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Equipment Rescue Centre (ERC)

Published 12 May 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesImplementation Re-use Supply chain

Any attempts to re-use, recycle or salvage resources reduces the negative impact on the environment. It is important to monitor and reduce waste to landfill and to consider how working equipment could potentially be re-used. Equipment Rescue Centres can be utilised to reduce waste on site by recycling equipment as below: Equipment Rescue Centre (ERC) retrieves equipment from sources that…


Noise protection plan

Published 11 May 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSafety plan updated

Excessive construction related noise can pose a serious health and safety risk if not monitored properly. It is important to review working activity in order to measure noise levels, as prolonged exposure to high levels of noise can cause long-term health issues. Measures should be taken to protect the workforce and surrounding public. One company took extra steps to manage noise levels…


Language Differences: ensuring all members of staff are respected and valued

Published 29 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCultural needs Inclusion Language differences Reward

Constructors should devise methods that best ensure all members of the workforce are included and valued. Below is an example of how this was achieved: As part of the Stepping Up fortnight, a multi-cultural event was held, this involved forming teams of operatives, each featuring the broadest possible cultural diversity, to answer site related questions set in a variety of…


Supporting the local community by setting up a ‘Job Club’

Published 18 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Induction and training Labour

Supporting the local community helps to leave a positive impression of the construction industry. Opportunities should be created for local residents, showing a positive commitment to the community, whilst also promoting the benefits of working in the construction industry. Below is an example of how a site introduced a ‘Job Club’ to create opportunities for local residents: Together with the local church…


Encouraging deaf students to consider a career in construction

Published 16 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesColleges Create opportunities Disadvantaged groups

It is important to make the construction industry accessible to everyone and encourage new people into the industry. Sites should encourage the younger generation to consider a career in construction, by providing opportunities for students to try new skills and learn more about different trades and opportunities. Below is an example of how a site has achieved this: Three site…


Monitoring noise pollution: warning light system

Published 8 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLighting

To ensure that noise levels do not exceed what is safe, site managers can introduce monitoring measures. This can help to reduce disruption to the local community and ensure that the workforce are not exposed to dangerous noise levels. Below is an example of how a site monitored its noise pollution: A purpose made warning light system was introduced for the…


Safely Managing Coastal Work

Published 8 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReporting Safety plan updated

The site and surrounding environment should be assessed prior to work taking place to identify the potential safety hazards. Risk information should be collated, regularly updated and shared with the workforce and community to ensure that everyone affected is fully aware. Each new project environment and stages of the works can pose different risks and issues. Below is an example of…


Introducing cable service routes to build good relationships with local residents

Published 8 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLocal and special needs Residents

Close liaison with the local community is essential when undertaking a new project. Construction work often causes disruptions to the daily lives of those living in the surrounding areas, which can cause frustration and annoyance amongst residents. The disruptions caused to residents should be minimised, this can be achieved through effective communication between site and the community, to keep residents updated and…


Partnering with health care professionals to raise health and wellbeing awareness

Published 8 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCanteen Clients Consultants Healthy lifestyle advice Language differences Posters

Safeguarding the wellbeing of your workforce is essential. Efforts should be made to encourage employees to think about their health and provide information to aid them in leading a healthier lifestyle. Below is an example of how this was achieved: A Health Promotion Calendar of Events with monthly themed topics was developed with close involvement from health care professionals in…


Team Building Exercises

Published 8 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBehaviour Clients Training Workforce consultation

Team work is essential to build good working relationships and safely undertake a construction project. Cohesion between members of the team accompanied with good communication, understanding of the project, hazards and other members roles within the team can help to successfully safeguard all members of the workforce, as well as ensuring the project is completed on time and to a high…


Off-site manufacturing to minimise waste and deliveries

Published 8 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesActual vs target Minimised energy use Minimised fuel use Offsite construction Plan Prefabrication Reduce

Sites should carefully consider the impact that their work will have on the environment and local community. Ways to reduce deliveries to site and the amount of on-site waste produced should be actively sought. Below is an example of how a site used off-site manufacturing to minimise their environmental impact: The site piloted a fit-out contract utilising off-site manufacture; This off-site…


Ensuring a quicker response time: first aider call button

Published 8 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Emergency procedures First Aid Injuries

Construction work poses a number of potential risks and hazards. It is essential that appropriate safety procedures are implemented and communicated to the workforce. Arrangements should be made to effectively deal with emergency situations. Below is an example of how sites have adapted procedures to ensure an efficient response: A first aider call button was provided on fire alarms; First…


Engaging the younger generation: training programme for parents and children

Published 8 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBirds Nurseries

Sites should aim to improve and promote the image of the construction industry. There should be a conscious effort to reach out and get involved within the local community. Sites have achieved this by developing a learning event involving a construction activity: The site designed and delivered a ‘Training Programme’ for 15 parents and their children from the local nursery school, showing…


Video glasses to improve road safety standards

Published 7 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCamera FORS Operative behaviour Public diversions Roads Routes Timings Vehicle enhancements

Reasonable efforts should be made to minimise the impact of deliveries, parking and work on the public highways. Sites should ensure that traffic is managed appropriately to protect the workforce, visitors, pedestrians and road users. Below is an example of how sites can use technology to improve safety standards for vulnerable road users: Site teams were asked to assist the public…


Minimising the risks to lone workers on remote scaffolding

Published 7 September 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency procedures Inspections Remote compounds Safety signage Scaffold protection

Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of your workforce is of paramount importance. Careful consideration should be given to higher risk processes, such as working at height or in enclosed spaces. On one site, lone workers on remote scaffolding were highlighted as a significant risk and as such, the following measures were implemented to minimise the issue: A flashing beacon was installed at the entrances of the scaffold,…