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Scaffolding on a constuction site. Construction hazards like these must to be properly managed by a qualified safety consultantIf you are doing or having construction, refurbishment, demolition or building work carried out, you will have construction health and safety responsibilities to consider before starting work.

  • Clients, designers, contractors and others involved with construction work all have duties under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015).
  • Under CDM 2015, certain construction or demolition work must be notified to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Construction, refurbishment, demolition or building work is notifiable to the HSE if the work is expected to last more than 30 days and have more than 20 workers working simultaniously at any point in the project; or exceeds 500 person days.

Where the work is notifiable, then the client must appoint an appropriately trained and competent Principal Designer. The Principal Designer duties include:

  • Advise and assist the client with their duties
  • Facilitate good communication between the client, designers and contractors
  • Liaise with the principal contractor regarding on-going design work
  • Identify, collect and pass-on pre-construction information; and
  • Prepare, update or approve the health and safety file
  • Co-ordinate health and safety aspects of design work and co-operate with others involved with the project

The Client is now, under the CDM 2015 Regs, responsible for notifying the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of the planned construction, refurbishment or demolition project, which was previously a responsibility of the CDM Co-ordinator under the old CDM 2007 Regs.  

RSC has experienced, trained and competent CDM Consultants available to assist Pricipal Desingers in their duties and to assist clients in meeting their responsibilities under CDM 2015.

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Construction Company Auditing:

RSC has safety professionals with relevant construction experience and qualifications to enable them to undertake detailed construction company safety auditing. The audit process will look at the company’s safety management systems and the outcomes of such a system.

The audit many be used by the construction company to identify areas of non-compliance with CDM 2015 and to therefore identify areas for continual improvement to ensure future compliance. Alternatively, the client may request that an audit is carried out on a contractor who they are considering employing to undertake construction work on their behalf. This will give the client an insight into the standards of health and safety management to which the contractor currently operates, enabling them to make an informed judgement as to their suitability to undertake the project.

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On-site Inspections:

RSC has safety professionals with relevant construction experience and qualifications to enable them to undertake detailed construction site inspections. The inspection process will look at the site safety management standards and detail areas where improvement is required to meet current construction health and safety standards.

Following the inspection, a full report is provided with a detailed action plan which is deigned to guide the site management team in meeting their legal requirements of acceptable health and safety management standards.  By utilising the action plan and signing off the action points raised within the report, the site management team will be in a position to show evidence of continual improvement to any visiting enforcement officer.

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Pre-Qualification Questionnaires:

Pre-Qualification health and safety questionnaires are becoming commonplace in many industries and may seem a daunting process, particularly to the smaller contractor without internal construction health and safety expertise.

The questionnaires are usually used in the tendering process to enable the Client to assess the standards of health and safety management of those tendering for a contract. Contractors who sub-contractor some or all of their work also have a responsibility to assess those companies that they sub-contractor too.

Pre-Qualification questionnaires will normally look at the following areas within your organisation;

  • General Health and Safety Management
  • Communication and Consultation
  • Company Resources
  • References and Company History
  • Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Determining Controls
  • Safe Working Practices / Operational Instructions
  • Qualifications, Training and Competence

RSC safety professionals are available to assist either the Client or contractor in developing suitable Pre-Qualification questionnaires to use in their tendering or sub-contract process or to assist contractors completing assessments they have received while tendering for work.

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Assistance with Accreditation Schemes:

Clients, and particularly local authority organisations, are requiring small to medium organisations to comply with health and safety requirements before they are awarded contracts or included onto suppler lists. Many of these organisations use a Contractor Accreditation Scheme to meet their legal responsibilities in assessing competence. Well known recognised schemes include;

  • Safe Contractor
  • Constructionline
  • Exor
  • Safe-T-Cert
  • Contractors Health and safety Scheme (CHAS)

To join these schemes can take a considerable amount of time and effort and may require changes to your health and safety management systems and an increased level of training for your staff. RSC safety professionals have experience with many companies from different sectors, assisting them to meet the requirements of such schemes. We can work with you to develop your systems to ensure they meet the criteria of the individual schemes. It may be that your systems and procedures are already to acceptable standards and you just require assistance in completing the required application forms, which in themselves can be a daunting process.

Becoming Part of the Schemes

As part of these schemes, you are required to have ready access to competent health and safety advice. This may be either from an internal source or by using the services of a health and safety consultancy such as RSC. To enable you to meet with this requirement RSC offer our Competent Person Service.

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