A new reality in workplace safety is the implementation of "Site-Specific" Health & Safety standards being implemented by General Contractors and Constructors. While many workers understand the concept of mandatory PPE, many forget that the Employers are within their rights to set "Site-Specific" job-site rules, such as enhanced PPE or required training.
For any job-site, it is challenging for General Contractors to monitor large numbers of employees and sub-trades. Equally challenging is determining safety and training standards for each worker. The solution-the same Health & Safety standards for everyone. Whether you are a general labourer, carpenter, brick layer or even a carpet installer. Many General Contractors are implementing new standards for all workers. This includes Working At Heights.
It only makes sense. The time and cost of attempting to run different PPE standards makes it impossible. Even if workers, such as carpet installers, may never be above 3ft off the ground. To work on a specific job-site might require them to obtain approved MOL Working At Heights training.
So, workers may be surprised when they go to work only to find out that they cannot enter the site. I cannot stress enough the importance for companies in having an internal training standard, even if you own or operate a small company. You should have a Sub-Contractor information package ready for the Constructor or General Contractor with copies of all documents. This organization and pre-planning not only demonstrates your professional for your industry and commitment to workplace safety. It could mean the difference in getting a contract or not.
Don't wait until it's too late. Be proactive. Think ahead. Be safe.