1.2.3 SMAS Membership

SMAS Membership Updates

We’re updating our package and membership structure to help give our members more choice and make sure they get not just the certificates and accreditations they need, but also make sure they get the right support from us.

The new system has been designed to make getting what you need as easy as possible. First choose the accreditation your business requires, then choose from one of 3 membership options depending on how much support your business would like or gain access to some of our member benefits. 

Now you have the ability to choose accreditation and support separately so you can get the package that’s right for your business and only pay for what you need. 

Below is a template of how choosing your package will now work and all the benefits of each area. 

Choose your accreditation

Worksafe PQQ

SMAS Worksafe PQQ Table

Worksafe SSIP

Choose your membership

SMAS Membership Options Table

Standard

Our Standard membership is best for businesses who are just looking to obtain an SSIP certificate, whether that is to work for a particular client or to have a reputable name backing their businesses health & safety policies. 

Essential (from £149)

Our Essential package is built for those who want more from their SSIP accreditation. 

Essential will allow your business more flexibility. You’ll be able to update any new trades and personnel without additional costs and receive both a foil certificate and van stickers as part of the membership. 

You will also receive a work wallet subscription to help your business manage an array of tasks such as accident reporting, audits, work permits, IDs and much more. 

Complete (From £249)

Complete is what you expect. Complete guidance and support with your business’s health & safety. 

Like Essential you will have the ability to add additional scopes or personnel to your policy and will also benefit from a Work Wallet subscription. 

You will also however have access to complete support from SMAS Worksafe, we will be on the phone to answer any questions you have throughout your membership. 

On top of this we will also give you action plans to improve your health and safety procedures and check in on you after 6 months to see how you’re getting on and if anything has changed, so you’re always on top of changing working environments. 

You’ll also have a pre assessment for renewal, meaning we will store up to 60% of your information to save you time when it comes to renewal. 

Worksafe Assist*

Bespoke policies created by us to support your business. Learn more about Worksafe Assist here

*Only available with Worksafe PQQ. 

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    Which SMAS Worksafe Package is right for you?

    SMAS Worksafe have recently updated our pricing and packaging so that our members can now choose the accreditation level they require and then select from 3 membership tiers depending on the support or member benefits they would like access to. 

    SMAS Worksafe accreditation and membership options

    What are the accreditation options? 

    Currently SMAS Worksafe offer two levels of accreditation, Worksafe SSIP and Worksafe PQQ. 

    Worksafe SSIP: 

    Worksafe SSIP is our lowest level of accreditation. You will receive a 12-month SSIP certificate to demonstrate your businesses health & safety clients, customers and employees. 

    Worksafe PQQ:

    Worksafe PQQ gives your business a higher level of compliance. As well as an SSIP assessment, you will also have your environmental and quality management systems reviewed by us against IEMA and IRCA standards. 

    You will also receive recommendations for both your environmental and quality management systems so that you can develop your businesses compliance going forward with newer technologies and changes to any laws or guidance that night impact your business.

    SMAS Worksafe PQQ Table

    What are the membership options?

    SMAS Worksafe currently offer our members 3 level of membership, Standard, Essential and Complete. 

    Standard (without package):

    The Standard membership comes with all of our packages at no additional cost. You will have full access to our team of in-house assessors throughout your SSIP application and we will process your application within 7 working days of submission. 

    Essential: 

    The Essential membership option gives you more support from us as well as added member benefits. We will turn your assessment round within 3 working days of submission, you will be able to update scopes and trades for no additional cost, receive free vehicle stickers and a foil copy of your certificate and on top of that you’ll also receive a work wallet subscription and have access to 15% off all IHASCO training courses. 

    Complete: 

    Complete is the package for those who require the most support, we will turn your assessment round in just 1 working day and like Essential, you will be able to update scopes and trades for no additional cost, receive free vehicle stickers and a foil copy of your certificate and receive a work wallet subscription with access to 15% off all IHASCO training courses. 

    However with our complete package you will have our year round support. You will have unlimited helpline access with our team of assessors, receive a mid-year review and you’ll also receive updates on any policy changes that may effect your businesses. 

    SMAS Membership Options Table

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    Compliance Concept

    What is Worksafe PQQ?

    SMAS Worksafe specialises in helping businesses to become health & safety compliant and we do it through a nationally recognised scheme called SSIP (safety schemes in procurement) but we also help businesses reach further compliance with our Worksafe PQQ package. Once your business has met the SSIP core criteria you’re visible to clients on the SSIP and SMAS Worksafe portal but that is just the first step to your business’s compliance.

    Once you’ve gone through the process of securing your health & safety accreditation you may wish to look at other areas of compliance.

     

    Health & Safety (SSIP):

    All those who take out accreditation with SMAS Worksafe will become SSIP accredited once they have passed through the question set. SMAS Worksafe is a registered member of SSIP which means we help businesses to achieve health & safety compliance using the standards that have been set out.

    However, all of our members have the ability to upload documents in relation to other areas of compliance which is where our Worksafe PQQ Package comes in.

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    Environmental:

    One of the most important areas of further compliance is being able to demonstrate how your business considers and reduces its environmental impacts. Lots of clients are looking at their supply chain’s environmental quality and if you’re able to show that your business is doing everything it can you may have an advantage over other companies when clients are searching for sub-contractors.

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    Quality Management:

    Having quality management procedures in place that are endorsed by senior management shows that your business is committed to providing a quality service or product. Clients will have confidence in choosing a company that are committed to a high quality of workmanship as sub-standard work on their sites will likely crop up when they run checks over any completed work, so knowing the standard of your work is high could remove any snagging on their end.

    Financial & Business:

    Submitting information about your business’s financial status helps to prove to any potential client that your business is stable and that there isn’t a chance of your business going into administration and therefore not being able to finish off the work. If a contractor goes into administration the client will be forced to find someone else and it will delay the work and push the completion date back.

     

    Finance standings / Worksafe PQQ

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    Modern Slavery & Anti-Bribery:

    The final stage of further compliance is modern slavery and anti-bribery. Making sure that your workforce is treated fairly and are not being exploited is extremely important. Client’s can’t risk working with anyone whose workforce is being treated unfairly or is susceptible to trafficking. Showing a commitment to these areas will give them peace of mind that they won’t be the subject of loss of materials or workers not turning up due to poor working standards.

     

    SMAS and IEMA announcement

    SMAS Worksafe has become a corporate partner with IEMA

    SMAS Worksafe has become a corporate partner with IEMA to promote, educate and develop organisations on how environmental and sustainability should be at the forefront of any companies business plan for the future.

    IEMA identifies that only 13% of organisations have the right skills on board to implement systems as part of the new sustainable economy. SMAS Worksafe Preferred Supplier provides the necessary resources to support and maintain a company’s profile, demonstrating to key buyers how you place an environmental management system in line with other key processes.

    The Preferred Supplier industry recognised question set ensures your organisation has a plan in place to implement a management system with further evidence showing how personnel are trained and communicated, monitoring is conducted to ensure your plan works and how you assess key suppliers.

    For more information about IEMA, please visit their website at www.iema.net

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    SMAS Worksafe partners with Premierline to arrange insurance packages to Worksafe members

    SMAS Worksafe can now announce a fantastic new partnership with Premierline, a leading insurance broker known for providing an excellent service and  supporting businesses to truly understand and meet their insurance needs.

    Not only will you get comprehensive and hassle-free business insurance the partnership allows Worksafe Members to gain access to insurance products from market leading insurers. They understand every business is different and so their expert advisors will make insurance recommendations and arrange a great value insurance solution just for you.

    “Getting the right insurance cover in play is vital for any type and sized business and so we’re delighted to be able to offer our members access to discounted and competitive insurance covers from Premierline as part of their membership with SMAS Worksafe. The fact that Premierline will work to really understand each business before providing custom solutions to suit their needs, gives us huge confidence that our members will be provided the best service possible, and importantly, can operate their business with confidence that they have appropriate cover at the best price”.

    Danny Marinou, MD, SMAS Worksafe

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    Paying the price for a Concrete Jungle

    By Stanley Gibbs, SMAS Worksafe Assessor

    Emissions from the cement industry contribute to global warming 3 or 4 times more than the aviation industry. By using renewable fuel sources during the production of cement as well as adding waste products gained from power stations to reduce the need for limestone, a company in India are slashing its carbon emissions by up to 40%.

    The manufacturing of cement contributes up to 8% of the world’s total carbon emissions. Dalmia are aiming to use 100% renewable energy by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2040.

    The issues regarding carbon emissions and the cement industry show no signs of slowing down in the UK, with all major political parties pledging to increase housing in their manifestos. Regardless of how you will vote in the upcoming elections, the impact of cement on our global carbon emissions cannot be ignored.

    The UK must explore climate-friendly ways to make cement such as those already in practice at Dalmia. Committing to building more housing comes at a price to our environment so exploring alternate methods for the manufacturing of cement and reducing our carbon footprint ensures that we are building for a more sustainable future.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-asia-india-50522972/how-to-make-cement-more-climate-friendly

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    Is your gas fitter Gas Safe registered and in date?

    By Stanley Gibbs, SMAS Worksafe Assessor

    The HSE has recently sentenced a gas fitter for carrying out gas work after his registration with Gas Safe register had lapsed.

    The HSE has reported:

    Mansfield Magistrates’ Court heard that, during September and October 2016, Adam Mansbridge replaced the gas central heating boilers at two different addresses in Mansfield and Worksop without being registered with Gas Safe Register. Following concerns, Gas Safe Register attended the properties and identified various defects with the installations, including defects identified as being ‘immediately dangerous’ and ‘at risk’.

    An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that Mr. Mansbridge’s registration with Gas Safe Register had not been renewed at the time the gas work involving replacing the gas central heating boilers was carried out.

    Adam Mansbridge pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 3 (3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998). He was given a curfew order for 12 weeks, ordered to pay costs of £2,500 and to pay £500 compensation to one of the customers.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Lee Greatorex said:

    “All gas work must be carried out by registered Gas Safe engineers to ensure the highest standards are met to prevent injury and loss of life. Appropriate enforcement action will be taken by HSE against those that fall below the required standards.”

    Before you utilise a gas fitter/company to undertake your gas works, SMAS Worksafe recommends checking the Gas Safe register where you can find the individuals registration, as well as the business’s registration.

    https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/find-an-engineer/

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    Carbon Emissions – Building for our Future

    By Stanley Gibbs – SMAS Worksafe Assessor

    The National Federation of Builders (NFB) Major Contractors Group (MCG) have recently released a report (Transforming Construction for a Low Carbon Future) detailing the impact the building industry is having on the nations carbon emissions and offering guidance on what organisations should be doing now if the UK is to achieve the rapid changes demanded by politicians and society. Written by contractors, it is commercially focused, identifying how main contractors and the broader industry can provide their customers and wider society with a comprehensive and profitable construction service.

    The chair of the MCG (Mark Wakeford), said ‘The UK is leading the world in affecting carbon reductions and our Government has recently pledged to move to a net-zero emissions target by 2050. This will drive huge change in people’s lives and place a titanic stress on businesses and organisations who will have to change the way that they work within complicated and sophisticated supply chains.’

    He continues, ‘Nowhere is the change more difficult – and the opportunity so large – than in the UK building industry. We directly account for 10% of the country’s emissions and influence a massive 47% of all emissions through our work. However, the structure and nature of our fragmented industry makes rapid and coordinated change difficult.

    This document is designed to prompt debate, but that debate must lead to action and it must do so fast. There is no time to lose to tackle climate change; the war on carbon must be fought. There must be an equal level of urgency in the industry to open our eyes to the challenges and opportunities ahead. In less than a generation, building and construction will have changed beyond all recognition. Anyone not preparing for this right now faces extinction.’

    https://www.builders.org.uk/nfb-groups/nfb-major-contractors-group/mcg-carbon-report-november-2019/ 

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    4 steps to follow for an Environmental Management System

    By SMAS Worksafe

    Not an ISO 14001 certified business? Not to worry. Here are the 4 steps to follow in order to establish an Environmental Management System for your business.

    But first, what is the Environmental Management System and why would your business need it?

    The Environment Management System is defined as a set of procedures and processes enabling the business to reduce and control environmental impacts and increase their operating efficiency. With its plan, do, check, act structure the system creates foundations for ISO 14001 accreditation.

    How? Let’s explore the steps to EMS in the article below.

    EMS in 4 steps

    Step 1 PLAN

    Establish the reason why to build an Environmental Management System, for example:

    • to improve environmental performance,
    • to prevent pollution,
    • to comply with regulations/legislations etc.

    Write the environmental goals down, define the project scope to be able to refer to it while building the EMS.

    Involve management in establishing the EMS and assign an implementation team. Remember, to include your employee’s input as they hold the knowledge of environmental and health and safety issues related to their work along with the experience of how effective the company procedures are.

    Hold a meeting to discuss the company’s environmental objectives, timelines, ways to achieve them, and the budget. Follow up the meeting with communication to all your employees.

    Regular progress reviews are the key to monitor how effectively the management system is being built up against its goals and project plan. Make sure the results of the reviews are communicated to the management and employees. Keep them engaged!

    Step 2 DO

    It’s time to have a look at your organisation from an environment point of view. Do any of your undertakings have a direct and/or indirect impact on the environment? The answer is: Yes. We all, big or small, have an impact on the environment.

    Let’s begin with:

    1. Legal requirements. Check if any of your environmental process fall under environmental legal requirements (waste management companies require a waste license).
    2. Assess your Environmental impacts and aspects. Here you should assess how does your organisation interact with the environment. Identify environmental impacts (use of diesel oil, use of paper are the aspects, environmental impacts for those would include exhaust emissions contribute to climate change and local air pollution, use of paper contributes to resource scarcity as well as habitat destruction).
    3. The opinion of others is equally important. Gather the views of other stakeholders. These may include neighbors (members of the public), interest groups, clients etc. Your stakeholders may be looking at your company’s environmental aspects and impacts from a different perspective which can be included while you are building your environmental policy.
    4. Reveal your intentions. Write up an Environmental Policy, define responsibilities, policy arrangements, objectives, and targets.
    5. Your EMS will now consist of policies, procedures, manuals and assessments. Identify the needs and ways of controlling and monitoring your Environmental Management System. Remember to have in place a corrective action plan for continual improvement.
    6. Plan and deliver environmental awareness training for your employees. Discuss the environmental impacts and aspects of your company undertakings. Familiarise employees with the environmental policy, objectives and targets. Allow for the feedback! Plan for continual training and improvement.

    Step 3 CHECK

    Once environmental processes have been established, it is time to ‘Check’ the EMS through an internal audit.

    You can audit the entire EMS at once or focus on a specific process and conduct multiple mini internal audits. The choice is yours provided the findings are supported by corrective actions and followed up by personnel responsible for that process.

    Step 4 ACT

    EMS is a living system. Like Safety Management or Quality Management Systems, the EMS requires regular management reviews.

    This can be achieved through:

    • internal and external audits
    • management reviews based on the results of the audit
    • environmental performance reviews
    • communication from external parties etc.

    Acting upon the management reviews closes the Plan-D0-Check-Act circle when the areas of improvement indicated in the reviews are implemented in the EMS during Step I” Plan” cycle of the process.

    Create it, live it and enjoy it. We can all make a change toward a better tomorrow.

    To learn more about SMAS Worksafe Preferred Supplier, click here.

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    Making Modern Slavery Simple

    By Marcus Rose – SMAS Worksafe, Director of Technical Services

    Modern slavery is a hideous crime taking advantage of those that are vulnerable for wealth and greed. Statistic produced by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) identifies there are 25 million people forced into labour around the world.

    In the UK, the construction sector is susceptible to this risk due to non-English speaking workers, large labour force and short project deadlines set by clients to complete the work. Recently construction workers have been detained on suspicion of working in Britain illegally, CITB has worked closely with counter fraud, police and the home office. This is due to fraudulent card use and it’s been involved in cases of modern slavery.

    IEMA has identified how there is a need for guidance on the preparation of modern slavery and what should a statement consist of and how to interpret them bit.ly/2nVnexg.

    What can your organisation do?

    Modern slavery should not be an ordeal to implement or manage. By implementing processes, organisations can monitor and help avoid the risks; while educating their supply chains.

    Organisations that have a turnover of 36 million must comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and this should be demonstrated on their website. Those with turn over less than 36 million could still be requested or would like to volunteer a statement during procurement, by helping mitigate the risks and demonstrate best practice.

    The Modern Slavery Act specifies the steps organisations has taken to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place while being transparent. The Act does not describe the detail in what a statement should include or the structure, but it does provide a non-exhaustive list of information that may be included, by describing and addressing the steps taken:

    • the organisation’s structure, it’s business, and its supply chains,
    • its policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking,
    • its due diligence (ongoing assessment of modern slavery risks) processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains,
    • the parts of its business and supply chains where there is a risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place, and the steps it has taken to assess and manage that risk,
    • its effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its business or supply chains, measured against such performance indicators as it considers appropriate,
    • the training and capacity building about slavery and human trafficking

    SMAS Worksafe – Preferred Supplier

    If your organisation needs to implement a modern slavery process, SMAS Worksafe has developed a best practice Modern Slavery Statement that can be adapted and implemented for any organisation that is taking up the additional questions. Additionally, the guided pack addresses the requirements while providing a fact sheet and training PowerPoint to educate your organisation. To learn more about SMAS Worksafe Preferred Supplier, click here.

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