This online course provides workers in the construction industry with important information on how to work safely at all times. As an awareness level course, it explores the legal duties, hazards, and risk controls that construction employees must be aware of.
Health and safety in construction is not just important to the well-being of employees but also for the success of an organisation, and the industry as a whole. It’s no secret that the construction industry exposes workers to many hazards and challenges on a day-to-day basis.
As an employer, managing health and safety in construction environments and protecting the wellbeing of your operatives is your statutory responsibility. As such, it is vital that anyone working on a construction site has sufficient training to understand the risks they face and the measures in place to protect themselves and others from harm.
The construction industry has a poor record on health and safety, averaging close to 40 injuries per year in the UK annually, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This is more than any other industry.
In addition, there were over 61,000 non-fatal injuries in the construction industry in the latest year that data is available. This gives it the third-highest rate of non-fatal injuries out of all sectors. These injuries lead to excessive costs and unmeasurable pain and suffering experienced by those affected.
Employers also have a legal duty to protect employees, contractors, or anyone else that may be affected by construction activities. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 employers must conduct risk assessments, reduce risk to reasonably practicable levels, and provide all employees with sufficient knowledge, instruction, and training.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 also outline the duties of employers to ensure anyone on-site has the necessary training and competence to carry out their work in a healthy and safe manner.
The key objective of this health and safety in the construction training programme is to make trainees aware of risks related to construction work. It also aims to help delegates reduce health and safety hazards in the construction industry, and understand the consequences of these issues on employees’ productivity.
The health and safety in construction training course require:
- No prior subject knowledge
- No prior course certification
This course is designed for anyone conducting work in the construction sector, including contractors and front line workers, as a well as anyone in a managerial role.
Human Focus’ online courses offer the following benefits:
- Round the clock access to the learning management system (LMS)
- Informative yet concise
Upon completing the course content, trainees will be redirected to an end-of-course pass or fail assessment. Participants must score 80% or more to receive the training certificate.
The trainees will receive a IIRSM-approved certificate via email upon passing the test successfully. Users are allowed two attempts to pass the test.
Health and safety in construction has come a long way over the past years, but there’s still lots of room for improvement. To maintain this progress, it’s essential that employers continuously work towards the improvement of safety standards in the industry.
Improvements to health and safety in construction include:
- Employers leading by example to encourage greater health and safety engagement
- Raising awareness among staff members and workers
- Encouraging accountability
- Regular monitoring of health and safety conditions
A health and safety officer helps to plan, implement, monitor, and analyse the protective measures that construction companies are obliged to follow. They also work to minimise accidents, damages, and operational losses.
The health risks that are most commonly encountered on a construction site include:
- Respiratory risks (dust, asbestos, chemicals)
- Risks to the skin (sunlight, cement, chemicals)
- Hand-arm vibration
- Musculoskeletal disorders
It is essential that all risks that may be present are accounted for. In addition, a thorough risk assessment must be conducted for each risk to determine what actions must be taken to protect the health and safety of everyone. Involving the workers themselves in this process is essential.