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The Scheme has always championed the importance of innovation within the

construction industry but what exactly it is it?



September 2015

Issue 38

What is innovation?

Raising the bar of excellence

by devising innovative ways

of working not only benefits

the registered site, company or

supplier, but the entire construction


Innovative methods of working

spread quickly throughout the

industry as others are keen to

discover how they too can make

their operations more efficient,

productive and safe.

The Scheme defines innovation

as activities or initiatives that, if

replicated on all sites in the UK,

would give a real improvement to

the overall performance or image

of the industry.

If a Monitor witnesses innovation

during a visit, the site can achieve

a score of 10, as long as all other

areas within that section of

the Code are of an exceptional


An innovative activity will count

only once towards a 10 score,

unless it is further developed and

enhanced, and this improvement

is evident to the Monitor at a

subsequent site visit.

The Scheme’s Best Practice Hub

is testament to the popularity

of innovative practices with its

‘Innovations’ section one of its most

popular features.

Here are just a few of the latest

examples of innovations logged on

the Best Practice Hub.

Care about Appearance

• A simple measure that was

adopted to improve the image

of a site with a shared access

road was planting a flower bed

along the access road which

displayed the company logo

when in bloom.

• Litter prevention around site

involved introducing cigarette

pockets and pocket ashtrays

which were re-usable snap-

closed wallets with cover flaps,

used as personal disposal

bins. These were also heat

resistant with a fireproof casing

and a closing arrangement

preventing smells.

Respect the Community

• A site created visual

communication support for

children at a school for students

with neurological conditions,

learning difficulties and

behavioural challenges. The

site researched the condition

and discovered that people

with autism tend to be visual

learners. With this in mind,

visual supports were adopted

and safety signage developed,

containing both text and

symbols, which were displayed

on the site hoarding. A monthly

newsletter was also produced

and circulated. This was

simplified and translated into a

symbolised version, which was

distributed to the school.

Protect the Environment

• On one site, steps to reduce

dust and improve working

environments included

hiring a consultant to make

a quantitative assessment

of dust before the project

commenced. Different steel

cutting blades were tested to

find out which one produced

the least dust and several dust

masks and forms of PPE were

tested to discover which had

the most protection and was

most appropriate for each

task. These rules and principles

were also implemented to the

subcontractors on site.

• One example of a site recycling

water involved the site team

using a borehole, to provide

water to the water tank for the

sprinklers on a football pitch.

Water then soaked back into

the aquifer resulting in very

little water loss overall.

Secure everyone’s Safety

• A site introduced an enrolment

induction process giving future

site operatives the opportunity

to complete part of the

induction process online before

coming on site for the first time.

The process involved a set test

and included the compilation

of operative information,

covering prevailing medical

conditions and emergency

contact details.