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Producing a DVD to promote CCS’s Code of Considerate Practice

Published 1 February 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCCS briefing and action plan Scheme champion

Sites should work to promote the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice and what they are achieving in accordance with it. Below is an example of how a site produced a DVD to demonstrate the benefits of Scheme registration: The site manager sourced software to help him produce a DVD of the complete site; It illustrates by the use of the site…


Safety signage visible within safe distance

Published 9 December 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSafety signage Vehicle enhancements

Ensuring the safety of your workforce is essential. Safety signage helps to communicate potential safety hazards to everyone on site. Below is example of how a site has achieved this: A simple magnetic banner sign was designed and manufactured so that it only became legible at a specific distance – beyond the safety distance is displayed a featureless pane; On site, an…


Creating a safety culture on site – Six point promise

Published 9 December 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAttitudes Behaviour Reporting

The safety of your workforce should be made a priority on site. As part of the sites drive to create and maintain a safety culture, a set of principles were adopted to guide the workforce and encourage a safe working environment. Below is an explanation of how this safe culture was implemented: A six point promise was made by the workforce individually with…


QR code information point

Published 8 December 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRisk information Updates

Quick response (QR) codes can be used to provide relevant information quickly and easily. Below is an example of how one site used QR codes as a quick and easy way to provide information: The QR information point on site used 24 separate QR codes, arranged by topics of helpful information such as, HSE guidance, health and wellbeing and local…


Minimising the Waste of Tarmac

Published 8 December 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlan Re-use

Waste should be monitored and reused or recycled wherever possible. Innovative measures to minimise waste should be sought and implemented. Below is an example of how a site minimised waste by re-using tarmac: Tarmac which is stripped out to allow pits and trenches to be dug in the road was reused and could be used in any part of the…


Improving working practices for pipes

Published 3 December 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOperative behaviour Outlook Regular review

New methods should be sought to minimise disruption to the local community. Working methods should be reviewed and potentially revised when possible to ensure the most effective procedures are implemented. Below is an example of how working practices have been monitored and improved to ensure minimal disruption to local businesses and residents: A machine exists that will shrink a small…


Liaising with a local school to harvest rainwater

Published 2 November 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHarvesting rainwater Plan Water saving measures

Where possible, natural resources such as water should be recycled and waste water should be reused. Rainwater can be harvested and reused on site, to help reduce water usage. Below is an example of how a site liaised with the local school to harvest rainwater: During the initial meeting with the facilities manager of the adjoining school it was discovered…


Environmentally Friendly Alternatives: Portable Foundations

Published 2 November 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlan Recycle Sustainable solutions

Environmentally friendly working methods and alternatives should be identified and implemented.   One site has used the Jackpad system to support single story buildings. Below is an example of how the site made use of these portable foundations: Jackpads are portable foundations, suitable for most ground conditions, for modular buildings that are made from 100% recycled plastic and steel; They…


Safe procedures for fire extinguishers

Published 28 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControls Emergency procedures Reporting

Due to the nature of the work being conducted on site, the construction industry poses a number of hazards to operatives. It is essential that potential hazards are identified and appropriate safety procedures are well communicated and implemented. Below is an example of how a site achieved additional levels of safety in the event of a fire emergency: In addition…


Improving Environmental Performance on Site: Trialling Hybrid Excavators

Published 28 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality

Ways to improve your sites environmental performance should be sought. Sites should carefully consider their working methods and the impact of machinery upon the environment. Below is an example of how a site trialled hybrid excavators to improve efficiency and air quality: Hybrid excavators were sourced from outside the UK with improved fuel, CO2 efficiency and improved air quality in the…


Transparent communication and complaints procedure for the community

Published 28 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesComplaint procedure Regular review

Careful consideration should be given to the local community when undertaking a project. Below is an example of how a site showed exceptional consideration to the community, through their transparent communication processes: The workforce took the concept of ‘What you said – What we did’ and applied it to the complaints process; The posters were displayed on the hoarding in…


Adopt a School Initiative

Published 26 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Schools

It is important to invest time to train up the younger generation and encourage them to consider a career in construction. To help prepare students for future training and employment in the industry, an ‘Adopt a school’ initiative was piloted. This initiative involved the following: The contractor funded IT equipment and the training of teachers in the local secondary school…


Portable Living Hoarding

Published 20 October 2015 | Written by Cariad Martin
CategoriesAir quality Enclosures First Impressions campaign Noise Vandalism

‘Living hoarding’ has been installed at Pentland Homes’ Scholars Village development in Folkestone. 17 metres of ivy screens were installed at the front of the site by Dover-based company, New Build Landscapes, with branded signage including a QR code taking viewers to the Urban Greening website for more information on the benefits of the installation. ‘Living hoarding’ suppresses dust particles to…


VolkerHighways develop safe system of stacking paving slabs with Slabstop

Published 29 September 2015 | Written by Jason Convey
CategoriesFalling debris Footpaths and diversions Injuries Workforce consultation

Following a VolkerHighways safety bulletin concerning an accident involving a stack of concrete paving slabs toppling over and injuring a passing operative’s ankle, the Hackney Highways Term Maintenance team decided that it was time to stop – Slab Stop. Open packs of paving slabs are notorious for becoming unstable and for many years sites have practiced the same method for…