Construction Health & Safety
It helps the reader to identify hazards and control risks and explains how to plan, organise, control, monitor and review health and safety throughout the life of a project. It is aimed at everybody involved in construction work, including clients, designers, contractors and individual workers.
CDM Site Audits
They allow you to check that your workplace and work activities are healthy and safe. Workplace inspections help prevent incidents, injuries and illnesses. An inspection helps you identify hazards or processes that are not working efficiently and decide what measures to take before they lead to an accident or incident.
Risk Assessments & Method Statements
RAMS are an important health & safety document that is completed to identify the steps to be undertaken to carry out a specific activity or task in a safe manner. RAMS can be utilised in conjunction with the risk assessment process.
There are five steps to risk assessment:
Identify the hazards
Decide who might be harmed and how
Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
Record your significant findings
Review your assessment and update if necessary
A method statement is an addition to the risk assessment to help planning and ensure there are enough resources to carry out the task safely. The method statement describes the process, steps and resources required to carry out a task safely without risks to health.
The pre-construction information (PCI) provides information for those designing, bidding for or planning construction work and for the development of the construction phase plan. Dependant on the role under CDM Regulations there are specific responsibilities that require actions to be undertaken.
A pre-construction document should include:
Project description and programme details
Client's considerations and management requirements
Environmental restrictions and existing onsite risks
Significant design and construction hazards
The CDM health & safety file
The greater the risk the greater the weight that must be given to eliminating or reducing it.