Health and safety is important to consider in all industries, but in construction, it really matters. There are certain things that everyone on the site needs to be aware of and pay attention to, to ensure everyone is safe at all times. If you’re looking to update your health and safety know-how, we’ve put together ten essential health and safety protocols you need to be aware of in the construction industry.
Have the correct construction equipment
It is important that you use the right tools for the job and that they are all in correct working order. If there are any issues with your equipment, or you have any safety concerns, do not use it. Using the wrong tools can be dangerous, and if you are unsure about what equipment you need, ask the site manager.
Always wear the right PPE for construction
Personal Protection Equipment, or PPE, is essential to keep everyone on-site safe. From safety boots to masks to hard hats to high visibility jackets, each piece is designed to protect you from potential hazards and it needs to be worn correctly to be effective.
Follow the signs
Construction safety signs are there for a reason, and you need to be aware of what they mean and how to follow them. From warning signs on slippery floors to areas that need high visibility clothing to be worn, they are there for your protection.
Always clean up the site properly
There will always be mess associated with a construction project, and it’s important that workers keep the site tidy. However, after the project has finished, it might be worth hiring professional cleaners who have the skills and expertise to make sure the site is totally clean after-build.
Know the site
Before you start work on a site, you need to have a full health and safety induction, which will detail any risks and site-specific requirements. Each construction project will have different factors to consider, so make sure you are aware of these and pay attention.
Don’t take risks
If you work in the construction industry, taking unnecessary risks can be deadly. Construction sites are full of potential hazards, and it is up to you to keep yourself and your colleagues safe at all times. Keeping your site clean and safe is essential and eliminating risks such as trip hazards can prevent workplace injuries too. If you are worried about an unsafe area, unsafe tools or unclear signage ask someone.