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5 Top Tips For Ordering Your Construction Site Signs

Signs are legally required to minimise injuries on construction sites, such as displaying health and safety practises and providing hazard warnings, but most construction companies are missing a trick. That's why we've pulled together 5 helpful tips to consider when ordering the signage for your new building project.

1) Temporary signs are the way forwardConstruction site signs

Buying permanent signs made out of aluminium or plastic can be used at the next site right?

Wrong - it's likely that they will be damaged due to the nature of work on your site, such as the brick dust which deteriorates on signs. Temporary correx signs are a cost effective solution while still providing great quality.

You can start fresh at the beginning of each building site with a new First Call Signs Starter Pack meaning you save significant amounts of money on each site and your temporary signage always looks professional - like your work. 

2) Improve community relations

Construction work can often be viewed negatively within the immediate community; often seen as disruptive and noisy.

The use of additional signage can go a long way to improve relationships. A simple sign apologising for any inconvenience caused, can go a long way to appease local residents. Why not go one step further with a custom made sign and include the final architect's drawing to show residents what they have to look forward to. 

These signs can be displayed next to your legally required notice boards at the entrance; showing residents that you are adhering to health and safety laws and putting safety first. 

3) Improve your company's image and get free advertising

Construction site signs aren't just about communicating health and safety messages, hazard warnings or keeping the locals happy, they are the perfect opportunity to advertise your brand. 

Why not use the spare space on your signs to include a company logo and contact details. With First Call Signs you get a free logo printed on all standard signs, all you need to do is simply upload it when placing your order online. 

4) Are you affecting the local highways?

Hazard and warning signs aren't just for on site; they are also for the public around the site. Something that is often overlooked are traffic signs to warn motorists in the local vicinity, you legally must give motorists ample warning of any works affecting the highway. Our team of expert can help you identify what signs you require and where you will need to display them.

This is hugely important as companies that fail to meet the criteria are liable for prosecution in insufficient warning lead to a motorist or pedestrian being injured.

5) The handover - where are the fire signs?Fire safety signs

You've been working really hard on your project and everything is looking perfect, at long last the plasterers and the painters have been in, you're on the final walk round, signing everything off ready to hand over the keys the next day.

But there is something missing - where are the fire signs? Without them the property can't be signed off, which will lead to a delay and fine for a late finish. 

Make sure you buy them early and they're on site for the final day, but if you find yourself in this position First Call Signs can arrange next day delivery when ordering before 1pm.

If you have any questions about your construction site signage, simply contact our experts who will be more than happy to help.

T. 01737 774 741 E. Sales@firstcallsigns.co.uk

 

  

Everything you need to know about branded Heras netting

Over the past couple of months we’ve noticed a huge rise in the demand for branded Heras fence netting for construction sites. So what is it used for and what benefits can it bring to your site?

First and foremost, your branded Heras fence netting acts as a health and safety tool, protecting waste and rubble from the public and passers by near your site. Additionally, it hides the mess that this creates, keeping everything on site and out of plain view.

Secondly, the branding aspect of the netting allows corporate awareness and recognition, reinforcing your company’s brand and image within the community your site is situated.

Heras netting is made from 340gsm mesh PVC material, which is 25% open to allow airflow through, creating less tension onto the netting itself. Additionally, the mesh also allows light through, meaning that even when it is used on buildings, windows are not completely blacked out.

First Call Signs can supply Heras fencing for all of your site needs, including the use of your branding for awareness and corporate identity. Get in touch with the team today for further information at sales@firstcallsigns.co.uk.

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Safety education and awareness signage from First Call Signs

One of the main ways to keep safe on construction sites is through properly educating all employees, visitors and the public to the potential dangers on site.

As First Call Signs specialises in temporary safety signage, primarily for the construction industry, awareness and education forms an important part of what we do and the service we provide. This is why we have developed a new range of signage, designed with everybody’s safety in mind in and around construction sites.

With all of our signs, this range is printed on 4mm correx and designed to display safety information in a clear and engaging format, making sure safety rules on your site are adhered to and getting people to think about their own personal safety.

This range is so exclusive, the signs are only available by calling the team directly on 0800 652 6270 or by emailing sales@firstcallsigns.co.uk.

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New Product Release: Temporary A Frame Boards for Railways, Construction Sites and Events

Temporary safety signage is of paramount importance when carrying out any engineering, construction or building works, in order to keep your employees and members of the public safe and avoid any accidents.

At First Call Signs, we’re always looking for new and innovative ways for our customers to clearly display safety and access information, in order to stay safe and avoid injury.

Already popular with the rail industry for blocking off access the engineering works, our new A Frame Board product line allows you to clearly block access, show your site safety rules or provide temporary wayfinding at any large scale event or festival.

Available next day, as with all of our temporary signage, this new product can also be customised with your logo and the information that you would like to be displayed on it. Made from 4mm Correx, our A Frame Boards are currently only available by calling us directly on 0800 652 6270 where we can discuss through your requirements in more detail.

Additionally, are you compliant with all temporary signage? View our guide for all required temporary safety signage.

First Call Signs A Frame Boards   Temporary A frame board

Temporary signage for festival and summer events season

Glastonbury 2015 kicks off today, marking the start of the festival season, and with large summer shows and events taking place up and down the UK this summer, organisers will be thinking about the safety of those who attend.

With large crowds gathering in one place, health & safety is of paramount importance to ensure that everyone has a good time. Temporary signage is essential to mark out potential hazards, safe way finding and crowd control, and also to mark out car park safety.

Much like constructions sites, festivals and large events have their own potential hazards with trips, slips and electric cables to be assessed and made aware to visitors. Car parks of large events can also be potentially hazardous and signage will made all aware of these safety issues.

Additionally, way finding and informational signs all add to the quality of experience that your visitors will have. Properly marked facilities such as toilets, refreshments, entrances and exits will ensure that navigation is made easier and a bottleneck of people trying to find their way will be minimised.

All First Call Signs event and festival signage is supplied on 4mm correx and are available in three standard sizes: 300x400mm, 400x600mm and 600x800mm. Call us today to discuss your festival and event temporary signage solutions on 0800 652 6270.

 

Event signage  Drive slowly signage  refreshments signage

What signs do I need on a building site?

First of all, temporary signage will be dependent on the type of building site. For example, is the site “groundworks”, involve “civils” (heavier infrastructure), based around utilities or just plain residential / non-residential construction.

The reason for identifying the different types of construction is it will relate heavily to the temporary signage requirements and quantities eventually put in place on that particular site.

The 1996 and 2007 (updated) Health, Safety and Welfare regulations highlight what is required for “main construction”. To make it easier for the smaller builder to cover these elements, we will focus on what is generally considered the absolute minimum temporary signage expected on a construction site.

This constitutes the following 4 main signs :

Assembly Point sign – in case of an emergency there has to be a safe place to congregate;

  - normally produced as a larger sign so it is easily seen

 

Site Safety sign – covers first aid, PPE, courtesy/inconvenience, parents with children and visitors;

  - normally produced as a larger sign due to amount of text printed on it

 

No unauthorised access – there has to be a sign that informs people they shouldn’t be there;

 - produced as a smaller sign, but more than one is used to get the message across                                                                        

 

Danger Construction Site – Keep Out – a sign that highlights the site is dangerous and to stay away;

   - produced as a smaller sign, but several are scattered around the perimeter of the site

 

At First Call Signs we are able to help you decide on the additional signs you may require to complete your building site and keep it legislatively correct. One suggestion would be to purchase the Starter Packs and build your temporary signage around this, bearing in mind that not all building/construction sites will be the same, ultimately you could end up with different elements of signage at every site you will ever work on.

Call our Sales Team on Tel: 0800 652 6270 to find out about how we can provide basic temporary safety signage for your construction site.

Welfare and First Aid Arrangements

Welfare and First Aid Arrangements

One of the most important aspects of any construction or building site is ensuring that all visitors or workers are cared for and looked after properly, however long they are there for. Whilst following through with the overall project, this is an area that is sometimes overlooked.

In accordance with the 1996 Health, Safety and Welfare Construction Regulations and the updated 2007 Design and Management Construction Regulations, it is made clear to those responsible for the construction site exactly what is expected in terms of provision.

Whether it is providing facilities for changing into dry clothing, a rest area or even something as simple as putting in place an adequate supply of wholesome drinking water in readily accessible and suitable stations on site, the welfare of anyone on site is paramount.

For the larger and complex sites more will be expected in this area. For example “Dry Room”, Shower facilities etc are common on the bigger Projects. The regulations also state that both smokers and non-smokers should be catered for, the latter being protected from discomfort caused by tobacco smoke and the former being given a safe area to smoke if they so wish. If there are women regularly on site then the toilets should be separate and marked as such.

The first aid provisions should be just as far reaching. The first aid post should be clearly marked on site, normally a dual use with the site office. Eye wash and “Your First Aiders Are” information should also be easily accessible to everyone based at the Project.

At First Call Signs, we are sometimes asked for advice on what welfare and first aid signage should be on site. Our take on the situation is that every site is different and that signage will vary from site to site. Our suggestion would be to ensure that the main types of signage (such as the ones pictured above) are in place and that areas of concern are covered as much as possible.

Call our Sales team on Tel: 0800 652 6270 to find our about how we can provide welfare and first aid signs for your construction site.

Best Practice for Fire-prevention and control on construction sites

In this blog post we are looking at fire -prevention precautions associated with hot work activities. 

Contractors would be generally expected to provide and use cylinder trolleys to ensure ease of transport and safe storage whilst cylinders are in use. Flashback arrestors should be fitted to all welding, cutting and heating equipment, contain any explosive incidents. Appropriate welding screens and display safety signs (including PPE signs) will be required whenever electric arc welding is being undertaken to protect other persons from the effects of ultra-violet radiation and the spread of sparks. Contractors must give consideration to fire prevention and control at all times when working on site by enforcing the following these best practice procedures:

  •  Flammable waste products i.e. cardboard, wood, sawdust, paper, cloth and the like, are to be removed from the work area on a regular basis, via the appropriate waste disposal system ( see our post on waste management and pollution control for construction)
  • Provide suitable fire fighting equipment and training to operatives and assess as necessary for the work operation undertaken.
  • Observe any specific rules a site might have for example these could be:

-Obtain 'Hot Work Permits' before hot work operations commence.

-Observe the 'No Smoking' areas

-Observe the site emergency fire procedures

  •  Ensure suitable flame-retardant materials and the like are utilised as part of your 'hot working procedures' i.e. barriers, monoflex, temporary screens and safety signs etc.

     

 

Call our sales team on Tel: 0800 652 6270 to find our about how we can provide branded fire prevention safety signs for your construction site.

Is your site compliant? You don't want a visit from the HSE

Is your site compliant? You don't want a visit from the HSE

Our last post reported how 40% of construction companies had failed recent health and safety checks by the HSE, but the HSE inspections touch only a tiny fraction of construction sites and most construction workers never see an HSE inspector unless a major accident has occurred.

The HSE campaign of random inspections serves to keep safety at the top of the agenda and publication of statistics of prosecution give a stern reminder of the importance of compliance.  Steve Murphy, General Secretary of construction union UCATT said, " The HSE are uncovering basic and straightforward safety breaches. It is imperative that far greater emphasis is applied to uncovering dangerous construction practices and prosecuting the guilty". Murphy also sadly concluded that "Construction employers will never improve safety unless they fear being caught"

The industry would rather have headlines of firms being prosecuted for failing safety checks before experiencing a major incident but we are unfortunately seeing far too many tragic headlines in the industry press like ‘someone is going to get killed’ driver warned Costain day before his death’, ‘Firm sentenced for corporate manslaughter’, ‘Two hurt after overloaded scaffold collapse’ and tragically many more.

Safety signs when used correctly can help to enhance safety on site. Signage can be used to warn, instruct and educate. A visual reminder for staff and the general public of the hazards associated with a construction site. Used as part of a thorough safety policy, safety signage can help to prevent major accidents and therefore providing no reason for a visit from the HSE. However should a random visit take place, professionally produced, branded, well maintained signage will also shows the construction company has a serious and healthy attitude towards safety procedures. 

40% of construction sites fail H&S checks

40% of  construction sites inspected by the HSE in a recent campaign failed to meet acceptable standards of health and safety. Nearly half of the 1748 repair and refurbishment sites visited between September and October 2014 demonstrated poor safety practices. This resulted in formal enforcement action needed in 1 fifth of the sites, 313 prohibition notices and 235 improvement notices.

HSE said that the most common issues found related to work at height and falls, failure to control dust, insufficient welfare and asbestos. The HSE's Chief of Construction Philip White said: "It is just not acceptable that inspectors had to order work to stop immediately on over 200 occasions because of dangerous practices." He also added "We need to continue to educate industry through initiatives like this and encourage a change in behaviour on small projects where over half the industry's fatal accidents still occur and many workers become seriously ill".

Safety signage used correctly not only helps to enforce and remind workers and visitors of your safety policies and but can demonstrate your commitment to keeping safety factors a primary issue on the agenda.