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Mini sewage treatment plant

Published 18 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHazardous substance storage Spill control

Construction sites must be mindful of their impact on the environment, particularly when dealing with hazardous materials. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site installed a mini proprietary sewage treatment plant in place of a septic tank to deal with its own waste. This system will be in operation for the duration of the works,…


Arts-Based Mental Health Therapy Project

Published 1 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Mental health

Mental health is one of the most pressing issues facing the construction industry today. Contractors should do all they can to demonstrate their commitment to helping those in need, whether among the workforce or in the local community. See the examples below for how one site approached this: The site was located near the mental health wards at a local…


Visual/ Hearing Impairment Helmet Stickers

Published 24 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesVisual/hearing impaired

It is important for the safety of all involved on a construction site that those with visual and hearing impairments are clearly identified. This will ensure operatives and site management make the necessary accommodations for their needs. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Provided stickers for visual/ hearing impaired operatives to attach to their clothing or…


PPE Shoulder Bag

Published 11 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOffsite appearance

To maintain a professional appearance, construction sites should require the workforce to remove their PPE when leaving site. However, this rule can be hard to enforce and sites should look for ways to incentive operatives to care about their appearance. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Project-branded draw string shoulder bags are provided to all workers…


Project Information App

Published 11 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories24/7 contact information/arrangements Advance notice of disruptive works Company contact information Updates

Construction sites should endeavour to keep residents updated with all relevant information to minimise the potential for disruption. This is particularly the case when a site is located in a busy area; these sites must look beyond the traditional newsletter approach to keeping residents informed. See the examples below for how one site near London Liverpool Street station approached this:…


Safe Storage for Used Blades

Published 11 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRecycle Working methods

Contractors must take precautions when disposing of dangerous material to minimise the risk of injury to the workforce. See the examples below for how one supplier addressed this: The company developed the ‘Blade Safe’ box for the safe storage of used Stanley blades. Used blades are placed in the box and a keyring is provided to ensure it is not…


Career Pathway Poster Campaign

Published 11 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCampaigns Diversity Posters Signage Signage

With an impending skills shortage, it is vital that the construction industry makes a concerted effort to attract new recruits. One of the most effective ways of promoting construction careers is through poster campaigns. See the examples below for how one site developed this concept: Rather than use standard format posters, the site team developed their own poster campaign to…


‘No More Excuses’ Campaign

Published 11 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBehaviour Campaigns Communicate initiatives

The fundamental driver of the ‘No More Excuses’ campaign is to kick start behavioural change in the way that health and safety (H&S) is prioritised by Speller Metcalfe staff and it’s sub-contract workforce. While H&S is already taken incredibly seriously, they are striving towards the position where it is the first thought throughout their operations. The campaign has been implemented…


Noise Monitoring Equipment

Published 11 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesNoise Occupational health risks Sensitivity to neighbours Working methods

Occupational health risks are a major concern for the construction industry and sites should be making every effort to ensure their workers’ safety. The main risks involved in construction work are exposure to excessive dust and noise. See the examples below for how one site addressed noise levels: The site worked with a local specialist sound monitoring company (PULSAR) to…


Flexi Flag

Published 11 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlacements Roads Universities Vehicle enhancements

While working in busy urban centres, contractors must minimise dangers posed to the public. This is particularly the case for drivers, who must be aware of vulnerable road users. See the examples below for how one site tackled this issue: The company launched a competition for design students at Nottingham Trent University to design a system to improve safety for…


Ground Nail Installation Beam

Published 11 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMIU Working methods

Worker safety should be at the forefront of construction operations. Large scale sites often involve strenuous work and efforts should be made to minimise the risk of injury. See the examples below for how the team at Hinkley Point C addressed this: The project required more than 110,000m of ground nails to stabilise earthworks. Collaborators from the HPC Enabling Team…


Sight line for the partially sighted and Street Works app

Published 10 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBoundary security Community notice board Facilities for visitors Local and special needs Signage Visual/hearing impaired

Construction sites should take extra precautions to ensure that partially sighted local residents and wheelchair users are aware of the works and do not put themselves in danger. See the examples below for how some sites have addressed this: Street Works Info is a system for signing and guarding street works sites that communicates extra information to pedestrians, particularly those…


Noise Monitoring and Change Management

Published 10 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesNoise Occupational health risks Reporting Sensitivity to neighbours Working methods

Exposure to excessive noise levels is a serious concern for the long term health of construction workers. Efforts must be made to closely monitor noise levels and adjust working methods accordingly. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The contractor worked with Pulsar to produce a noise control procedure, developed into a flashing blue siren when 80…


Dust Suppression Unit

Published 26 June 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDust prevention Landscaping Mobile machinery Surrounding roads/pavements

Dust is a constant issue on construction sites, and one that must be minimised to reduce impact on residents and reduce health risks to operatives. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Adapted a vehicle and developed a ‘Dust Suppression Unit’ in partnership with their small road cleaning company. The vehicle pumps a large volume of water…


Engaging with Schoolchildren

Published 26 June 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Goodwill Legacy Trees

Construction sites must always be aware of their community and make efforts to be a good neighbour. Exceptionally considerate constructors will establish lasting links with the local community, ensuring their project leaves a legacy. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: On one of the contractor’s previous sites in the area, the site team established an excellent…