an update from the Groups most recent meeting, which was held virtually on…

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Working at Height During Trial Pitting: How Far is So Far as Reasonably Practicable?

This paper was the subject of a presentation at the AGS Safety in Mind conference in November 2019, and started by asking…

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AGS Awards 2020

Below are the list of recipients of this year’s AGS Awards. We would like to thank all Working Group participants for their…

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AGS Guidance on Safe Ground Investigations in Light of COVID-19

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) which is commonly spread through coughing and sneezing, through close…

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We’re going on a bear hunt…

…Safe access onto GI sites Well, maybe not a bear hunt, but if you have small children you will be able to…