Compliance on a construction site not only ticks crucial health and safety boxes but can save lives and ensure the safety of your teams. Health and safety law is a key element of construction management, with non-compliance leading to potential delays, injury and work stoppage. With this in mind, how can you ensure the compliance of your construction site with a stress-free, efficient approach?
Getting Familiar with Regulations
If you’re unsure on the exact regulations that apply to your business, location and site specifications, getting acquainted with these is the most important first step. Common regulations across the industry include contractual agreements, building codes, insurance and bonding requirements, credit and background checks and safety regulations.
Conducting a Risk Assessment
The best way to be prepared is by taking a detailed look at your work site, the potential risks, outcomes and how to minimise these. A risk assessment informs you and your workforce of all possible hazards and allows you to put solutions in place before an accident occurs.
To conduct a risk assessment on your site, take the recommended five-step approach:
Step One: Identify the hazards
Step Two: Decide who might be harmed and how
Step Three: Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
Step Four: Record your significant findings
Step Five: Review and update your assessment where necessary
Getting Your Workforce on Board
Construction workers have a key role to play in the health and safety of your site. According to HSE, “research shows companies with highly engaged employees achieve a financial performance four times greater than companies with poor engagement”. This increased financial performance includes growth in turnover and a reduction of accidents on site due to worker engagement.
Make use of online resources such as the HSE leadership and worker involvement key principles and ensure you’re communicating potential risks and tactics to minimise risks with your workforce.
Putting Safe and Sustainable Solutions in Place
Utilising recognised products to increase safety on site, such as high visibility safety barriers to mark off areas on site, and non-conductive anti-climb fencing to keep the general public out, will help keep both the public and your workforce safe.
To ensure site safety, efficiency and compliance, Oxford Plastics provide award-winning products, designed for your construction site; including Barriers, Ground Protection, Cones, Signs & Speed Humps and more.