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Construction Site Health and Safety - Perimeter Fencing

Not only do construction site managers need to ensure that their employees are working safely, but they also have a responsibility for the safety of the general public that may be affected by the site. A perimeter fence is vital to keeping unauthorised members of the public out of the area where activity is taking place. This access could be accidental, such as a person inadvertently wandering onto the site without realising it, or deliberate.

Deliberate entry, or trespassing, will usually be from thieves trying to steal equipment/material, or from children/youths who think it would be a good idea to sneak into the construction site and use it as a play area. So not only does a perimeter fence have a health and safety use, but it also acts as a preventative measure to stop equipment and material being stolen or tampered with.

Additionally, perimeter fencing provides a platform for the fixing of necessary signs, such as warnings and keep out notices. There may also be additional information like the name of the company, emergency phone numbers and instructions for site visitors and deliveries.

It is important that the fencing is at a suitable distance which enables unrestricted and easy movement for people and machinery. It is also likely that members of the public may come up to the fencing to see what is going on. Whilst they may be behind the fence, there could still be a danger from dust, fumes or debris which can get through the fencing. It may therefore be necessary to either move the perimeter fence further outwards, or erect a second one from which there is no danger to those stood right up to it.

Related Courses:
  • NEBOSH Construction Certificate
  • Site Management Safety Training Scheme - SMSTS
  • Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme - SSSTS
  • Risk Assessments
  • COSHH Training

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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