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Construction Site Health and Safety - Road Surfaces

As well as the dangers of a constantly changing site layout, the surfaces of the roads themselves on a site have a number of health and safety issues which need to be taken into consideration by those using them.

First of all, construction sites can become muddy, especially the roadways. Soil which is exposed to rain will quickly turn into mud, which will be further churned up by vehicles moving over the surface, particularly heavy ones. Unless the construction work is taking place in consistently hot temperatures, this mud is unlikely to become hard again as the constant churning from the vehicle tyres, combined with the likelihood of more rain, means that it never gets the opportunity to set. Apart from the time inconvenience of having to rescue vehicles which get stuck in the mud, the more serious problem from a health and safety perspective is the risk of the vehicle getting out of control on the slippery surface. If the vehicle cannot stop in time or slides when going around a corner, there is a danger of it coming into contact with people or buildings and causing an accident.

Even where a semi-permanent road surface of stones has been laid down there are still risks as the loose stones may not provide enough traction for stopping or cornering. They may also be squashed down to form bumps, hollows, potholes and gradients over time, sometimes severe ones, which again could cause a vehicle to either lose control or cause damage to it. A more permanent, harder surface such as tarmac can also cause problems if it becomes slippery from rain, mud or debris being deposited on it.

At the BCF Group we offer a number of accredited construction health and safety courses including the NEBOSH Construction, CITB SMSTS and CITB SSSTS Certificates. Please use the "Health & Safety" drop-down tab at the top of the page to find out more information.

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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