Introduction to Risk Assessment in Construction

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Risk Assessment in Construction Training Course

This online course provides a thorough understanding of how to apply risk assessment in the construction industry. It examines what risk assessments are, gives an overview of the hierarchy of risk controls, and looks at common hazards encountered in this sector.

The construction industry accounted for around 36% of all workplace fatalities in the UK in the most recent year that data was available. This was double the next highest sector. There are also tens of thousands of serious accidents and many more cases of ill health due to construction work each year.

Organisations operating in construction have a moral, legal, and financial duty to assess the hazards inherent in their operations and protect employees and others. Employers must ensure all employees understand the measures used to protect them, including the risk assessment process. This course supports meeting these obligations.

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Why this Construction Site Risk Assessment Course is Vital

Using the risk assessment process and applying the hierarchy of controls to construction sites is fundamental to preventing accidents and ill health from occurring. This is a tool that all managers, health and safety officers, and front-line employees need to understand and use if we are to improve performance in the sector.

Each year many construction site workers are seriously injured or killed each year due to their work. Many more suffer from work-related ill-health, such as asbestosis, dermatitis, and musculoskeletal disorders.

Employers also have clear legal duties to conduct risk assessments. Employees must be provided adequate information, instruction, and training to understand the measures in place to protect them.

These legal duties are outlined under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR), the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974, and Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

Objectives of the Risk Assessment in Construction Training Course

The main objectives of this health and safety construction site risk assessment training programme is to make learners aware of the importance of risk assessment in construction, risk assessment in various stages of construction, and risk assessment methods in construction projects.

Prerequisites

The risk assessment in construction industry e-learning course requires:

  • No prior subject knowledge
  • No prior course certification requirement

Course Content

Introduction to Risk Assessment in Construction

This e-learning course covers the following:

  • Risk Assessment Process in Construction Projects
  • Definition of Key Terms
  • Hazards Associated with Construction Work
  • Effective Risk Control Principles

Who is this Risk Assessment in Construction Course for

This e-learning course is intended for anyone carrying out work in the construction industry including employers, managers, contractors, and construction workers.

Learning Outcomes of Construction Assessment

On completing the course successfully, trainees will understand:

  • How to apply risk assessment to the stages of a construction project
  • The steps of risk assessment
  • How to apply the risk matrix
  • Common construction hazards
  • Hierarchy of risk controls

Benefits of the Course

The construction site risk assessment course will provide benefits:

Employer Benefits

  • Ensures duty holders understand their duties well to protect their workers
  • Supports approved code of practices to carryout risk construction risk assessment
  • Compliant with relevant legislation

Employee Benefits

  • Understand the risk assessment process
  • See how risk assessment applies to their work
  • Gain knowledge of hazards to be aware of

Why Choose Human Focus for Risk Assessment in Construction?

Choosing Human Focus for this e-learning course provides these benefits below:

  • Instant access to the course via Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Helps maintain compliance
  • Self-paced learning, learn anytime and anywhere
  • IIRSM-approved
  • High-quality video-based course with clear voiceover
  • Informational and appealing course content
  • Short quizzes at the end of each section to support knowledge

Course Format

Format: Fully online

Course Duration: Approximately 28+ minutes in length

  • Quizzes at the end of each module
  • End of course assessment test

End of Course Assessment

After undertaking the course successfully, trainees will be redirected to the end-of-course evaluation test to assess their learning from the programme. It is a pass or a fail assessment that comprises multiple-choice questions randomly chosen from the course. Delegates must score 80 or more to attain the course certificate.

Certification

After, passing the assessment test, participants will receive a downloadable IIRSM-approved certificate.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of a risk assessment in construction?

Risk assessment provides a systematic approach to the control and elimination of workplace hazards. Employers in the construction sector have a legal duty to identify the risks inherent in their operations, assess them, and put in place controls to lower those risks to an acceptable level.

Carrying out a risk assessment and recording the findings is a legal requirement for any company with more than five employees. Risk assessment also demonstrates compliance and minimise liability. It demonstrates what you have done to protect employees and others.

Who can carry out a risk assessment in construction site?

Employers have a legal duty to assess the risks to the health and safety of the employees to which they are exposed whilst at work. The employer can appoint someone for this task, as long as the person has the necessary competency to complete the risk assessment adequately.

Along with a general assessment of all site risks, risk assessment may need to be completed for specific hazards. These include risks such as work at height, manual handling, noise, hazardous substances, vibration, and lead.

What are common construction site hazards?

There a variety of hazards common to the construction site industry. These include:

  • Falls from height
  • Electricity
  • Slips and trips
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Moving objects
  • Noise
  • Hand-arm vibration
  • Manual handling
  • Airborne dust including silica and asbestos
  • Collapsing buildings or trenches

In addition to these, mental health issues remain one of the biggest hazards to construction workers. A construction worker is six times more likely to commit suicide than fall from height.

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