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5th July, 2017

What is a construction site induction?

Construction site inductions are required on every construction site, so what exactly is a construction site induction?

A construction site induction is very similar to the induction you would get when you start a new job, it goes through the health and safety rules, first aid arrangements and site requirements.

The reason why construction sites are so important, is because you don’t just need them when you start the job, but when you start work on each and every new site.

With many jobs, one induction is sufficient, as you are always based in the same place.

In the construction industry, projects start and finish, and workers are often moved from site to site depending on when there trade or skill is required.

A construction site induction gives those workers valuable information on the health and safety arrangements in place, along with the hazards and risks that are present on that site.

No two sites are exactly the same.

Each construction project can have different teams, arrangements, types of work, environment, hazards, activities and layout.

The induction covers the key safety information, and let workers know what the specific arrangements and rules are in place for the site they are working on. Check out what should be included in a construction site induction for more details.

Construction site inductions are not optional, they are a legal requirement.

It is a duty of the Principal Contractor under The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) to ensure that a site induction is provided.

(4) The principal contractor must ensure that—

(a)a suitable site induction is provided;

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

Even on single contractor project where there is no Principal Contractor, the sole contractor must then ensure that a suitable site induction is carried out for each worker.

It can often be assumed that the induction just takes place on the first day of a new project. But this is wrong.

The team on a construction site changes throughout the project. As such, the induction should be carried out for each new member of the team that arrives, be that day 1 or day 100.

You can use the construction site induction form to create and record your construction site induction.

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