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Skills cards – ensuring appropriate training for all on site

Published 3 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCSCS Qualifications Site specific induction Skills card

Relevant skills cards are required for everyone on site, to ensure that workers and visitors have the correct levels of health and safety awareness. CSCS cards are proof that the individual carrying the card has the required training and qualifications, to access site and complete their work. Below is an example of how you can ensure that all on site…


Converting an empty unit into a training facility

Published 26 May 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDrills Supervision Training Visual/hearing impaired

It is important that operatives are appropriately trained to effectively carry out their required jobs. Construction work can pose a number of safety risks to operatives. It is essential that the appropriate training is provided to ensure operatives are able to identify, offset and respond to any hazards posed. Below is an example of how a site converted an empty unit…


Recyclable Plastic Hoarding

Published 6 May 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCorporate badging Enclosures First Impressions campaign Initial impressions Inspection Plastics and packaging Recycle

Sites should be conscious of the impact their project is having on the environment. In order to limit the negative impact, the waste produced on site should be reduced and recycled. Measures to reduce waste should be identified and implemented on site. Below is an example of how sites have achieved this, using recyclable hoardings: Hoarding was constructed using a recyclable…


Presentations from medical professionals on mental health issues

Published 6 May 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBehaviour Mental health

It is important to provide an environment which openly discusses issues surrounding mental health, to dispel any associated stigmas.   Sites should work to support all members of staff and raise awareness of mental health issues. Below is an example of how a site has utilised the hospital environment they were working in, to better inform the workforce of the…


Scaffolding safety measures

Published 6 May 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesScaffold protection

Risks should be proactively identified and appropriate prevention measures implemented, maintained and monitored. It is important to identify and implement measures to ensure the safest working conditions for operatives. To ensure that there were no conflicts with the cladding installation and the scaffolding, which might have compromised safety, two elements of work were carried out: The steelwork contractor installed purpose made…


Lending a helping hand to elderly residents

Published 28 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Operative behaviour Residents

Efforts to positively contribute to the local community should be made. This helps to build good relations with the local community, and promotes the considerate nature of the industry. A good rapport with the local community will also help to mitigate any annoyances or frustrations that may occur throughout the duration of the project. Below is an example of how…


Realistic fire drill practice to prepare the workforce

Published 28 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDrills Emergency procedures

Safety procedures should be effectively implemented and communicated to your workforce. Construction sites pose a number of risks to operatives; risk assessments and safety procedures are essential to the running of a safe site. Safety procedures implemented need to be effectively communicated to all on site, to make sure that procedures are clearly understood and followed, to ensure everyone’s wellbeing on site. Below is…


Making toilet facilities more accessible

Published 28 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSeparate facilities Toilets

The workforce should be provided with appropriate welfare facilities. The nature of the construction industry often requires the workforce to be transient, working either alone or in areas of temporary working situations as well as often having to undertake short and frequent work in remote locations. In extreme cases, where it is not possible to provide facilities on site, appropriate efforts…


Software to Monitor Contributions Made to the Community

Published 27 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBusinesses Supply chain Supply chain Supply chain Trade contractors

 A conscious effort should be made to contribute to the local community. It is important to support and make positive contributions to the community, demonstrating the considerate nature of the construction industry. This can be achieved in several ways to support local schools, businesses and neighbours. Below is an example of how sites can monitor their impact on the community: A…


Safety features for operatives working by rivers

Published 27 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency procedures

When planning a project, the site needs to carefully consider any risks posed by the location and local environment. Sites need to identify any potential barriers that may hinder the successful running of their work, and develop measures to effectively counter these problems. Some sites may be based close to fast flowing rivers, for a considerable amount of time. Below is an…


Improving hazard awareness amongst the workforce

Published 27 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Risk information Workforce information

All individuals working on site should be aware of any potential risks or hazards. This increased awareness is vital in safeguarding your workforce, to provide a safer working environment and reduce the potential for accidents to occur. Below is an example of how sites can improve hazard awareness on site: An up to date video walk through of the actual live site…


Health and safety awareness for work experience students

Published 20 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCSCS Placements Skills card Training

Sites should encourage and create opportunities for work experience on site. It is important to inform the younger generation of the various career opportunities available within the construction industry, to ensure new talent and diverse skills are introduced to the industry. Below is an example of how sites have raised health and safety awareness amongst work experience students: A work experience programme was…


Making information more accessible to staff

Published 17 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSupervision Workforce information

Methods to improve working conditions should always be sought. It is important that everyone on site is able to easily access the necessary information. Below is an example of how working conditions for operatives could be improved: Electronic information stations were established on three floors of the building; From these stations, operatives and supervisors could access a range of information including, drawings,…


Medical support for vulnerable community members

Published 17 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLocal and special needs Medical conditions Residents Sensitivity to neighbours

It is important to establish and maintain positive community relations. Sites should actively seek to not only engage with the local community but to make a positive contribution where they can. Below is an example of how sites can assist those living in the local community: The ‘Message in a Bottle’ initiative (working in conjunction with Age Concern) was adopted on…


Sharing the aims and achievements of the industry with younger generations

Published 16 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMeeting agenda Newsletter Newsletter Schools

The aims and achievements of the industry and the Considerate Constructors Scheme should be promoted and shared. It is important to share positive news with the public, to demonstrate the considerate nature of the construction industry. Below is an example of how sites have promoted the industry, to encourage children to consider a career in construction: The Scheme Monitor was interviewed in the…