JPW Consulting provides construction health and safety advice and training to help reduce accidents, injuries and breaches of Construction Health & Safety Law.
Following the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences companies and directors are more at risk of imprisonment if they are found culpable of breaches in health and safety law. Not only do fines and prosecution affect business margin and company reputation; imprisonment results in business closure and inability to maintain a livelihood. HSE routinely carry out unannounced “drop in” inspections and will prosecute for breaches in potential created risk even if no actual harm has occurred The HSE has targeted sites where refurbishment or repair works are taking place, checking that the work doesn’t put workers and members of the public at risk of ill health, injury or even death. JPW Consulting advises in all issues relating to HSE “drop in” initiatives, inspections and legislative compliance.
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To assess sub- contractor or contractor competency, general information regarding the organisation’s arrangements for health and safety is requested. An assessment is carried out on the organisation’s experience, capabilities track record, training and qualifications to ensure there suitability for the proposed work.
Pre-Construction Information (PCI) The pre-construction information (PCI) provides the foundation for the preparation of the Construction Phase Plan. It delivers health and safety information to Designers and Contractors bidding or carrying out construction works and supplies health and safety information to Principle Designers and Principle Contractors in the planning, managing and monitoring of construction projects.
Designer Risk Information
Designers consider Health and Safety throughout the design process. The general principles of prevention and any pre-construction information to eliminate all foreseeable risks to the health or safety of any person; carrying out or that ca be affected by the construction work. The Designers are assessed and must demonstrate they are discharging their duties under the CDM Regulations and their documentation reflects and evidences this.
Construction Phase Plans A Construction Phase Plan is required for every construction project regardless of size, complexity and whether commercial or domestic clients. Commercial clients must ensure that the principal contractor or contractor (for single contractor projects) prepares a construction phase plan before that phase begins under the CDM 2015. A commercial client is any individual or organisation that carries out a construction project as part of a business. If the project or job is to last longer than 500 person days, 30 working days or with more than 20 people working at the same time; notification is required to the HSE.
Health & Safety Files The health and safety file is a source of information to reduce the risks and costs involved in future construction work including cleaning, maintenance, alterations, refurbishment and demolition. The health and safety file is only required for projects involving more than one contractor. It must contain relevant information about the project which should be taken into account when any construction work is carried out on the building after the current project has finished. Information included should only be that which is needed to plan and carry out future work safely and without risks to health.
Health & Safety Audits/Inspections Safety audits are an essential part of a successful business. Effective health and safety auditing not only provides the legal framework for compliance, it also lays the foundations for continuous safety improvement to enhance competitive advantage. The main duty of any health and safety auditor is to look at an organisation’s safety management systems and assess them in line with the chosen criteria.
RAMS (Risk Assessment Method Statement) A risk assessment method statement describes in a logical sequence exactly how a job is to be carried out in a safe manner and without risks to health. It includes all the risks identified in the risk assessment and the measures needed to control those risks. This allows the job to be properly planned and resourced.
They are particularly helpful for:
- higher-risk, complex or unusual work (eg steel and formwork erection, demolition or the use of hazardous substances)
- providing information to employees about how the work should be done and the precautions to be taken
- providing the principal contractor with information to develop the construction phase plan for the construction phase of a project
Demolition Plans Workers and passers-by can be injured by premature and uncontrolled collapse of structures, and by flying debris. It is therefore a legal requirement that all alteration, demolition and dismantling work should be carefully planned and carried out by competent people to avoid unplanned structural collapse. The law requires commercial clients to provide contractors with relevant information about a building’s structure, including stability and structural form and any significant design assumptions, suggested work methods and sequences. The contractor must then use that information to plan and carry out the work safely.
Key requirements are:
HSE Notifications/Section 80/81 An organisation or person undertaking demolition work must give a minimum of six week’ notice and submit a section 80 notification to the local authority; providing the address, owner of the building, demolition contractor’s details, method of demolition and copy of the asbestos survey. Copies of the notice must also be sent to occupiers of adjacent buildings as well as neighbours, public gas and electricity suppliers. Following approval the local authority will issue section 81 notification.
Waste Management Plans
All waste from a construction site must be dealt with in accordance with the waste Duty of Care in Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act, the Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations and The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011. The waste process is assessed for legal compliance and the relevant documentation is place to demonstrate this.
CHAS, Safe Contractor, Construction Line Documentation
JPW Consulting can assist Clients to access and join the following industry organisations:
- CHAS is a health and safety process that permits contractors to show potential clients that they meet the required health and safety standards.
- Safecontractor is an industry recognised approved list of contractors.
- Construction line is an up-to-date register of pre-qualified suppliers for construction contracts.
- ISO 9001, ISO 14,001 and OHSAS 18,000 accreditation.
Health and Safety Inductions, Tool Box Talks, Questionnaires
A Health and Safety Site induction ensures that all workers on construction sites are fully informed about the organisation and operation of the site and their responsibilities. It examines a particular safety aspect of the site. Toolbox talks focuses on specific construction site risk topics and explores the health and safety issues and ways to deal with them. Completion of Health and Safety Questionnaires fulfils compliancy and assists to reduce risks of breaches in Health and Safety.