9th June, 2020
Health and safety is extra important on construction sites, because they are dangerous places to work. And the first rule of health and safety is to talk about health and safety. Here are 101 health and safety topics you can talk about on your construction sites.
Construction is one of the most high-hazard industries you can work in. Demolishing structures, ripping out hazardous materials, working at height, working underground. It's also one of the most varied professions. Every project is different. Every site is different. And every trade faces different challenges.
Regular health and safety toolbox talks can help raise awareness of the various risks your team will be facing on site. And in construction, there are a lot of topics you can cover.
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By covering the different site safety subjects, one at a time, little and often, you can soon raise health and safety awareness amongst your team. And when people know about the risks, and how to control them, they can work safer on site. Here are 101 construction site safety topics you can discuss.
Topics listed in order A-Z
Phew, that's a lot of construction site safety topics, and I'm sure you can think of more to add to your list! If you're feeling a little overwhelmed, we've picked 5 construction topics, that will apply to nearly all construction work, with links to further information to help get you started.
Constructions biggest killer. If you're refurbishing, demolishing or maintaining existing structures, you need to know how to avoid asbestos exposure. Asbestos fibres are deadly if disturbed. Here's a free asbestos awareness toolbox talk to help you cover this topic.
Asbestos is the biggest health hazard, but working at height is the biggest safety hazard. Falls from height usually kill more people on construction sites each year than any other safety hazard. And you don't have to be working on the roof of a building to be working at height. If you work up a ladder, on a ledge, or above a pit, your working at height. So this topic applies to more construction projects than you might think.
Make sure your team know about the risks, and how to work safely at height. You can get a working at height toolbox talk to start the conversation, or watch the video below.
Every construction site needs some basic safety rules. By putting in place a strong safety foundation, you can build a positive health and safety culture on site (see what we did there?). You can get the rules from the 10 simple construction site rules blog post or download the construction site rules toolbox talk.
Risk assessments are required by law, and are especially important in riskier activities, like the ones carried out on construction sites. It's important to understand the purpose of risk assessments, and why they need to be followed. And even how to complete one.
While the type of health and safety hazards on each site might change, one thing that doesn't is the law that applies to construction work. CDM (or the Construction Design & Management Regulations) to give its full name, applies to all construction projects, big and small. Know your duties and the responsibilities of each member of the project team. For the client, principal contractor, principal designer, contractors and designers.
This article was written by Emma at HASpod. Emma has over 10 years experience in health and safety and BSc (Hons) Construction Management. She is NEBOSH qualified and Tech IOSH.
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