The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the authority in the United Kingdom for health and safety standards. They are the national independent watchdog and a regulator which acts in the interest of the public.
When it comes to health and safety in the construction industry the HSE help reduce deaths and serious injury and get benefits for your business. These benefits include:
- Protection of workers from the suffering which can be caused by accidents and ill health
- Reduction of sick leave and absences in your workplace
- Retention of staff
- Help with maintaining your organisations reputation
- Profits and productivity increase
- Legal costs and insurance premiums reduction
Below we have listed some Important Aspects of Construction Site Safety.
Construction Design Management Regulations 2007 (CDM)
An important aspect of construction site safety is Construction Design Management (CDM) – health and safety is part of good design. The CDM Regs of 2007 can help you to improve your industry’s health and safety, help to ensure you have the right people in the right place and at the right time to help reduce risk. CDM is covered in the CITB accredited SMSTS training course.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is another very important aspect of health and safety on construction sites. The law requires head protection to be provided on all construction sites as most sites pose risk of possible head injuries for example objects falling from scaffolding or the scaffolding itself falling.
It is essential to wear protective footwear on site and while doing heavy work – steel toe caps can protect against dropped objects.
Hi-vis clothing should also be worn by site workers if the company policy requires.