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Air conditioned helmets

Published 12 January 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWeather protection

Qatar University has developed air conditioned helmets for site operatives. The helmets are solar-powered with a built-in fan that reduces the skin temperature of construction workers by up to 10 degrees centigrade. A solar panel fixed on top of the helmet powers a fan to take in hot air, which is then cooled by phase change materials and filtered onto…


The Situation Engine: Experience-Based Safety Training

Published 5 September 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesTraining Universities

Changing the safety behaviour of workers on site needs more than PowerPoint presentations and information sheets. Changing behaviour requires a change in attitude, and there is no better way to impress upon a worker the need to prioritise safety considerations than for them to experience how accidents happen, witness the consequences, and discuss appropriate responses with their peers. The Situation…


Agro-waste for the Development of Sustainable Construction Material

Published 25 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMinimised energy use Reduce Sustainable solutions Sustainable source

This initiative tackles three major challenges often faced by developing countries: a shortage of conventional construction materials due to limited availability of natural resources; the pollution from energy-intensive production of building materials and the accumulation of unmanaged agricultural waste. Turning these three problems into an opportunity, experiments were carried out to discover whether sugarcane bagasse ash (SBA) could be the main…


Tree Planting to Offset Carbon Emissions

Published 12 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesActual vs target Air quality Carbon offsetting Landscaping Local groups Planting Trees

Any attempt to counteract carbon emissions through offsetting not only proves a corporate sustainable attitude but also contributes to supporting environmental awareness locally and globally. Carbon offsetting is a sustainable strategy that focuses on voluntarily supporting the environment to compensate for the emissions that have been generated. North American contractor Harbison-Mahony-Higgins Builders, Inc. (HMH) approached the non-profit organisation Sacramento Tree Foundation (STF), in order…


Overseas examples of best practice for working in cold weather

Published 6 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWeather protection

Workers often face difficult working environments due to the various weather conditions they have to work through. Consideration should be given to the conditions facing operatives and the measures that can be developed and implemented to counteract the impact of these environments. There are also several guides from around the world, in places where cold weather working is a much larger issue,…


Communicating with the local community: translating letters

Published 28 September 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
CategoriesCommunity liaison Pre-start information

Community liaison is essential in building a good rapport with local residents and businesses. The needs and concerns of the local community should be listened too and catered for as much as possible. The sustainable construction project sent letters to surrounding businesses (business units), at the start of the projects renovation. At the bottom of the letter there was an option to request the…


Safe Walkway Route

Published 28 September 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
CategoriesBarriers Footpaths and diversions Protected and controlled access Safety signage

The safety of workers, visitors and the public on and around any construction site is vitally important. A shielded ‘green route’ walkway was installed, to enable pedestrians to walk safely and stay protected from the heavy construction traffic. The ‘green route’ ran from the welfare facilities to the construction site and PPE was not required on this route. The route continued around the…


Safety Awareness in the Area

Published 7 September 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
CategoriesRoads Safety signage Speed limits

Any risks or hazards on site should be identified and measures implemented to safeguard employees. Road safety around site should be regulated to ensure the safety of workers, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. In order to make road users aware of the importance of safety and to lower their speed, a signage board stating ‘Temper your speed, my father works here’ was created….


Green Travel Planning Using Bicycles

Published 7 September 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
CategoriesMinimised fuel use Travel plans

Sites should try to measure and reduce the carbon footprint of their site as much as possible. One way sites can do this is through carefully considered green travel planning. Below is an example of how one site used bikes to reduce their site’s carbon footprint: Bicycles were used instead of vans to carry small amounts of tools; This site consisted…


Delivery and traffic information for delivery drivers

Published 24 August 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
CategoriesSafety signage Traffic management

Delivery drivers should be kept up to date with relevant information on the site they are attending. Specific localised issues should be identified and communicated to delivery drivers, to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists within the community. Below is an example of how delivery and traffic information for drivers was made clear: During the transformation of a University building into a…


Workplaces should have a sun protection programme in place

Published 5 August 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Weather protection

Construction workers have an increased risk of developing skin cancer due to their prolonged exposure to outdoor conditions. It is important to acknowledge these risks and take a proactive stance to prevent harmful exposures. The Australian construction industry have taken measures to safeguard their workforce, with the Cancer Council Australia recommending that workplaces should have a sun protection programme in place,…


Mapping complaints received

Published 20 July 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
CategoriesComplaint procedure Outlook Regular review

There should be an effective system on site for recording and monitoring complaints and compliments received. Employees on site of the Doorstroom Station project in Utrecht, used a mapping system to record complaints. When a complaint was received, the site manager pinned the location of the complaint on a map; this was located in a prominent area of the construction site…


Providing holiday closure contact details

Published 20 July 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
Categories24/7 contact information/arrangements Company contact information Corporate Social Responsibility action plan

Proactive communication with the local community is vital to ensure that people remain updated and to minimise frustrations. During a primary school construction project, a holiday card was created and distributed to the local community. The card included details of when the construction site was closed during the holiday and also included a mobile phone number. This number was available during…


Goodwill gestures to dog walkers

Published 20 July 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
CategoriesGoodwill Operative behaviour

 It is always important to consider the impact that your site will have on neighbours and the public. Showing courtesy and respect to the local community will help to build good relations and leave behind a positive impression of the industry. Below is an example of how the site counteracted the closure of a dog walking area: For work to…


Complaint Reporting for Local Businesses

Published 20 July 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
CategoriesBusinesses Company contact information Complaint procedure Websites

Company and site contact details should be provided and a complaints log should be organised and monitored to ensure that all complaints are appropriately dealt with. The considerate process for registering complaints combined with the extent to which complaints were prevented, was best practice on the Arnhemseweg Parallel Structure Phase 3 project in The Netherlands. Prior to construction work starting,…