I have been working with a few contractors on various construction sites and I have noticed how much confusion there is with safety complaince.
Being a contractor on a site holds very similar responsibilities to having your own office. You need to be aware of hazards you may face around you and the risks that may occur due to the work you are doing.
There are specific findings and procedures that you need to include in your safety file to start off compliant and then you need to carry out periodic checks to maintain compliant.
You need to conduct a thorough risk assessment of the work you are doing and the tools you will be using. This should be done by a compitent and trained person. This should also be communicated to all of your staff members that will be working on site.
Safety training should be provided for fire and evacuation to one in every 20 people and records should be kept in the training section of the safety file.
A company needs to write up a safety plan and show proof of enforcing and committing to keep the safety standards at an acceptable level. Along with the plan a specific site work plan shall be drawn up and submitted and placed in the safety file.
Safe work procedures and work instructions need to be drawn up this gives the workforce a step by step of how to work, this should minimize the risks of the activities being carried out.
Once the safety file has been approved by the principal contractor safety officer you need to continue with safety checks and assessments. An area checklist shall be done before work starts checking to see that there are no extra hazards in the workspace.
Weekly toolbox talks shall be given and participants shall sign attendance records and filed in the safety file. Incident investigations need to be done with every incident even the near misses.
Monthly you need to carry out safety equipment checks, electrical and handtool inspections, general equipment inspections and a monthly summary shall be handed over to the principal contractor.
Not complying to these steps can result in a fine per finding. By having a compitent person handle the initial training and the safety files for your sites you are able to avoid fines and possible stoppages in work because of non-compliance.
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