In order to keep construction sites compliant, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has established a strict code of operating protocols. To ensure your workers are always carrying out their roles in the safest conditions possible, we’ve listed five practices you can adopt on your site.
Use correct construction PPE
Everyone must wear personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to keep those people on-site safe. While specialist work may require extra protection from gloves and goggles, everyone operating on construction sites today must wear high-vis jackets or vests, steel-toe capped safety boots, hard hats, and face masks.
Employ up to date equipment
Any tools used must always be fit for service. If equipment has outlived its usefulness, it must be replaced, or it could become a danger to users and those working nearby.
Deploy appropriate signage
Correct construction safety signage must be used and adhered to by all on-site. From warnings of high voltage and slippery surfaces to areas where extra PPE is required, these signs are essential in maintaining effective health and safety standards.
Never take unnecessary risks
While health and safety concerns are important for any type of business, it can be a matter of life and death for firms working in the construction sector. From working at extreme heights and with weighty loads to using equipment and materials capable of causing physical harm, a building site has a multitude of possible hazards. With this in mind, contractors must never take any risks that can result in harm to either themselves or their co-workers.
Clean up your site efficiently
Regular site cleaning is critical to avoid potential risks as a messy site can cause trip hazards that quickly lead to injuries. Following any building work, a clean-up will be required.
While mess from scrap materials and loose tools must be kept on top of each day, employing a team of professional cleaners is a wise move.
With the experience, skills and specialist equipment required for the job, they can make sure your site is ready for any health safety inspections and a successful handover to the end client.