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3 Essential Safety Rules All Construction Work Sites Need

 

Safety is the top priority for any construction work site anywhere in the world. In Singapore, construction sites are subject to the safety standards and legislation set out by the Ministry of Manpower which primarily revolves around the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Act and Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA).

Whether your employees and contractors are working with drilling, electrical wiring, radioactive materials, or heavy metals, it’s important to take all the necessary precautions required to keep them safe from potential toxins, hazards, or contaminants. This can take the form of basic PPE as well as more specialised monitoring equipment such as vibration monitors, sound level meters, or dust monitoring equipment.

On top of official legislature and safety standards, these are 3 of the most crucial on-site rules your supervisors and managers should be enforcing:

1. Proper protection and PPE rules should be followed at all times

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses, helmets, gloves, safety boots, and high-visibilty apparel are one of the most important ways to protect your employees and contractors on the ground. Specific PPE are required for specific tasks such as wearing earplugs to protect against excessive noise levels, or wearing respirators to protect against inhaling harmful substances or particulates.

Additional equipment can also help supervisors better monitor hazard levels in the environment in order to adjust PPE requirements accordingly. This may include:

Wearing PPE might get uncomfortable after long durations (especially in an outdoor construction work site under Singapore’s hot afternoon sun), and supervisors can also make use of monitoring equipment to measure the noise, dust and heat indicators to safeguard their workers.

2. Continuous real-time outdoor air monitoring solutions

Aerosol monitors, also commonly referred to as dust monitors, are meters used to measure dust, smoke, mist, fume, condensates, and fog. These environmental air monitors help identify risks to communities and workers from breathable particles by measuring size fractions of ultrafine particles such as PM1, PM2.5, Respirable PM4, PM10, and Total PM. With hard data on outdoor air quality and visibility, construction companies can meet health and safety standards for Singapore and any other location around the world. 

The DustTrak Environmental monitor series is designed for harsh outdoor settings and can operate in any weather, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. This equipment is ideal for continuous monitoring of construction sites and fugitive emissions at environmental sites, construction work, as well as other outdoor applications. It can also monitor dust levels remotely using the Environet software, which allows users to have instant access to real time data anytime and anywhere through the web. This helps you retain control of multiple sites from a single location, eliminating costly field trips.

3. Provide adequate heat protection especially when outdoors

Workers in outdoor construction work sites in Singapore don’t only have to deal with their assigned tasks, but with Singapore’s blistering heat as well. Providing adequate shade and shelter on outdoor construction sites is crucial to avoid dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke – all of which can pose serious health threats to workers.

A Heat Stress Monitor can help you better monitor temperature levels, wind speed, and pressure to better understand the specific conditions of your work site. Heat stress monitors may also come with alarms that sound when the temperature has risen too high – allowing you to make immediate informed changes to protect your workers.

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