Health and Safety
Integral Builders Ltd are fully committed and understand the importance of Health & Safety in the construction industry. We place high importance on the Health, Safety & Well-being of our employees and sub-contractors. This is why Integral Builders Ltd are accredited with various Health & Safety qualifications, including CHAS and Safe Contractor
We also have a dedicated Health and Safety Officer who is NEBOSH/IOSH qualified with over 14 years’ industry experience. Furthermore, to show our continued commitment to our employees we also provide Health and Safety Training to all our employees which range from Working at Height, Manual Handling, COSHH, PASMA, IPAF and Asbestos Awareness.
Integral Builders Ltd are committed to developing a positive Health and Safety culture and the way we do this is by actively encouraging all our employees to participate in Health and Safety matters whether it be; a Safety Tool Box Talk prior to works commencing and/or discussing and reviewing when a project has been completed.
Health, Safety & Wellbeing in the construction sector is always a concern. It is an issue that most contractors and construction workers will be well aware of. Even so, given the severity of the consequences of ignoring Health & Safety on site, it’s always worth refreshing and developing our knowledge.
No workplace is 100% risk-free, but there are differences in the types of risks associated with each industry. In the construction sector, there were over 80,000 recorded cases of work-related bad health in 2018. 58,000 of them being non-fatal injuries and 38 of them resulted in death (2017/18). These statistics are provided by the HSE. This again highlights the importance of Health & Safety in the construction industry.
Some of the main causes of illnesses, injuries and death include:
Working at height:
Many construction sites involve working at height. This is a major cause of accidents and caused almost half of all construction site deaths over the last five years. Hazards from working at height include lack of guardrails, inadequate edge protection, unsecured ladders and loose tools.
Exposure to dust, debris and toxins:
Working long-term in a dusty and toxic environment can have harmful consequences. It can lead to issues such as occupational asthma, lung cancer, silicosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The HSE estimated the number of workers with work-related hearing problems to be at around 23,000 from 2015/16 to 2017/18. Workers being exposed to repetitive or sudden loud noises is the cause. This can lead to permanent deafness.
Twice as many workers die from electrocution in the construction industry compared to other industries. As well as tools, employees are also at risk of electrocution from being near to overhead cables and power lines.
14,000 construction workers suffered with stress, depression or anxiety due to work. Long working hours, working alone & working to strict deadlines can all contribute to poor mental health. Taking care of yourself mentally is just as much of a priority as taking care of yourself physically.
Health & Safety guidelines:
We understand as the employer our responsibility for Health & Safety and we also educate and communicate to our employees their responsibilities both to themselves and to others who may be affected by their actions?
Our responsibilities include complying with all Health and Safety rules and regulations and provide a safe working environment for all our employees, including issuing suitable and sufficient Personal, Protective, Equipment (PPE)
Every employee must:
Ensure they locate and read the HSE poster in the site office.
Carry out a Health and Safety Induction.
Read & sign the Risk Assessment and Method Statements.
Always wear the correct PPE.
Follow all site safety rules at all times.
Make sure they comply with all company policies.
Look out for yourself and others on your site!
Pre – Work Health & Safety Site Information Pack:
Prior to any works being carried out on any of our clients sites a full Health and Safety information pack will be put together with all the relevant H&S documentation. This will include; a construction Phase Plan, task and site-specific Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAM’S), Training Certificates, Equipment Inspections Records, Insurances and COSHH certificates.
From the implementation stage through to completion of the building project… a dedicated Project Manager will carry out toolbox talks, conduct site inspections and audits then review to ensure that all the processes, procedures including information, instruction, training and supervision has been carried out and communicated effectively?
We are very proud as a company of our impeccable safety record and we will endeavour to keep it that way!