One of the most important things to properly identify and manage before beginning construction work are hazards. This article will cover some of the most important hazards that need to be identified.
However, what is more important for construction companies and contractors, is their legal obligation to manage these hazards.
The potential consequences of incompliance of current Occupational Health & Safety legislation at both the Commonwealth and state level are simply not worth it.
Ignoring construction site safety could cost thousands of dollars in fines or even lead to prosecution which would be detrimental to small and medium-sized companies and contractors.
Below are just a small number of potential Construction Hazards that are likely to require attention on a worksite:
* Silica dust – This is naturally found in the Earths crust, however, prolonged exposure can lead to health problems such as lung fibrosis.
* Asbestos dust – Notoriously well-known, it’s important to keep on the lookout for insulation materials, fire resistant walls and cement sheets where such dust is likely to be found.
* Gases and fumes – This can be generated through welding, burning or even painting and can have long-term health effects
* Noise – Its common sense that long-term exposure to loud noises will have an effect on hearing.
* Heat – Prolonged exposure in the Australian sun can lead to heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps.
The most common way to inform and educate all those involved in a project about Construction Hazards is by obliging them undergo Construction Safety Training. There is probably no better way of preventing simple hazards from becoming bigger issues for the entire project.
Further Construction Information
You may want to find more information about other hazards that may be present on a construction worksite and how to best manage them. In order to find that type of information, all you need to do is do a search online which will then lead you to websites with relevant information. The best thing about the Internet is that it allows anyone to access all the essential information regarding construction safety.
While construction hazards will forever be present, you retain the responsibility to manage them in the best way possible.