Take the Construction Industry Compliance Challenge
The construction industry is one of the riskiest sectors in which to work – this is true in all parts of the world. Here in Ireland we’re lucky enough to have strict health and safety legislation designed to ensure the safety of workers in all industries and this is particularly so in construction.
Moreover, we enjoy a stringent enforcement process with regular inspections of construction sites to ensure that health and safety legislation is complied with – after all, rules and regulations are only effective when they are complied with. In the construction sector, compliance with regulations is essential for building companies and other construction businesses.
When it comes to compliance within construction companies, training, especially in health and safety issues, is vital. Most employers in the construction sector reviewing their expenditure on business costs will know that an investment in training is necessary to ensure compliance always and avoid some of the large fines that have become the norm in recent years for breaches of health and safety regulations.
Types of Training
- General Occupational Health and Safety Training – This is the training referred to in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 requiring that all employees receive adequate information, instruction, training and supervision so that they can work in a safe and healthy manner.
- Hazard Specific Training – This training applies to hazards which already exist in the workplace and being subjected to separate and specific regulation. These are only a requirement in instances where the hazard is known to exist (or could potentially exist) in operations. The employer decides the nature and extent of the training through a risk assessment.
- Policy Specific Training – This is a lower level of training as there is no statutory provision relating to the issues. In some instances, an employer is obliged to have a policy (should a risk assessment result in a requirement for one) and managers and supervisors will need to be briefed on the nature and requirements of the said policy. Employees should be consulted on and made aware of how the policy affects them, especially if a breach of the policy is likely to result in disciplinary measures.
Regulatory compliance can be a challenge for construction company owners and for the manufacturers who supply this sector. With an extensive range of regulations covering areas as varied as health and safety of workers, the efficiency of building materials and products and the legality of construction contracts, ensuring compliance can be demanding. It’s up to company owners and managers to meet their regulatory obligations to avoid tough penalties from enforcement bodies.
However, help is available to ensure that you have what it takes to remain compliant and avoid falling foul of the law. Several of our short courses have been designed specifically to enable you to ensure that your company is compliant and that the qualification and training of your workforce is current at all times. Our courses are either of short duration (which won’t delay your projects) or can be completed online, offering a convenient yet effective way of ensuring compliance for your company. Why not get in touch now to see how CIF Training can help your business remain compliant with legislation at all times?