A good health and safety management system comprises of a series of practical policies, plans and procedures which reflect business operations and create a fundamental system designed to reduce risk and protect people.
It is a legal requirement for a business employing five or more staff to have a documented health and safety policy and documented risk assessments.
The importance of a robust and comprehensive health & safety management system can be categorised into the following areas: Financial, Legal, Economic and Moral.
Managing health and safety doesn't have to be complicated, costly or time-consuming though: In fact, it's easier than you think... Certification to an International Occupational Health and Safety standard (ISO 45001:2018) demonstrates that an organisation has considered how they will identify, manage and control health and safety risks.
The ISO 45001:2018 standard is based on the 'plan - do - check - act' management process and has been designed to be compatible with both the ISO9001 (quality) and ISO14001 (environmental) management standards.
In a climate that values optimal health, organisations of all sizes and industry sectors are now implementing management systems as a framework for improving their health and safety performance: Occupational health and safety is integral to the overall success of any organisation.
Failure to take responsibility for occupational health and safety within your organisation can lead to serious consequences; not only do you risk large financial penalties, but you also, and arguably more importantly, risk the health and safety of your workers. This can then have a plethora of disastrous consequences including reputational damage, high employee churn, penalties, fines and prosecutions, low employee morale and weakened financial performance.
Effectively managing health and safety is not just about having a health and safety management system in place: The success of whatever process or system is in place still hinges on the attitudes, behaviours and the engagement of all people in the organisation (this is sometimes referred to as the 'safety culture'). For health and safety management to be effective a positive health and safety culture must permeate the entire organisation. The attitude and behaviours of management and workers must exhibit a strong commitment to a safer work environment, or else the system will not produce the desired outcomes.
Our ISO45001:2018 consultants will help you develop, embed and monitor your IOS45001:2108 occupational health and safety management system.
Stonewells have experienced health, safety, risk and ISO 45001 consultants who will develop and maintain your ISO45001 management system and support you in maintaining a positive health and safety culture throughout your organisation.
Regardless of organisation size or type, the best health and safety management systems apply a common-sense approach based on a thorough understanding of the specific hazards and risks your organisation faces. To enable our consultants to understand your business, as part of our process we immerse ourselves within your business in order to observe and understand business undertakings, the current culture and what your current management system and level of health and safety management and engagement looks like.
We will work with you to ensure all policies and procedures are fully compliant with the ISO45001:2018 standard. We pride ourselves on being able to meet all requirements within the standard in order we are able to create your organisation an effective occupational health and safety management system.
What are the benefits of implementing an ISO45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System?
- Provision of a structured approach to health and safety management;
- Strengthening or legal and regulatory compliance whilst reducing business losses;
- Identification and control of your significant business hazards and risks;
- A reduction in accidents and incidents;
- An improved health and safety culture which exits and runs throughout your business;
- A reduction in your annual business insurance premiums as your business is viewed by insurers of less of a risk, and;
- An increase in winning new business and retaining existing clients.
Regulation 7 of The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states that every employer shall, appoint one or more competent persons to assist him in undertaking the measures he needs to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed upon him by or under the relevant statutory provisions. This extends to a health and safety person or persons, health and safety advisors and health and safety consultants all which are competent in assisting with the management of health and safety.
Our retained health and safety consultants or advisors will always seek to understand your business fully, learning and appreciating where the hazards and risks are that your employees are exposed to, before providing advice and guidance relevant to your specific hazards and risks. We provide advice on an ongoing basis in order to ensure you have peace of mind that your business and its undertakings are compliant at all times with relevant UK health and safety legislation and that your employees are both healthy and safe whilst at work.
Common requests for us to come in and act as a retained health and safety consultant or advisor are shown below. If any of these apply to you, please do not hesitate to contact us:
- Nothing is in place... Our retained health and safety consultants or advisors will assist in building your company a dedicated Occupational Health and Safety Management System from scratch.
- The current occupational health and safety management system is not being used and is essentially laying dormant within the organisation…A retained health and safety consultant or advisor is required to come into your organisation and assist specific employees in reviewing and reactivating the dormant health and safety management system until the relevant person(s) within your organisation possess the requisite level of skills, confidence and understanding to take full ownership.
- Your company has experienced or is experiencing a significant number of accidents, incidents and near misses… A retained health and safety consultant or advisor is required to assist your organisation in identifying non-compliances or gaps in your existing health and safety management system both procedurally and within working practices in order we can work with you to reduce unsafe working practices and acts and the associated accidents, incidents and near misses to as low as is reasonably practicable.
- We are seeking SSIP Accreditation… Your organisation is looking to obtain SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) Registered Member status with one (or a number of) the Member Health and Safety Assessment Schemes (CHAS, SMAA, SafeContractor, Acclaim, CQMS, Achilles, SafeTcert, etc…) and you are seeking the advice, guidance and support of a retained health and safety consultant or advisor to help navigate you through the application process and secure the accreditation.
Employers have a legal responsibility to provide key safety information to their staff. Your staff need to understand health and safety basics in the workplace. Our range of health and safety awareness courses deliver exactly that and provide your business with legal compliance.
Who are our health and safety awareness courses for:
- All staff in the workplace.
What are the objectives of our health and safety awareness courses:
- Our courses introduce candidates to all aspects of each topic from legal requirements to safe working practices to understanding the risks of non-compliance and unsafe working practices;
- Our courses help raise safety standards and awareness, and;
- By the end of the course delegates will know how to manage health and safety associated with each training course effectively.
Our portfolio of health and safety awareness include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Health and Safety Awareness Training
- Mental Health Awareness Training
- Asbestos Awareness Training
- Demolition Awareness Training
- Manual Handling Awareness Training
- CDM (Construction (Design and Management) Awareness Training Client Duties Awareness Training
- Principal Designer Duties Awareness Training
- Designer Duties Awareness Training
- Principal Contractor Duties Awareness Training
- Construction Health and Safety Awareness Training
SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) SSIP was founded in May 2009 following the Government report on Accelerating the SME economic engine: through transparent, simple and strategic procurement. Supported by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) SSIP aims to streamline prequalification and encourage straightforward mutual recognition between its Member Schemes.
All assessments completed by our Member Schemes are completed utilising the SSIP Core Criteria which is aligned to the Government-backed construction pre-qualification document PAS 91, ensuring consistency within supply chain management.
The revised Construction (Design & Management) Regulations, which came into force in April 2007, introduced the Stage 1 Core Criteria for assessing health and safety competence of contractors and consultants working in the construction industry. The introduction of these competence criteria provided an opportunity for existing health and safety prequalification schemes to build on and formalise mutual recognition already in operation amongst some schemes.
In April 2007, an initial meeting was held at the HSE's Headquarters, which included representatives from the Contractors' Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS), Constructionline, Exor and the National House-Building Council (NHBC) to discuss the potential for the SSIP Forum.
Following further regular meetings over the next two years, SSIP Forum founder members agreed and signed up to an ethos that it should act as an umbrella organisation to facilitate mutual recognition between health and safety assessment schemes wherever it is practicable to do so.
Stonewells offer SSIP Member Scheme application management services to only 3 of the SSIP member schemes. These are:
CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme)
SMAS Worksafe (Safety Management Advisory Service)
Below is a list of common reasons why organisations seek to become SSIP Member Scheme Accredited:
- Accreditation helps you win work which might not have been previously possible;
- Accreditation improves your professional image by being able to demonstrate to clients that you are health and safety conscious;
- Accreditation affiliates you with SSIP and;
- Accreditation pre-approves you to work with over 2,500 clients.
With our range of Member Scheme Accreditation services we provide a comprehensive service to meet all your health and safety requirements which in turn helps you secure and win new business and contracts as a fully Registered or Accredited Member of an SSIP Scheme.
By working with you to ensure you have the necessary systems, procedures and documents in place we reduce the burden on you. We offer a full application management process for CHAS, SMAS, ConstructionLine and SafeContractor member schemes whereby we complete your application forms, review your existing documentation and provide you with any additional documentation you may need to help you manage health and safety and demonstrate competence to your SSIP member scheme assessor.