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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…


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…


Creating a unique first impression

Published 19 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFirst Impressions standards 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…


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
CategoriesDisadvantaged 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…


Using selfie sticks to improve safety

Published 6 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReporting Safety plan updated

A number of challenges often face the workforce on a day to day basis. Careful consideration should be given to each work environment and measures implemented to overcome any obstacles faced. Safety improvements and ideas should be constantly sought. Below is an example of how a site adopted a simple but highly effective solution to overcome a challenging situation on…


The safe movement of excavators

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

Safety procedures must be implemented and well communicated to the workforce. Below is an example of how a site achieved this relating to the safe movement of excavators: Safety procedures require that when a pedestrian enters an excavation exclusion area (defined by a fence around the area being worked on by the excavator), the driver is required to put the…


Engaging Children in Site Safety: Induction Booklet

Published 29 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesChild safety Induction Schools Site security Site-specific induction

New and exciting ways should be sought to engage local children with the industry and to encourage site safety. Below is an example of how a site engaged children and raised awareness: The company mascot ‘Buxton Bear’ featured widely in the company PR materials; The site team developed a site-specific ‘Children’s Site Safety Induction Booklet’ for use on site during children’s…


Teaching Children about Environmental Issues

Published 29 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAwareness Birds Goodwill work Local materials Planting Schools

Sharing your knowledge of environmental issues and methods to help the environment through re-use and recycling of products should be shared with the younger generation. Fun and engaging activities are an effective way to make learning fun and engage with the community. Below is an example of how a site used activities to raise awareness of environmental issues: An educational…