Risk assessment management process

How to write your risk assessment

A risk assessment is a useful tool to help employers meet their responsibility of making sure that their staff, the public and anyone else coming into contact with their site or workplace is safe and secure. Risk assessments allow employers to highlight the dangers that people may face and puts in place measures to reduce or in some cases completely remove the risks.

Risk assessments help employers to take control of risks. There is a lot of pressure and responsibility on employers to make sure all those who enter the environment they’re responsible for is safe and risk assessments are the foundation of spotting and reducing any risk.

It is also a legal requirement for any business that employs more than 5 people to hold a valid risks assessment. It is important that risk assessments are carried out and recorded thoroughly as they form the basis for health and safety policies and procedures.

What are risk assessment templates?

Risk assessment templates are an effective risk management tool. They normally come in the form of a document that breaks the full assessment down into different stages with space for you to record hazards and the people who are at risk.

Templates will also include a risk matrix – these are simply so you can record the level of risk and the likelihood of the risk happening. Once you have identified and evaluated the risks the template will direct you to record the existing control measures and any other measures that could be put in place to reduce the risks.

Do you need to use a template?

No, there is no requirement for an organisation to use a risk assessment template, they are simply there to help guide those who are unsure through the initial processes. You can create your own structure for carrying out and recording assessments, the templates are just there to make it easier for those who may be unsure.

Templates may help you save time and normally are structured in a way that makes it easy to record your findings and therefore easier for those in the business you’re sharing it with to understand.

What to watch out for when writing your risk assessment

If you’re using templates to write your risk assessment it is important not to copy the example answers and findings that may already be filled in.

The risk assessment needs to be your own, as every business will have slightly different risks and likelihoods. Copying a risk assessment will not only be no help for your business but it also won’t meet any of the legal requirements.

How should a risk assessment be structured?

Risk assessment management process

There is no one structure fits all when it comes to producing a risk assessment, which is often why you will find varying templates for different industries. Your risk assessment will vary depending on the work you carry out, the size of your business, the materials you use and the legislation you need to comply with.

Risk assessments for new workplaces or businesses may also differ from assessments carried out in areas that have been previously assessed.

However, you will need to follow the steps below:

  1. Identify the hazards
  2. Consider who is at risk
  3. Evaluate risks and the actions to control them
  4. Record findings
  5. Regular review of risks assessments

How to find templates

If you’re not sure how to structure your risk assessments or where to find the correct template for your business SMAS Worksafe can offer you guidance and support.

Our templates allow you to complete your assessments to a high standard and record findings in a clear manner. SMAS Worksafe members can download our risk assessment form via our portal. Members will also have access to various other templates to help with your businesses environmental, quality, anti-bribery and financial standing policies.

You can also download and view risk assessment templates and examples on the HSE website.

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Accreditations in construction, which ones do you need?

Accreditations in construction. Which ones do you need?

There are various types of accreditations in construction and knowing which ones your businesses needs to hold can confusing. There are various kinds of accreditation for those in construction, varying across different aspects of the business such as, health & safety, environmental, quality management etc. 

It is not uncommon for accreditations to be a requirement that is asked for during the tendering process, whilst others may not be required but can be a huge benefit to your businesses reputation. 

In this article we will go through the most common types of accreditation for those in the construction industry, where they are required and what kind of businesses would benefit from having them. 

SSIP

SSIP (Safety Scheme in Procurement) is a standard for health & Safety recognised throughout the UK. It is commonly requested by those within the house building industry but can be used for any sector to show health & safety compliance. 

SSIP is completed online and will not require any on site auditing in order for you to pass. Depending on the member scheme you choose the number of questions may vary but for all schemes you will need to meet the core criteria

If you are required to hold an SSIP certificate, SMAS Worksafe can help you to become accredited. For more information visit our packages page

CSCS

CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job they do on site. By ensuring the workforce are appropriately qualified the card plays its part in improving standards and safety on UK construction sites.

Holding a CSCS card is not a legislative requirement. It is entirely up to the principal contractor or client whether workers are required to hold a card before they are allowed on site. However, most principal contractors and major house builders require construction workers on their sites to hold a valid card.

CPCS

CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme) is a card scheme that was devised to prove the skills of plant operators. It’s based on a combination of professional competence and health and safety awareness – both essential qualities for plant operators.

All Build UK sites will require you to show your CPCS card and it is being enforced by most employers to show their skills. In some cases an employer might not ask for a CPCS card and certification may be enough to prove your skills. 

ECS

The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) is the sole ID and competence card scheme for electrotechnical operatives in the UK and is recognised and endorsed by the industry.

Holding an ECS card proves your qualification status, main electrical occupation, identity, your health and safety awareness, as well as any additional disciplines in which you are skilled to work.

ECS is a partner of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), so anyone in an electrotechnical-related occupation who’s told ‘you need a CSCS card’ will likely need to provide a ECS card.  

SSSTS

Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) is a course is designed for workers who are set to take on supervisory responsibility at an organisation and need official training and qualifications for the role. 

The course will help individuals to understand: 

  1. health and safety law and how it applies to supervisors
  2. your supervisory responsibilities in controlling site safely
  3. risk assessments and the need for method statements
  4. effective site inductions, toolbox talks and method statement briefings
  5. monitoring site activities effectively
  6. timely intervention when bad practice is identified.

Once passed, the certificate will last for 5 years and you will then need to take a refresher course (SSSTS-R) to maintain certification. If your initial certificate expires you will be required to retake the full course.

SMSTS

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is an industry recognised course providing companies who need to meet the ever increasing demand for evidence of health and safety compliance with all the relevant knowledge to meet today’s legislative demands.

The course will give you a full understanding of: 

  1. how to implement all health, safety, welfare and environmental legislation affecting your daily work
  2. how to set up new guidance and industry best practice
  3. your duties and responsibilities with regards to health, safety, welfare and the environment

Once passed, the certificate will last for 5 years and you will then need to take a refresher course (SMSTS-R) to maintain certification. If your initial certificate expires you will be required to retake the full course.  

ISO 14001

ISO 14001 helps businesses of all sizes across all sectors make their day to day operations more sustainable. Sustainability can ultimately save money, improve brand reputation, engage employees and build resilience against uncertainty as well as the ability to rapidly adapt to change. 

Designed for any type of organisation, regardless of its activity or sector, it can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.

An ISO is not a require but is recommended for any business that wants to set up, improve and  then maintain an environmental management system to conform with industry regulations and requirements. 

If you are interested or require help with an ISO 140001, you can go to our sister company QMS who will help you meet the criteria and guide you through the process. 

ISO 9001

ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised Quality Management System (QMS) standard that can benefit any size organisation. Designed to be a powerful business improvement tool. 

This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. 

While no company needs an ISO, they may see the benefits of having one when tendering for work. 

If you are interested or require help with an ISO 9001, you can go to our sister company QMS who will help you meet the criteria and guide you through the process. 

Lots of aspects from ISO 9001 can be transferred into ISO 14001. Combining the management systems can increase focus and remove any room for confusion. 

Responsibilities for the combined standards might include:

  1. Drafting a policy statement and quantifiable objectives
  2. Setting up organisational charts and job descriptions
  3. Providing adequate resources
  4. Managing documentation for both standards in a single document control system
  5. Appointing a management representative as well as coordinators for the quality and environmental managements systems

When adding ISO 14001 components to those of ISO 9001, planning must be expanded to deal with environmental impacts, and the inspection and test systems modified to cover environmental conformance. The organisation must meet the environmental expectations of customers and the government, and it must incorporate environmental management elements into internal audit programs and training sessions.

CAS

The Common Assessment Standard is an accreditation designed to standardise the pre-qualification process, helping both clients and contractors improve supply chain efficiency, reduce supply chain risks, and find reliable business opportunities.

Launched by Build UK with the support of CECA in 2019, the Common Assessment Standard has fast become the construction industry’s gold standard for pre-qualification.

The standard is available for all businesses sizes and helps contractors to display compliance across wider criteria such as environmental, financial standings and modern slavery. 

PAS 91

PAS 91 is a standardised pre-qualification questionnaire which has been developed to reduce the need for suppliers to complete a variety of different pre-qualification questionnaires for different, and in some cases, the same clients.

Developed by the British Standards Institute (BSI), the question set has been commissioned by Government and is a recommended common minimum standard for construction procurement.

PAS 91 was originally introduced as mandatory for central government contractors but is now recommended for all principal contractors. 

Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos awareness training should be taken out by anyone that may come into contact with asbestos during the course of any work that they undertake, not just for those who will remove asbestos.

For those that may come into contract with asbestos, this would only need to be asbestos awareness training as opposed to the more detailed training for those that carry out unlicensed or licensed work on asbestos.

If you’re looking for asbestos training visit our partners UKATA. They are a leading asbestos training authority with training centre all over the UK. 

Construction work at night / road workers

Construction in the dark

Construction in the dark is a task that many construction workers in the UK are likely to have face at some point in their careers. This could be to undertake road works during the night or in winter when the daylight hours are shorter and those working past 5PM are forced into working in low light and darker conditions.

Working in the dark is therefore commonplace in the UK but that does not diminish the risks the workers face whilst working in poor visibility and employers and site managers should make sure that their workforce is equipped for working in dark conditions.

Worker risks:

worker using jackhammer / Working at night

One area that needs to be considered when workers are operating in the dark is that they are less likely to be alert to dangers. A lack of light will obviously lead to poorer vision, this requires greater concentration for the person to focus on the task, these risks are likely to be magnified in high-risk situations where concentration is key or with tasks that require high attention to detail.

For those that are working nightshifts, especially those that are strung together, fatigue can be another cause of increased risk. Often workers will offer to work nights to allow them more time with families or to free up their day for leisure. This however can lead to them being extremely fatigued whilst working. It’s important that those who work nights do their best to get the same amount of sleep during the day as they would on a normal evening. Creating a quiet, dark room for sleeping during the day will help improve their ability to sleep during the day and reduce the risk of fatigue during working hours.

Vehicles & Machinery:

Orange excavator digger working at night on the street

The next area of risk is perhaps the most serious. Using vehicles and machinery in low light greatly increases the risk to the operator and those around them. Most vehicles have blind spots and those used in construction often suffer from this hindrance to a greater extent due to their shape and sometimes the equipment they’re carrying.

All these issues are magnified when working in poor visibility and therefore making sure all workers are alert and wearing high visibility clothing is crucial to helping the driver spot fellow workers.

For those who are operating machinery, making sure suitable lighting is in place is paramount. Often using machinery comes with enough risks but using them in poor lighting greatly increases this risk. Make sure that if you’re operating machinery, you are happy with the lighting conditions and do not carry out work in which you have poor visibility.

Poor artificial lighting:

Although this is not as common, in some cases the artificial lighting used can often cause more issues than it is solving. Too much artificial light can cause glare, especially for those who are working with metals and reflective materials.

If the artificial light is too bright or causing lots of glare, workers vision may be impeded and it can also lead to headaches and stress, which will both increase the risks of mistakes, poor quality work and low productivity.

Managing night work:

To help reduce risks to your workforce, here is a checklist that managers can use to identify risks and safety practices that should be considered.

  1. Require daytime managers to periodically work at night – managers who have experience with the challenges of managing a site during the day may have additional input on how to reduce risks of a nightshift.
  2. Continue to evaluate your working environment – conduct comprehensive reviews of your workplace. Consider any near misses or accidents you may have had. Review lighting, temperature and poor airflow which may lead to fatigue.
  3. Put shift work safety at the forefront – Make sure that your sites are mandated and discussed at safety meetings. Also, include a seat for someone who works night shifts.
  4. Promote sleep and napping – Promoting the importance of good sleep following a night shift to help reduce risks to themselves and others. The appeal of having the ‘day off’ can lead to workers operating on next to no sleep.
  5. Allow short breaks – Working at night requires added concentration and over the course of a shift this can lead to greater risk. Allow workers 30 minutes of extra break so they can have a rest, eat, and recover.
  6. Access worker schedules – No shift work is optimal, but those who are required to go from nights to days and back to nights are likely to suffer from poor sleeping patterns. Allow these workers a day off in between shifts or consider changing their shifts less often.
  7. Monitor overtime – If you have workers who are offering to do nights as overtime, make sure to monitor the hours they’re doing. If they are following day shifts with nights, then you may have to tell them to reduce the work they’re doing and allow them a break.
  8. Standardise shift changes – Issues can often occur on sites where one set of shift workers end, and another starts. Poor communication can lead to issues being missed and risks increased.
  9. Don’t forget the drive home – After the shift has finished, workers will also have to drive home. Following a nightshift, the chances of falling asleep at the wheel increase. Make space for workers to nap before commuting home and promote car share to reduce the number of cars on the road.
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The AJC Group choose SMAS Worksafe for supply chain management

SMAS Worksafe are delighted to announce that The AJC Group have chosen to make SMAS Worksafe their SSIP Scheme of choice.

The AJC Group are one of Dorset and Hampshire’s leading property development companies. With over 40 years combined experience within the industry, they are committed to delivering lasting change, transforming lives and landscapes through the construction of high quality private and affordable homes.

As from 1st October, all contractors and suppliers working with The AJC Group will be required to hold a valid SSIP certificate with SMAS Worksafe as a minimum requirement.

“AJC are always looking at new and improved ways of working more efficiently with our Contractors to ensure their health & safety. The partnership we have with SMAS Worksafe to manage our Contractors’ Health & Safety Stage 1 requirements is something that we feel can help reduce the stress on us, knowing SMAS Worksafe are managing our contractor’s health & safety gives us great peace of mind.” George Bravington – Health & Safety Advisor, The AJC Group.

SMAS Worksafe will shortly initiate an onboarding campaign for all contractor and suppliers who work with The AJC Group and support them through the process of obtaining an SSIP certificate with them.

“We are extremely pleased to have gained The AJC Group as a new client. The partnership shows our continued commitment to helping house-building clients manage their contractors to create a safe workplace.” Mark Claridge – Partnership Manager, SMAS Ltd

To find out more about how SMAS can support your supply chain procurement and management systems contact Mark at markclaridge@smasltd.com or 01752 393404

SMAS Worksafe SSIP Accreditation

SSIP accreditation: Everything you need to know

SSIP or Safety Scheme in Procurement is a standard for health & safety that is recognised throughout the United Kingdom. It was created to ensure a reduction in health and safety assessment costs and bureaucracy in the supply chain, by making cross-recognition between member schemes as effective as possible.

SSIP is now accepted and recognised by thousands of clients across the UK, making the process for vetting contractors a simple process and there is no need to compare different standards of accreditation.

“Do I need SSIP?”

SSIP is something that any business across any industry can obtain but it is generally required for contractors in the construction industry.

The most common reason for businesses obtaining SSIP accreditation is that they work for a client requesting it as a requirement to enter and work on their site. Therefore, contractors who work with these clients are required to become accredited to work.

Although other industries might not require SSIP, businesses often take out accreditation as a good practice. It reassures business owners that their health & safety policies are of a high standard and any risks are being dealt with or reduced as much as possible. 

“How do I get SSIP accredited?”

If you’re required or want to become SSIP accredited, then you will need to find an SSIP Member Scheme that can give you a certificate once you have passed the question set.

There are 30 registered member schemes and SMAS Worksafe is one of these schemes. We help businesses obtain their SSIP certificates and help support them not just through the process but also with guidance on how they can improve their health & safety going forward.

Once all the questions have been answered and you’ve uploaded all the required information, one of our assessors will check over all the details and let you know if there are any issues with your submission. Once you have passed all the questions you will then hold an SSIP certificate which is valid for 12-months.

“What is the SSIP core criteria?”

To gain SSIP accreditation your business must be able to show that you meet the core criteria. All SSIP member schemes will require this information from you and below you can see a breakdown of what areas you will need to meet.

  1. Health & Safety policy and organisation for Health & Safety
  2. Arrangements
  3. Competent advice – corporate and construction-related
  4. Training and information
  5. Individual qualifications and experience
  6. Monitoring, audit and review
  7. Workforce involvement
  8. Accident reporting and enforcement action; follow up investigation
  9. Sub-contracting /consulting procedures (if applicable)
  10. Risk assessment leading to a safe system of work
  11. Co-operating with others and coordinating your work with that of other contractors
  12. Welfare provision

Additional Construction Sector Criteria: 

  1. Hazard elimination and risk control (Designers & Principal Designers only)
  2. Principal Designer duties (Principal Designers only)
  3. Supplementary Construction Industry Criteria (alignment with Common Assessment Standard)

“I already have an SSIP certificate, but I’m being asked for a SMAS?”

Although SSIP is recognised throughout the UK, some clients may have a preference on what scheme you hold your SSIP certificate with, for example, you might have an SSIP assessment with CHAS or Constructionline but a particular client is asking for one from SMAS Worksafe.

In this case, your best option is to take out a ‘deem to satisfy’ (DTS) with SMAS Worksafe – this is where instead of going through the full SMAS Worksafe assessment we will view your existing SSIP certificate and grant you a SMAS Worksafe accreditation without the need for a full assessment and for a reduced fee.

It’s also worth noting that if you are a contractor working for several clients asking for varied SSIP assessments, do some research into full and DTS pricing. For example, if you hold a full assessment with CHAS but require SMAS Worksafe for a client it might be cheaper to take a full assessment with SMAS Worksafe and then DTS with CHAS.

Benefits of having your SSIP accreditation with SMAS Worksafe

SMAS Worksafe are always trying to give their members the most from their SSIP assessments. We don’t want your yearly assessment to be the only time we touch bases with you and instead offer you year-round support and benefits.

SMAS Worksafe leads the way for customer service, all our expert assessors are based in-house and on the phones all day to help support you through your assessments should you need it. Lots of member schemes often outsource their assessors which can lead to the phone not being answered when you need it and inconsistent standards when going through your application.

We also lead the way in turnaround times, we can turn around your SSIP assessment in as little as 1 day. This allows you to get back on-site as soon as possible. Depending on your membership with SMAS Worksafe you may also have access to all these member benefits.

  • 10% off Tradepoint
  • 15% off all iHASCO courses
  • A Work Wallet subscription
  • Mid-year review
  • Year-round access to our expert in-house assessors

To learn more about SMAS Worksafe’s member options, please view our pricing and packaging page.

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Using Accreditation to Reduce Supply Chain Risks

“Supply chains continue to be one of the most important levers for business to create a positive impact in the world, with an estimated 80% of global trade passing through them annually.” – UN Global Compact

With so many businesses having to utilise supply chains, making sure the process is as smooth and unproblematic as possible is going to save your business time and money.

But what are some of the best practices to make sure your supply chain is aligned and remains compliant?

Accreditation:

It might be obvious, but accreditations are an easy way for any business to make sure that their supply chain is following minimum guidelines that you would want to ask of them. It’s best practice to investigate member schemes of an accreditation organisation to make sure that they are covering all bases you wish your supply chain to conform to.

Knowing your supply chain is compliant will give you peace of mind and greatly reduce the risks of something going wrong, which can lead to materials or contractors having to be replaced and therefore delaying the work you need to be completed, having a financial impact on your business.

Accreditations are good for all supply chains, but generally have a greater benefit when the supply chain is long and has lots of cross overs. The more businesses involved the higher the chance of something going wrong and therefore increases the importance of having an accreditation or management system in place

Remaining compliant

Regulations around areas such as health & safety, environmental management and quality management are forever changing and therefore choosing an accreditation that is constantly evolving to meet the demands or surpass them to avoid having to change their policies are a great solution for keeping your supply chain future proof and the relationships you already have stable.

A SMAS Worksafe accreditation is built on making sure that businesses are always able to hit the latest demands and regulations as well as preparing for any changes that might be put in place in the short term. This means you can have complete confidence in both your suppliers, who are willing to obtain this accreditation and therefore showing their stance on compliance but also confidence that you will be able to keep your current supply chain despite changes in regulations, as those who are accredited by us will be covered and won’t need to seek further accreditations in order to meet the demands placed on them.

Retaining fluid Procurement and services

Procurement is often a very time-consuming part of building a supply chain and the last thing you want is a disagreement on the level of compliance needed.

Standardising your compliance requirements through an SSIP accreditation as well as additional PAS 91 areas such as Environmental & Quality Management Processes, will not only speed up the process and eliminate you having to check or research businesses compliance, but it will also mean that all parts of the supply chain are required to meet one single assessment and you don’t have to worry about different accreditations for different areas of your supply chain. This is obviously more beneficial for those whose supply chains are longer or more complex.

Keeping your supply chain compliant through an accreditation not only saves you time in the initial set up of that particular agreement but will also help to reduce or mitigate issues occurring in the future. All kinds of issues could cause an area of your supply chain to be unable to fulfil the demands you’re asking of them which could lead to things such as the inability to supply materials or workers.

An accreditation that encompasses risk management, such as the SMAS Common SSIP Assessment, is presented to suppliers that have demonstrated their ability to manage and mitigate risk. You also have the freedom to demand other areas of compliance from your supply chain, such as Environmental and Quality Management.  Meeting your requirements shows that contractors are prepared to meet challenges and maintain operations in the face of adversity, with their risk appropriately managed, you have greater peace of mind that your supply chain structure is capable of weathering unforeseen problems.

How we can help

SMAS Worksafe are one of the UK’s leading SSIP Accreditation schemes used by thousands of contractors throughout the UK. We use a simple tiered membership system that can include further areas of compliance beyond SSIP such as Environmental and Quality Management checked off against IEMA and IRCA standards.

As a client of SMAS Worksafe, you choose the level of compliance you want your supply chain to achieve, this could be just SSIP, but it is also recommended that you include the environmental and quality management areas. Once you have chosen the requirements, we will work on making sure all your contractors have the correct SMAS package, so you don’t have to worry about there being issues with your supply chain. We will also send you monthly compliance reports so you’re able to see which of your contractors are coming to the end of their accreditation period or those who have expired so you know they are no longer meeting the standards you have set.

To learn more about our packages and how we can help you manage your supply chain visit our supply chain management page. 

Health & Safety procedures document

Tips for writing your Health & Safety Policy

For all over 5 organisations in the UK, it is a legal requirement to have a written health and safety policy detailing how your organisation is going to manage health and safety within the company.

Health and safety policies are required to ensure those involved with the organisation are aware of how the company aim to mitigate any potential H&S issues that may arise, who to contact, and the in-depth procedures for dealing with such issues.

A successful policy will clearly outline these points and be easy to understand for all applicable personnel. Below are some easy points that will help your organisation to write a successful health and safety policy.


The three pillars of your H&S Policy:


Your statement of intent

One of the most important parts to a health and safety policy is the statement of intent. The statement should outline the aims of your company and its commitment to the management of health and safety.

A health and safety policy statement will set out how you intend to manage health and safety within your workplace. It will briefly outline your businesses attitude towards health and safety, and the steps, arrangements and management systems that you have in place to ensue you comply with the health and safety legislation.

The statement of intent should clearly state the full company name, be signed and dated by the senior person within the organisation (usually the Director or their delegate) and be regularly reviewed (at least annually).


The Responsibilities

The next area that your business must include is the responsibilities for managing certain aspects of H&S within the organisation. This should include the responsibilities of all levels of the organisation, including management, supervisors and employees.

The responsibilities must clearly define:

·      The responsibilities of managers to implement the H&S policy and its associated procedures.

·      The responsibilities of supervisors to implement the procedures set out by management.

·      The responsibilities of employees to follow the procedures as outlined by management and supervisors.


The Arrangements  

Your health and safety policy will need to include an arrangements section. This area will clearly outline the way in which the organisation meets the commitments made within the statement of intent. The arrangements section should include information on what you are going to do to eliminate or reduce (as far as reasonably practicable), any risks or hazards within your workplace or out on site.

This section should include arrangements such as**:

·      Training and Communication.

·      Risk Assessments.

·      Safe Systems of Work.

·      Monitoring, Audit and Review.

·      Sub-Contractor / Supplier Selection.

·      Accident Reporting and Recording (in line with RIDDOR 2013).

·      Asbestos.

·      Welfare Facilities (in line with CDM Regulations 2015 – Schedule 2 and / or Workplace (H, S&W) Regulations 1992).

 

**Please note: This list is not exhaustive. Other areas should be included where appropriate.

 

Although the main objective of your health and safety policy is to protect those who you’re employing, you should consider those who your work can affect (i.e. sub-contractors; customers; clients; the public etc.) and what we can do to protect them within each section of the policy.


Other Considerations:


Surround yourself with knowledge

Not all employers are health & safety experts, nor should they be expected to be. The organisation should ensure it has access to competent H&S advice should it be required. Therefore, it is important for the organisation to appoint a responsible person internal to the organisation for health and safety and if deemed necessary, seek advice from an external competent source (i.e. someone with the necessary skills, knowledge, qualifications, and experience to manage health and safety), such as a H&S Consultant, like those at our sister company, Citation

Communicating your H&S Policy

The policy must be readily available and brought to the attention of your employees. It is also recommended that all new employees read over the organisations health and safety policy during induction, and that it should be recirculated following any changes made.

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Why choose SMAS Worksafe as your SSIP Scheme

What choosing SMAS Worksafe as your SSIP Scheme can do for your business and the benefits that come with choosing us over other accreditation companies.

 

Quick Turnaround:

Our assessments are completed online and most of our applications are approved within 3 days – meaning you don’t have to waste time going though mounds of paperwork and can worry about the most important thing, which is getting you on site and earning money.

We also save up to 40% of your application so that when it comes to renewal, you can save even more time and not have to worry about going through the whole process again and again.

 

Flat Rate Pricing:

All of our packages follow a simple flat-rate pricing structure with no hidden costs, so you know exactly how much you’re paying and won’t be bitten with any further cost throughout your membership.

To see a list of all our prices please click here

 

In House Assessors:

If you do become stuck with any of the stages of your application, we have a team of expert in house assessors that will be happy to guide you through your application, so you aren’t left struggling.

Our team are based in the UK and are available to chat to Monday – Friday to help make everything as easy to understand as possible.

 

Work With Our Clients:

We also give our members opportunities to work with some of the leading construction companies such as Taylor Wimpey and Redrow, who will require you to hold an SSIP certificate from SMAS Worksafe.

You will also become visible to our clients in the client portal, which gives construction companies such as Redrow the chance to look at contractors and their levels of compliance. They can then reach out to those that they would like to hire.

We also run a preferred supplier package that allows contractors to show they take other areas of compliance, like environmental and modern slavery seriously, putting you ahead of anyone that doesn’t show compliance in these areas.

 

Discounts:

When you become a SMAS Worksafe member you’re entitled to discounts as a little thank you from you to us. We offer discounts from Premierline Insurance as well as offering a fuel card which will give you discounts every time you fill up from a host of the UK’s most common supermarket and petrol stations.

We are always looking to add more discounts for our members so make sure you keep an eye out for anything that may be coming in the future.

 

Worksafe PQQ:

We also now offer all of our customers access to further areas of compliance with our Worksafe PQQ package. We will now check your environmental compliance and quality management systems against IEMA and IRCA standards so clients can have confidence that your business is working at high standards and you are reliable contractor. 

 

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