10 Activities to organise during CIF Construction Safety Week 2018

Construction Safety Week 2018

1. Stand down to explain the background to Construction Safety Week and engage all site supervisors in the activities during the campaign

It is essential that all people on site, as well as office staff, buy in and understand the importance of CIF Construction Safety Week. Don’t leave anyone out.

2. Organise onsite health Screening for your workers

Book a Construction Workers Health Trust (CWHT) nurse to come to your site and carry out health screenings for your workers. A 45-minute health screening includes the measuring of Body Mass Index, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and lung function, as well as advice about diet and lifestyle. If carried out commercially, this would cost in excess of €200 per person, not to mention time away from site. The nurse will set up in an onsite office and conduct health screenings free of charge.

But, you will need to book soon, as availability is limited. Phone CWHT on 01-7093070 for more details

3. Site and task specific safety training

Get specialist subcontractors/suppliers to deliver task-specific training refresher sessions on such topics as Manual Handling, Work at Height Awareness Training, etc.

4. Daily Toolbox Talk on the Topic of the Day

Brief workers at the start of each day on the appropriate ‘key message’. You can also access a range of videos on the Construction Industry Federation website cif.ie/safety-week to facilitate these talks.

5. Toolbox Talk on some aspect of general physical health or positive mental well-being

During previous Construction Safety Weeks, a number of organisations such as Pieta House, Aware, St Francis Hospice provided speakers to address workers during toolbox talks.

6. Organise a Safety Quiz with during a Toolbox Talk

Organise a quiz based around site safety. Prizes will bring an element of competition to the event and encourage workers to buy into the message you want to convey.

7. Place a Safety Suggestion Box on each project site and offer a prize at the end of the week for best the best safety suggestion

This measure will give workers an opportunity to address safety issues of concern to them and encourage engagement in Construction Safety Week. Make sure to follow through on suggestions and use the feedback to improve safety on your sites.

8. Carry out a Safety Audit with follow up review for workers

Carry out a safety audit and organise for the site supervisor to work through the audit findings with staff.

9. Display CIF Construction Safety Week posters prominently around your site and on safety notice boards

CIF can provide your sites with a Construction Safety Week Resource Pack including posters and leaflets. Visit the CIF Construction Safety Week webpage at cif.ie/safety-week to register your company and order your resource pack.

10. Run a safety slogan competition on site

Give a prize to the best entry and encourage employees to get their families involved.

And one extra…

11. Share your Construction Safety Week activities on Social Media

Using the hashtag #CIFSafety18 make sure to promote your CIF Construction Safety Week activities on your company’s social media platforms and ask workers to share on their profiles. It is essential to spread the safety message as far and wide as possible. CIF will highlight the “Best of the Week” on its platforms, and Construction magazine will feature many of these in a follow-up Construction Safety Week 2017 feature. 

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