- COMPULSORY AND FORMAL ISSUES
- MATERIAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT
- IMPROVEMENT NOTICES
On construction sites, in some cases there are different working environment rules than there are at permanent workplaces.
This may partly be the requirement for organisation, welfare measures, etc.
Many of the serious accidents – including fatalities – happen on construction sites. It is therefore important to have a special focus on the working environment and safety.
It is important to ensure that scaffolding is set up properly, that chemical products are used correctly, that there is proper lighting, that employees are instructed and that there is enough time to complete the task so that you don’t choose to compromise on safety.
In many construction cases, the building owner must appoint an occupational health and safety coordinator. This is relevant when two or more companies are working on a construction case at the same time.
Construction cases are divided into small, medium-sized, and large construction cases.
Small construction cases are defined as construction cases where fewer than five people are employed at the same time.
Here, the occupational health and safety coordination must be carried out by a person who has expert knowledge in the construction field and who has knowledge of the actors in construction.
Medium-sized construction cases are defined as construction cases where five to 10 people are employed are the same time.
Here, the occupational health and safety coordination must be carried out by a person who – in addition to what applies to small construction cases – also has the necessary knowledge of health and safety issues within the construction field.
Large construction cases are defined as construction cases where more than 10 people are employed at the same time.
Here, the occupational health and safety coordination must be carried out by a person who – in addition to the requirements for small and medium-sized construction cases – also has practical experience in managing construction work and who has completed a Danish Occupational Health and Safety course for coordinators of health and safety work within the construction field.
The occupational health and safety coordination must start as early as in the design phase where a Health and Safety Plan (HSP, or PSS in Danish) is started. Before the construction phase begins, the HSP must be handed over and updated with an overview plan of the organization of the construction site, an organizational diagram, a contingency plan, etc.
During the construction phase, in the case for large construction cases, safety meetings and inspection tours must be held every two weeks.
In addition, a start-up meeting must be held with the companies that will be working on the construction site, so that they are informed about the working environment work on the site.
MELAU – Arbejdsmiljø are used to being on construction sites and has great experience in spotting and identifying risks of accidents. At the same time, we have extensive knowledge of solving various working environment challenges on construction sites. We have completed many tasks as occupational health and safety coordinator in the construction phase.