How to Prepare For Your Fitout Project
We recently partnered with Hillmont Associates to assist with managing our Health and Safety Policies. We have been refocusing on our own Health & Safety practices whilst assisting others with their own Health & Safety requirements and plans to return to the office safely in the midst of a pandemic.
If you’re looking at starting a fitout project there are a number of things you should be looking out for to ensure that the project runs safely during a pandemic and at other times too.
1. Assessing and Eliminating Risk
Every site has an element of risk, therefore the priority before starting any work is that the site needs to be assessed to highlight and understand any potential risks. This is to ensure that the health and safety of workers is maintained and that the conditions on site are suitable to prevent any illness or injury from occurring.
It is not always reasonable or practical to eliminate risks on site, so instead, measures need to be put in place to minimise those risks by implementing adequate safety resources and training.
High risk areas where hazards and control measures need to be in place includes:
- Demolition work
- Excavation work
- Confined spaces
- Hazardous manual tasks
- Noise management and hearing loss prevention at work
- Managing and preventing falls
- How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace
- How to safely remove asbestos
All foreseeable hazards must be identified in advance. At JT Group we are committed to identifying these hazards before work commences and working with Hillmont Associates to minimise the risks before we begin any work.
2. Having Adequate Safety Resources & Equipment
All construction sites need adequate safety resources and equipment in place to mitigate any risks. During the process of eliminating and minimising those risks, we provide these safety resources and ensure that they are put in place on site:
- Hard hats – To protect workers heads from falling objects
- High-Vis vests and jackets – ensuring that workers are as visible as possible on site
- Construction cones – To corner off or identify any hazards
- Relevant signage – To ensure the safety or workers and the general public in and around sites
- Eye protection – To prevent any eye injuries from hazardous dust and fumes.
- Foot protection – To prevent injuries to feet
- Ear protection – To prevent long term hearing damage that can be caused as a result of loud construction equipment
Workers should also have the right tools for the job. Each piece of equipment used on a job site should be suited to the task at hand and this equipment also needs to be well maintained and PAT tested (where applicable) to ensure it functions properly and safely.
3. Safety Information, Training & Supervision
All workers working on our fitout projects are qualified and hold relevant CSCS tickets for their trade to ensure that the work is completed properly and safely.
In order for any construction work to be carried out on any site, our workers must attend an induction training session. That means everyone undertaking work on your site will be thoroughly trained on safety and be provided with any relevant safety information involving the tasks they will be completing before they begin work.
4. A Safety Focused Project Manager
The Project Manager and Site Supervisor will be the one to inform contractors about the Health and Safety plan in place for the fitout project, making sure everyone is aware of the safety measures involved. They will also be on site throughout the project ensuring that it is running correctly and adhering to all Health and Safety requirements outlined during the site assessment.
Our Project Manager will also ensure that a construction site is secured from unauthorised access. They are also responsible for making sure all safety duties are carried out by all parties working onsite. Regular on site visits from our Health and Safety advisors Hillmont Associates will also take place to ensure the continuous safety of everyone involved in the fitout project.
5. Safety Reviews
After a particular task or even a whole project is completed, reviews should be carried out to clearly understand the outcomes of the safety measures put in place. This is the responsibility of the Project Manager, who may also seek confirmation from our Health and Safety consultants. Any areas that were overlooked or could have used some improvement can be rectified for future sites.
This is why it pays to have an experienced fitout Project Manager on the job who has conducted multiple safety reviews. These safety reviews are then used to further improve and perfect safety processes for all fitouts in the future.