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Construction Site Rules to Keep People Safe

Rules are important for many areas of life, and are particularly important when it comes to health and safety on a construction site. Rules are not made for the sake of it; they are made to prevent workplace incidents and accidents occurring which could cause injury or death to a worker, visitor or members of the public who are nearby. A construction site manager will have responsibility for the health and safety of all of these people, and so it is imperative that they not only introduce a comprehensive set of site rules, but also ensuring that these rules are followed and adhered to at all time as taking shortcuts or circumventing these rules is one of the primary causes of an accident occurring on site.

Thinking up the site rules is only one stage of the process though, as they will be of little use if nobody knows about them! This means that construction site managers and supervisors need to ensure that the site rules have been conveyed and understood by the workers on site. On a major construction job which is taking place over a long period of time, regular refresher courses may be required to prevent workers forgetting the rules. It will also be necessary to make any visitors to the site aware of the site rules too, and provide them with any items required in order to comply with them such as a high visibility jacket or protective hard hat when walking around the site. These site visitors also include delivery drivers who may have rules which are only relevant to them such as not manoeuvring without a designated signalman or keeping vehicles away from a certain area of the site.

The site rules may also be reinforced by signs which serve as reminders of information that workers should already have been made aware of but may have forgotten such as signing in and out when entering or leaving the site area or not smoking anywhere on site.

Related Construction Courses:

  • NEBOSH Construction Certificate
  • CITB SMSTS course
  • CITB SSSTS course

Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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