If not properly managed, a construction site can become dangerous, and a large part of this is down to waste and materials on site. Every year, the British construction industry uses a huge 400 million tonnes of natural resources, and if not properly managed and monitored, this could become detrimental to our environment, as this produces 100 million tonnes of waste.
At a construction site, you can often encounter two types of waste, including hazardous waste, and this can pose a huge threat to our environment if not managed quickly and effectively. Construction logistics should always be taken seriously, so we’re going to explore just what material and waste management is, and why you should manage both effectively.
Correctly Storing Materials
When operating on a construction site, it’s paramount that all workers are able to efficiently communicate with each other, as this will aid the management of materials. This doesn’t just involve workers though, as your contractors, client and suppliers need to be able to co-ordinate with each other, as ultimately they’re all associated with your materials and the management of them. When arranging a project, the management of your materials must be discussed prior to beginning any construction work, otherwise those involved may become unclear about the appropriate action to take with the materials and waste on the construction site. Any unused materials should be stored neatly at a designated area, including flammable materials and waste.
In addition, your construction site should be carefully planned and structured to ensure that any surrounding pedestrians are kept safe, including an effective traffic management system. Alongside this, you’ll need to ensure that no materials are left obstructing a pathway, as this could be hazardous to pedestrians as well as the surrounding environment. Plus, always plan your deliveries wisely, otherwise you could find your construction site overloaded with materials that you don’t currently need, which can result in environmental deterioration in the surrounding areas.
Management Of Waste
While waste poses a huge threat to the environment, it can also seriously harm pedestrians and construction workers alike when hazardous, so it’s imperative that it’s quickly and correctly managed. Before you begin work on a construction site, you need to decide how you’ll effectively manage the waste, taking into consideration where you’ll be building and the time of year. Secondly, individuals need to be assigned a role within waste management, and this needs to be clearly explained to ensure that duties are carried out.
Having skips on site is a great way to ensure that waste materials are stored safely before they’re able to be deducted from the site, but you should appropriately plan their position on the site to prevent the waste from disturbing any work that’s being done, as well as ensuring that its impact on the environment is minimal.
While SWMP regulations have been scrapped completely, they still have a large impact on how waste is managed on a construction site. With the UK’s Climate Change Act 2008, we have agreed to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050, and this is only achievable on a construction site by effectively managing your materials and waste. Our environment is suffering greatly from waste, so recycling your materials on site is paramount for construction sites to meet these goals. Therefore, despite the disappearance of the SWMP regulations, they are still important for construction workers to keep in mind. This can not only protect the environment, but this can also help to reduce the chances of any additional fees implemented by the government or regulatory bodies as a result of high levels of environmental waste.
Importance Of Managing Hazardous Waste
We’ve already established what hazardous waste is and its dangers, but are you really aware of the effects that it has on our environment? While construction sites usually generate far more non-hazardous waste compared to hazardous waste, the management of it is still vital to preserve the environment and keep it in its best condition. Managing hazardous waste should be an easy process, as it will always be clearly labelled by black and orange symbols, as well as strong connotations of danger. If your business is generating 500 kilograms of hazardous waste annually, then the construction site should be registered with the government to avoid any legal action. By outsourcing your waste produced with registered companies, you’re saving the environment in the simplest and most responsible of ways.
Hazardous waste is, as the name suggests, hazardous and it’s important that you manage this waste, especially when working on residential property. Our house refurbishment in London, for example, can mean that we often come across old buildings, and controlling hazardous waste around not only the residents themselves, but around potentially delicate and architecturally stunning properties is a must. Health and safety is a priority on any construction site, but even more so where residential living areas are concerned, and proper hazardous waste management in these areas is paramount.
Managing your waste and materials shouldn’t be a difficult process, as long as you appropriately plan how and who will manage both elements. Essentially, you want to keep your workers and nearby pedestrians safe, however the environment is equally important, so building an environmentally-friendly construction plan is crucial to preserve our planet.