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Social Sustainability: Living at Saffron Square

Published 20 March 2017 | Written by Rose Jaffray
CategoriesFeedback/questionnaires Local and special needs Public survey

Research was carried out by a team of researchers from LSE London to report on the mid-term social sustainability of Berkeley Homes’ Saffron Square development in central Croydon. The report sets out what residents said that they appreciate about living at Saffron Square and what they think could be improved. It assesses the quality of design and management of the…


Improving HGV driver behaviour through road works

Published 8 December 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBehaviour Controls Driver information Risk information Roads Speed limits

It is important to ensure the safety of your workforce and encourage good behaviour at all times. Sites should identify common problems encountered when working on highways and adopt initiatives to overcome any issues. Below is an example of how driver behaviour and safety was improved: The site won a CIHT Technological Application Award for the enforcement of lane 2…


Maintaining First Aid Kits

Published 8 December 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFirst Aid MIU

Ensuring that safety procedures and resources are up to date is essential. Safety procedures should be implemented and communicated appropriately to the workforce, with all first aid kits kept fully stocked with medical provisions up to date, to ensure the best care for your employees. Below is an example of how a large site ensured the maintenance of their first aid kits: Due to…


Establishing working exclusion zones

Published 29 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBarriers Safety signage

Construction work can prove to be a dangerous environment if not managed effectively. Simple measures can be adopted to minimise the hazards posed and safeguard all on site. Below is an example of how one site established working exclusion zones when working in occupied housing, for the safety of the workforce and public: In addition to using portable sign boards…


Medical information easily accessible in the case of an emergency

Published 21 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency contact details Medical conditions Medications

Emergency procedures should be implemented and well communicated to the workforce to enable a quick and effective response. Below is an example of how a site gathered emergency medical details for the workforce: Contact details, medical conditions and medications were recorded for operatives; This information was provided on individual operative identity cards in QR code form, which the site manager could…


Simple safety precautions for reversing vehicles

Published 21 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
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Due to the busy nature of construction sites, operatives need to pay a great deal of attention to their working environment to ensure their safety on site.   Simple measures can be implemented to make operatives more aware of the hazards around them, such as reversing vehicles. Below is an example of a simple, but effective safety precaution implemented: A 12v bulb was fitted…


Minimising noise pollution for the local community: Ear mufflers

Published 21 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesNoise Regular review

Before work commences, potential disruptions to the local community should be identified. Noise pollution tends to be the most common complaint when construction work is taking place. It is important to identify the disruptions that may occur and take measures to offset them. This helps to minimise any frustrations that may arise within the local community, to help promote a positive…


Creating a unique first impression

Published 19 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFirst Impressions campaign Initial impressions Signage

Creating a positive first impression of your site is essential. New and innovative methods to improve the image of your site should be sought. Below is an example of how one site created a unique and positive image by blending site scaffolding with the high street: A three storey screen print was attached to the scaffolding on the high street elevation; This…


Regular Workshops for the Workforce

Published 6 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice E-learning First Aid Literacy training MIU Numeracy training Personal development Training

Opportunities should be provided for those who aspire to work within the industry. A variety of routes through which people can develop their skills should be provided, to invest in the workforce and to help attract young people to a career in the construction industry. Below is an example of how a site used regular workshops to invest in their workforce: Regular timed…


Managing health and safety issues: Helmet with a video camera

Published 6 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBehaviour Recording accidents Reporting

Safety issues on site which threaten the wellbeing of your employees should never be ignored. Health and safety issues should be monitored, managed and reviewed regularly. Below is an example of how a site ensured that no health and safety issues were being overlooked: A ‘Go Pro’ helmet with a video camera was introduced; This was shared with managers and subcontract supervisors each…


Providing Tuberculosis (TB) screening sessions for operatives

Published 6 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealth screening Medical conditions Medications Universities

Ensuring the health and wellbeing of your workforce is essential. Providing opportunities for workers to check and maintain their health should be sought and established. Below is an example of how a site identified that TB in London is one of the highest in Europe and responded to this information by introducing mobile screening: Following an awareness presentation on Tuberculosis by…


Providing Career Opportunities for Disadvantaged Individuals

Published 6 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCreate opportunities Disadvantaged groups Employed Labour

Sites should provide opportunities to help disadvantaged individuals. This not only draws in a more diverse workforce but also shows the caring and considerate nature of the construction industry. Below is an example of how a site provided career opportunities to cater for a wide-range of individuals: The site built upon their previous employment of a worker with autism, by developing structured work activities and putting…


Providing a safe work environment using riser ducts

Published 6 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBarriers

A safe working environment must be provided for operatives at all times. Safety measures should be continuously reviewed and monitored and the workforce consulted to seek improvements throughout the project. Below is an example of how one site provided a safe work environment: Riser ducts were adopted, which created and protected service riser openings, providing a safe working platform; Chequer…


Introducing Ambassadors to Manage Alcohol and Drugs on Site

Published 6 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAttitudes Drugs and alcohol policy Management

A proactive approach to managing drugs and alcohol on site is important. Operatives need to be of a fit state of mind and have sound judgement to ensure the safety of themselves and others on site. Below is an example of how a site used ambassadors to manage the issue of drugs and alcohol: Alcohol and drugs ‘Ambassadors’ were appointed…


Training Traffic Marshals

Published 6 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOnsite dress code Public diversions Routes Traffic marshal Workforce involvement

Traffic marshals are recognised and valued as an important interface of the company with the public. It is essential that traffic marshals are appropriately trained to fulfil this function to a high standard. Below is an example of how a site achieved a good impression through traffic marshal training: Formal training was provided to traffic marshals; They were provided with…