Trade Contractor Health and Safety Bulletin

From this contractors safety leadership team meeting it was raised that communication was an area to be improved by those on site, especially in relation to sharing best practice initiatives and the responsibilities of each of the trade contractors. It was also suggested that they promote best practice amongst trade contractors by sharing toolbox talk resources and training information.

Their health and safety bulletin has helped with communication by spreading awareness and knowledge of how different trade contractors are working closely together on site. By creating a mutual understanding of each other’s works and best practices they have been learning ways to implement best practice ideas from each other.

This is completely lead by trade contractors, rather than a top-down initiative issued by the client or project directors. Between their trade contractors they have organised a rota in which each trade contractor takes it in turns to produce a monthly bulletin document highlighting best practices on the project. This is then distributed to all members of the safety leadership team which includes all trade contractors, the client and the main contractor.

The Bulletin starts with ‘So, what do you know’, it then introduces the trade contractor and explains their current works. Once the background of their package is explained, the proceeding pages of the bulletin then share photos of their works and examples of health and safety best practice that could be taken on and replicated by other trade contractors.

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