It is essential that the workplace is safe in any industry. However, there are some industries that present more dangers than others, such as the construction industry. If you’re managing a business, you have a great responsibility to provide a safe working environment, so it is important that you are equipped with the right knowledge and tools to enable this.
We’ve put together a checklist of things that you need so you can ensure the safety of your staff, colleagues and yourself.
#1 – The Right Education
Providing the correct training for your staff is not just a responsible thing to do, it is also a legal requirement. This training must be made available to all relevant members of staff, and it’s important to ensure that any new members of the team are fully trained in all necessary areas before they begin working.
We provide a range of courses that can help to ensure the safety of those working in the construction industry, from IPAF courses to PASMA training courses. These courses are up to date and can help to ensure that you and your team have all the necessary information for a safe workplace.
#2 – A Safe and Tidy Worksite
Keeping a tidy worksite is incredibly important when it comes to the safety of those who work on it, and even the general public. Not only this, a tidy worksite can help with the efficiency of the work being carried out.
If tools and materials are left unattended and in areas they shouldn’t be, they can cause a whole range of risks and dangers, from trip, slip and fall hazards to dangers from sharp or electrical machinery.
#3 – Welfare Resources
As a place of work, a construction site must provide many facilities that you would expect to find in any other working environment. Many of these welfare resources can even improve the safety of the worksite, such as wash basins that benefit the hygiene of workers, to drinking water that ensures your staff stay hydrated.
Having these provisions can be essential to the health and welfare of your team, so it is in the best interests of any workplace to have suitable facilities.
#4 – Thorough Planning and Assessments
Planning and assessments are essential in the construction industry. While these factors are necessary in every line of work, they become even more important in an industry that presents so many different risks.
These assessments can help you to ensure that your staff are equipped for whatever situation they are being put in, such as investigating the possible presence of asbestos and other contaminants. If you are well prepared, you can ensure that your team are given the resources they need to conduct their work effectively and safely.
#5 – Appropriate and Safe Equipment
Keeping equipment in good condition is particularly important in the construction industry when you may have people working at height, with machinery, around contaminants and in confined spaces.
It is your responsibility to ensure that any equipment or machinery used by your staff is in proper working condition and is completely safe to use. It is also essential that any member of the team using this equipment is fully trained in its safe use.
At Boss Training, we truly want to keep you, your staff and your business working safely. While we can’t check off everything on this list for you, we can take care of the first point – providing the best education for you and your team.
If you would like to find out more about any of our courses, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our friendly team.