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15th May, 2017

When A Construction Site Induction Is Needed

Inductions at work are a standard procedure, and usually carried out when you first start at a new business or department. How is this different in construction?

The same rules apply, but they are slightly stricter.

You wont be expected to have an induction just when you start work with a new company or business, but whenever you start work on a new site.

So, each and every construction site you visit or work on, should carry out an appropriate induction.

Why so many?

Well, every site is different. The work being carried out is different, the location is different, the team can be different, the first aid arrangements may be different, the hazards are different. You get the message, things change from site to site.

Especially with construction being a high risk industry, knowing what has changed, and how it might affect you is important.

If you don’t know the site rules, what to avoid, or what to do in the event of an emergency, the consequences could be serious.

Ok, so a site induction should be carried out on every site on the first day of the project, right?

Well yes and no. On the first day of the project, but also every time someone new starts. Some contractors might not start work on the project for a couple of a months after the project started, and they still need to be inducted.

Is this the law?

Yes, construction inductions are a legal requirement.

The rules are covered in the construction specific CDM Regulations:

13. (4) The principal contractor must ensure that—

(a) a suitable site induction is provided;

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

On a project with only one contractor, that contractor is responsible for providing a suitable site induction.

No matter who you are, if you are working on a construction site, make sure you have been inducted.

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

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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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