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Professional Driver Recognition Scheme

Published 29 May 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAttitudes Behaviour Driver information Incentives

Continuous improvement is key to a robust health and safety policy. Incentives can be a useful way of encouraging employees to improve their behaviours. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The company has rolled out a Professional Driver Recognition Scheme, with three levels of accreditation linked directly to drivers’ bonus pay. Targets are set for each…


Free Sanitary Products in Welfare Facilities

Published 29 May 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDiversity Equality Separate facilities Toilets

Site welfare facilities should be adequate and well-equipped for all site personnel. With the lack of females working in construction, efforts should be made to redress this imbalance by ensuring sites and welfare facilities are inclusive. See the examples below for how one company achieved this: Sanitary products are provided free of charge in all female toilets on site. This…


VR Safety Videos

Published 7 February 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesTraining Workforce information

Safety messages need to be communicated clearly and effectively to minimise the risk of injuries on site. New technologies such as virtual reality can be particularly effective at making these messages resonate with workers. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: The site uses short virtual reality clips to promote key safety messages. On such example was…


Re-use of Conductor Rail

Published 7 February 2018 | Written by Fatima Orr-Deen
CategoriesRe-use Reduce

Sites should seek to reduce their impact on the environment by re-using as much material as possible. If possible, materials should always be regenerated and re-used rather than sent to landfill. Our project involved remodelling work on existing rail networks. As part of the project, we assess the length, wear and condition of the existing conductor rails, which provide the…


Providing bicycles for travel to site

Published 18 December 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCycle safety Healthy lifestyle advice Minimised fuel use Re-use Recreation Recycle Travel plans

Considerate constructors should encourage their workforce to lead healthy lives and also protect the environment as much as possible. Cycling provides a way for workers to keep fit and also minimise the project’s impact on the environment. See the examples below for how one site implemented this: The site provided four new bicycles and obtained four recycled bicycles through a…


Site visit from a dental van

Published 18 December 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealth screening

Encouraging health and wellbeing is a crucial part of maintaining a happy and productive workforce. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site organised two visits by Community Dental Services, a mobile social enterprise dentistry service. A dental van visited the site between 10am and 4pm, and visited 13 operatives per visit on 20 minute arranged…


Prezi System for Crane Inductions

Published 18 December 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWorkforce information

It is vital that all those on site, particularly those operating complex machinery, are well trained and aware of safety hazards. This will improve health and safety across the whole site. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site worked with the subcontractor to create a Prezi system for crane inductions. The system uses an interactive…


SHE Hazard Application

Published 18 December 2017 | Written by Richard Paddey
CategoriesHazard board Reporting Risk information Workforce information

The SHE observation app is in use which includes app interface on a mobile phone with GPS location detector and a web based portal to enable trending and gives the user the ability to view hazards by type, location etc. The benefits of this system include: Ability to trend data more robustly by location of occurrence, type etc. Ability to…


Working with the Community to Build Site Facilities

Published 18 December 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesColleges Community liaison Goodwill

With the need for the construction industry to attract more people into the industry, it is important for sites to work with the community to create opportunities to teach them about the industry. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site contacted a local metalwork company and college to get a number of students to produce…


Careers Advice ‘Speed Dating’

Published 18 December 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Schools

It is important to communicate the advantages of a career in construction to school pupils. New ways of sharing careers advice can help maintain young people’s interest in the subject and encourage them to consider construction roles. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: One of the senior school visits involved the equivalent of a ‘Speed dating’…


Double Cloaking of Signage

Published 18 December 2017 | Written by Fatima Orr-Deen
CategoriesGreen purchasing Reduce Signage

Sites should always be seeking ways to reduce waste and therefore minimise their impact on the environment. This also helps meet targets of diverting waste from landfill. Our project involved large scale works on an existing rail network. This requires changing signal signage at each stage of the project to reflect revised signalling arrangements and track layout. Previously, the redundant…


Pulsar Pro LED lighting

Published 18 December 2017 | Written by Fatima Orr-Deen
CategoriesLighting

Safety is of utmost important on sites, particularly those in close proximity to dangerous areas like roads and rail track. Good lighting is essential to operative safety to increase visibility. We used the Pulsar Pro multi-mode, rechargeable LED warning light for traffic control, signalling, hazard awareness, zone demarcations and vehicle safety. These small units are manufactured in shock-resistant plastic, and…


Making Adjustments for Elderly Residents

Published 14 December 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBoundary security Local and special needs

Considerate constructors understand their community and make adjustments to suit particular needs while the works are carried out. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: As the majority of tenants in the area of the works are elderly and infirm, the site team identified sight impairment as a potential problem. The team developed an aid to assist…


Construction Material Environmental Information Sheets

Published 21 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity notice board Environmental policy promoted Notice board Site environmental plan Workforce

Contractors should seek to promote environmental awareness among the workforce, to ensure that regulations are understood and implemented. See the examples below for the unique approach to this by one site: The site produced an informative set of information sheets giving environmental information about the key materials being used on the project. The materials covered include: roof tiles, timber frame,…


Site-specific graphics on tables

Published 7 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCanteen Updates

Ensuring the workforce feel valued helps create a positive and productive atmosphere on site. This can be achieved by recognising individual contributions to the project and engaging with the supply chain. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site had graphics applied to its meeting table and canteen tables promoting the company and the project. The…