How to work safely: guidelines and behaviors
Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff118 guides
- Interior work
- Exterior work
- Working at height
Who's responsibility is it?
- The application of strict safety guidelines;
- The adoption of proper work or building site behavior.
What are safety guidelines?
- The work to be done (depending on the trade);
- Site configuration (interior, exterior, at height);
- The amount of people and the possibility of cross over between trades;
- The use of tools or the presence of machinery.
What behaviors to adopt on a construction site?
A construction site or a work area tends to be more dangerous, by simple definition. The best way to avoid accidents is to assess the potential risks and adopt appropriate safety guidelines, according to the hazards you have identified.
- Always delimit the danger zone and highlight it, if possible;
- Make sure the floor is always clean and dry;
- Organize the available room into a comfortable work space;
- Do not leave tools laying around;
- Store equipment and tools away from the work zone
- Depending on the type of work, make sure the space is ventilated.
- Set up a dedicated area to store tools and materials;
- Delimit the work zone as best as possible;
- If tools are required, restrict your selection to only watertight extensions and outlets;
- If thermal tools are required, be sure to that the fuel cans are securely closed and placed in a cool, dry place;
- When machinery is involved, it's important to organize its placement and clear a path if required.
Working at height
- In addition to personal protective equipment, apply a collective protection system;
- Guidance markings and warning signs need to be visible on the ground;
- Prohibit any unauthorised access to the work zone's immediate areas;
- Reduce clutter on the site itself by storing tools and equipment on the ground;
- If required, make sure that the operator of any lifting or handling equipment is qualified.
To always work safely, it's important to equip yourself with the right Personal Protection Equipment. To make the right choice, here's some advice from our editors and a few more handy guides:
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- How to choose your protective eyewear?
- How to choose your protective gloves?
- How to choose your respiratory protection?
- How to choose protective clothing?
- How to choose your fall protection equipment?
- How to choose your helmet and hearing protection?
- How to choose your hearing protection?
Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff 118 guides écrits
Electrician by trade, I first worked in industrial estates where I installed, wired and fixed a large number of electrical installations. After this, I managed a team of electricians for this type of work. 10 years or so ago, I turned to building and construction. From the modest family home, to gyms and theatres; I have been able to coordinate, audit and organise all sorts of construction sites.
for 4 years now, I am restaoring and bulding an extrension to a bungalow in the heart of the welsh countyside. My experience in manual work and my knowledge means I am proud to be of service. Terraces, interior design, roofing, plumbing, electricty, anything goes! We have, my wife, daughter and I, built almost everything we have from scratch! So to answer all of your questions, and to orientate and advise you on coosing your tools? Easy!