Construction Site Safety Training

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Construction Site Safety Training involves the teaching of the implementation of rules, regulations, and safeguards that should be in place at construction sites. These rules and regulations are to keep workers safe from injury and harm. Construction sites are very hazardous places and there are countless threats present on site that could potentially cause serious injury or death. This is why proper precautions must always be taken.

Why Is Safety Important In The Workplace?

According to research from the Health and Safety Executive they said that; ‘the majority of fatal and non-fatal injuries occurring in the workplace were related to slips and falls, collisions with objects or vehicles, or improperly moving or lifting heavy objects. Most of these injuries and fatal accidents occur in construction operations. Implementing construction safety rules and utilizing workplace safety training helps to significantly reduce these types of injuries. These rules not only prevent dangerous accidents from occurring in the first place, but they also teach workers how to avoid dangerous situations and how to react to them.’

Construction workers will engage in daily jobs that can regularly expose them to harm. Construction sites are dynamic places where there are frequent risks such as:

  • Falling objects
  • Working from rooftops or scaffolding
  • Exposure to heavy construction equipment
  • The use of temporary electrical circuits
  • Operating electrical equipment and machinery in damp locations

Health And Safety

Health and safety is one of the most important parts of a construction site and is not a matter to be taken lightly. A well-structured plan and well thought out procedures for identifying workplace hazards and reducing incidents should be at the forefront of the employers’ mind. This goes for every aspect of the construction site and process and is necessary at all times. this health and safety ethos must also include the training of personnel in accident prevention, accident response, emergency preparedness, and use of protective clothing and equipment.

Research has demonstrated that well-managed companies will achieve high health and safety standards. This is because they recognise that health and safety is an integral part of a companies management.

The Safe Pass

Construction site safety courses are very important. Construction site safety courses should be taken by anyone who works on a construction site. The most common construction site safety course is the Safe Pass. According to the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland, the Safe Pass is “a one-day safety awareness programme aimed at construction workers. The programme aims to raise the standard of safety awareness in the construction industry and that all construction workers after completing the one-day awareness programme can make a positive contribution to the prevention of accidents and ill health while working on the site.”

The Safe Pass Programme is operated and managed by Solas.

SafePass is a general awareness programme and training course that is designed to enable the person to carry out their work safely.

Who Needs To Do Safe Pass Awareness Training?

Anyone who is engaged in active construction work will benefit from taking a course in construction site safety and specifically SSafe Pass Awareness Training. Those who may wish to take up a new career in construction and who may not have had previous experience on a site would definitely benefit too.

According to the Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013, the Safe Pass / Safety Awareness Programme applies to: 

  • Craft and general construction workers,
  • Persons undertaking on-site security work, and
  • Persons or classes of persons as may be prescribed by the Minister.

Safe Pass Training Course Aim

The goal of a Safe Pass Training Course is to raise and maintain the high standard of Health and Safety awareness within the Irish Construction Industry. It is also aimed at ensuring that any site personnel learn basic Health and Safety Awareness Training. This is designed to have a positive impact on the prevention of accidents and avoidance of hazards.

What Might Participants Larn?

Those who engage with Safe Pass training will find these courses very beneficial for their future career. Once on the course, participants are likely to learn some if not all of the following:

  • The reasons for promoting Safety
  • Health and Safety Legislation
  • Accident prevention
  • Accident Reporting and Emergency Procedures
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Manual Handling
  • Working at heights
  • Working with Electricity, Underground and Overhead Services.
  • Use of Hand-Held Equipment and Tools
  • PPE
  • Safe use of vehicles
  • Noise and Vibrations
  • Excavations and confined spaces
  • SOLAS Safe pass (safe pass) Course Duration: 1 Day


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