One of the most critical responsibilities of a building and construction contractor is to ensure health and safety of all things and at all times in his worksite. The contractor plays the crucial role of planning, implementing, sustaining, supervising, and maintaining good health practices and sound safety precautions and policies in the workplace. His protective mandate extends to all personnel on the construction site plus everyone else who might be affected by the ongoing construction work. He is also responsible for the safety of all ongoing work plus all materials and equipment acquired for the project, whether it’s stored on the site or offsite. And last but not least, the contractor must avoid endangering all other components or property at the construction site or in the neighborhood, be it vegetation, pavements, lawns, buildings, roadways, structures, utilities etc, which are not designated for removal, relocation, or replacement in the course of construction. In order to prevent damage, injury or loss to all of the aforementioned entities, a contractor should adopt all of the following health and safety measures.
Implement An Effective Safety Policy
The first and most important step towards physical wellness and safety in a construction site is the creation of an effective safety policy. The contractor should engage other players in the construction project in the crafting and implementation of a viable safety policy. A safety policy is a strategic document showcasing all the implemented safety precautions, parameters, and programs in a worksite. The document is created by health and safety professionals in conjunction with the contractor and his site managers. The safety policy identifies a safety representative or professional who is responsible for the successful implementation and adoption of all the specified health and safety procedures and programs. Among other things, the implementation process involves the training of all personnel regarding health and safety in the construction site.
A construction site must be inspected and assessed thoroughly to identify all potential Health and safety risks. The first step in this direction is an informed and skilled evaluation of the working environment to determine whether the site is generally safe or dangerous as a workplace. The existing occupational health and safety legislation requires a through assessment or audit of the worksite with regard to human or property endangerment. The safety audit should be conducted by trained health and safety professionals and the subsequent report presented to health and safety regulatory agencies to ensure compliance. The consents agencies check for conformity with all prescribed health and safety standards even if it’s a modest Greenwood asphalt repair project. The construction site should be prepared appropriately to eliminate all potential causes of workplace accidents.
You can manage safety risks in a construction site by adopting several standard but highly effective measures. Ample space, cleanliness, non-slippery floors, good lighting, and total adherence to all other safety precautions including electrical safety will all enhance health and safety on the worksite. One of the most basic safety solutions is Personal Protective Clothing (PPE). PPE refers to all protective garments, accessories, and equipment including helmets, goggles, boots, insulated tools etc, all designed to protect your body from various hazards like traumatic injury, electricity, heat, chemicals, infection etc. Proper use of routinely maintained equipment can further lower the risk of injuries.
Cautionary and informative health and safety warning signs are used for communicating important health and safety information. Safety signs and floor and wall marks indicate various health and safety concerns including slippery floors, electrical hazards/dangers, fire exits, firefighting equipment, chemical emissions, non-sanitary areas etc. First aid kits are must-have accessories on construction sites and you also need a well equipped accident reporting program capable of reacting fast and competently in case of worksite accidents.