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SMAS Worksafe appoint Adam Annetts as 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 launches Health and Safety Platform Partnership with 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.

 

SMAS Worksafe / Tradepoint annoucement

SMAS Worksafe launch new partnership with TradePoint

Leading SSIP member scheme, SMAS Worksafe have recently announced a new addition to their member benefits in nationwide trade suppliers, TradePoint.

The partnership between will provide SMAS Worksafe members with everyday low prices as well as an additional 10%* off almost everything in TradePoint and B&Q both instore and online giving you access to discounts on over 60,000 products across the entire range.

As part of Kingfisher plc, TradePoint and B&Q supply products and services for every project, all under one roof at convenient locations nationwide. Our range covers building, decorating, electrical, plumbing, tools, hardware, landscaping, timber, joinery, safety, workwear and much more…

Regular TradePoint monthly digital flyers and special offers together with other industry-related articles from SMAS Worksafe will be published to keep members abreast of the latest news.

Commenting on the new partnership, Lee Taylor, National Customer Account Partner, TradePoint stated “We are delighted to partner with SMAS Worksafe and look forward to the members fully benefitting from the discount instore and online”

Partnership Manager at SMAS Worksafe, Sammy Jolly said of the partnership, “This is a really fantastic opportunity for SMAS Worksafe members to benefit from a 10% discount on their purchases, especially during these tough times.”

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SMAS Worksafe Exclusive – No Minimum Spend

As a TradePoint member through SMAS Worksafe you can use the 10% discount at any time with no minimum spend. Simply scan your TradePoint card at any till point including self-scan to trigger your discount or online by activating your TradePoint account.

Can be used in conjunction with offers

You can use your SMAS Worksafe TradePoint card on top of all existing offers in-store to get even bigger discounts.

Discount for all your employees

Only available to TradePoint members through SMAS Worksafe. To join TradePoint or order a replacement card complete the order form at the top of this page. To complete, members need to log in to their dashboard and complete the form.

Priority Service with One Hour Click and Collect

Choose and pay for products* online then they’ll be ready to collect from your local store an hour later. Selected products/locations. Restrictions apply.

Free Bulk Delivery

Pick a delivery date to suit you including Saturdays. Wide delivery coverage around the UK. Minimum spend £100. Selected products/locations. Restrictions apply.

Trade Credit

Up to 60 days to pay interest-free. Ask in store for details.

Special Orders

Even if they don’t stock a product it doesn’t mean TradePoint can’t get it for you. This includes staircases, roof trusses, aggregates, and made to measure windows and doors.

Timber Cutting in Selected Stores

TradePoint’s trained timber cutters are on hand to cut your materials to size. From skirting to worktops, there’s no need to book, and they can cut up to 2440 x 1220mm. The first 15 cuts are free.

Brick Matching

Help finding the closest brick match possible – it doesn’t matter how many bricks you need or how unusual they are.

Paint Mixing

Any colour, any finish available in Valspar trade point – formulated with the professional in mind. Ask in store for details.

To get your TradePoint card login to your SMAS Worksafe account and head to the Worksafe Benefits tab within the portal or contact SMAS Worksafe on 01752 697370 or email info@smasltd.com.

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SMAS and CCBD partnership announcement

SMAS Worksafe adds CCBD Ltd to their affiliate partners

SMAS Worksafe, one of the leading SSIP member schemes, are pleased to announce the partnership with CCBD Ltd.

SMAS Worksafe are delighted with the partnership and are happy to be able to bring our members greater opportunities for ongoing or future construction projects that CCBD will be looking to source for their clients.

CCBD will be able to call upon SMAS Worksafe members to fill tendering opportunities for their clients, helping us to support of members with work opportunities should they be available and within a suitable location radius.CCBD Logo, affiliate SMAS Worksafe Partner

CCBD services support Main Contractors, Sub Contractors along with numerous Developers & Local Authorities across the country.  CCBD services create and solidify relations, partnerships and opportunities that support company growth. ​Subcontractor services provide the support of a full team pushing their business growth via gaining new clients and supporting them with securing new work.  Main Contractors, Developers & Local Authorities services provides a streamlined system when it comes to managing supply chains, procurement and tender process across current and upcoming projects.

Commenting on the new partnership, Chris Cordner, Managing Director, CCBD Ltd stated “We are very pleased to be partnering with SMAS Worksafe and it’s a great achievement for CCBD to be recognised for the support we are providing the Construction Industry.

CCBD & SMAS together is going to be very exciting for Construction and will support hundreds of Main & Sub Contractors throughout the UK.”

Commercial Director at SMAS Worksafe, Chris Woodward-Biddle said of the partnership, “SMAS Worksafe are delighted to support CCBD as the SSIP accreditation scheme of choice for their members.

CCBD’s mission to match high quality trades with pre-qualified tender opportunities is a natural match with the goals of SSIP and SMAS WorkSafe in reducing the burden of pre-tender accreditation for both main contractors and sub-contractors.

We look forward to working with CCBD and their members, and continuing to drive forward the highest standards in Health & Safety pre-qualification in the Construction Industry.”

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Worksafe Assist – achieve compliance

Take the first steps to becoming an environmentally friendly business with the help and support of SMAS Worksafe’s Assist membership package.

If you take out our Worksafe PQQ accreditation but require more help with your businesses environmental procedures then Assist is the package for you.

Why choose Assist?

  • Construction businesses are increasingly asked to demonstrate sustainable processes
  • Many UK businesses do not have the time or expertise to do this themselves
  • SMAS Worksafe can produce a practical environmental management system for a business to use, at a fraction of the price you would pay a consultant
  • As an Assist customer, you will also receive check-ins from one of our environmental assessors and an annual health check to ensure your processes remain relevant.

Literally, everything we do has an impact on the environment.

From removing vegetation during groundworks, or purchasing a new vehicle, the choices we make have a wide range of impacts on the environment.

Environmental management is the framework and processes that a business can implement so that it can understand what it does that causes an impact on the environment and how it can reduce those effects.

Driving vehicles, extracting materials, removing waste products from site – all of these things have the potential to impact the environment in some way; whether that be as a consequence on air, water, atmosphere or wildlife. It is more important than ever that UK construction businesses understand what they can do to reduce or eliminate the negative impacts it might have.

Almost every business we speak to wants to do the right thing but just does not have the time or expertise to know how to change things. Here is where we can help…

We completely understand that implementing an environmental management system can be time-consuming and confusing. We also know that the perception of many Worksafe members is that it can also be very expensive.

That is where we are here to help.

Members who want to put in place a practical, easy to follow, environmental management system can now apply to take up our ASSIST package of support.

Once signed up, one of our expert environmental assessors will contact you for a brief interview and after that, they will go away to produce you a working management system that you can implement into your business right away. We will take into account the size of your business and the work you carry out to ensure that the outcome is that you are provided with a management system that is affordable to put into practice and which will give your clients (existing and prospective) confidence that you do the right thing and can meet the sustainable obligations in your contracts.

Speak to a member of our team about how you can benefit from Assist!  

And start your environmental journey to becoming a sustainable UK business.

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HSE carrying out COVID hot checks as lockdown eases

As the United Kingdom continues to ease restrictions more and more businesses are beginning to re-open and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is working with local authorities to carry out spot checks and inspections on local businesses to make sure they are following the guidelines that have been set out by the government.

With the reopening of the economy, there is going to be a greater chance for COVID to spread, especially with the Indian variant now rising due to its high transmissibility.  To stop the spread, it is critical that businesses don’t become complacent and have COVID-secure measures in place.

All types of businesses, in all areas, are being called and visited by HSE to check the measures they’ve put in place to manage the risk from coronavirus, are in line with the current guidance. This includes businesses that have continued to operate throughout the pandemic, those that have recently reopened and those due to open in the coming weeks.

During spot checks and inspections, the HSE may provide guidance and advice if required, but where businesses aren’t managing the risk, action will be taken.

This can range from the provision of specific advice, issuing enforcement notices and stopping certain work practices until they are made safe. Where businesses fail to comply, this could lead to prosecution.

The COVID-secure measures businesses should have in place include:

  • Risk assessment: every workplace should have a COVID risk assessment. Update it to reflect any changes in legislation or guidance that may impact your work activity.
  • Social distancing: where possible you should keep people two metres apart. If this is not viable, keeping one metre apart with risk mitigation, such as screens, is acceptable.
  • Cleaning, hygiene, and handwashing: keeping your workplace clean reduces the potential for coronavirus to spread. It is a critical part of making and keeping your business COVID-secure.
  • Ventilation and air conditioning: can help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
  • Talk to workers: provide information about providing support and maintaining control measures.
  • Working from home: provide the equipment they need, keep in regular contact, and discuss their wellbeing.
  • Vulnerable workers: talk to staff, provide information and consider the risk to workers who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus – putting controls in place to reduce that risk.

 

Angela Storey, Director of Transformation and Operational Services at HSE, said: “As we come out of lockdown, we are continuing to work with local authorities to check businesses are COVID-secure and providing guidance and advice where needed.

“Our spot checks and inspections support the cross-government work in helping employers and employees that have worked throughout the pandemic and those returning as lockdown measures ease. All workplaces are in scope for spot checks which mean businesses of any size, in any sector can receive an unannounced check from HSE or an inspection from the local authority, to check they are COVID-secure.

“If you are contacted by the HSE or your local authority, please engage with us. By checking businesses have measures in place to manage the risks, we can benefit the health of local communities as well as support the local and national UK economy.”

Please ensure your workplace is safe by following the guidance on being COVID-secure. Further information on spot checks and inspections is available on the HSE’s website.

Stonebond and SMAS announcement

Stonebond Properties choose SMAS Worksafe

SMAS Worksafe are delighted to announce that Stonebond Properties have chosen us and their health and safety regulators. All Stonebond contractors will now be required to hold a SSIP certificate issued by SMAS Worksafe to engaged on any Stonebond construction project.

Since 1975, Stonebond have set the standard for housebuilding across the South East of the UK. Over time, they have mastered the art of placemaking, crafting aspirational homes with expertise and passion that go above the expected. They’re a family business with house building in their heritage, their journey began in 1958 with the founding of Countryside, who today, are one of the UK’s largest new homes builders.

The vision for Stonebond is simple – to create a lasting legacy that redefines housebuilding through experience, expertise, and skill; creating the legacy means making sure their sites are safe for all those who work on them, which is why we’re delighted to announce that we will be overseeing the health and safety accreditation’s of all their contractors to deliver just that.

Chris Woodward-Biddle, Commercial Director at SMAS Worksafe said of the partnership, “SMAS Worksafe are delighted to support Stonebond Properties providing Supply Chain Management, and H&S accreditation services. This partnership cements our ongoing commitment to safety within the house-building sector and we are excited to work with Stonebond, helping them maintain their already high standards.”

Paul Kelly – Commercial Director at Stonebond Properties added, “We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with SMAS Worksafe to manage our Contractors’ Health & Safety.  Our Company is committed to ensuring that all members of our supply chain are health & safety compliant. We pride ourselves on setting high standards and our new partnership with SMAS Worksafe will continue to help us to deliver in a key area of our business.”

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Together, we will save our planet

Today (April 22nd, 2021) is World Earth Day. We only get one planet and as of today, we haven’t done a good job at looking after it. World Earth Day was Earth Day started in 1970 and today EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement. They work with more than 75,000 partners across over 192 countries to drive positive action for our planet.

Everyone has a responsibility to reduce their environmental footprint and small changes such as walking or cycling to work instead of driving is something that you may be able to do easily depending on your location. We can also make changes to the products we use, using energy-saving lightbulbs, shopping locally to reduce shipping and even eating less meat can all have a positive impact on our environment.

According to the IEA Global Energy Review, the demand for all fossil fuels is set to take the second-biggest jump in history this year as the world looks to bounce back from the Coronavirus pandemic. Coal demand alone is projected to increase by 60% more than all renewables combined, underpinning a rise in emissions of almost 5%, or 1 500 Mt. This expected increase would reverse 80% of the drop in 2020, with emissions ending up just 1.2% (or 400 Mt) below 2019 emissions levels.

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An oil spill permeates the soft ground at a junkyard specialising in scraped cars.

Sometimes we can have a negative impact on our environment accidentally. For example, spilling oil into a river or using harmful chemicals that may destroy natural habitat. These are far less common but have just as great, in some cases even greater impact on our environment and the chances of these accidents can be greatly reduced through safety measures and procedures.

So we all need to do our bit to win the fight on emissions which is why SMAS Worksafe offer packages that include Environmental management. We can help your business to spot and reduce the risks of these such issues ever occurring. We will look at the kind of work your business carries out and identify areas that might be harmful to any environment you’re working in so we can help you to come up with the best practices to stop an accident from occurring.

Although these accidents are rare, they cannot just have a negative impact on the environment, but also cost your business lots of money. Most breaches of environmental law are criminal offences and carry penalties of a fine and/or imprisonment. For cases tried in the Magistrates’ Court, the maximum penalty is a fine of up to £50,000 and/or six months’ imprisonment, whilst cases tried in the Crown Court could incur an unlimited fine and/or two years imprisonment.

To learn more about environmental risks, how you mitigate them and the penalties that could fall your way, check out this article on managing environmental risks.

If you’re interested in having your business checked over against Environmental regulations to reduce the risk of an event ever happening, check out our Worksafe Pro package here.

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UK set to announce plans for 78% Reduction in Carbon Emissions by 2035

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnston is scheduled to announce huge changes to the UK’s climate change commitments in the hope to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035.

Lots of industries will have to be involved in a national effort to achieve the targets and would require solutions such as electric cars, low-carbon heating and renewable electricity to be the main driving force behind achieving these goals.

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The prime minister’s commitments, which will become law, bring forward the current target for reducing carbon emissions by 15 years. This would be a world-leading position and for the first time, climate law will be extended to cover international aviation and shipping.

Homes will need to be much better insulated, and people will be encouraged to drive less and walk and cycle more. Aviation is likely to become more expensive for frequent fliers.

The government has accepted the advice of its independent Climate Change Committee (CCC) to adopt the emissions cut, which is based on 1990 levels.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted a major surge in CO2 emissions from energy this year, as the world rebounds from the pandemic.

Environmentalists welcomed the government’s move but warned that ministers had consistently failed to achieve previous CCC-set targets.

The CCC report accepted by the government says low-carbon investment must scale up to £50bn a year in the UK. But it adds that in time fuel savings from more efficient equipment will cancel out investment costs.

The CCC believes around 1% of GDP – national wealth – would need to be spent on shifting away from fossil fuels over 30 years.

APS Announcement with SMAS

SMAS Worksafe add APL to their Affiliate Partners

SMAS Worksafe, one of the leading SSIP member schemes, are pleased to announce the partnership with The Association of Professional Landscapers.

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The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) was formed to help consumers make an informed choice. Established in 1995, the APL, which is a specialist group of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and represents landscapers who have met a required standard of professionalism. Members of the Association are registered with the government endorsed TrustMark scheme and are regularly inspected and agree to follow our Customer Charter.

 

All APL members also hold appropriate insurances and have traded for a minimum of two years.

The APL provides homeowners with greater assurance when selecting a landscaper. As a customer, you can feel confident that the APL landscaper you have chosen has met prescribed professional standards. By choosing wisely, you can ensure that you are never caught out by a rogue trader, and the quality and standard of work will remain high at all times.

 

Commenting on the new partnership, Phil Tremayne, Gene ral Manager, The Association of Professional Landscapers stated “We are very pleased to be partnering with SMAS Worksafe and look forward to collaborating our efforts in developing and maintaining professional standards and services.  The APL provides the confidence you need when choosing a landscaper, designer or professional gardener.”

Partnership Manager at SMAS Worksafe, Trish Meyer said of the partnership, “the partnership with  The Association of Professional Landscapers will cement our ongoing commitment to excellent standards in the industry.”