Safety, Health, Environmental & Quality BulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. No 603
18 January 2018
Work Area Segregation
Please see enclosed a safety alert regarding safe working areas shared with us by Artelia.
It should be second nature now to barrier off your work area on open sites to protect from the public entering your work area, but on closed sites it can be tempting to treat the entire closed area as your work area. This is not acceptable, as you need to protect other contractors or site visitors from entering your safe working zone. Always barrier around your immediate work area, leaving a safety buffer zone (in case you drop something) even on closed sites.
Never work directly above or below other contractors, talk with people working nearby to co-ordinate the works and question whether you can postpone that part of the job until they are finished?
Continue to carry out last minute risk assessments (LMRA) throughout the job, things change throughout the day, particularly on sites where lots of other contractors are also trying to complete their works. If another contractor is going to start work near you that may affect your works (e.g. they may start using noisy equipment) they should approach you to co-ordinate the works, but they may not, so keep a lookout for what they are doing.
If you are not able to keep your work area segregated, or feel other contractors on site are making your job unsafe, stop and contact your line manager immediately.