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Fully integrated environmental monitoring system

Published 29 February 2016 | Written by Rob McCarthy
CategoriesAir quality Investigation Noise

The Northern Line Extension project is the first major infrastructure scheme to use the fully integrated Sigicom environmental monitoring system in the UK. The web based system provides real time noise, vibration and air quality data through a single interface. In the event of pre-determined thresholds being breached, automated text and email alerts are sent to multiple recipients, so that…


Ensuring the safety of employees: ID cards

Published 25 February 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency contact details Medical conditions Reporting Workforce information

Finding new methods to ensure the safety of your workforce is essential. Employers should have an organised system to manage the number of operatives on site. They should also gather important personal information including medical details and make sure this information is up to date and easily accessible. Below is an example of how a site used ID cards to store this…


Keeping the public informed about your site

Published 5 February 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCompany contact information Operative behaviour Pre-start information Regular review Updates

Sites should aim to build good relations with the community. Pre-start information and constant communication channels and updates are good ways to minimise the risk of unnecessary conflict or complaints. Below is an example of how a site proactively communicated with the local community: A ‘Changing Lives’ interactive area was set up in the site office’s reception for visitors to…


Minimising hazards: Safety glasses

Published 5 February 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReporting Visual/hearing impaired Workforce consultation

It is important that employers identify hazards posed in the work environment and minimise the risks to employees. Listening to the workforce is an essential element of identifying hazards, their feedback enables problems on site to be identified quicker. Below is an example of how a site improved the safety of the work environment: Site trial took place to replace ordinary…


Better Safeguarding of the Workforce: Concrete ‘Skids’

Published 27 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
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Minimising the risks to operatives should be prioritised. The ability to regularly assess the required responsibilities and actions of operatives on site not only can provide opportunities to improve performance and efficiency, but also reduce the risk of hazards and accidents. Below is an example of how a site achieved this through recognising risk within a specific building technique: When pumping…


Demonstrating commitment to the Scheme

Published 19 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWorkforce

Efforts should be made to communicate your commitment to promoting the positive image of the construction industry, not only to your employees but also to the general public. Below is an example of how a site used water bottles to highlight Scheme registration: A CCS metal water bottle was developed with the CCS logo and the five point code inscribed…


Creating Posters to Demonstrate Commitment to the CCS Code of Considerate Practice

Published 19 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCCS briefing and action plan Posters Scheme champion Scheme posters/banners Signage

The importance of registering with CCS should be communicated to employees. Registering with CCS helps to promote your commitment to improving the image of the construction industry. Improving the image of the construction industry can only be achieved if all those who represent the industry share the same aim, therefore it is essential that you communicate the importance of registering…


Providing training for operatives

Published 18 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesTraining

It is important that operatives are appropriately trained to effectively carry out their required jobs. Construction work can often pose a number of safety risks to operatives, it is essential that appropriate training is provided to offset any hazards posed. Below is an example of how a site provided real-life scenarios to help develop operatives understanding: A 360 degree mission…


Supporting your employees: mental health apps

Published 18 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health

As an employer it is important to ensure that the appropriate resources are available to effectively support your workforce. Mental health issues and concerns are just as important as physical health problems, but are often overlooked, it is important that the workforce have sufficient support and advice, should they need it. Below is an example of how a site provided for…


Safety information: swipe card

Published 15 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesA&E MIU Safety plan updated Site specific induction Workforce information

It is important that safety information is effectively communicated to the workforce. Updates to reinforce safety messages are important, as well as easily accessible safety information in case of emergencies. Below is an example of how a site transferred basic safety information to operatives’ swipe cards: At induction a swipe card showing name, reference number and photograph was issued; On…


Sensitivity towards the local community

Published 12 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDefibrillators Goodwill Support

Sites should aim to become a temporary member of the local community in which they are working. Awareness and consideration regarding local residents and businesses is important to ensure that operatives are sensitive to the local needs and that good channels of communication are created. Below is an example of how a site showed support and sensitivity towards the local community: After hearing…


Implementing Alternative Methods for Manhole Systems

Published 12 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSafety plan updated

Alternative methods should be adopted to minimise the risk to operatives. New working practices to reduce the safety risk to operatives, should be continuously sought and implemented. Below is an example of how a site introduced an alternative safety method: A ‘perfect manhole system’ was used, that provided for a safe, quality installation that saved time; This comprised a monolithic precast concrete…


Providing appropriate respiratory protective equipment

Published 5 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCultural needs PPE Religious considerations

It is important to identify hazards posed to operatives on site and implement measures to offset the risks. The construction industry poses a number of hazards to operatives, most notably of which being silica and silican dusts. It is important to appropriately inform and protect your workforce to minimise exposure to harmful substances. Below is an example of how a site…


YellowJacket system

Published 25 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGuidance Tidiness Workforce involvement

The YellowJacket health and safety online system is a tool developed by Mace and now owned by BRE, that can be operated from your desktop or on your tablet/phone, helping a construction site to manage quality, environmental, health and safety performance. This system enables a better management of health and safety performance on site by ensuring all your data is in one…