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

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…

Safety Guidance

Guidance on Occupational Stress

Published 5th March 2020. Work related stress can be a significant cause of illness and has been linked to increased incidence of…

Safety Guidance

Guidance for Working on Rail Infrastructure

Published July 2019 This guidance is written for anyone involved in geotechnical or geo-environmental work on Network Rail’s Managed Infrastructure (NRMI).  Separate…

Safety Guidance

Guidance on the Risk of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)

Current edition published January 2019. 1st Edition published July 2018. The legacy of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) contamination in the UK is becoming…

Articles

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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…

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Health and Safety – Lego Style

The AGS Safety Working Group hosted the ‘Safety in Mind’ conference at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, UK, on Thursday, 21 November…

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“Emergency rescue from a trial pit – are you prepared?”

This is the second of a series of articles related to safety and trial pitting, following the June 2019 AGS Magazine article…

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