OHS Safety Construction Induction

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The objective of a Face to Face Construction Induction is to prepare you for your work at a safe and secure workplace is important to you and to everyone the workplace  to help
achieve that we need you to understand some rules around personal safety and understand and follow our emergency procedures incident reporting
and hazard management processes.

This post will provide you with some of the general information you need to contribute to a workplace that’s always safe for you and for your workmates.

At the end of a Construction Site induction session you must complete a questionnaire which proves you understand the most important areas of OHS

Some people receive an induction booklet is your passport to the Construction site so keep it with you at all times.

You should Write your name date and the name of your on email supervisor in your booklet exit for permanent contractors all other contractors and visitors must
sign in and out at the main administration block at the nominated site contact will be automatically emailed and/or messaged once contractors and
visitors have signed in.

Visitors must remain at the reception until the nominated site contact comes to meet them before proceeding on to the site
Note that no children under the age of 12 are allowed on site it’s compulsory for people entering the site to wear the correct personal protective equipment as
displayed at all entry points to the site there are three items of personal protective equipment that you must wear

At all times on site these are safety Footwear safety glasses and high visibility clothing you must also carry a minimum of grade for hearing  protection with you at all times. High visibility clothing must meet the night and day Transport standard. Hearing protection must be worn in noisy areas as indicated by signs at building entrances or where a task analysis has identified the need for hearing noisy areas

Hardhats are compulsory wherever you see this sign for example when a cranes in operation or when there’s work happening overhead
Personal protective equipment and personal protective clothing must be maintained in good condition

Random audits are conducted during maintenance shuts and behaviour audits and these include checking of personal protective equipment to make sure it’s
condition is up to standard and that it hasn’t past its use-by or expiry date.

Construction sites have an emergency system that all employees visitors and contractors must be aware of and follow in the event of an emergency for the
safety of everyone on site. It’s essential that in an emergency situation everyone follows the correct procedures and follows any instructions given

Visitors and contractors except for permanent contractors must sign in upon arrival and sign out when leaving site using the What is available at the main administration block this is a record of being present on site and will be used

In the event of an evacuation to ensure your safety should you encounter an emergency situation and need to raise the alarm Dial the emergency number for the site which will connect to the radio system of the workplace.
You must ask for emergency response team and inform the team of the nature of the emergency and the location.

Site wide emergencies will be signalled by the same alarms as well as the roof mounted two-toned sirens the site divided into five local evacuation zones each of which can be evacuated separately leaving the rest of the site operational the local and site wide evacuation point

All States in Australia require a Site Induction after they have received their White Card in NSW, White Card QLD, White Card WA

If you have electronically signed in you must report to the administration warden to be checked against the electronic register. Staff and wardens will receive instructions from the Emergency Response Team.

As  a group of staff specially trained and equipped for responding to emergency situations they are in charge of sight during emergencies and all instructions from these staff and the evacuation wardens must be followed immediately only attempt to contain the emergency

If it’s safe to do so always maintain a safe exit route out of the area report all injuries to your animal supervisor so correct treatment can be sought information can be captured in risk manager and corrective actions can be implemented contractors report the incident to your supervisor and your employer

A near miss is something that did not result in an accident but under different circumstances it could have resulted in injury or harm to personnel or plant you must report any near misses to your supervisor or the Health and safety manager.

A hazard is anything or any situation that could cause harm it might be an uncovered drain dust or even noise we have an online hazard register in risk manager hard copies are available on noticeboards the person supervising work must ensure that everyone’s briefed on the hazards before they commence work.

You must attend toolbox meetings every day prior to commencing work on this site so that potential hazards can be discussed if you see something that could cause harm you have a personal responsibility to take immediate action

There are three steps you must take first if you can remove the hazard or isolate it so that no one gets hurt then you must let people know who might be affected by it finally you must report it to your supervisor

It is mandatory for all people working on site to strictly follow these rules otherwise it may result in an employee’s dismissal or a contractor’s

We need life-saving rules because we care and we don’t want you to get hurt we believe that a culture of responsibility accountability and compliance will reduce the number of injuries we face high-risk work in the company every day so these basic rules remind us that safe behaviours can protect us from the most common life threatening hazards our life-saving rules our work with a valid permit to work when required people who interact directly with a machine must lock on to an isolation obtain a permit before entry into a confined space obtain a permit before working at Heights

Wearing a seatbelt in vehicles were provided to make sure these rules and our other important safety rules are effective but we must also apply the golden rule to make sure that our life-saving rules will become part of the way we work so we need to create a safety culture based on the golden rule.

The golden rule says stop work if conditions or behaviours are unsafe this means that anyone can intervene to stop work if conditions or behaviours are unsafe. In other words everybody is empowered and should have the courage to stop any job for safety reasons.
Why the act of stopping unsafe work is a life-saving attitude we practice it because we care for everyone who works on the construction site.

If you observe any unsafe behaviour you must intervene and stop the activity then give the person feedback that will help them to be safe and if the unsafe behaviour continues then escalate it immediately to the person in charge of the work activity or your direct supervisor.

Life saving rule 1 Work with a valid permit.
To work when required before any task is started a hazard identification must be conducted to identify the Associated hazards this may already
exist in the form of a job safety analysis where construction or standard work. If not a trained permit holder must undertake a task based risk assessment. All permit holders or issuers must have completed Online White Card training for permit to work and a unit standard in hazard identification. A permit to work is required where work tasks involve known significant hazards such as

  • Isolation
  • Heights
  • Confined spaces
  • Hot work
  • Natural gas excavationThe way you identified significant hazards from a risk assessment permit issuing a trained issuer and permit holder will complete the permit to work together by identifying the tasks the hazards and risks associated with the job they’ll then develop a control plan and record any additional site permits once the permit to work is complete.

The OHS permit issuer will hand over the permit to the holder who’s the supervisor of the job. The permit holder will then ensure all the safety controls are put in place briefed all the working party on the hazards and controls ensure the working
party each sign onto the permit. Follow all controls and sign off the permit

Once the job is completed the working party are responsible for ensuring they understand the tasks hazards and controls sign on to the permit follow the hazard control plan notifying the permit holder of changes to that that affect safety sign-off the permit once they’ve completed their work

The life saving rule to people who interact directly with a machine must lock on to an isolation when people need to interact directly with a machine and
there’s a risk it’ll start or move an isolation is required before anyone can enter the hazard zone plant isolation is about achieving a zero energy state
through both physical isolation lockout and behavioral controls tag out and test out

What is zero energy?

Zero hazardous energy is a state that’s achieved when a machine or system is isolated from an energy source the stored energy has been dissipated and the system restrained to prevent movement before entering a hazard zone all people must sign on to the relevant permit to work understand the hazards and controls and join the relevant group.

Isolation lock box if the person is trained as a OHS Construction Induction user they may apply a personal isolation to the plant lock boxes. When establishing an isolation for a group of people a trained isolation supervisor will identify where
isolations need to be applied apply the isolations and lock them lock all keys cards and listings in a lock box a trained permit holder is responsible for explaining all the hazards associated with the Construction site and what isolations have been applied.

White Card inducted workers are responsible for checking the isolation is correct and applying their lock and personal ID card to the lock box at the completion of the job or before leaving the site you must remove your lock and card from the lock box

When site workers don’t strictly follow this process they run the risk of a serious OHS harm injury or death a long-term disability dismissal from the company or banning from the Construction site.

Personal isolation to be able to apply personal hold cards to points of isolation you must first complete the Onsite OHS training online

What’s a confined space?

Confined spaces are enclosed or partially enclosed spaces that are not intended for human occupancy within which there’s also the risk of any of the following an oxygen level outside the safe range
dangerous airborne contaminants flammable airborne contaminants or engulfment that may cause suffocation or drowning

When people need to undertake work inside a confined space a permit to work together with a OHS Confined spaces permit are required all people involved in the
confined spaces entry must be trained to the required unit standards for confined
space hazard identification at entry and in atmospheric testing life saving rule for you must obtain a permit before working at Heights.

A working at Heights permit is required when this the potential to fall over 2 meters and where construction OHS workers not from a permanent walkway or not from a compliant scaffold or not from a compliant elevated work platform or if
the work involves the potential for a fall of greater than 5 meters are working at Heights permit is required

Regardless of the type of temporary work platform being used when people need to undertake work at Heights a permit to work together with a working at Heights permit are required all people involved in work at Heights must be trained to a
prescribed series of unit standards.

Wear a seatbelt in vehicles where provided seatbelts must be worn wear fitted at all times in all vehicles operated on-site in all construction safety owned or leased vehicles when traveling in vehicles on company business. These rules apply to all employees drivers and passengers all contractors and visitors

When on-site unrestrained people in vehicles are at risk of serious injury or death when a vehicle is involved in a collision.

The OHS Construction rules are all about putting focus on two activities that present the greatest potential for severe injury or death

These safety rules are mandatory for all people working on construction and building sites within Australia.
If these rules are not strictly followed it may result in serious injury or death and employees dismissal or a building contractor’s exclusion from the Construction Sit.

Remember it’s critical that you are empowered to stop work if conditions or behaviors are unsafe.

The use sale transfer or possession of drugs or controlled substances on-site is forbidden employees contractors or visitor’s on-site while under the
influence of drugs alcohol or controlled substances is forbidden.

Any construction employee found to be in breach of this policy may face disciplinary action which could result in the termination of employment at
The OHS Construction site.

Here is a further overview of Construction Site Inductions


Most OHS Sites carry out random drug and alcohol testing of our contractors the requirement for contractors to undergo testing can be carried out at any time.
If you’re required to undergo testing and you return a non negative test for drugs or alcohol you’ll be removed from the building or construction site immediately.
Please note that the level of alcohol are set at zero micrograms. Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas. Maps showing designated smoking areas are on most notice boards around site.

If you’re not sure where these designated smoking areas are ask your building supervisor.
Construction Employees found smoking outside a designated smoking area will be subject to disciplinary action and contractors that have found smoking outside a
designated area will result in consequences for your company.

No private vehicle is allowed on site unless it’s used as a tool of the trade if your Construction vehicles is just a people mover or your dropping off tools then your vehicle must be removed to the main carpark.
If you need to work from your vehicle on a regular basis you must obtain permission from your Construction Safety Supervisor and your vehicle must be parked out of any main thoroughfares You may use the OHS Safety vehicles provided you have the appropriate license written permission from your Safety supervisor and have read and completed the Online White Card course

The specific training you’ll need to work on this site are detailed in your OHS Safety Construction induction booklet there are a number of large machines operating on this site and the operators have focused on their job and often have very limited visibility.
If you are walking into an area where plant is operating you need to stop in a safe location make eye contact with the operator move through the area when they indicate it safe to do so. When in doubt people give way to other construction vehicles the speed limit for the site is 20 km/h Within the buildings the speed limit is walking pace when driving keep to the designated roads you must not use a mobile phone.
Whilst driving on site bicycles and motorcycles may only be used for travel to and from home bicycles can’t be used during work the site

PPE requirements must be met while traveling on bikes whilst on this site and bikes must be parked in a designated bike park. Contractors should provide their own electrical equipment but in some circumstances may borrow equipment from our store. This equipment must be returned in good condition test tags must be on all electrical extension leads and power tools test tags must be current.
If they’re not current leave them in your vehicle and borrow one from the other building construction store.

OHS industrial standard type plugs are used on the site and domestic type plugs are used in offices and other selected areas all portable power tools brought onto the site must comply with current guarding standards and be in a good state of repair.

All tools must either be fitted with approved safety switches or be labeled with an approved warning tag to advise users of the OHS risk of the device starting unexpectedly.

All chemicals on site are managed through our electronic chemical register online. Your computer desktop it holds all information on each chemical used on-site. All Construction staff will be trained in the use of this software as part of their Site and Online induction.

Any new chemicals must not be brought onto or be used on site without being fully assessed beforehand as they can pose a risk to our people our Construction business and the environment.

If the chemical is not registered in the online system contact your supervisor or OHS Safety area manager. Old chemicals that are no longer used must be removed from site and disposed of responsibly. They must also be removed from our chemical register at the same time.
Safety OHS boxes are located around the site and contained safety data sheets for each of the chemicals stored in that immediate location. Chemical spills must be dealt with immediately. If you see a spill or have a spill if it’s safe to do so you’re expected to stop the source and block the drain as quickly as possible.

Spill kits are available and clearly labeled on walls around the site. If you can’t manage the spill yourself report it to your OHS Construction Safety supervisor.

If you require emergency assistance phone and request the emergency response team, to support you.

You must report spills to your Construction Safety supervisor, Shift engineer or Environmental manager as soon as possible. Energy efficiency is a major
goal- so if you are not using it please turn it off.

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