The changing requirements of PPE
Standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards, especially in a world and industry which continues to evolve quickly. The construction and surveying industry is no different and there will be a few members of our Survey Solutions team who fondly recall working without GPS equipment, laser scanners and drones and the world of Building Information Modelling would have been simply a pipe dream.
However, amongst all the technical developments that we continue to embrace in our field, it is also important to remember that the fundamentals of health and safety need continual monitoring. A lot of our topographical surveys only need a more basic level of PPE (though during these warmer months, sun cream and a hat should not be forgotten along with the hand sanitiser we have all needed to keep close by).
At Survey Solutions, our priority will always be the safety and wellbeing of our people, clients, and community who we work alongside on projects. Our clients need a supplier they can trust not just to complete a first-class survey but also to do the right thing at the right time. Surveying is not just big wide empty fields; often our teams will be working in close proximity to people, buildings, and transport. Our Site Engineering teams are present alongside many third-party contractors and sub-contractors on busy construction sites.
We are pleased that we have flexibility in the protective equipment we need to wear on certain jobs. Sometimes a hi-vis jacket and steel toe boots will be adequate but as we have seen recently on major infrastructure projects or where we are working on or close to highways, we are also able to meet more stringent criteria around the five-point PPE (hat, boots, gloves, hi-vis and glasses). We have even seen ourselves switch to orange PPE over the last few months as we see this becoming a mandatory requirement from some of our clients.