Construction is a risky business. Construction work exposes workers to a wide
range of health problems: from asbestosis to back pain; hand-arm vibration
syndrome to cement burns. This checklist gives basic advice on health and
safety in construction, but cannot provide detailed guidance. It is not
all-inclusive and is not intended to substitute for a comprehensive workplace
health and safety program.
- Are dangerous substances on site being properly stored and used?
- Are suitable protective measures being used to prevent or reduce exposure
to dust (for example, wood, cement, silica)?
- Is there asbestos on site?
- Is everyone on site wearing proper head protection and footwear?
- Are there any ways that a risk can be controlled without using personal
- Are workers using the right PPE for the job?
- Is the site fenced so that the public cannot get in?
- Are measures in place to protect members of the public (such as people
passing by the site)?
- Can everyone get to their place of work safely and work there safely? For
example, is there safe access on scaffolding?
- Are the appropriate signs in place (for example, traffic routes, authorized
- Is the site tidy, well lit and well laid out?
- Are adequate fire precautions in place (for example, fire extinguishers,
- Are there first-aid facilities?
- Are existing power lines (buried or overhead) identified and systems of
work in place for dealing with them?
- Are precautions in place to ensure that electrical systems are maintained
in a safe condition?
- Are vehicles and people kept apart?
- Are the vehicle and plant operators suitably trained and, where necessary,
- Are traffic routes maintained in a safe condition?
- Is there adequate clearance around pivoting vehicles?
- Do the machines' safety devices (such as sound signals, guards) work?
- Have lifts and hoists been properly installed and checked by competent
- Is all the work equipment and machinery maintained in a safe condition?
- Are scaffolds erected, altered and dismantled by competent people?
- Do you make checks of the conditions of the scaffolding periodically and
after adverse weather conditions (such as high winds)?
- Are measures in place to stop workers and objects from falling?
- Has the need for manual handling been eliminated where possible (for
example, by the use of mechanical equipment)?
- Is material supplied in manageable sizes and weights, where possible, to
reduce the risk of back injury?
- Have workers been instructed and trained in how to lift safely?
- Has an assessment been made to reduce the risk of work-related upper limb
disorders (for instance, in concrete casting, reinforcing, welding or
- Are all measures to reduce exposure to noise and vibration in place?
- Are there arrangements for health surveillance where necessary?
- Is there fall protection everywhere that requires it?
- Are fragile roofs and parts of roofs (such as skylights) clearly
- Are holes protected with clearly marked and fixed covers to prevent falls?
- Are there safer ways to do a job other than off a ladder (for example, by
using mobile access equipment)?
- Are any excavations adequately supported or otherwise constructed to
minimize the risk of collapse?
- Is there protection to stop vehicles and people from falling in
- Does a competent person regularly inspect the excavation?
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