Six things to include in the health and safety plan for a construction site

If you're the Principal Contractor for a construction site, you need to draw up a health and safety plan.

This plan will help make sure you deal with health and safety matters on site properly from start to finish.

You have to prepare it before you start work, and keep it on site.

Here are six things to include in your health and safety plan to ensure it's 100% legally compliant

Six things to include in your health and safety plan

Although not a requirement by law, it's a good idea to have a list of definitions included in your health and safety plan. Definitions will clarify a specific activity. Here you must define what you mean by terms like 'client', 'competent person' etc.

1. Notifications and appointments

The Principal Contractor must notify the Provincial Director (in terms of Regulation 3(1)). You must also keep all copies of appointment letters made. For example, the appointment of your Health and Safety Officer.

2. Training and induction

You must only appoint competent people to perform certain tasks. You must be able to prove you sent them on training. Here you must include copies of induction training and weekly toolbox talks training.

3. Personal protective equipment (PPE) registers

You must issue PPE to everyone who works at or visits your premises. PPE reduces the risk of injury or illness. For example, you must have a minimum of five pairs of safety boots and five visibility jackets on site for visitors to use.

4. Plans to protect the public and environment

You must have plans to protect the general public and environment from damage. This would be damage as a result of your workplace activities. A Traffic Management Plan, for example, indicates potential risks to cars travelling to and from your premises.

5. Plant and equipment maintenance records

This refers to your equipment. Your equipment must have a safe design, and and be in good working order. You need to have a full service and maintenance record.

6. Contractor documentation

The Principal Contractor must appoint Contractors who also need to submit their own health and safety plans. The Contractors must register with the Compensation Fund in case their employees suffer injury on duty. You need to keep a record of their COID certificates

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