Safe Site Clean-Up
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.