How to Plan the Preparation of the Site for the Project or Operation in the Workplace (12)

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A professional site manager aims to design a safe practical site layout plan at planning, have it checked with his or her PM and health and safety consultant and inform those coming to site on what has been agreed.  In accordance with the UK CDM Regulations, a construction phase plan would have been produced and sanctioned by the client or the client’s health and safety representative,  this document brings attention to the site specific and local environment hazards and considerations.

Using this information, as mentioned, a construction manager will construct a site plan and will also take into consideration the proposed works programme and other necessary resources and facilities such as welfare facilities, storage, compound location, access and security.

Other consideration to be considered at this time would be safe access for emergency services, the phased establishment of personnel and plant routes and the location of fire and first aid points and the location of the site safety Assembly Point.  Further to this consideration would also be given to survey reports, design information, contractual and statutory information, RAMS, services schedules and programmes.

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The problem for management NVQ candidates is that they ‘DO’ all of the aforementioned, but identifying what part of their knowledge is applicable to each question within their NVQ so that duplication of answers and confusion is avoided is often an issue.  To prove my point, please review the following typical questions found in the learning outcomes of this Unit:

  • Describe different ways of assembling information needed for the preparation of the project or operation plan.
  • Explain techniques that can be used to clarify project information that is not clear.
  • Explain the procedures that can be implemented that keeps project or operation information up to date.
  • Give reasons why information should be assembled, clarified and kept up to date, and explain the consequence if this is not undertaken.
  • Explain how relevant factors for consideration should be identified and recorded when planning preparations for sites or operations.
  • Explain different ways of passing on records of factors considered to people who will be affected.
  • Give reasons why considered and recorded factors should be passed onto people affected and explain possible consequences should this not be done.
  • Explain ways of identifying access and egress points for the site and works which are the most convenient for works or operations traffic and which minimise disruption.
  • Explain the methods of and factors that should be identified when preparing traffic management plans.
  • Explain how resources for sites or activities should be organised.
  • Explain different methods that allows for the assigning of resources for site or operational preparations.
  • Explain how resources used in sites or operations preparation can be utilised into project work or activities.
  • Describe the type or types of works that are carried out by the organisation and, if relevant, within which sectors of industry.
  • Explain how and why details about proposed works should be given to utility and emergency services.
  • Explain methods and techniques of giving details of site access, layout, evacuation and hazards to utility and emergency services.

The Solution. In order to better enable the seasoned professional to complete this Unit, Planning the Preparation of the Site for the Project or Operation in the Workplace , Rivasure has produced a comprehensive online Audio Podcast Course.  This Unit is one of many online courses aimed at covering all of the key units contained within the Level 6 Construction Management NVQ Qualification. This series of Audio Podcast Unit Courses lays a solid foundation for each specific subject matter. Each Audio Podcast addresses each knowledge question, unpacking each one in detail and providing relevant and specific guidance.

In this Unit the learning outcomes are as follows;

  1. Assemble and review information used in the preparation of the project or operation plan, clarify information which is not clear and update it for production planning purposes
  2. Identify factors for consideration, record them and pass them on to people who may be affected
  3. Identify access and egress points for the site and works which are safe, convenient and minimise disruption
  4. Organise the resources required for the preparation of site or work operations
  5. Give accurate details about the proposed work to the utility and emergency services
  6. Make arrangements for adequate site or operational safety, welfare, environmental protection and security
  7. Plan the site or area layout for operational purposes and pass information about the plans to the people on the site
  8. Ensure notices to people, which provide information that complies with current legislation, are placed and maintained.

A learning outcome sets out what a candidate can expect to learn and do as a result of their learning.  This Audio Podcast mentoring series is excellent resource for NVQ candidates and management learners studying how to plan the preparation of the site for a project or operations in the workplace.


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Our Additional Online Guidance Series has proven to be a boost to candidates to more effectively fast-track them through the qualification. Each course matches a unit in the Edexcel NVQ Level 6 Diploma curriculum in Construction Management and are intended for guidance only.
(The complete series and more, is included free-of-charge to all our NVQ Level 6 Registered candidates)
Series Summary