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HSE Safer Sites initiative | month-long unannounced inspections

The HSE has begun a month-long initiative during which unannounced inspections will be conducted on refurbishment projects and repair works across the country. 

The Safer Sites Initiative will end on 4 November 2016 and will aim to ensure that high risk activities are being conducted safely and in particular meet the requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM Regulations). 

According to the HSE, particular focus will be placed on:

  • Exposure to dust/silica - the risks to health and suitable control measures.
  • Asbestos - whether workers are aware of where they may come across it, and what to do if they find it. 
  • Noise and vibration, manual handling and hazardous substances - whether health risks from exposure are being properly managed.
  • Working at height – have the tasks been properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions, such as proper support of structures, are in place?
  • Equipment - checking that all equipment is installed and assembled correctly, inspected and maintained and used properly.
  • Organisation - making sure sites are well organised to avoid trips and falls, walkways and stairs are free from obstructions and there are sufficient welfare facilities.

Where inspections reveal serious breaches, enforcement action by the HSE can be expected. However, the HSE has said that it also intends to provide an advisory role in order to encourage positive behaviours.  

The HSE will also be issuing Fee For Intervention Invoices for any material breaches of health and safety.

If you have any questions or queries relating to the CDM Regulations, or health and safety requirements in the workplace more generally, please feel free to contact Duncan Reed on 03330 060742.

This publication is intended for general guidance and represents our understanding of the relevant law and practice as at October 2016. Specific advice should be sought for specific cases. For more information see our terms & conditions.

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