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Reinforcing key safety requirements

Published 7 May 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCSCS Hazard board Offsite construction Prefabrication Protected and controlled access Safety signage Site specific induction

Safety reminders should be constantly displayed to reinforce key messages. The workforce should be encouraged to actively safeguard their own wellbeing. Below is an example of how sites can highlight important safety requirements: A unit was developed to remind operatives of their induction, toolbox talks and their safety responsibilities, these units were called, ‘Corridors of Compliance’; The unit was prefabricated and…


Rainwater Harvesting System

Published 27 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHarvesting rainwater Re-use Water saving measures

Waste water can be reused and rainwater harvested on site, to help reduce water usage. Harvesting rainwater provides an independent water supply for your site and can be used for many areas, such as cleaning equipment, to help reduce water waste. Below is an example of an effective rainwater harvesting system: The Hogbutt rainwater harvester was adopted. This system collects 1,000…


Re-using PPE

Published 8 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOnsite dress code Re-use

Operatives should appear clean and well-presented, as they are a clear representation of the site, company and industry. PPE can be cleaned and re-used to ensure that operatives look professional and to reduce waste on site. Below is an example of how sites have re-used PPE: Due to a high turnover of project dedicated PPE, it was cleaned and refurbished; PPE…


Encouraging and supporting women into the construction industry

Published 8 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCampaigns Careers advice CSCS Diversity Equality Skills card

The industry needs to be promoted in a positive light to encourage women to consider a career in construction. The construction industry is currently made up of a predominately male workforce. A greater effort needs to be made to encourage women into the industry, to help build a more diverse skill set for the future. Below are examples of how sites can achieve…


Supporting environmental initiatives: electric cars

Published 7 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFacilities for visitors Minimised fuel use Parking Plan Sustainable solutions

Awareness of the local environment and environmental practices adopted within the community are important factors. Sites should be aware of the various changing situations within society, so they can appropriately support and accommodate their workforce, visitors and the local community. Efforts to support environmental initiatives to reduce fuel and carbon emissions should be exhibited by all sites. Below is an example of how you can support…


Sharing best practice – Institute of Employability Professionals

Published 1 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBusinesses Scheme champion

Sharing best practice witnessed within the industry is important to ensure techniques and methods are constantly improving and evolving. Below is an example of how sites can effectively communicate examples of best practice and learn from one another: All community liaison officers were members of the Institute of Employability Professionals; This provided the company with a means to share best practice…


Restricting use of mobile phones

Published 1 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBehaviour Controls Phone Safety signage

Any potential distractions should be minimised on site, to ensure the safety of the workforce. The nature of construction work often creates potential dangers to operatives, therefore it is essential that any distractions are removed, to ensure that operatives full attention is on the task at hand, minimising the risk of accidents on site. Below is a measure implemented on site…


New Communication Methods to Improve Operative Safety

Published 1 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Supervision Supplier engagement Supply chain

Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of your workforce should be a priority. New practices and equipment should be constantly sought to improve the safety of operatives performing their roles on site. Below is an example of how a site has proactively sought new communication equipment, to better safeguard their workforce: The site worked with the supplier to develop a more…


Liaising with a local college

Published 1 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesColleges Cooperation Create opportunities

Building good relationships with the local community proves beneficial for a number of reasons. Good links with the community can not only help to promote the positive nature of the construction industry, it also helps to minimise any frustrations and annoyances that may occur amongst residents. It is beneficial for sites to take this opportunity to promote the benefits of working within the construction…


Improving practices on site

Published 1 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBehaviour Reporting

It is important to be vigilant of practices undertaken on site. Improvements can only be made if the current methods and attitudes are identified, to learn from any areas of concern or best practice evident on site. Below is an example of how sites can become more vigilant to behaviours on site: Go Cams (Miniature Personal Video Cameras) were fitted to…


Apprenticeship Scheme

Published 1 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesApprenticeships Create opportunities Employed Labour

The construction industry suffers skills gaps from time to time. It is therefore vital that the industry actively encourages new talent. Below is an example of how sites can use apprenticeship opportunities to achieve this: An apprenticeship scheme was introduced, with groups of 30 individuals given 6 weeks work experience (at least twice per year), many were offered full-time positions once they had…


Communicating good practice across sites

Published 1 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCCS briefing and action plan Induction and training Management review Scheme champion

Sites should always strive to continuously improve their practices. It is important that sites consistently exhibit good practice, which can be achieved by effectively communicating good methods, information, materials and equipment used. Below is an example of how sites can share and learn from good practice: An internal Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) interactive Good Practice Matrix was produced; This was used to…


Monitoring Driving Patterns to Minimise Carbon Emissions

Published 24 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesActual vs target Carbon footprint reporting Idling vehicles Minimised fuel use Plan Reduce Travel plans

Sites should monitor their carbon footprint and set targets for reporting and minimising carbon emissions. Drivers should receive sufficient training and efforts should be made to monitor and minimise site delivery and vehicle impact on the environment. Below is an example of how sites can effectively monitor and reduce their fuel emissions: Vehicles and transport for operatives were provided on site,…


Providing a laundry service

Published 24 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCleaning regime Drying Laundry Lockers Onsite dress code

Facilities should be available to ensure the wellbeing of your workforce. It is the responsibility of the site manager to ensure the facilities available on site are of a high standard, to support the wellbeing of all employees. Below is an example of how sites can cater for their employees as well as achieving a well presented workforce: Laundry lockers were introduced on site, the workforce…


Preventing Cigarette Litter Around Site

Published 19 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAshtrays Litter Smoking

The appearance of your site should be constantly maintained at a high standard. Constructors should always strive to provide an excellent first impression by maintaining a clean and tidy site, as this reinforces the considerate nature of the construction industry. Litter around site negatively impacts the appearance of your site to the local community. Below is an example of a simple method that…