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. 

    Free Consultation

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    How did you hear about us?

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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.

    Polluted Oil-Spill

    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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    electric SUV of the future charging electricity with public charger

    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.

    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.

    Oil spilling into a drain / environmental management with Worksafe PQQ

    Gasoline leaks into the street. It’s raining. Sewage grate. Close shot. No people.

    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.