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Health & Safety

Site Setup

Construction phase plan outlines vital health and safety arrangements and site rules for a safe work environment.

Health and Safety Arrangements

Mandatory site inductions ensure awareness of safety rules and practices.

Site Inductions Importance

Mandatory site inductions ensure awareness of safety rules and practices.

Creating Clear Site Rules

Site rules should be straightforward and communicated to all workers.

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Special Requirements Consideration

Address language barriers with translated rules for non-English speakers.

Health & Safety

Site Setup

Consider client's health and safety requirements in conjunction with site rules for dual compliance.

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Integrating Client and Site Rules

Clearly define where site and client rules apply for consistent adherence.

Comprehensive Site Rules Coverage

Site rules include PPE, smoking, restricted areas, and traffic management.

Tailoring Site Inductions

Provide site-specific inductions, considering various visitor types and risks.

Protecting the Public and Workers

Implement measures to safeguard public and workers from construction hazards.

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Why Testing is Important

Clients may insist on certain health and safety precautions, especially where their business continues at the premises while construction work is in progress.  It may assist everyone if site rules are applied.

Make it clear where your site rules apply and where the client premises rules apply.  Make sure everybody knows and follows the rules relevant to them.

Site rules

Site rules should cover (but not be limited to) topics such as:

  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Use of radios and mobile phones.
  • Smoking.
  • Restricted areas.
  • Hot works.
  • Traffic management systems.
  • Pedestrian routes.
  • Site tidiness.
  • Fire prevention.
  • Permit-to-work systems.
  • Emergency arrangements.

Site induction

Every site worker must be given a suitable site induction.  The induction should be site specific and highlight any particular risks (including those listed in Schedule 3 of the CDM 2015 Regulations) and control measures that those working on the project need to know about.  The following issues should be considered:

  • Senior management commitment to health and safety.
  • Outline of the project.
  • Management of the project.
  • First-aid arrangements.
  • Accident and incident reporting arrangements.
  • Arrangements for briefing workers on an ongoing basis, e.g. toolbox talks.
  • Arrangements for consulting the workforce on health and safety matters.
  • Individual worker’s responsibility for health and safety.

Site inductions should also be provided to those who do not regularly work on the site, but who visit it on an occasional (e.g. architects) or once-only basis (e.g. students).  The inductions should be proportionate to the nature of the visit.  Inductions provided to escorted visitors need not have the detail that unescorted visitors should have.  Escorted visitors only need to be made aware of the main hazards they may be exposed to and the control measures.

Protecting the public

The law says you must conduct your business without putting members of the public at risk. This includes the public and other workers who may be affected by your work.

The project client should provide information about:

  • Boundaries
  • Adjacent land usage
  • Access; and
  • Measures to exclude unauthorised persons.

This will influence the measures contractors take.

Hazards causing risk to the public

  • Falling objects
  • Delivery and other site vehicles
  • Scaffolding and other access equipment
  • Storing and stacking materials
  • Openings and excavations

Other hazards include

  • Slips, trips and falls within pedestrian areas.
  • Plant, machinery and equipment.
  • Hazardous substances.
  • Electricity and other energy sources.
  • Dust, noise and vibration; and
  • Road works.

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Opus Safety Partnership

Everything you need for a safer workplace – in one end-to-end service. A customised compliance programme. Ongoing support. And a dedicated H&S expert, whenever you need them.

Business risk analysis

Pinpoint compliance issues and map out improvement measures.

Full site audit
Hazard profiling
Solutions planning

Policies and processes

Review, upgrade and standardise safety documents and procedures.

Tailored risk assessments
Staff handbooks and policies
Safe systems of work

Work-saving software

Action key H&S data and deliverables with one intuitive tool.

Cloud-based hub for all staff
Tasks, training and reporting
24/7 access on any device

Strategic guidance

Maintain excellence with practical help and long-term risk prevention.

One-to-one support
Regular contact
Forward-looking advice
audits and assessments

Secure, compliant and 100% confident

Our employee training programmes and one-off risk assessments, surveys and audits deliver peace of mind for your people – and a safer way forward for you.

Operate on the right side of regulations

Avoid penalties and exceed your legal requirements with expert-led risk assessments, audits and surveys that go beyond the bare minimum.

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