Tips to Ensure a Safe Environment for Contractors and Others Affected by Joint Work Activities
1. Undertake a joint risk assessment with all parties involved in the work and make it site specific. Look at environmental factors such as ground conditions, utility cables that are present, and any other hazards that could cause a problem. Agree on the necessary controls to be implemented – it’s a good idea to write down who will be responsible for doing what.
2. Only allow trained workers to undertake the work activity – ask for proof of this from any contractors you take on.
3. Ensure effective sharing of information between all parties, such as how the work will be undertaken safely and who can be contacted in the event of an emergency.
4. Verify before work starts that the correct machinery, work equipment and safety equipment will be used. Check that appropriate signage has been put up in public areas to warn others of the work to be undertaken.
5. If working in or near public areas, ensure all parties clear up after the work finishes and take all equipment and rubbish away. Do a final sweep of the area to ensure this has happened.
Remember – contractors need to take steps to ensure that their work activities do not affect the safety or health of any other persons, including neighbouring companies or members of the public.
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