To some, a construction site being ‘messy’ is simply a fact of life, but we certainly don’t agree. In fact, while there is often wear and tear involved in construction and logistics, keeping a site clean while work is ongoing is equally as important as completing the job to the highest standard – in fact, it is a key component of being able to do so. Health and safety, efficiency, employee morale, customer morale, and relationships with customers and the public are all heavily affected by the state of a company’s construction site, including everything from clean-up after a job, to proper storage of materials while it’s ongoing. Nevertheless, keeping a clean construction site doesn’t have to be an ongoing battle. Here, we’ve pulled together a few tips to get started.
The preparation required for any construction site will ultimately depend on the project, however dust is one of the biggest culprits of a messy construction site, and happens to be one of the most difficult to control. Luckily, however, there are a few ways to prepare a construction site for dust control. Plastic sheeting on the floors and ceilings of a workspace can help to contain the dust, and with quick removal, clean-up is easy. Sticky plastic sheeting is also available for hard surfaces and carpets, whilst zipper closures, painters tape and weights can help to keep the plastic sheets in place when in an outdoor environment.
Health and Safety
Health and safety is a vital component of any workplace, but none more so than construction. Trips over scrap or discarded materials, protruding nails and dust inhalation are just a few possible risks that employees or clients could come across on an untidy construction site, so ensuring that any hazards are removed before they can injure workers or the public is paramount for appropriate health and safety practices. Each business is likely to have a health and safety procedure, and a clean construction site will make this much easier to follow.
Prevention is key when it comes to health and safety hazards, and a clean construction site can help ensure that these hazards are actually prevented. We’ve gathered together just a few things that can be implemented in order to effectively manage risks.
- Construction in Homes
When working on a client’s home, it’s important to ensure that your site stays clean not only for health and safety reasons, but for ensuring that the customer is kept happy and pleased with their service. Our home refurbishment service, for example, is designed to cater for even the most unique of properties, particularly in London, and ensuring that these houses stay clean and well-kept is a matter of health, safety, and customer satisfaction. Residential properties aren’t just a place for business – they’re a home to a customer, and so ensuring that things stay clean, neat and tidy, and that risks to residents are minimised, should undoubtedly be a priority.
- Work Areas
Keeping a work area free from risks, or keeping risks under control can be achieved in a number of ways. Providing safe access to a job site for employees with tools, keeping all walkways and work spaces clean from debris, and ensuring all stairways, passageways and other public areas are free of any materials or obstructions can prevent most slips, trips and falls that may occur as a result of an untidy construction site. Ensuring all nails are hammered in completely or removed from any scrap lumber, and safely disposed of, will help to prevent serious injury, and all steel rebar ends should be capped or bent.
Waste is an unavoidable part of a construction site, but can also prove to be a hazard to employees or the public. However, by ensuring that there are ample places to dispose of trash safely, keeping waste in metal bins with self-closing covers and ensuring any debris is cleared up regularly will help keep your site safe and clean. Chutes for waste disposal can help prevent free-falling rubbish from heights, and hazardous waste of any kind should be appropriately disposed of and sealed to prevent unfavourable spillages. Frequent removal of waste, especially combustible or hazardous waste, is another key component of ensuring a safe and clean construction site.
Keeping a construction site clean is a simple but vital process. Health and safety is paramount for employees and clients alike, and by keeping the site clear of debris, dealing with any potential hazards and disposing of waste appropriately can ensure optimum levels of safety on a construction site.
If you are in need of any logistics expertise for your construction project, why not get in touch with us here at Pro Quo Logistics today? We can help you tackle the unique challenges of construction in London, and give your project the boost it might need!