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NEW INDUSTRY GUIDANCE ON SITE H&S INDUCTIONS

BuildUK call for engaging, relevant and interesting inductions

CDM 2015 requires that contractors provide each worker under their control with appropriate supervision, instructions and information so that construction work can be carried out without risks to health and safety.

The Principal Contractor or Contractor (on single contractor projects) must ensure a suitable Site Induction (SI) is provided to every site worker.

Site inductions should also be provided to those who do not regularly work on the site, but who visit it on an occasional (e.g. architects) or once-only basis (e.g. students). Inductions provided to escorted visitors need not have the detail that unescorted visitors require. Escorted visitors only need to be made aware of the main hazards and control measures.

What should and should not be included?

BuildUK provides a collective voice for the construction supply chain by bringing together construction Clients, Main Contractors and the leading Trade Associations representing over 11,500 Specialist Contractors.

The organisation has now published Guidance Note: Site Specific Health and Safety Indictions to help deliver site inductions with the objective of briefing the workforce on the health, safety and environmental aspects of the construction project on which they are about to work.

BuildUK advise that a site induction will:

  • Inform – everyone working on the project of current and forthcoming activities;
  • Rules – set out any site specific rules and requirements;
  • Dangers – clearly identify particular hazards and risks;
  • Expectations – confirm expected behaviours on site; and
  • Management – what to expect from site management.

The guide adds that inductions should not be considered as health and safety training or a marketing opportunity and should never be boring adding:

“A great site induction will provide all this information and motivate the workforce to behave appropriately on site and contribute to improving health and safety practices across the industry. Build UK members support this guidance note as recognised best practice for the delivery of consistent site inductions.”

Presentation of inductions

BuildUK believes that good delivery of site inductions is vital. Construction workers attend many inductions and need to be engaged to ensure they understand the site-specific issues.

Inductions should be clear, engaging and delivered by an individual with suitable knowledge and experience of the site. The best inductions are concise and relevant to the project delivering the information people need to work safely and effectively.

Opportunity to check worker skill cards

BuildUK recommend that site inductions are also used to check that individuals hold a card, carrying the CSCS Logo, for the construction occupation they are undertaking on site, along with any other additional training or card required in accordance with the Build UK Training Standard.

CDM 2015 Information and Templates

See our initial CDM 2015 Survey taken after 6 months and our further survey taken 12 months after the CDM Regulations 2015 came into operation.

We have published a great deal of further information and templates designed to support Clients, Designers, Principal Designers/Contractors and Contractors in meeting their duties under CDM Regulations 2015.

 

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