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Overview of SMAS Assessment Process

Key information which is required in order to confirm the organisation is operating an appropriate and effective Health & Safety Management system is listed below:

  • Insurance Schedule
  • Health & Safety Policy (Statement of intent, organogram & arrangements).
  • Monitoring Process (Site inspections, audits etc).
  • Subcontractor assessment process.
  • Example Method Statements, Risk & COSHH assessments.
  • Individual training information (Qualifications, certificates & records).
  • HSE Enforcement actions & Accident records (Including statistics).
  • Communication documents (Tool box talks & Minutes of safety meetings).

In order to gain accreditation as a Principal Contractor, Designer or Principal Designer additional information is required to confirm the organisations operational capability to fulfil the specific duty holder.

Principal Contractor:
The Principal Contractor is the contractor with control of the construction phase of a project which involves more than one contractor. The Principal Contractor must plan, manage and monitor the construction and coordinate matters relating to health & safety to ensure that, so far is reasonably practicable, construction work is carried out without risk to health & safety.

Additional Information required:

  • Construction Management qualifications.
  • A completed Construction Phase Plan.
  • Explanations to confirm the procedures the organisation has in place to address the additional duties of a Principal Contractor.

Designer:
A designer is any person (Including a client, contractor or other person) who prepares or modifies a design of temporary works, or who arranges or instructs someone to do so. Designers can be Architects, consulting engineers, interior designers, temporary work engineers, chartered surveyors, technicians and specialist contractors etc.

Additional information required:

  • Designers’ qualifications.
  • A completed Designers Risk Assessment.
  • Explanations to confirm the procedures the organisation has in place to address the additional duties of a Designer.

Principal Designer:
The Principal Designer will usually be an organisation, or individual with the technical knowledge of a project and relevant industry and understand how Health & safety is managed throughout the project. The Principal Designer must plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase and coordinate matters relating to health & safety to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the project is carried out without risks to health & safety.

Additional information required:

  • Designer & Health & Safety Qualifications.
  • Explanations to confirm the procedures the organisation has in place to address the additional duties of a Principal Designer.

If you are unable to answer any question or you feel they may not be applicable, please contact SMAS so we can provide the relevant guidance to ensure your responses are as accurate as possible. Supporting documentation can be provided by hard copy or any other electronic storage device.