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Construction Safety Management

Stage 1

Safety, Health and Environmental Management Plan

The formulation of a plan, specific to the project and/or site would:

Review and summarize legislative requirements i.e. Health and Safety Act & Regulations, Resource Management Regulations, Environmental Regulations, Transportation of Dangerous Goods.

Itemize overall construction project safety activities and procedures including:

  • Project Safety Policy – a review of the client’s existing policy would be done with particular focus on items considered mandatory for work in the specific area.  If no policy exists we can draft a policy with client input.
  • Hazard Identification – as per the work scope, including the identification of areas of live plant in conflict with project work through field audits.  This foresight can save downtime or shutdown of key processes costing thousands of dollars.
  • Identification of Critical Tasks – these are the tasks identified in an audit as those most likely to cause safety related issues.  There should be written procedures for these critical tasks and our staff would continue to focus of the results of our observation programmes.
  • Emergency Response – the development of an Emergency Response Plan for the contract activities i.e. First Aid response, evacuation and head counts.
  • Fire Safety Planning – the assessment and development of a Fire Safety Plan is required by Ontario or other provincial bodies for all commercial buildings.  Do you have one?
  • Dangerous Goods – inventory, storage, communication and industrial hygiene concerns.
  • Environmental Protection – pollution & spill prevention, awareness and response planning.
  • We can assist in any governmental body on-site visit.
  • Authority to Stop Work – procedures developed to identify who has authority to ensure smooth response in pressure situations.
  • Drug & Alcohol Policy development and testing – we have links to testing facilities and can develop your site D&A policy to conform to government regulations and common sense.
  • Work Practices Auditing – develop effective communication among parties to quickly identify problems and recognise safe work practices.
  • Statistics – collection and analysis of defined statistics and promotion of positive trends.
  • Safety Coverage – assess overall structure and organization of health, safety and environmental activities. Develop a staff training plan as required including safety observers, safety watch duties, nursing services, testing services, equipment rental, rescue services, gas testers, permit issuers, vacation coverage.

Stage 2

Experience has shown that Contractors and Managers who excel in Safety Performance on the job have a competitive advantage in other business aspects as well.

TGH Safety Consulting Inc can provide clients with information for consideration PRIOR to the awarding of any contract:

  • Background information on each contractor’s Safety Performance
  • Information regarding the contractor’s ability to meet or exceed the minimum requirements as set out in the tender document
  • Contractors Hazard Identification management program, Emergency procedures
  • Details of qualifications, certifications and training details of contractor employee
  • Details regarding health and safety training
  • Statistics on accident reporting
  • Employee Orientations/ Induction

TGH Safety Consulting Inc strongly supports the view that safety awareness and hazard communication training should be conducted before an employee is permitted on the construction site.

Specific topics covered during an orientation can include:

Plant Layout
Emergency Evacuation Procedures
Work Permit Requirements
Site Rules & Regulations
Security & Access Control
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Root Cause Analysis
WHMIS
Confined Space Entry
Safety Watch
Respirator Fit Testing & Training
Pre-Task Analysis
Protection of the Environment
Fall Protection
First Aid
Incident/Accident/Injury Reporting
Health Protection
Fire Protection
Personal Protective Equipment
Near Miss Reporting
Training Behaviour Based Safety
Tests are available and are encouraged to be included in the induction orientation. Formal pre-job conferences are encouraged to bring together all stakeholders prior to the job starting.

Stage 3

Past experience has shown that having an on-site Field Safety co-ordinator for the duration of the project is the best way to ensure that safety is seen to be a high priority.

Field Safety Management

The role of TGH Safety Consulting personnel on the construction site is to ensure contractor personnel give due consideration to safety and the protection of the environment.

TGH Safety Consulting creates and maintains a positive attitude among contract personnel by promoting Construction management’s genuine concern for safe work practices and activities.

In seeking to achieve this goal, TGH Safety Consulting supports and assists contractors to develop positive solutions to any issues that may arise.  They recognize high safety standards of groups or individuals.  They maintain open and continual communication among contracting groups, project management and the client. They participate in immediate investigation of any incidents/near misses to prevent recurrence.

Role of Field Safety Coordinator
  • Impromptu Inspections
  • Behaviour Based Safety Programme
  • Toolbox Meetings
  • Scheduled Site Safety Inspections
  • Contract Enforcement
  • Accident Reports & Investigation
  • Safety Statistics – Monitoring, Collation & Interpretation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Liaison With OSH Construction Inspectors
  • Safety Progress Reports
Some things to think about as a Contractor on a project or a manager of a small manufacturing site:

How often do you do spot checks to see if your employees are working in a safe manner with respect to policies and procedures you put in place?  When you find they are in compliance, do you reward safety on the job?

Impromptu Inspections 

Impromptu Inspections are informal spot checks, assessing contractor’s performance regarding the permit system, PPE, housekeeping, rules and procedure compliance.  Areas that require improvement are identified and solutions agreed upon among parties concerned.  These inspections are aimed at positive reinforcement of overall safety programs and give recognition where due.

Toolbox Meetings

How often do your employees meet to talk about safety concerns?  At TGH Safety Consulting we believe daily Toolbox Meetings show the worker that Safety is the first priority to daily activities.  We have a variety of communication tools and resources to make these talks interesting and interactive.

Site Safety Inspections 

Are you as a contractor/manager prepared to carry on Site Safety Inspections and interact with Ministry personnel during the duration of the contract?  Wouldn’t you want to know about problems before they occur?  At TGH Safety Consulting our employees participate in formal safety inspections where a specific area is targeted at a predetermined time.  The objectives of a formal inspection are to:
  • Reinforce excellence in safety and health performance
  • Identify that all hazards are being effectively managed
  • Check the effect of change
  • Provide feedback
  • Develop a system of accountability on issues
  • Communicate recognition of high safety standards
  • Provide feedback to Project Management & Client
Contract Enforcement 

The potential for serious conflict or disregard of the safety expectations must be considered.  The authority and procedures used in enforcing contract requirements with regards to the right to remove personnel or deny access to the site would be defined and carried out as per the Safety, Health & Environmental Plan.

The suspension of any work activity for safety reasons by TGH Safety Consulting staff is viewed as a “last resort”.  In situations where the potential for serious harm or damage becomes a reality, and existing controls prove ineffectual, the activity is suspended until such controls can be put in place to ensure safe working conditions.

Progress Meetings

TGH Safety Consulting personnel attend progress meetings with the client and project management to ensure we are up to date with any contract bottlenecks, substantial variations and issues that could impact on Safety on the Job.

Hazard Recognition & Reconciliation

TGH Safety consulting believes that hazard recognition and reconciliation are one of the cornerstones of any safety program. This concept has been successfully used on large and small projects with great results.

Accident Reporting & Investigation

All accidents including near misses, which are reported, are investigated immediately and corrective actions implemented to avoid a repeat incident.

Accurate documentation of all on site accidents protects Project Management against claims for accidents that may not have occurred on the project.

During the orientations, and where necessary, progress meetings, the requirement to report all incidents is re-emphasized.

Liaise With OSH Services

For the duration of the contract, TGH Safety Consulting can liaise with OSH Services for site visits and supply any relevant information/documentation that may be requested.

Accurate documentation and statistics are maintained and monitored.

Housekeeping

An important element of a successful programme is good housekeeping.  Nothing sends a clearer psychological signal to contractors and their employees than relative orderliness in project work areas.  Slips, trips and falls are the leading accident cause on construction sites.  Litter and debris conceal tripping hazards and increase the possibility of other injuries.

TGH Safety Consulting promotes the importance of good housekeeping and ensures that a high standard is maintained as part of its role on a construction site.
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