Workplace Office and Transport

Workplace Office and TransportWorkplace Office and Transport Safety

There should be a procedure for Workplace Office and Transport Safety and employees are trained on Workplace Office and Transport Safety and role and responsibilities are assigned to competent employees to monitor the implementation of  control measures.

Hazards / Risks / Consequences

  • Flying splinters causing eye injuries
  • Flying fired fixing pins & nails
  • Misuse of unfixed cartridges


Control Measures for Workplace Office and Transport Safety

  • MSRA approval must be in place prior to start the work activity
  • Ensure Job safety analysis (JSA) /Prestart briefing/TBT is given
  • Planning to be ensured, strict control of use of cartridge tools and cartridge ammunition to prevent injury to users and others in the vicinity.
  • Secure storage needs to be planned for cartridges.
  • The general principle should be followed for treating these tools as firearms.
  • Only captive plunger tools will be provided and allowed to be used.
  • Care should be taken to ensure that risk from ricochets or projectiles passing through materials is minimized by limiting work done with these tools and the presence of others in the immediate vicinity.
  • Cartridges should be issued and selected to suit materials to be fixed.
  • Misfire drills will be strictly followed, misfire cartridges being safely retained for examination.
  • Misfired cartridges will only be removed according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Eye and hearing protection are mandatory for operatives using these tools.
  • Only trained operatives over 18 years old will be authorized to operate cartridge tools.
  • They will not be used in explosive or flammable atmospheres.
  • The work place supervisor will make specific arrangements for controlled issue, storage and use of these tools and their cartridges, including the safe locked storage of cartridges and the return of misfires. Selection of cartridges suitable for the task will be monitored by workplace supervision.
  • Those carrying out training must be competent to do so and appointed in writing by their employer.
  • Operators of cartridge operated tools must be specifically trained in the hazards, precautions and storage arrangements for cartridges, also in the drill for misfires laid down by the manufacturer of the particular make of tool to be used.
  • Operators must possess a certificate of training issued by a recognized body or the manufacturer, or they will not be permitted to use these tools.

Setting up site Facilities: Offices, Welfare & Storage

  • Fire due to poor storage of chemicals
  • Exposure to Hazardous Substances
  • Collapse of Structures
  • Electrocution due to poor cable management

Hazards / Risks / Consequences

  • Approved Procedure must be in place prior to start the work activity
  • Ensure Job safety analysis (JSA) /Prestart briefing/TBT is given
  • Setting of temporary buildings will be planned to ensure stability and availability of utility services (water, drainage & electricity).
  • Loading and off-loading of offices will be planned to ensure a suitable crane, lifting equipment and trained personnel are available.
  • COSHH assessments should be ensured in respect of hazardous substances to be used.
  • Fire extinguishers should be ordered as required prior to occupation of facilities, and statutory forms and registers will be supplied to site before work starts.
  • First-aid facilities should be provided as required by assessments.
  • Toilets, welfare and hygiene facilities should be arranged suitable for likely numbers of employees using them and type of works undertaken.
  • Safe access / egress should be provided to all buildings.
  • Minimum quantities of HFL & LPG should be supplied to site for the work undertaken, and suitable storage facilities to be provided.
  • Temporary electrical supplies should be fitted by a competent electrician, and a certificate obtained on completion by management.
  • Fire and emergency procedures should be ensured and practiced.
  • Movement of stores should be planned to minimize manual handling.
  • Facilities should be cleaned and regular housekeeping to be ensured at intervals.
  • Air condition, lighting and ventilation should be monitored.
  • Management will be trained in the management of health and safety on site and the requirements of the Regulations, especially in regard to control of subcontractors and liaison with other contractors.
  • Office workers and operatives needs to be trained in emergency procedures.

Transport on Site

Hazards / Risks / Consequences

  • Contact with overhead power lines
  • Overturning of vehicles leading to fatality
  • Collision with pedestrians/operatives, Structures
  • Collision with other vehicles
  • Causing collapse of or falling into excavations
  • Restricted vision due to traffic route corners
  • Site service cables (surface)
  • Excessive Speeds leading to lose of control
  • Heat stress leading to personal ill health, fainting, dehydration, fatality
  • The risk involved in working under direct sunlight should be well communicated to workers and
    precautions like taking cool drinking water, taking rest in shaded area frequently, job rotation etc

Control Measures

  • An approved Traffic management plan must be in place
  • Traffic management plan must be reviewed regularly and amended.
  • The site should be surveyed and vehicle routes planned to avoid danger to pedestrians, contact with buildings, structures or overhead power lines, and to be clear of excavations.
  • Vehicles should be subject to a planned maintenance program.
  • Speed Limits should be put in place with signage to warn and instruct workers.
  • Restricted visibility at junctions and corners should be addressed by placing reflective mirrors or traffic lights especially on large heavy trafficked sites.
  • Lighting to be placed on all traffic routes during part of winter months and when night work is to be carried out.
  • On sandy/dusty, a dust suppression schedule to be agreed and implemented, on contaminated sites provision & use of a washing down point to prevent heavy mud or dust being dispersed by vehicles leaving the site onto the local highway.• Suitable fencing should be provided around excavations.
  • Barriers and notices should be erected at overhead power lines.
  • Vehicle operating areas and traffic routes should be clearly signed and fenced off where practicable. Stop boards will be fitted to excavations where tipping is to take place.
  • Drivers should ensure loads are placed evenly in vehicles and that the vehicle is not overloaded.
    • Drivers should not remain in or on vehicles being loaded
  • Tipping vehicles should not move with the body raised, and stop boards must be used to prevent over-run of edges.
  • Vehicles used for removal of site waste must be registered with the local authority.
  • Those intended for use on the public highway should comply with current licensing requirements.
  • Signs requesting visiting vehicle drivers to report to the site office should be displayed.
  • Speed restrictions should be displayed and enforced as necessary.
  • Where audible warnings are not fitted to vehicles, banks men will be used to give warning to others when vehicles are reversing.
  • Visiting drivers will be briefed on site rules and hazards.
  • All employed and contractors drivers should hold a current driving license, and should be trained in site and plant safety awareness. In general, visiting drivers must wear the minimum standard PPE safety helmet and safety boots.
  • Ensure Job safety analysis (JSA) /Prestart briefing/TBT is given
  • The risk involved in working under direct sunlight should be well communicated to workers and precautions like taking cool drinking water, taking rest in shaded area frequently, job rotation etc.