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Supporting a Diverse Workforce

Published 25 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDiversity Equality Inclusion Minority groups

The construction industry should be open to skilled workers from all backgrounds. Sites should have a culture of acceptance and inclusion, with all workers  shown fair treatment and respect. The importance of equality and diversity should be acknowledged by all on site and management should seek to take measures to support all those on site to achieve these values. Every effort should be made…


Near miss ‘touch screen’ reporting system

Published 25 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesIdentification of near misses Phone Recording accidents Reporting

All accidents, incidents and near misses should be recorded and used for lessons learnt, to ensure continuous safety improvement on site. A great deal can be learnt from trends in accident reporting. The reporting process should capture all relevant information, but also be quick and simple to do. Examples of how sites have recorded near misses and accidents include: A mobile…


Hazibags

Published 25 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSpill control Storage of hazardous materials

It is essential that every site gives careful consideration to its potential impact on the natural environment. As part of the environmental plan,  there should be safe working practices for dealing with hazardous waste, to ensure that it is stored, handled and transported correctly. Arrangements should be made for appropriate refuelling areas, and bunded tanks, drip trays and spill kits should…


Engaging with and contributing to the local school

Published 24 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSchools Trees

Contributing to the local community can help establish positive relationships between the site and neighbours. Giving back to and supporting the community will help you to promote an excellent image, as well as demonstrating the considerate nature of the construction industry, towards the environment in which you’re working. Efforts to engage with local schools should be made by all sites, regardless of time or budget. Examples of…


Dust Control Equipment

Published 24 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Dust prevention Plant and machinery

The creation of dust is a very common cause of complaint for the construction industry. Dust not only poses a health hazard for those working on site, but is also the root cause of many complaints made by the public. It is therefore essential that appropriate methods are adopted to minimise the risk of dust on sites, to safeguard workers’ wellbeing, as…


Risk Screening Process for Drivers

Published 24 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Risk information Training

There are a significant number of road accidents and fatalities involving construction traffic. To help prevent this, sites should raise awareness of road safety amongst staff. Site managers should also be aware of busy areas such as schools, or blind spots round corners, which may cause potential danger for pedestrians, cyclists or other road users. Safety should always remain at…


Health Consideration During Ramadan

Published 24 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCanteen Cultural needs Diversity Inclusion Minority groups Religious considerations

Site managers should consider religious and cultural needs to ensure that the workforce feels valued and supported. During Ramadan, Muslims fast and engage in prayer and spiritual reflection. Colleagues should be aware of Ramadan and respect the fact that practising Muslims will not consume food or drink liquids during daylight hours for a month. Below are examples of how sites…


Evacuation procedures

Published 3 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency procedures Escape routes Universities

Learning from accidents and incidents is an important way to continually improve safety on site. By regularly practising fire drills and evacuation processes, the workforce are able to understand safety procedures which will be beneficial if a real-life incident was to occur. Beneath is an example of how sites have stayed on top of evacuation procedures: The site formed an association with Professor Edwin R…


Interaction with neighbouring schools

Published 3 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunication Schools

The outside appearance of every site should be tidy, organised and professional. This is particularly important within residential areas. The hoardings can not only leave a good impression upon passers-by, they could also be used to interact and communicate with neighbouring residents, especially if the site is next door to a school. Below are examples of how sites have previously interacted…


Visitors’ Induction Guide

Published 30 October 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFacilities for visitors Induction Parking Site specific induction Site-specific induction Visitor information

All members of the workforce and visitors to the site must have a site induction. The induction is site specific and will provide everyone with information on the current hazards of the site and the basic site rules. At a number of sites, a visitors’ induction guide was sent in advance to those individuals and companies arranging to go to the…


Using Solar Power Energy

Published 29 October 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEfficient energy use Energy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Implementation Sustainable source

Solar power energy is free and does not cause pollution to the environment. Sites should be measuring and reporting site energy usage and be taking steps to minimise it wherever possible; effectively making sites more energy efficient. Examples of using solar power to reduce energy consumption include: Many sites have provided a mobile phone and tool charging station, powered by a small…


Drug and Alcohol Testing

Published 24 October 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing

Random drugs and alcohol testing is an effective way of ensuring that safety on site is of paramount importance. Attitudes towards the effects of drugs and alcohol on workers, should be fed down from senior managers and adopted by all. Drinking or taking drugs before working on site could effect reaction times, judgements and result in dangerous incidents or accidents on site….


Promoting Company Contact Details

Published 23 October 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesScheme posters/banners Site, company and out of hours contact information

In order to ensure good relations are formed and maintained, neighbourhood liaison is essential. Sharing and making company contact details easily accessible to local residents will encourage site feedback and demonstrate a professional, well-managed site. Company details can be displayed on CCS posters, hoardings and newsletters. The company produced fridge magnets in the shape of the company’s vans and distributed them…


Permit to Work

Published 16 October 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSupervision Supervision Supervision

A ‘permit to work’ is a safety system used to control high risk activities such as excavations or working at height. Permits authorise certain members of the workforce to carry out high risk work at a specific time and helps to ensure health and safety procedures are correctly followed. This is particularly important on large sites with many trades working in…