A new build housing project requires meticulous planning and organising and a host of input from a large team of industry professionals. Commercial teams are needed to ensure that costs are being kept under control. Sales teams are required to ensure that properties are sold, and clients kept informed as to how their new homes are progressing. All departments are responsible for ensuring that health and safety guidelines are implemented but it is the site management team’s responsibility to ensure these are adhered to. Here are 5 safety measures that must be implemented on a new build housing project.
Construction phased health and safety plan
This is a site-specific ‘bible’ that must be held on-site as soon as works commence. A health and safety plan states the safety measures that must be implemented on a site and also includes more local information such as where the nearest hospitals are located. It also provides information on the site management team and who to contact in the event of an emergency. All staff must read this plan and confirm that they understand the content.
Anyone working on or visiting a new build housing project which is under construction must be inducted. This is the responsibility of the site management team and must be adhered to at all times. Inductions ensure that all visitors and staff are advised of the safety measures in place as well as any restricted areas within the site.
Traffic management plan
A traffic management plan ensures the safety and well-being of staff and the general public. This is updated weekly or as and when required and provides details of where construction accesses and exits are located and areas in which construction traffic is permitted. Many housing developments are located in already established areas so this is essential for the safety of existing residents.
Construction sites require a stock of fuel and lubricants for industry vehicles to be held on-site. This ensures that vehicles such as diggers or forklifts can be refueled and maintained as and when needed. These do pose a huge safety risk and it is, therefore, essential that these and any other flammable liquids are housed in fuel tank bunds and kept in a secured and locked area on an allocated part of the site.
Site signage must be erected in various locations throughout the development. Locations that have construction traffic present must be designated and signposted, as well as being cordoned off with site boundary fencing. Directional arrows should be erected throughout the site in accordance with the traffic management plan and signage reminding personnel that hard hats and PPE gear must be worn should be erected in various locations around the development. Signage is essential not only to reiterate the safety measures on site but to ensure that there are no access breaches. If someone were to enter a restricted area unattended, the consequences could be fatal.