As of the 22 September 2014, HSE Inspectors will carry out unannounced visits to sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.
Throughout the month long initiative Inspectors will ensure high-risk activities particularly those affecting the health of workers, are being properly managed. If any unacceptable standards are found, immediate enforcement action will be taken by inspectors.
What the initiative does:
The main aims of the initiative are:
- to achieve an improvement in industry standards, in particular at small sites
- to increase awareness of HSE’s expectations of the industry
- to demonstrate that HSE will use the enforcement tools at its disposal to prevent immediate risk and bring about sustained improvements
During inspections, HSE inspectors will be checking that:
- risks to health from exposure to dust such as silica are being controlled.
- workers are aware of where they may find asbestos, and what to do if they find it
- other health risks, such as exposure to noise and vibration, manual handling, hazardous substances are being properly managed
- jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions, such as proper support of structures, are in place
- equipment is correctly installed / assembled, inspected and maintained and used properly
- sites are well organised, to avoid trips and falls, walkways and stairs are free from obstructions and welfare facilities are adequate
HSE uses the inspection initiatives to reinforce its message to the construction industry that poor standards are unacceptable and liable to result in HSE taking enforcement action.
Visit the HSE webpage regularly for further updates throughout the campaign