These consist of a detailed analysis of the hazards present at a particular industrial or construction site. Assessments will have some general elements that apply to all sites – but the particular combination of risks will often be unique to each location. If five or more employees are working on a particular site, your safety assessment must be written down, but this is good practice even if there are fewer because it will help everyone keep track of their responsibilities. When does the site safety assessment begin? Right at the start, while the project is still in its planning stages. A site safety checklist template could include:
A list of the specific hazards – for example heights, heavy loads, vehicles, dangerous chemicals. A list identifying who is most at risk from each issue – specific employees? Members of the public? On site contractors? An assessment of the urgency of each hazard – which are the most in need of attention? Discuss these with your team and possibly the local emergency services too. Write down your conclusions, as well as the plans you have formulated to address each risk in a site-specific safety plan. Regularly review your assessment and change your plans as the project progresses.
Certain dangers – for example chemicals, working at height, or loud noise – may require individual assessments.