Site inductions are needed on every construction site, for every worker. It’s the law. High-risk environments, and the information you include in your induction could be the difference between a safe site, or an accident waiting to happen. Everyone who works for you needs to know how to work safely and without risks to health. As a business you must provide clear instructions and information, and adequate training, for your employees.
A contractor induction is an introduction to a new site or project. The main objective of inductions is to inform contractors and workers of the key facts they need to know when arriving on your site. A site induction is only suitable if it contains the health and safety information workers need to know. Inductions typically includes.
It is a legal requirement that every worker should have a suitable site induction on every construction site or high-risk sites they work on. But what information goes into a suitable site induction? And what makes a site induction ‘suitable’?
Here are eight kinds of information you should give your team before they start work on a new site for the first time.
Provide information about the management of the site from day one. Site management details ensures your contractors know who to report to and who takes responsibility for what on site. They need to know who the site manager is, who the first aiders are, supervisors, fire marshals etc.
Project details tell your contracts what and where the type of work is happening on site, as well as make them aware of any other work that is happening on site that could be a danger. Remember some of your team may have just been sent to do one specific job, but they must still know what else is happening around them to ensure they can work safely
As stated, it is important to provide information about other types of work on your site that could be a risk, as your contractors may understand the risks associated with their own activities, but are there any unusual site-specific risks they should be aware of? Are any parts of the site out of bounds or restricted access?
Setting and informing contractors of your site rules enables you to create a safe site. Contractors need to know about your site rules before and while they are on site to abide by them. Your contractors and workers need to know what they can do and what they cannot do. The site induction is the perfect place to explain which rules apply to the site.
Every site will have procedures in place. For safety, organisation, and progress of the work. Signing in, security measures, permits, accident reporting, PPE, hearing protection zones, housekeeping etc. Maybe there is a specific shut down procedure. Maybe there is a time and place for toolbox talks or safety briefings each day. Make sure your workers know what is expected of them.
Each site is different. And, just to add complications, construction sites change throughout a project. The layout may need to be altered and adapted as buildings come down and go up. Familiarise your contractors with the site at the induction session. Identify welfare facilities, canteen, first aid provisions, traffic routes, escape routes, firefighting equipment etc. If things change, update your workers and contractors during safety briefings.
Ensure you have constant communication with your workers and contractors. It should start with an induction, but do not let it end there. Let your contractors know when there are planned training, safety and other site meetings might be held. Getting your contractors involved enables you to outline procedures always, and continually.
It is always important to allow time for questions and feedback during the induction, as well as questioning you contractor about what they have seen in your induction. They or you might have missed something, or not explained something clearly so it is important to ensure the information in your induction process has been understood so things do not go wrong on site. You can use this feedback to add and change your induction, so it is better next time. You’ll need to deliver inductions throughout the project as new people join, so you can keep improving it.
When your team knows what to do, and what to expect, everyone can work safer, together.
Businesses have a duty of care for their employees, visitors, and contractors when they are on site, with that duty they have a wealth of data that needs managing to ensure a compliant safety culture.
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If you would like to learn more about keeping your workforce safe at work, and implementing contractor inductions in your contractor management process, contact us today at Verature to discuss our contractor compliance system.
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