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The control measures identified in these will be put into place and all operatives involved in the tasks will be properly briefed on the risks. Further formal training will be provided where required and will be regularly updated. The risk assessments produced will be available on site for operatives and site managers to refer to as and when required. They will also be updated if health and safety systems or working methods change during the course of the construction phase.
GML take very seriously the potential risks of a construction site to the general public. Adequate provision will be made to secure the site (as previously discussed in part 7) in line with the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996. There will be a clear and physical demarcation between the construction site and surrounding area with appropriate warning signage. This boundary will be checked daily and maintained throughout the construction phase.
Before construction starts GML will ensure that adequate emergency procedures are put into place, and that during the construction phase all employees, subcontractors and visitors to the site are made aware of these emergency procedures as part of the induction process. Emergency evacuation procedures and fire assembly points will be established and clearly signed. Suitable and sufficient fire fighting equipment will be kept on site and flammable materials will be stored appropriately in order to minimise the risk from these.
GML are aware of the requirements of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations and assess all materials and substances on site to ensure that the those using them and others in the vicinity are not put at risk (HSE 2009). Wherever possible we aim to substitute a harmful material/substance for a safer one. COSHH assessments and Material Safety Data Sheets are kept on site and can be accessed by all operatives. If an operative is carrying out a task involving a known hazardous product the risks and preventative measures identified during the COSHH assessment will be communicated to them (2009).
GML will run a permit-to-work system to help minimise and control risks associated with certain tasks. This documented procedure authorises named operatives to carry out specific work within a restricted time frame (HSE 2010). An assessment identifies a list of precautions required to complete the task safely. The permit then describes what work will be done and how it will be carried out. The permit is signed by the person authorising the work and the person carrying out the work (HSE 2010). A permit will be required for a number of tasks including any hot works and excavations.
Regular exposure to high noise levels can cause permanent damage to hearing. The exposure of anyone to noise in the work place must be assessed and controlled. GML have also considered the impact on the public. The noise produced by plant and machinery will be monitored and reduced whenever possible. Where another method of working cannot be used, mufflers or silencers will be fitted to the plant and operatives will be supplied with personal protective equipment (HSE 1996).
Site specific health and safety training will be given to all operatives, this will be delivered through the induction process and tool box talks will ensure that operatives are aware of the risks and what control measures and preventative measures have been identified.
If despite all these efforts, an accident were to occur on site there is a system in place which follows the guidelines set out in The Health and safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. A first aid box will be located in the site office and a trained first aider will be employed on the site at all times (HSE 2009). All operatives will be shown the location of the first aid box, the details of the site emergency procedures and given the identity of the first aider during their site induction. Any changes to this information will be passed to the workforce.