Assessing site hazards


Assessing site hazards. RVT Group

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Site managers are required to protect the health of their workers, ensuring that any hazards on their sites are effectively controlled. The first, crucial, stage in controlling hazards is to accurately assess them.

Each site is different, and so is the nature of its hazards, so an accurate assessment must take account of the specific conditions prevailing. This is a complex process, but can be broken down into three broad areas:

  • The nature of the hazards themselves
  • How they sit within the local environment
  • Practical factors that will affect any controls implemented

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Methods of handling particular site hazards have been developed over time and best practice captured in reference works such as British Standards Institute’s BS 6164, which sets out a code of practice covering all aspects of health and safety during tunnel works.

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