A new colour coding system for hard hats has been introduced for the UK construction industry.
Build UK, the main umbrella body for contractors, has created the code to make it easier to identify on-site personnel, and improve communication and safety across construction projects.
The Safety Helmet Colours Standard was drafted in consultation with the organisation’s membership.
The colour codes
White: Site Manager/Competent Operative/Vehicle Marshall (distinguished by the wearing of a different coloured vest)
Blue: All those coming to site who do not fall into any of the above categories
Additionally, Build UK has launched a new Training Standard, which was developed in response to a Construction Leadership Council recommendation to specify and promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo, and aims to help contractors assess the competence of construction workers, along with their eligibility to work on-site.
Julie White, chair of Build UK’s training and skills leadership group, said: “Both the Safety Helmet and Training Standards provide clear and practical help for everyone working onsite, showing that by improving our working relationships and using our collective voice, we can make a real difference to the industry.”
Suzannah Nichol, chief executive of Build UK, said: “Health and safety is a priority for Build UK and we are delighted with the positive response from our members who have welcomed the latest standards, which aim to make life easier and help them meet the increasing demands of working on-site.
“We will continue to bring the contracting supply chain together to engage intelligently and collaboratively in policy debates ensuring that Build UK, as the voice of the industry, leads positive and meaningful change.”
Build UK comprises 27 of the industry’s largest main contractors and 40 trade associations representing over 11,500 specialispecialist contractors.