Physical injury at work of construction worker

Injury & illness within construction

Injury and illnesses in construction workers are particularly common, the intense physical activity that some workers will go through every day such as heavy lifting, using tools and operating machinery puts a lot of physical strain on the body. On top of that, lots of constructions workers often use or are exposed to chemicals and substances that can also cause issues to the skin or internally if inhaled.

Not only is construction common for injury and illness, but according to HSE, Construction workplace deaths rose to 40 in 2019/20, up from a low of 31 in the previous year.

In this article we will go through some of the most common injuries and illnesses to look out for and what you can do to help mitigate them, because a serious injury or illness may mean having to take time off work which isn’t something that everyone can afford to do, especially those that are self-employed.

Scaffolding / falling from height:

The first area we are going to cover is the most common cause of serious or even fatal injuries within construction and that’s falling from heights. There was a 27% rise in the number of incidents between 2017 and 2018, going from 89 in 2017 (which was an all-time low) to 113 in 2018, the highest it has been since 2012. The figures were revealed in the NASC 2019 Safety Report, which documents and analyses accident and injury statistics for its full contracting members in the previous calendar year.

2018/2019 Construction Statistics from HSE:

  • 30 fatal injuries to workers and seven to members of the public
  • Average of 36 fatalities to workers and five to members of the public each year over the last five years;
  • 49% of deaths over the same five-year period were due to falls from height

The fatal injury rate (1.31 per 100,000 workers) is three times the All industry rate.

Make sure you’re business or site is doing all it can to put the correct safety procedures in place and that you anyone working at a height or on a scaffold has the appropriate qualifications to mitigate and avoid potential issues.

 

Musculoskeletal injuries:

There were an estimated 42,000 work-related cases of musculoskeletal disorders (new or long-standing) in 2018/19, about three-fifths of all ill health in the construction industry with 2.1% of workers reporting musculoskeletal disorders – almost double the percentage of the average for all areas of work in the same time period.

One of the most common types of injury is lower back pain, most likely due to heavy lifting of materials and machinery which is something that can be reduced by using the correct lifting techniques (see figure below) or asking for help on items that are difficult to carry properly on your own.

 

Correct posture to lift a heavy object safely. Illustration of health care. vector illustration

 

Other common types of musculoskeletal injuries in construction:

  • Carpet Layers’ Knee
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Tendinitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome or White Finger Disease
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Common Causes for Construction Injuries:

  • Pushing, pulling, tugging and sliding
  • Whole Body Vibration
  • Vibration from Hand Tools
  • Repetitive Work
  • Lifting
  • Contact Stress (Tools and Sharp Objects)
  • Forcefulness or Muscle Effort

Some of the injuries list above are harder to avoid than others. Making sure you are using the best protective equipment and supports is one way to help reduce the chances of an injury occurring. Listening to your body and getting help or advice on any issues you’re having as soon as they appear is also highly recommended if you’re experiencing any pain or issues go and see a doctor as spotting the issues earlier may reduce them worsening over time and causing long term damage to your body.

Stress, Depression & Anxiety

According to the HSE’s 2018/19 report, there were an estimated 16,000 work-related cases of stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing), which made up a quarter of all ill health in this Sector.

It is incredibly important to make sure that everyone working on your site is comfortable with their working environment. Making sure everyone is treated fairly and respected by their colleagues, feels safe with the machinery they’re using or tasks they have been asked to complete and also making sure they’re not subject to discriminatory behaviour.

Looking out for anyone that may not be acting themselves is something that is hard to do and creating an ‘open door to management’ environment so people can express any feelings of discomfort is something you should aim for. If you do spot anyone showing signs of anxiety or depression it’s worth taking them to one side over a cup of coffee and asking that they’re ok.

Signs of anxiety and depression:

  • loss of interest or no longer finding pleasure in activities or hobbies
  • persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, or emptiness
  • feeling hopeless or pessimistic
  • anger, irritability, or restlessness
  • feeling guilty or experiencing feelings of worthlessness or helplessness
  • difficulty controlling worry or fear
  • dread
  • panic

Other common injuries & illnesses:

  • Contact dermatitis: Painters and decorators, carpenters and joiners, and Construction and building trades not elsewhere classified all suffer from more than twice the all-industry rate of contact dermatitis.
  • Occupational asthma: Airborne materials from spray painting, welding, or cutting/grinding metals are among the contributory factors to those suffering from asthma.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Commonly caused by exposure to fumes, chemicals and dust and environmental pollution. Smoking is the single most important causative factor.
  • Occupational Cancer: most commonly mesothelioma, a form of cancer that follows the inhalation of asbestos fibres. The extensive use of insulation board containing brown asbestos (amosite) within buildings for fire protection purposes is a common cause found in today’s construction industry.
  • Occupational Deafness – from years of exposure to loud machinery

New MSD Assessment Tool

HSE has also just recently launched a new assessment tool which will allow workers to diagnose any musculoskeletal disorders.

The new musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) tool is an all-in-one digital solution for the well renowned MAC tool. They have designed the tool to simplify the process of completing each assessment by including a logical step by step approach, saving your assessors time in populating and interpreting the results manually.

The tool is available to both employers and safety representatives so they’re able to assess the risks posed by lifting, carrying and team manual handling activities. The assessor can then understand, interpret and categorise the level of risk, and implement the appropriate control measures.

To learn more about the tool please visit the HSE article by clicking here.

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Leading UK development company sets new targets to reduce carbon emissions

Barratt Developments has announced three new carbon emissions targets as part of its drive “to become the country’s leading national sustainable housebuilder”.

Their first aim is to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and be the first major housebuilder to do so. Earlier this year they became the first national housebuilder to publish science-based targets for reducing carbon emissions, and they look set to continue this work with a new net-zero goal by 2040.

The second aim the firm announced is for its new home design to be net-zero carbon from 2030. They aim to achieve by this goal by continuing their ‘fabric first’ approach over the next 10 years covering such elements as better insulation, more efficient services and new green technology.

Their third and final aim is to purchase 100% of its operational electricity from renewable sources by 2025. They have announced already that just under half of their energy is already coming from renewable sources and over the next 5 years aim to take that all the way to 100%, reducing their emissions by a further 3,300 tonnes of carbon.

“Identifying and implementing what is needed to achieve these reductions will be an ongoing process across the entire Barratt business,” the firm said. “For instance, reducing diesel use will involve new technology such as solar assisted generators, whilst driving down plant emissions on site and improving the energy credentials of its buildings will all help Barratt to achieve the 2040 net-zero target.”

The targets continue Barratt’s drive to reduce carbon emissions – since 2015 it has achieved a 22% reduction through initiatives such as improving plant efficiency and rolling out energy efficient show home lighting.

With companies such as Barratt putting an emphasis on reducing their environmental output, you can also take steps to reduce your businesses environmental impact by filling out our preferred supplier question set. Showing your businesses you take further areas of compliance, such as environmental, seriously may help you business win work over those that don’t.

The workers are using personal protective equipments. For healthcare professionals caring for people with covid-19, the CDC recommends placing the person in an airborne infection isolation room.

Unexpected HSE site checks

The HSE has begun to visit sites across the United Kingdom to make sure that sites are following the correct Covid-19 (Coronavirus) guidelines.

Martin McCabe is Head of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality at HGH Groundworks & Civil Engineering, and a member of the CIOB’s education, qualification, standards and practice board and his site was one of those that was checked.

The site was one that had shut down and recently reopened and the HSE visited the site to make sure they the correct guidelines were in place and being followed by all staff.

Martin McCabe on the unexpected visit:

“The HSE’s visit was unannounced. The inspectors were inducted and went through the site’s coronavirus symptoms checks. They interviewed some of our staff and asked what our COVID-19 checks were. They also enquired about our travel arrangements and then looked at our method statements and risk assessments. They completed a full review of our records of symptom checks and re-inductions. Interestingly, they were still keen to focus on plant use and maintenance. They checked plant operator competence and inspection records.

We received no actions from the visit. It’s down to the dedication of each member of the team, strong supervision has been crucial.

This experience has only reinforced my view that site supervisors are the key to getting things right. They’re the people who drive the culture and behaviours on-site. When you have supervisors who lead by example, it gives you the best chance of success”.

For the full article and more information from Martin on the site visit, please click here.

It is likely that these unannounced checks will continue to happen in the construction industry throughout the UK so please make sure that you are doing all you can to keep your sites safe and compliant.

If you are running on reduced staff and would like help with managing your supply chain and their compliance, please click here and see how our site compliance reports can help you keep on top of your site.

Environmental problems

Managing Environmental Risks

Is your business aware of its impact on the environment and the potential penalties for getting it wrong? 

When it comes to protecting your business, making sure your activities aren’t causing environmental harm is incredibly important as a breach of environmental law could have a profound effect on your business’s success.

What exactly does the term ‘environment’ mean?

When considering the environment, most people think of trees, rivers and animals, when in fact it encompasses most things around us, even other people.

ISO 14001:2015 defines the environment as ‘’The surroundings in which an organisation operates, including air, water, land, natural resources, flora, fauna, humans and their interrelationships’’, and these surroundings can extend from within the organisation to the local, regional and global system.

Environmental law covers all of the above aspects, so when considering what impact the organisation’s activities have on the environment it’s worth keeping in mind that these are not just direct, such as where we directly dispose of our waste, but also indirect, such as where our suppliers gain their materials.

What are the potential penalties and additional costs? 

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.

When considering the costs of environmental accidents, it is highly important to consider direct and indirect costs, as well as the insured and uninsured costs.

Direct costs are measurable and arise from an accident and / or any claim for liability in the civil or criminal courts.

These include elements such as:

  • Repairs or replacement of damaged equipment and buildings;
  • Remediation,
  • Product loss or damage,
  • Loss of production,
  • Public and/or product liability,
  • Fines,
  • Legal fees and
  • Increases in insurance premiums.

Indirect costs may also be incurred as a result of an incident, but do not generally actually involve the payment of money. As these costs are largely immeasurable, they can be difficult to account for. In certain circumstances, they may be extremely high.

These include elements such as:

  • Business interruption,
  • Loss of orders,
  • Cost of time spent on investigations and
  • Loss of corporate image.

Not only does your business need to consider direct or indirect costs, but if your insurance will cover them. Uninsured costs usually include all indirect costs, as well as those relating to a loss of production as a result of many types of incident. Insurances may also be voided where it can be shown that the business had not taken adequate precautions to prevent the incident. Uninsured losses can be many times greater than insured losses.

What harm might your business cause the environment? 

There are 000’s of different ways businesses can cause adverse effects on the environment. These can extend locally, regionally or even on a global scale. When considering how your business affects the environment, there are a few elements you should consider.

To learn more about each area of environmental risk and the potential damage they could cause your business, check out the toggles below. 

There are many ways your business can affect the air quality on a local, regional and global scale. The contaminates of air are elements such as:

 

·       Vehicle emissions,

·       Dust,

·       Fumes,

·       Smoke,

·       Odours,

·       Fibres (i.e. wood, asbestos) etc.

 

By considering your activities and how they may release contaminates into the air, you are reducing the risk of enforcement and the associated costs.

 

In 2006 a hazardous waste company from the north west released toxic fumes into the air that left four members of staff needing medical treatment along with several members of the public reporting side effects.

 

The company had inadequate emergency plans and breached the conditions of their waste management license by accepting waste they were not permitted to hold and then stored it with another chemical substance. This resulted in a joint prosecution by the HSE and the Environment Agency which resulted in a £101,000 fine as a result of the eight charges brought against them, along with paying a further £65,000 in costs.

These types of breaches can be avoided by having the proper procedures in place and ensuring they are rigorously followed. (full story can be found here: Bootle Company Fined)

Some of the most common causes of environmental issues relating to land are:

 

·       Hazardous waste, 

·       Chemicals,  

·       Deforestation,  

·       Leachate (i.e. from waste skips etc.)

 

Making sure your business has adequate procedures in place to reduce the likelihood of land pollution occurring is a key element to mitigating the risk of receiving hefty enforcement and the associated costs incurred, especially when it comes to remediation costs of putting the land back to its original state.

 

Back in 2013 a scrap metal company had been delivering large quantities of waste to a third party for disposal. The third party were licensed to take agricultural waste for deposit over agricultural land it owned, however the nearly 4000 tonnes of contaminated waste soil was revealed to include plastics, metals and household waste.

 

Norwich Crown Court fined the company £3600 after finding it guilty of allowing contaminated waste materials to be illegally deposited on the land. The court also ordered the company to pay full prosecution costs of £4718.

 

The documentation accompanying the waste was also found to be incorrect as it only identified soil waste and not the above waste types. In imposing the level of the fine, the court noted that the defendant’s actions were not primarily financially motivated and that there were other mitigating circumstances to consider, resulting in a lower level of fine than may otherwise have been applicable. (full story can be found here: Waste – Breach of Duty of Care)

 

Water pollution can be one of the costliest pollutions to rectify due to the extensive remediation costs as well as the pure size of the potential problems caused. A spill into a freshwater sewer left unchecked has the potential to pollute an entire eco system living in rivers, lakes, oceans etc.

 

Some of the most common pollutants to water are:

 

  • Sewage (may contain solids such as wood, plastic waste, textiles etc.).
  • Hazardous chemicals.
  • Unauthorised discharges from manufacturing facilities.
  • Construction site run off.

 

It is highly important to not only have the procedures in place for preventing discharge into water courses, but also what to do in the event of a spill or contamination, such as having appropriate emergency plans in place.

 

In 2017, a Leeds-based house building company was sentenced after it was found to be discharging contaminated run-off into a water course from a Huddersfield construction site. The effects that the discharges were having on the water quality in the watercourse were registered up to 3 kilometres downstream. The company were fined £120,000 for illegally polluting a watercourse and were ordered to pay an additional £8,706.71 in legal costs as well as a £120 victim surcharge. (full story can be found here: Watercourse Pollution).

 

Noise is an issue most companies identify as a health and safety issue for their workforce, but noise becomes an environmental issue when considering who or what it affects when it is being emitted outside of the workplace. Some of the causes of noise pollution are:

 

 

  • Construction Noise (such as drilling, sawing etc.)
  • Vehicles (Plant, delivery vehicles etc.)
  • Manufacturing Processes (such as assembly lines etc.)

 

 

By considering noise as an environmental as well as a health & safety issue your organisation is not only protecting the health and wellbeing of your workforce, but also reducing the likelihood of prosecution should the noise affect the surrounding environment.

 

After numerous complaints from locals and interventions from the local council, a Bangor based construction company were sentenced in 2014 for causing noise nuisance from a building site. It was reported that they were breaking the imposed conditions set by the council that the construction work be limited between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday. Yet residents, some with young children, have been disturbed by noise through weekends, early in the morning and late at night. The noise was caused from sources such as nail guns, saws, generators, skip collections at inappropriate times and forklifts continuously using reversing bleepers straight into residents living rooms.

 

The company were ordered to pay £6,000 for the four charges of breaching the relevant legislation and were also ordered to pay costs of £3,511.48 to the council as well as a £120 victim surcharge. (full story can be found here: Noise Pollution).

How we conduct business not only affects the local or regional wildlife, but also affects wildlife on a global scale. The UK is home to many protected species and adversely affecting their habitats can come at a great cost.

 

The most common causes of impact to fauna are:

 

  • Waste(leading to death in animals or habitat being destroyed)
  • Deforestation (due to high demand for materials etc.)
  • Noise(causing forced evictions of animals)

 

A civil engineering company were sentenced in 2018 for illegally dumping more than 5,000 tonnes of construction waste into two land hollows in Herefordshire. The dumping of waste was compounded by the fact that the site was a habitat for great-crested newts, a European protected species. According to the Environment Agency, the actions of the company resulted in the disturbance, injury and killing of some of the newt population.

 

Great-crested newts are the largest species of newt in the UK and are protected by UK law, meaning to disturb or damage them or their nesting sites is punishable by unlimited fines and up to six months in prison. The company were ordered to pay £50,000 in fines and a further £50,000 towards prosecution costs. (full story can be found here: Protected Species).

Building Inspector Looking At House Renovation Project

Construction Leadership Council Announce “Road to recovery”

The Construction Leadership Council published has released its 3-phase “Road to recovery” for bringing the construction industry back to normal following the Coronavirus pandemic which has caused the industry to slow down.

The three major phases they have outlined are the following:

They hope the outcomes of this plan will mean there will be a more capable, professional, productive and profitable sector, which delivers better value to clients, better performing infrastructure and buildings, and competes successfully in global markets.

The CLC believes it will take at least 2 years for the industry to fully recover but most of the recovery work will be done in 2021. The Office of National Statistics reported construction activity fell by 2.6% in Q1 2020, and by 5.9% in March.

Whilst The Construction Products Association estimates that construction output will fall by 25% in 2020, with the largest falls in activity in private housing (-42%), commercial construction (-36%), and private repair maintenance & improvement (-35%).

Among the chief aims of the plan, developed by the CLC’s Covid-19 taskforce, are the retention of key skills and employment of the maximum number of people possible by getting the industry back to work wherever it is safe to do so.

The CLC also wants to ensure a pipeline of future workload for all parts of the sector and boost productivity to secure improved value.

The taskforce’s plan looks at the actions required to overcome the problems arising from the industry entering the recovery phase of the crisis and is now engaging with government to see how the plans might be delivered.

Construction Leadership Council joint chair Andy Mitchell said: “The unprecedented challenge of coronavirus calls for unprecedented solutions. I am delighted by the way that the industry has collaborated at a pace to develop this plan, targeting those interventions that will help the industry get back on its feet as quickly as possible. We hope that everyone will take the opportunity to read the plan and consider the part you can play in its delivery.”

Eddie Tuttle, Director of Policy at CIOB, welcomed the plans. He said: “This is an important time for the industry, and a key focus currently is job retention and creation. We are pleased to see this response includes many of our calls made in recent months, including input from our written submission to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee inquiry on the impact of coronavirus, and look forward to working with the Construction Leadership Council on making these steps a reality.”

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Are you ready to return to site?

Following the government’s announcement on Sunday that people are able to go to work if they feel safe, lots of businesses and workers have made the return to work this week. Some construction and house building sites began to reopen as early as late April but following Sunday’s announcement the numbers of those returning to work has increased.

Is your SSIP certificate in date?

If you are working for some of the larger house building companies such as Redrow, Taylor Wimpey and Midas you will need to hold a valid SSIP certificate. If you were working for them prior to the pandemic, we are now facing it is worth checking that your certificate is in date as you will need one to work on their sites, especially following Covid-19 as health & safety is at the front of everyone’s minds.

New to working for house building companies?

If you are new to working with some of the companies above, you may not have heard of SSIP. To learn all about SSIP and how it can help your business please click here.

In short, SSIP is an industry-standard of health and safety that contractors ask their subcontractors to obtain before they’re able to work on their sites. This ensures that the businesses they hire are following all the correct health & safety procedures and can give them peace of mind that the work being done on their sites is safe.

You can start an assessment with SMAS Worksafe for free clicking the button below. We offer a fast turnaround, free support from our in house assessors and flat-rate pricing so you can get your certificate as simply and easily as possible and get on with working.

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Are you overpaying for your business insurance?

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the UK economy and with few sectors escaping its reach; work for most has ground to a halt.

At a time like this, with potentially more time available than normal but also with cost pressures, it does present an opportunity to review your insurances through our partnership with Premierline.

Why?

We understand that your typical business activities may have been restricted or you may have diversified until social distancing lockdown measures are lifted. However, it’s still important to have business insurance in place to ensure your risks are managed and assets protected.

For instance, premiums for Employers Liability and Public Liability policies are typically calculated on estimated wagerolls, payments to sub-contractors and also annual turnover. These may now need to be revised to reflect your current circumstances and business activities.

There is no better time to ensure your insurance is tailored to your business needs.  An insurance broker can provide valuable advice in relation to your insurance and make sure that your estimates are a true reflection of your business.

What do I need to do?

SMAS Worksafe are proud to partner with Premierline Business Insurance Broker who will work with you to review your current coverage and also to ensure that it remains fit for purpose once you properly return to work.

SMAS Members taking out a new policy through Premierline may also be entitled to an exclusive discount* on a tradesman insurance policy from selected insurers.

Premierline will be making contact with you if your insurances are due for renewal but if you want to talk to them now, to see how Premierline can get you the right cover at the right price, please email the dedicated SMAS team on SMAS@premierline.co.uk!

*terms and conditions apply

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Coronavirus testing to construction workers as sites begin re-openings

Bellway has now joined Redrow, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey in announcing they’re going to be opening their sites in the coming weeks with Persimmon Homes already opening some of their sites at the start of this week.

Redrow has now announced that they’re happy they can comply with the required social distancing measures and intends to begin mobilising sites during the week beginning May 11, with a phased return to construction from May 18 and Bellway are the latest housebuilder to begin re-openings.

On Tuesday, Health secretary Nick Hancock has announced that the government will offer construction workers with coronavirus symptoms access to testing.

He confirmed that all workers and their families will be offered tests as testing capacity in the UK is ramped up to 73,000 per day.

Forty-one drive through testing centres are now in operation with a further 48 due to come on stream this week. A further 70 mobile testing stations largely operated by the army are also due to be operating by the end of the week.

Hancock said on Tuesday: “We now have the capacity to make testing available to all workers who have to leave home to go to work and members of their households who have symptoms.”

He had come under pressure from construction union Unite to extend testing to construction workers because so many had kept working through the lockdown.

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “Unite is pleased that the government has supported our call to ensure that construction workers who continue to work can easily access testing for COVID-19.

“This will significantly help prevent the spread of the virus on construction sites.

“Testing alone however will not stop the spread of this deadly disease. It is imperative that construction workers are able to continually socially distance from when they leave home in the morning to when they return at night.

“The dangerous PHE guidance must be withdrawn and the Health and Safety Executive must step up to the plate and insist on procedures that require workers to social distance on sites at all times to reduce risks of infection.”

Are you ready for the return?

Anyone working on Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey or Redrow sites will be required to hold an SSIP certificate to show their businesses health & safety compliance. If you’re new to SSIP but are looking to start working for one of these companies as it may give you a chance to get back working, please read our article which details everything you need to know regarding SSIP here.

If you’ve previously held an SSIP certificate but didn’t renew due to the pandemic, we have updated our renewal policy to allow documents from previous years to be carried over if you’re unable to obtain the current information due to being in isolation – all information can be found here.

Key dates:

  • Persimmon Homes 27th April
  • Taylor Wimpey 4th May
  • Bellway 4th May
  • Redrow 18th May
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SSIP – How to get it done smoothly

If you’re working with clients who require SSIP accreditation then you may have stumbled across some of these issues yourself, if you’re new to SSIP but are required to have one to work on a particular site or just to simply show your businesses health and safety compliance – we have a few things you may want to consider before you start which will help you with the process.

Here is a list of the most common issues people find when they apply for a SMAS SSIP accreditation and how you can make sure they don’t delay you in gaining your certificate.

Workforce H&S Qualifications

Q10

  • If they are undertaking a trade (i.e. Carpentry & Joinery; Brickwork; Electrical etc.), providing a sample of the trade qualifications will reduce the need to provide them later.
  • If you are undertaking a low-risk trade (i.e. Cleaning; Painting & decorating etc.) be sure to include the relevant H&S training (i.e. Manual Handling; COSHH Awareness; Working at Height etc. as appropriate). – Be sure to provide H&S training and its within a reasonable time frame (i.e. 3-5 years).
  • Additional training relevant to your trade (i.e. If you are using MEWPS or Mobile access towers, that a sample of the appropriate qualifications/training are provided (PASMA / IPAF).

H&S Policy & H&S Policy Statement

Q1 / 1A

  • The company name must match what is on your application and Companies House (if relevant – i.e. Limited; LLP company).
  • The statement must be signed (either digitally or physically) and dated within the last 12 months.
  • Legislations must be in date and correct.
  • If your organisation has 5 or more personnel (directly employed + Labour Only individuals), a full policy will be required.

H&S Training and information

Q7

  • A training matrix or record should include a list of personnel along with their relevant training/qualifications.
  • Any personnel not included on the matrix should be noted as to why they are not included (i.e. office-based; administration staff etc.).
  • Listing the appropriate CSCS / CPCS / NPORS etc. details (if held) (card numbers, expiry dates etc.) can assist in reducing the amount of information requested by an assessor at a later stage.
  • A training matrix should also reflect the numbers on the application at the time of submission.

Method Statements

Q5

  • Be sure to include a sequence of works that defines how the individual tasks are undertaken.
  • They should be site-specific, trade relevant and in the correct company name as well as dated within the last 12 months.
  • Be mindful of references to legislation to ensure they are in date and correct. This includes any pictograms that may be out of date, such as those covered within CHIP Regulations.

COSHH Assessments

Q6

  • Ensure the COSHH assessments contain the in-date CLP regulation symbols instead of the outdated CHIP regulation symbols.
  • Be sure you are aware of substances that may surround your trade, for example, silica dust and wood dust for electricians. Just because you may not be using paints, solvents etc. doesn’t mean that COSHH doesn’t apply to your organisation.
  • Ensure the COSHH assessments are relevant to your trade and are dated within the last 12 months.

If you have any further question, please give us a call on 01752 697370 and ask to speak to one of our in-house assessors. They will take a look at your application and give you free help and advice on the stages you need to take in order to pass and gain your accreditation.

 

Preferred Supplier: 

If you’re looking to take your businesses compliance beyond health and safety. We offer a preferred supplier package which allows you to show off your compliance in other areas such as anti-bribery and corruption and environmental issues.

 

 

Why Preferred Supplier?

Showing off your businesses compliance in other areas could help you to win more business. When clients are searching the SMAS Portal they will be able to see businesses with Preferred Supplier and are more likely to use them for work other someone who only holds an SSIP certificate.

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What is SSIP and how it can benefit you?

Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) is an umbrella organisation that was created to make sure there is a mutual understanding and recognition between different health and safety schemes so that there is uniformity amongst companies and the standard of their health and safety.

What this means:

SSIP has streamlined the process from buyers, suppliers and companies by providing an automatic prequalification for contracts within each sector. Gaining an SSIP certificate through SMAS will enable you to show high levels of health and safety management and is a simple way to prove that your company takes health and safety very seriously.

It’s also beneficial when recruiting top talent for your company. Obtaining an SSIP certificate is a great and simple way to show potential employees that you have a commitment to assuring their safety, making you a much more attractive proposition.

How we can help:

Here at SMAS Worksafe, we are passionate about helping your company to gain it’s SSIP certificate as easily and quickly as possible – we pride ourselves on our high levels of customer service with 95% of our members returning every year, a flat-rate pricing structure and most importantly, helping you gain SSIP accreditation within 3-5 days.

Once you’ve gone through our online process and shown your company to meet the required health and safety levels you will be given accreditation giving you benefits such as:

  • You can reduce the cost and burden of H&S bureaucracy across your industry
  • Attained a certificate recognised by thousands of companies’ nationwide
  • Becoming more appealing to buyers and workers.

Preferred Supplier:

Preferred supplier has been created by SMAS Worksafe to help you stand out from other companies and show that you are operating at a higher level of compliance by providing information on other areas such as environment, anti-bribery, corruption and modern slavery issues.

If areas such as environmental management are new to you, you’re not alone. Many UK businesses are now being requested to fulfil new requirements – we recognise this and have a team of experts on hand to help you through the process, allowing you to save time and get back to work as soon as possible. To find out more about how Preferred Supplier can help your business, click here.

 

Deem to Satisfy:

We understand that getting SSIP can be a hassle and certain buyers may request a SMAS Certificate to work on their sites. This is where our deem to satisfy option comes in, if you already hold an SSIP accreditation and want to work for companies like Redrow – who require SMAS accreditation, we will accept your previous certificate and do a quick change over so you can get on-site and start earning without any hassle. All the information can be found here.