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Safe Site Clean-Up


Introduction

Sites earmarked for construction may contain any number of risks to the safety and health of those tasked with the clean up of it. As such, it is imperative that these individuals are not only suitably trained in what dangers to look out for and what they should do if they encounter certain issues such as asbestos dust for example, but also that they are provided with the protective equipment necessary to keep them safe from harm when on the site and dealing with hazards.



What Dangers Might Be Present on a Site?

The potential dangers, risks and hazards to health which may be present on a site are numerous and can incorporate any number of items or ways in which a person can suffer injury, ill health or even death in extreme cases should they come into accidental contact with them either at all or in too high an exposure level (time or concentration amount).

Some of the most common dangers include:

  • Contaminated soil or water
  • Asbestos dust
  • Sharps risks from discarded needles used by trespassers on site
  • Gas from decomposing rubbish, especially if the site was a current or previously used as a landfill site, which may lead to illness if inhaled or cause an explosion
  • Heavy objects which need to be lifted and moved and can cause manual handling issues


What Should be Present for a Safe Site Clean-Up?

Along with already having received thorough health and safety training on the issues which they may or are likely to encounter, certain facilities should be present on the site to cater for the safety, welfare, hygiene and wellbeing of those working on cleaning up the site. Examples of such items are:


  • Hand washing facilities

  • Protective clothing

  • Equipment and safety aids (e.g. grabbers to pick up objects rather than having to use their hands and risk a sharps injury for example)

  • Suitable disposal facilities or containers so that items can be safely destroyed or stored before being taken away, rather than simply lying about in a pile where they could cause an injury to someone who comes close.

  • Designated vehicle routes to reduce chances of collisions and prevent disruption caused by blocking routes used by vehicles.



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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