Safety initiative to ensure new worker’s competence – ‘The Red Dot’

It is vital that hazards and safety precautions are effectively communicated to the workforce.

Measures should be implemented to ensure your workforce is well informed of the site rules and hazards posed to them. This is particularly important during the induction period.

It is essential that management has full confidence in their workforce’s ability and competence to perform their tasks safely, to maintain the effective running of a site, offsetting any incidents that may occur.

Below is a safety initiative which was developed and introduced on site as ‘The Red Dot’:

  • Each new starter to the workforce and office was fully inducted and required to wear a red sticker patch with that day’s date on it, on the rear of their helmet, where it could be clearly seen for at least one week until the company was satisfied that the individual fully understood the site rules, knows their way around the site and is seen as competent in their actions. After that, the red sticker was removed.

This enabled new starters to be easily identified, aiding any special attention to be given if required and helping operatives who have been on site for a longer period of time to offer the new starters help if needed.

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Monitor Report, P J Carey (Contractors) Ltd, London, January 2015


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