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Lighting on a Construction Site

A lot of construction work nowadays takes place at night, particularly work on or near a road as it will be done overnight whilst there is less traffic on the road to avoid disruption during the day. This means that lights not only allow the work to take place at all, but also has a vital role to play in the overall health and safety of the work as the quality of the lighting will affect how well workers can see.

There is an important distinction between being able to see to do the work, and being able to see properly so that not only can a worker complete the task safely, but also has enough light to be able to spot hazards as well. For example, a worker may have just enough light to attach a safety harness or secure a rope to something, but not enough to be able to say for certain that everything is clipped properly into place. And in the gloom it is extremely unlikely that they can see the out-of-control trailer careering towards them down the hill!

So in some ways it could be thought of that the more light that is provided on site the better. However, there are also certain negative impacts of light, and even too much light can be dangerous, as whilst too little light can make it hard for a worker to see clearly, too much light can dazzle them and also make it difficult to see.

Environmental considerations are playing an increasingly significant part of health, safety and welfare considerations and legislation, and the impact of the lighting on the surrounding environment needs to be taken into account. Light pollution can not only have an adverse effect of local wildlife, particularly birds, but can also be a nuisance to local residence who find it difficult to get to sleep if their bedrooms are lit up all night. The lighting on a construction site is also likely to be powered by generators which work by burning fuel and giving off harmful emissions, which can damage and pollute the local environment.

At the BCF Group we offer a range of construction site health and safety courses and qualifications including the NEBOSH Construction, SMSTS and SSSTS Certificate. Our environmental division also offers qualifications such as the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate and provides bespoke training courses on environmental issues like COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) and Implementing Environmental Management Systems.

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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