When appointing workers, you must make sure they have the skills, knowledge, training and experience needed to carry out the work safely. You should assess training needs and provide further training as necessary.
Information on health and safety risks including relevant parts of the construction phase plan needs to be communicated with workers through induction and worker engagement.
It is also a duty of contractors to provide appropriate supervision, instructions and information to each worker.
Provide instructions to your workers on what needs to be done and, importantly, how you intend the work to be done, in which order and with what equipment, especially when it involves high levels of risk. You should also ensure your workers know what to do in the event of an emergency.
Consultation with workers is key to the successful management of health and safety on site. It should be a clear two-way process, giving an opportunity for both parties, or their safety representatives, to contribute to decision making.
Talk to workers about:
- Risks arising from their work
- Hazards and risks from the surrounding environment
- Ideas for managing risks
- Ways of providing information and training
Meaningful consultation with workers will help raise commitment to health and safety, and workers can help you identify risks on site, make sure controls are practical and provide ideas for improvement.
Brief your workers on what is expected of them, and consider any suggestions from them on better ways of working.