Health and Safety
Health and Safety

A new contractor was recently awarded a demolition project in a highly urbanized location. One of the requirements prior to issuance of necessary permits is the submission of a Health and Safety Plan.

Typically this happens around the world everyday. It is a relatively small part of building a project. However – it is an important part. The health and safety of people working on the site or involved in the site in any way is important. Just like the safety of any visitors is important.

Health and Safety Plan – Site Specific Details are Important

The contents of a health and safety plan are important. The detail matters and it should be site specific. Components of the plan can be used on every site.

However, ensure relevant details for any particular site have been addressed. Components of the plan that are site specific should have actually been reviewed and checked.

Health and Safety Plan – What is in the Detail?

The Health and Safety Plan usually provides a combination of instructions and health and safety requirements. It provides a record for future reference so that anyone mobilized to site at a later date are informed. This will assist in looking at the history of safety and associated events that occurred in the past.

Detailed information on certain issues and how they were dealt with will be useful for any new employee. Depending on the nature of the project, a typical H & S Plan may contain some of the following information.

Specific Contents of a Health and Safety Plan

The following items are typically found in a health and safety plan. If you are considering purchasing a template for your safety plan, then it should have these as a basic minimum.

Client Information

  • Firstly, any Client information is important. This may include details like the name and business contact numbers of the client or authorized representative.

Emergency Services Contacts

  • Additional important services for medical, emergency numbers or local authorities are also a good idea to include.

Contractor and Sub-contractor Details

  • The full name and address of the main contractor as well as any subcontractors. Also including their expertise is a good idea.

A Project Description

  • A description of the project and what type of contract should be also included. Further to this, the contract sum is also included.


  • The address of the project should be included.

Project Duration

  • Actual start date of the project and an estimated time of completion.

Project Design

  • Safety in Design aspects from other consultants such as the Architect, Structural Engineer and Landscape Architect. Any risk assessments or details that have been provided surrounding the aspects of safety within the design are important.

Actual Project Site Layout

  • Indicate actual location of structures like site office, fabrication shop, crane position, staging area or parking.
  • Any out of bounds areas or areas that should be partitioned off from access should be included.

Health and Safety Processes

  • Aspects on construction management, handling and control of project resources (incoming and outgoing workers, materials, equipment, and sub-contractors).
  • Procedural guidelines on how to carry out an investigation, report and suggest preventive measures on serious incidents or occupational illness that happens during the duration of the project.
  • Also within the plan should be a system on how to communicate health and safety related information on a daily basis.

Construction site rules and regulations

  • In addition to the above, as-built plans and site sketches from consultants should be included and referred to where appropriate.
  • Identification of harmful construction materials, equipment and site hazards should be identified. Also procedures for handing of materials and storage locations.

Fire Safety

  • Fire Safety Plan including emergency procedures and what to do in the case of a fire.

Relevant Training and Seminars

  • Include documents indicating employees are equipped for emergencies.
  • A Health and Safety Management Plan is a comprehensive document and is a management tool to protect employees, contractors, visitors and anyone else that is involved with the project and construction.


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