14th February, 2018
It is a legal requirement that every worker should have a suitable site induction on every construction site they work on.
But what information goes in to a suitable site induction? What makes a site induction 'suitable'?
Well, a site induction is suitable if it contains the health and safety information workers need to know. It therefore be specific to the project, and the site.
Here is an outline of the type of site specific information that should be included in your construction site induction:
Give you workforce information about the management of the site from day 1, so they know who to report to and who takes responsibility for what on site.
Remember some of your workforce may have just been sent to do one specific job, but it is important they know what else is happening around them to ensure they can work safely.
Your workers may understand the risks associated with their own activities, but are there any unusual site specific risks they should be aware of?
Rules are not there to be broken. They are there to create a safe site. In order to comply your workforce must first be aware of the rules and the site induction is the perfect place to explain them.
Signing in, security measures, permits, accident reporting, PPE, hearing protection zones, housekeeping - make sure your workers know what is expected of them and the procedures they need to follow.
Each site is different. Familiarise your workers with the site at the induction session. Identify welfare facilities, canteen, first aid provisions, traffic routes, escape routes, fire fighting equipment etc.
Let your workers know when tool box talks, planned training, safety and other site meetings will be held. Get your workforce involved and outline consultation procedures.
Be careful not to include generic health and safety information or any information that is not relevant to the project. Keep it simple, site specific and relevant.
Remember to make sure that each worker completes a site induction form and signs it to acknowledge they have undertaken the site induction, and keep this for your records.