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Polypropylene Recycling Scheme

Published 13 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Recycle Sustainable solutions

Construction projects can create a great deal of waste, which in turn harms the environment. Plastic materials are particularly difficult, but this supplier devised an innovative way of making their business more environmentally friendly. See the examples below for how the supplier achieved this: Launched a waste take back scheme which recycles polypropylene packaging into new packaging material. This reduces…


Safer Scaffolding

Published 3 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesScaffold protection

Ease of accessibility can improve site safety. Working on scaffolding has a multitude of risks, therefore any efforts to increase the safety whilst working on this platform such as accessibility and maneuverability are welcome. The example below shows how one site achieved this: Use of “scaff gap” infill strips to fill gaps between scaffolding boards where standards prevent boards from butting up…


Keeping tools clean

Published 3 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOrganisation Tidiness

Keeping a site clean shows a committed and professional workforce. Site cleanliness is important for various reasons including safety, appearance and productivity. It can also reduce environmental degradation that can be caused by carbon emissions and toxic pollutants. The below example shows how one site achieved this: The site is using a system of cleaning plasterers’ tools in chemically infused…


Team safety bags

Published 19 May 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency procedures First Aid Injuries PPE Spill control

The ability to act quickly in response to an accident is crucial on-site. Site safety should always be of utmost importance, with logical procedures in place to deal with potential accidents or emergencies. The right equipment that can be accessed and applied quickly can make a major difference to the outcome of a safety critical event. Below is an example of…


3D crane warning device

Published 19 May 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information

Safety measures should be in place to prevent and respond to any potential hazards. Construction work can interfere considerably with transport highways and pathways and therefore cause a serious risk to moving vehicles. This does not just apply to ground vehicles but also air. The below example shows how one site managed this aerial risk: The site collaborated with London…


Public trespassing sensor

Published 19 May 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesProtected and controlled access

Site security must be enforced to maintain high safety standards. Construction sites can be dangerous places, especially for members of the public who are not aware of the hazards and therefore not permitted to enter. However, sometimes site boundaries are not always clearly visible or simply cannot physically deny entrance. One site managed this using a public trespassing sensor: A…


Forced air de-bonding

Published 19 May 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
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Any efforts to reduce dust generation is a positive for the environment, workforce and community. There should always be room to implement innovative techniques, which may have a positive impact on safety or the environment. One site achieved this through the implementation of forced air de-bonding: Forced air de-bonding strip was used in piles to limit reduction works and avoid need for…


Power Chemical Ground Stabilisation

Published 18 May 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesImprovement Landscaping Mobile machinery

New techniques should be employed in order to continuously improve the efforts of environmental protection. There are always new techniques being developed to improve efficiency and also reduce the impact on the environment. It is important to maintain awareness and an open approach to implementing such techniques. The example below demonstrates how one site reduced the impact on the natural environment: Power…


Recycling paint and creating opportunities

Published 18 May 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCreate opportunities Disadvantaged groups Recycle

Finding new ways to recycle commonly used products and materials makes a considerable difference to the environment. It is important for contractors to trade with companies who share the same values as themselves and also the Scheme. This contributes to a wider network of efforts, improving the image of construction. One company ensured that all paint used was recycled: All paint…


Call for Assistance Device

Published 10 May 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControls Initiatives Reporting

Safety should not only include the security of employees on-site, but also off-site. A hazard to an employee’s safety should be considered in every line of work, duty and location. The below example shows how one site cared for the safety of workers using a call for assistance device: Monitored GPS units were carried by Residient Liason Officer’s (RLO) and included…


Practicalities of a Construction Project

Published 10 May 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Schools

Providing opportunities to gain practical experience on-site is important to increase interest in construction.  A career in construction can be very rewarding, it is therefore important to create an environment where students can gain first hand experience and a taste for construction opportunities themselves. One site introduced construction prospects using a programme based on a real-life project: A programme was set up over a 12 week…