Jones Bros. recently announced that they have adopted a Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) approach to Health and Safety Assessments; and are now working with Safety Management Advisory Services (SMAS) to manage sub-contractor H&S Stage 1 requirements on their behalf.
As set out in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, Client organisations such as Jones Bros. have a duty to ensure that anyone appointed or engaged to work on any construction project, has the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and, where relevant, the organisational capability to do so.
This means that they must make reasonable pre-qualification enquiries to check that the organisation or individual is competent to do the relevant work and can allocate adequate resources to it.
An effective solution to Pre-Qualification
By adopting an SSIP approach to health and safety pre-qualification checks, Jones Bros. can meet the above requirements and is able to save their sub-contractors both time and money by reducing the need for multiple assessments.
By gaining a H&S certificate issued by an SSIP Member Scheme, contractors can demonstrate that they meet the H&S pre-qualification requirements set out in the CDM 2015. They can then use that certificate to demonstrate this to other Clients too. Adopting an SSIP approach also means that for those contractors working with Jones Bros. who already have an SSIP certification, they can simply verify this with SMAS rather than having to undergo another full assessment.
In addition, by partnering with SMAS, all Jones Bros. sub-contractors are all held in one database where they are able to monitor contractors that are currently working with them (where they are at risk), via the unique SMAS ‘site-builder’ function. This allows Jones Bros. to focus their resources on Stage 2 and on-site assessments.
The SMAS client portal also enables Jones Bros. to easily manage outgoing communications to its contractors; enabling them to send real-time email notifications which range from safety alerts for those onsite, to making contractors aware of new tender opportunities and requirements.
Added value to contractors
Contractors need to adhere to H&S pre-qualification checks but by becoming a member of SMAS also receive ‘best value’ services which include: – 3-5-day turnaround on assessments – direct assistance throughout the process – automatic reminder service each year – inclusion on the SMAS supplier database, providing visibility to Construction companies across the UK
Jones Bros. Civil Engineering UK (http://www.jones-bros.com)
As one of the UK’s most innovative civil engineering companies, we are always looking at new and improved ways of working. From applying the latest civil engineering techniques to minimising the environmental impact of our work, Jones Bros leads the way when it comes to progressive engineering.
Safety Management Advisory Services (SMAS) Ltd. (www.smasltd.com)
SMAS is a dedicated H&S assessment company and a member scheme of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP). The company prides itself on delivering unrivalled service to both its members and clients.
Working with many of the major UK house builders SMAS have developed experience and expertise in new build construction but also deal with many other construction organisations for H&S assessments and contractor management.
All SMAS Assessors are qualified H&S professionals, have completed the SSIP Assessor Training and are audited annually by an independently appointed SSIP Auditor.