How to ensure your workforce are aware of, and prepared to champion safe practice
Interacting with the owner of the premises or building site is vital. It is a legal requirement that all commercial property owners must
establish that the building company will plan and execute any works in a safe manner. However this does not in any way lessen the
responsibility of the building contractor. In the case of private dwelling owners, they are not legally obliged to discharge any duties
regarding health and safety. It is therefore of key importance that the building contractor fully exercises their duty of care to ensure
that any residents are not endangered in any way during the scope of the works.
It is incumbent on any small building company to ensure that all employees that carry out physical work on building sites are not only fully trained,
but are also fully informed regarding health and safety issues. Best practice dictates that no one should be allowed on a building site without first
attending a health and safety induction. The induction must cover:
Hazards and hazard avoidance procedures
Site rules and regulations
Emergency procedures and contingencies
How to manage building hazards and risks relating to your worksite, workforce, your client, and the general public
Under the auspices of the CDM (Construction Design and Management) regulations, the small builder is recognised as the contractor,
and as a contractor you are responsible for:
All Matters of Planning: It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you formulate all of your plans and scopes of work in a manner that
promotes the health and safety of all persons on site by using best practice techniques, that you oversee them at all times, and that your
regulate them continuously.
The Specifying of Lead Times: When you employ sub-contractors, it is your duty to advise them of the least amount of time they
will be afforded for the purposes of carrying out planning and preparation work. This is to help to ensure that any such sub-contractors
are themselves totally aware of their own duty of care and that this is built in to their scopes of works.
Limiting Access to Site: One of the most common forms of accident involves unauthorised members of the public who gain unauthorised
access to site. It is therefore of prime importance that access is not only limited to authorised personnel only, but that non-authorised
persons are prevented from gaining access.
Providing Welfare Back-up: Whilst the likelihood of accidents occurring is managed in an appropriate way, you must also that a
welfare facility is always present on site in order to deal with any unforeseen accidents that may occur. This is to concur with accepted
industry best practice.
The welfare facility must also take into account the possibility of members of the public having an accident on site.
Best health and safety rules dictate restricted access, removal of hazards from falling objects, tools left unattended, and unprotected
electricity feeds or unmanaged plant, but industry best practice also requires the provision of a fall-back welfare facility as an extra