Adam Annetts and Danny Marinou / SMAS Worksafe

SMAS Worksafe appoint new Technical Director

Leading SSIP member scheme, SMAS Worksafe has appointed Adam Annetts as the new Technical Director as part of the latest phase of growth.

Adam comes to SMAS Worksafe from Boden Group where he was the Group Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality (SHEQ) Manager. Adam brings a wealth of knowledge to the company within construction, facilities management as well as highways and will oversee the Assessment Team who undertake and assess all companies against the SSIP Core criteria.

At Boden Group, Adam was responsible for providing strategic direction around H&S, Quality Management and Environmental issues across construction, facilities management, as well as fire and security divisions. One of many noticeable achievements was the creation of the SHEQ portal and mobile applications which utilised technology to reduce bureaucracy and increase efficiency within the industry; the latter of which included logging and reporting incidents and near misses with automated statistical dashboard output as well as H&S, quality inspections and Toolbox Talk app, delivering toolbox talks/Safety alerts to personal mobile phones with read receipt confirmation.

Before his time at Boden Group, Adam work as the Continuous Improvement Manager at Interserve South and Southwest. It was his work here that he was rewarded with the Innovate UK National Innovation Award. The award recognised Adam’s work for implementing several Health and Safety information tools including a national health and safety performance metric system, a regional “voice of the customer” data tracking tool, and an internal audit database with statistical process control features.

Danny Marinou, Managing Director commented “Adam has a strong reputation within Construction, Facilities Management, as well as Highways and this experience, will help us to shape our product and support to meet our customer’s future needs. We are delighted to welcome Adam to the Senior Leadership Team where he will play a crucial role in developing a SHEQ offering which is appropriate for our Clients needs and supports our customers to run greener, safer and more productive businesses”

SMAS Worksafe / Work Wallet annoucement

SMAS partner Health and Safety Platform Work Wallet®

SMAS Worksafe, one of the largest SSIP safety schemes in the UK, has partnered with Work Wallet® to provide its members with their state of the art health and safety app software.

Over 25,000 SMAS Worksafe members are being given the opportunity to use Work Wallet to help improve safety processes and keep operational in today’s working environment.

Work Wallet is used by many construction firms in the UK and in over 20 countries worldwide.

SMAS Worksafe members will gain access to the Essential Health and Safety modules: Audits and Inspections, Incident and Accident Reporting, Job Management and Safety Briefings.

Using Work Wallet will help ensure that SMAS Worksafe members keep on top of health and safety issues on sites including completing HSE inspections, creating and sending safety briefings, creating and sharing job packs, risk assessments, audits, training packs and all other documentation.

SMAS Worksafe members demonstrate their health and safety to clients through a full assessment of their health and safety systems to attain certification which is recognised nationwide by thousands of organisations. With the inclusion of Work Wallet within their membership, keeping on top of their inspections and safety records will be

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easier than ever.

Danny Marinou – Managing Director, SMAS Worksafe, said:

“We are delighted to offer this to our members as a crucial element of our Essentials Membership package. It adds great value and ensures that all their health and safety is stored and accessed in one place with this unique mobile app and online portal.

 

“At this time, when fewer people are in their offices and it’s harder to keep track, this clever mobile app solves many issues at the same time.”

Work Wallet provides an effective and easy to use way to link up data in real-time across any business, ensuring employees and contractors are fully connected, whether they’re working in the office, on the move or on site.

This means that whether staff are working on their own, with colleagues on one site or multiple sites, all their health and safety data can be gathered with one swipe.

Work Wallet CEO Jonny Gray, said:Work Wallet Logo

“We are delighted SMAS has chosen Work Wallet as their preferred health and safety app, Work Wallet has enabled thousands of people across UK businesses to create and record risk assessments, audits, near-misses and improve staff safety whether they’re on or off site.”

SMAS works with thousands of contractors, helping them to meet their health and safety obligations with their unrivalled health and safety assessment and compliance support.

Gray added:

“Work Wallet has also enabled staff to return to safe working environments by introducing Covid guidelines using the app.”

Although the UK is a safer place to work than Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, with fewer fatalities at work, according to the HSE in their latest stats, Work Wallet is helping businesses to be even safer by ensuring all critical information is available in one place as Work Wallet® delivers an All In One Health and Safety Management System.

 

Principal Contractor working on Construction project

Understanding the CDM Regulations

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 have been designed to help all areas of construction improve their safety. There have been a few revisions of the regulations, but their goals have remained the same, to ensure the safety and welfare of all people who are involved in construction projects (and projects that qualify as construction such as maintenance). Most recently updated in 2015 and hence known as the CDM regulations 2015.

In this piece, we will go over all the regulations to help you best understand how they can be applied to your business and help keep your projects compliant.

What the CDM Regulations aim to do

The CDM regulations were created to make sure that no matter the role, anyone involved within a construction project is safe. It places legal duties on those involved with the planning and carrying out of construction type activities.

The regulation should help you to understand:

  • How to sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish
  • To have the right people for the right job at the right time
  • How to cooperate and coordinate your work with others
  • To get the right information about the risks and how they are being managed
  • How to communicate this information effectively to those who need to know
  • consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed

HSE has published Legal Series guidance that supports CDM 2015 and explains it in more detail.

The term “Duty holder” is applied to those who have legal duties under CDM – These “Duty holders”, are defined as follows; Clients (commercial and residential), Principal Designers, Designers, Principal Contractors, and contractors

Summary of duty holders and their responsibilities:

Commercial clients:

Organisations or individuals for whom a construction project is carried out that is done as part of a business.

Responsible for making sure suitable arrangements for managing a project, including:

  • Other duty holders are appointed as and where appropriate
  • Sufficient time and resources are allocated
  • Relevant information is prepared and provided to other duty holders
  • The principal designer and principal contractor carry out their duties
  • Welfare facilities are provided

Domestic Clients:

People who have construction work carried out in their own home (or the home of a family member) that is not a commercial undertaking.*

In the scope of CDM 2015, the client duties are normally transferred to:

  • The contractor for single contract projects
  • The principal contractor for projects that use more than one contractor

Please note, the domestic client can instead request to have a written agreement with the principal designer to carry out the client duties.

Principle designers:

Are to be appointed by the client in projects involving more than one contractor. They can be from an organisation or an individual with sufficient knowledge, experience, and ability to carry out the role.

Responsibilities include planning, managing, monitoring, and coordinating the health and safety during the pre-construction phase of a project, this includes:

  • Identifying, eliminating, and controlling foreseeable risks
  • Ensuring the designers carry out their duties
  • Prepare and provide relevant information to other duty holders
  • Liaise with the principal contractor to help in the planning, management, monitoring and coordination of the construction phase.

Principle contractors:

Appointed by the client to coordinate the construction phase of the contract where it involves more than one contract.

Responsible for the planning, managing and coordination of health & safety in the construction phase of a project, including:

  • Liaising with clients and principal contractors
  • Preparing the construction phase plan
  • Organising cooperation between contractors and coordinating their work.
  • Suitable site inductions are provided
  • Reasonable steps are taken to prevent unauthorised access
  • Workers are consulted and engaged in securing their health and safety
  • Adequate Welfare facilities are provided

 

Designers:

Organisations or individuals who on behalf of an organisation, prepare or modify designs for buildings and or products or systems relating to construction work.

When preparing or modifying designs, the designer must eliminate, reduce, or control foreseeable risks that may arise during these stages:

  • Construction
  • Future maintenance

They must also provide information to other members of the project team to help them plan and carry out their duties safely.

Contractors:

Those who carry out the actual construction work, contractors can be an individual or a company.

Will need to plan, manage, and monitor construction work under their control so it is carried out without risks to health and safety, including:

For projects involving more than one contractor, coordinate their activities with others in the project team – in particular, comply with directions given to them by the principal designer or principal contractor.

For single contractor projects, prepare a construction phase plan.

Workers:

Those working for or under the control of contractors on a construction site.

Workers must:

  • Be consulted about matters which affect their health, safety and welfare
  • Take care of their own health and safety, and of others who might be affected by their actions
  • Report anything, they see which is likely to endanger either their own or others’ health and safety
  • Cooperate with their employer, fellow workers, contractors and other duty holders

* Organisations or individuals can carry out the role of more than one duty holder, provided they have the skills, knowledge, experience and organisation capability necessary to carry out those roles in a way that secures health and safety.

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How to source reliable contractors?

Finding reliable contractors is the one area in which all clients and house-builders need to get right. Having issues in your supply chain means work may be finished to a poor standard which will cost you time and money, neither of which will be something you can do when you’re pushed for time to get deadlines met.

The positive sides to finding a good contractor are often great, once the relationship and trust between you has been built you will have often found someone for future projects that you know you can rely on and over time this can lead to a group of contractors that you can use over and over on all your sites.

So how do you find good contractors?

Portals

One of the first areas to look out for clients is via an accreditation portal such as the SMAS Worksafe portal or SSIP portal.  If you’re a client that requires contractors to be accredited to a specific level, then going to a portal is the best starting place.

Once you’re in the portal you can now start to refine your search by the trades you require and look for other areas of compliance that you might require, such as environmental or quality management. We recommended choosing businesses with quality management systems in place, a business that is driven by high-quality work is often likely going to save you time in any snagging processes and are less likely to need their work to be redone due to poor standards.

 

Networking

Contractor and client networking event

Another way to find contractors is through networking at events such as Construction Connects, hosted by SMAS Worksafe. At these ‘meet the buyer’ events, you will have the chance to attend and set up a stool for contractors to come in and talk to you about what upcoming jobs you have and what trades you’ll need for the job or future jobs.

Often these events are local to an area in which you have upcoming projects, so it is a great way for you to easily get more contractors in your contact book and that are interested in the type of work you’re offering. Attending events like this can save you a lot of time browsing portals and searching the web.

 

Try and find a reference

Group of contractors laughing on a wall during break

If you have identified a few contractors that seem suitable for the role and you’re unsure as to which to go with you can ask other clients, you know or some of your current contractors to see if they have had any experience working with them on previous jobs.

You may have contractors working on your site who have experience working with them and they will be able to give you a perspective on their standards of work and how they were to work with. Bringing in a contractor that your current contractors struggle to work with could cause some delays or friction on your sites.

 

Do your research

The final step in your vetting process if you’re still unsure is to do your own research. Look at their website and their reviews and see if you can find any feedback or examples of jobs, they have done in the past that are similar to the one you’re asking them to do.

Not only will you be able to see their reviews and if there are any trends within their reviews, but you’ll also get a feel for the company, what are their ethos and morals? Do they demand high standards?

If you can get the process of sourcing contractors right and you’re able to build up mutual respect you might find yourself with a contractor for life. Then going forward you’ll know you can rely on them to get the work done to a high standard and in good time and develop a strong working relationship that will help both parties.