Last edited 29 Oct 2018

Site induction

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Site induction is the process of ensuring workers on construction sites are fully informed about the organisation and operation of the site and of their responsibilities. It focuses in particular on safety aspects of the site.

The CDM regulations require that principal contractors ensure suitable site inductions are provided. They also require that contractors must provide each worker under their control with appropriate supervision, instructions and information so that construction work can be carried out, so far as is reasonably practicable, without risks to health and safety, and that this must include a suitable site induction, where not already provided by the principal contractor.

Site inductions may also be necessary for people visiting the site who might not necessarily be considered ‘workers’. Site inductions should be proportionate to the nature of the visit; escorted visitors need not have the level of detail that unescorted visitors should have.

It is important that this is not just a box-ticking exercise, but that it is given suitable time and priority, and is prepared specifically for the project in question, rather than following a pre-prepared generic format. It should highlight any particular risks and control measures that those working on, or visiting the project need to know about. Information should be clear and tailored to the audience. A record of the information and attendees should be kept, and ideally, some form of recorded assessment and declaration should be carried out to ensure that attendees have understood what they have been told.

Managing health and safety in construction, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, Guidance on Regulations suggests the following issue should be considered:

They might include information about:

Site inductions should include information about work involving particular risks such as those referred to in Schedule 3 of the CDM regulations:

NB: In July 2018 it was reported that site managers were resorting to do-it-yourself, online site inductions because of a lack of time. This has been criticised as simply a tick-box exercise, that does not, for example, allow questions to be asked or clarification sought. (Ref. https://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/site-managers-turn-to-diy-inductions)

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