Health & Safety procedures on site

Health and safety Procedures on site are important for the safety of your workers whilst working on various projects.

It is good practice to have a written site manual for projects that you are working on; these could include various Health and Safety documents such as:

  • A Health and Safety Policy which is dated and signed within the last year outlining various roles and responsibilities for the company
  • Risk assessments and method statements for the tasks that you are to complete, which should be specific for the environment that you are working in and should be signed by all operatives
  • Copies of your business’ insurance certificates
  • Copies of the F10 submitted to the HSE where applicable
  • COSHH assessments for all substances you will be using on site throughout the project
  • Copies of training certificates or a training matrix for all operatives working on site
  • Surveys, for example an asbestos survey, if applicable or a ground survey
  • Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan outlining the project and how you will deliver the project safely
  • Induction records to show the induction process which are signed by all operatives
  • Site inspection records which are carried out by the site foreman as a record that checks are made at various intervals

Site manuals can also include sub contractors information, fire plans and procedures and equipment logs.

Make sure operatives have seen this information, read it, understood it and signed all paperwork where necessary.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, are items such as hard hats, gloves, eye protection, safety footwear, high-visibility clothing and harnesses that protect the user against health and safety risks at work. PPE should only be used as a last resort when risks cannot be adequately controlled.

Under the Health & Safety At Work Act, employers aren’t allowed to charge for PPE. The employer must also make sure that the employee has adequate training and information in the use of the PPE provided to them and that they have selected suitable PPE for their workers. Employers must make sure all PPE is maintained correctly and replace anything that cannot be repaired.

Employees also have duties when it comes to PPE. If a risk assessment has deemed it mandatory, then they must wear PPE when it is necessary to. Employees must also report any faults in their PPE to their employers as soon as they spot them.


Not to be confused with things that grow in the ground, we are talking about larger pieces of machinery and equipment. For example, dumper trucks, excavators, generators or boilers as well as lifting equipment like cranes and passenger lifts.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) require plant and machinery used at work to be maintained so it remains safe.

As well as maintenance, some pieces of equipment need to be subject to regular checks and inspections. Some of these may be required by law such as the Thorough Examinations required by the Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (also known as LOLER).

In addition to requirements dictated by legislation, there may also be manufacturer’s requirements to adhere to, so careful planning may be required to ensure plant doesn’t miss out and put workers at risk.

Working at height

The work at height regulations 2005 are there to prevent death or injury which is caused by a fall from height.

These regulations apply to you if you are in control of work at height or an employer of a business where work at height occurs.

Work at height must be supervised and planned correctly as well as carried out by competent people.

The right pieces of equipment must be selected and the risks assessed.

Before working at height consider the following:

  • avoid work at height where it is reasonably practicable to do so;
  • where work at height cannot be avoided, prevent falls using either an existing place of work that is already safe or the right type of equipment;
  • minimise the distance and consequences of a fall, by using the right type of  equipment where the risk cannot be eliminated.

There is a short guide available on the HSE website and we also have plenty of guides and templates for you to download off our website.