This requirement is based on Regulation 7 of the Management of Health & Safety Regulations 1999, requiring a company engage the services of a competent person to ensure it acts in a compliant way. A competent person is someone who possess the qualifications, knowledge and experience to help your company comply with all of its health and safety responsibilities. E.g. all of our consultants are IOSH members which is deemed competent and why clients engage our cost effective service.
No – The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 section 2 requires all of your arrangements be recorded if you have 5 employees or more. This recognises small companies generally operate in a less formal, documented way.
Yes – it is a legal requirement this be carried out to show your arrangements remain compliant with current legislation and developments in health and safety, as well as the allocation of responsibilities in your workplace (e.g. staff changes will necessitate this). We can help you formulate a bespoke Policy – saving time and money and providing peace of mind.
Much will depend on the circumstances, but as a Principal Contractor you will need to show you have vetted the sub-contractor and deemed them competent to carry out their work. In practice this means ensuring a Pre-Qualification process has been undertaken and ongoing monitoring (ensuring they provide risk assessments and method statements for the work and carry out their work in a safe way).
We can help you with this process in a simple, quick and uncomplicated way.
The Contractors Health & Safety Scheme is widely recognised and is used as a means of companies pre-qualifying to be considered for works. The scheme essentially shows your company have achieved a level of compliance that clients (e.g. Principal Contractors, Housing Associations, Local Authorities) require in order to engage your services as a competent contractor. We can help your company attain CHAS in the quickest time possible – creating work opportunities and opening up work streams.
It will depend on the accident / incident investigation that will establish the cause of the accident. As an employer you are required to take all reasonably practicable measures in the workplace to minimise risks to staff and third parties. Employees also have a duty to comply with instructions and all measures put in place to protect them.
Our Health & safety Management systems and annual service to clients is designed to help minimise accidents and incidents in the work place. If they do occur, we can help you with the investigation and any required communication with the HSE.