An employer is required by various legislation, in particular, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR) to appoint one or more competent person(s), either from the company or a consultant, to help them implement the measures required to comply with the UK and EU statutory frame work.
Business Risk Management Systems for Companies in the UK
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) creates legal ‘Duty Holders’ under the regulations. These ‘dutyholders’ are defined as follows:
CLIENT – Anyone who has construction work carried out for them.
DESIGNER – those, who as part of a business, prepare or modify designs for a building, product or system relating to construction work.
PRINCIPLE DESIGNER – appointed by the client in projects involving more than one contractor. They can be an organisation or an individual with sufficient knowledge, experience and ability to carry out the role.
PRINCIPLE CONTRACTOR – appointed by the client to coordinate the construction phase of a project where it involves more than one contractor
CONTRACTOR – those who do the actual construction work and can be either an individual or company.
WORKER – are the people who work for or under the control of contractors on a construction site.
To be compliant to UK Legislative and Best Practice requirements it is good practice to conduct an Initial Compliance Audit (‘gap analysis’) to identify what is needed and understand the company’s business. Based on this audit SHEF policies and procedures can be produced to cover the risk profile of the company. It is also important to conduct Risk Assessments and write Method Statements as required by legislation and identify any training needs.
Every Year people are killed or injured at work therefore Accident Investigation forms part of the procedures within the Safety Health environmental and Fire (SHEF) policy
Achieving accreditation and implementing a nationally recognised risk management system can give your company competitive advantage in compliance with a Safety Scheme in Procurement (SSIP) supplier which includes, CHAS, SafeContractor, Exor and others.
By doing so a company can reduce time when completing tender applications, approve supplier status with clients and be in the knowledge that they have an effective management system.
You must provide, under The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, whatever information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure the health and safety at work of your employees enabling you to improve the safety, health and well-being of your workers.
By educating workers on the basics of health and safety you can help reduce workplace accidents and injuries which will also save the company money in the long term.