Compliance in Construction
Construction sites bear an unenviable burden of risk, with potential hazards lurking at every corner. Virtually everyone involved in a construction project has some legal responsibility to comply with a range of standards from building regulations to health and safety.
At CarmichaelUK, we have a responsibility towards the health and safety of our workers. Whilst the majority of obligations relating to health and safety are outside of our control, we take the welfare of our workforce on construction sites very seriously. By having a strict compliance framework, we ensure that all our workers are prepared for work on your site. Health and safety is an area that we excel in and during recent audits by a tier one construction client we achieved 100%.
With compliance in mind, we thought we’d put together this article about its benefits, how to ensure your workforce is compliant, and what you can expect from CarmichaelUK‘s workers.
Benefits for your business as identified by HSE
According to the Health and Safety Executive, around 3% of workers in construction suffer from an illness they believe to be work-related, and 3% of workers sustained a work related injury.
In 2014 to 2015 alone, there were 69,000 cases of self-reported work-related illness – 64% of which were musculo-skeletal disorders. In addition, there were 65,000 self-reported non-fatal workplace injuries – 23% of which were due to slips, trips, and falls. If you consider that these illnesses and injuries led to 1.7 million working days lost, the importance of regulatory standards and practices to improve health and safety becomes clear.
The HSE identified the following benefits to good practice in Health and Safety.
- Protect your workers from the suffering caused by accidents and ill health
- Reduce absences and sick leave
- Retain staff
- Maintain your organisation’s reputation
- Boost productivity and profits
- Reduce your insurance premiums and legal costs
Ensuring your workforce is fully compliant
As a contractor and employer, you have a responsibility to ensure that your workforce is compliant. Whilst the necessary steps take time and commitment, the benefits to your workforce and bottom line are worth every penny. To ensure your workforce is compliant it’s your duty to take the following steps:
- Ensure that employees have the right to work
- Check that all workers have the skills, knowledge, training, and experience to carry out the work.
- Plan, manage, and monitor all work carried out by your workers. It is your legal duty to put measures in place to protect anyone who might be affected by the work, including members of the public.
- Ensure that all workers receive a suitable, site specific induction.
- Provide appropriate supervision, information, and instructions to workers
- Ensure that employees are fully aware of their responsibilities
- Ensure that all workers understand onsite health and safety procedures
- Obtain a signed contract from workers
How we ensure the workers we provide are fully compliant
At CarmichaelUK we have a systematic approach to ensuring our workforce is compliant.
Our online compliance portal, Certify, enables us to track and monitor certifications and helps us to make sure that all of our working candidates are always up to date with all of their legislative obligations. Clients don’t have to worry about certifications running out as we routinely manage the renewal process.
We have our own CSCS training facility on-site to ensure that all of our candidates have the necessary training and qualifications for the type of work they are carrying out. Upon registration/assignment, all our workers receive a comprehensive safety handbook. Our handbook provides useful information including what to expect when joining a new project/site, incident reporting, site safety, best practices, vehicles and emergency procedures. Importantly, all our candidates must attend an initial health and safety induction session, delivered by our client. If this doesn’t happen, our workers must inform us before commencing work on-site. At CarmichaelUK we see ourselves as an important player in ensuring compliance. We also ask all of our contractors to remain vigilant whilst on site and to bring to our attention any areas of concern they have, no matter how small, because by addressing a potential problem today we’ll avoid an accident tomorrow! Our in health & safety portal, Caution is available to all our working candidates. This portal enables our contractors to report any concerns and near misses whilst on site confidentially. At CarmichaelUK we act on all information received.
We also use external independent H&S advisors to make regular site visits who provide feedback and recommendations following their site audits. As part of this process we encourage our workers to report close calls, incidents, and accidents, and this can be done online/anonymously if preferred. This data is essential for helping all those involved to improve health and safety standards. By ensuring that our recruiters are in regular contact with our candidates, we create an open door for sharing information, experiences, and feedback. We have a responsibility to our workers and our clients, and checking in is an important part of ensuring their continued safety on any assignment.