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Construction Regulations 2014: What you need to know about construction site housekeeping and general safeguarding

by , 04 March 2014
Good housekeeping practices don't only apply to an office environment; they also apply in construction sites. Read on to find out what Construction Regulations 2014 say about housekeeping and general safeguarding on construction sites.

New Construction Regulations require you to do the following when it comes to housekeeping and general safeguarding on construction sites

Construction Regulations 2014 state that a contractor must, in addition to compliance with the Environmental Regulations for Workplaces, 1987, ensure that suitable housekeeping is continuously implemented on each construction site.

According to the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors, this means you must ensure:

  • There's proper storage of materials and equipment;
  • Scrap, waste and debris is removed at appropriate intervals;
  • That waste and debris aren't disposed of from a high place with a chute, unless the chute complies with the requirements set out in regulation 14(6);
  • Construction sites in built-up areas adjacent to a public way are suitably and sufficiently fenced off. They must also have controlled access points to prevent the entry of unauthorised people; and
  • That a catch platform or net is put up above an entrance or passageway or above a place where people work or pass under. This will help ensure that everyone in your workplace is safe and isn't struck by falling objects.

Is there a point to housekeeping on a construction site?

Yes.

In October last year, we reported that effective housekeeping results in:

  • Fewer tripping and slipping accidents in clutter-free and spill-free work areas;
  • Decreased fire hazards;
  • Reduces exposure to hazardous substances;
  • Better control of tools and materials, including inventory and supplies;
  • Better hygienic conditions leading to improved health;
  • More effective use of space;
  • Improved morale;
  • Improved productivity; and
  • Sufficient waste management programme.


Now that you know all about housekeeping and general safeguarding on construction sites, make sure you comply with Construction Regulations 2014.

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