A professional and responsible contractor, such as M R Scaffolding, always takes care to ensure the safety of their staff and members of the public who may be affected by our activities. In the UK, although there is no legal obligation to obtain accreditations, it is a way to for companies to prove professionalism and their high regard for safety. Never book work, without checking that the contractor is compliant with scaffolding safety regulations.
We are proud to have achieved so many accreditations and awards and strive to uphold our position as an outstanding, safe, and reliable contractor.
Safety Schemes in Procurement or SSIP is an umbrella body for primarily construction health and safety assessment schemes. There are currently 30 SSIP members, including CHAS and SafeContractor. All schemes within SSIP are mutually recognised. The aim is to reduce confusion – where one contractor has SafeContractor certification, and the other has CHAS – as the certificates are deemed to meet the same standards. There are many SSIP accreditations a scaffolding contractor can opt for: here are some of the most common:
The acronym CHAS stands for the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme and was one of the first members of SSIP. It is probably one of the best-known health and safety accreditation schemes in the construction sector. You can gain the certification by completing an assessment and supplying evidence when necessary and meeting the required standards. CHAS certification isn’t a legal requirement but is often demanded by many clients before work can begin on-site.
SafeContractor is another industry-recognised accreditation that shows prospective clients that you meet specific health and safety standards. Companies with any of these health and safety accreditations are supplied with logos and stickers that they can display on their vans and paperwork.
ConstructionLine is an established organisation that has helped companies in the public and private sectors comply with health and safety guidelines. At M R Scaffolding, we have successfully maintained Gold membership status with Constructionline. The accreditations show buyers and traders that they can confidently say that M R Scaffolding is a safe contractor, verified with the British Standards Institute.
Founded in 1945, the NASC is the predominant national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK. The NASC offers its members an additional source of recognition for client assurance, along with additional information and support relating to training, security, and legal issues. Members can also attend regular NASC-hosted events.
Risk assessments are a central part of UK health and safety legislation. The need for businesses and organisations to engage with risk assessments is comprehensively outlined in numerous health and safety acts and regulations, such as the Health & Safety Work Act 1974.
A risk assessment is a process used to identify and assess any possible hazards in your workplace. If you employ five or more staff, the outcomes of risk assessments must be recorded and shared with your employees. Risk Assessment and Method forms (RAMS) are used for this.
RAMS include details of the dangers and risks you may have spotted in the risk assessment and the steps you intend to take to reduce or eliminate the hazard.
These findings will then allow you to create a safe working environment.
Safe System of Work Documents
A safe system of work document arises from the outcome of a risk assessment. It should break down the steps needed to mitigate any risks identified in the risk assessment. Examples for a scaffolding contractor might be the need for regular manual handling training, the wearing of hard hats on-site and high visibility jackets. M R also carry out a Point of Work Risk assessment to ensure that RAMS remain dynamic.
Health and Safety Policy
A health and safety policy is fundamental as it sets out a company’s health and safety approach. It should identify who is responsible for what within the organisation when it comes to managing health and safety-related matters and how they undertake responsibilities, such as fire safety and first aid.
If you are planning construction work, it is vital to use the services of a scaffolding contractor who takes scaffolding safety seriously, such as M R Scaffolding. Get in touch with a member of our team today!
We have an NASC full membership, Constructionline Gold Membership and a SafeContractor approved accreditation, and you can find more out about these here.