CSCS Health and Safety Course – New Date Set

Due to high demand, we have an extra date for the Health and Safety Awareness course on 2/12/16

If you would like to find out more or book a place, please follow the link below.

CSCS Health and Safety Course (02 December)

Other courses we have running are :

SMSTS Site Managers Course 20 Oct 2016

Just 2 weeks until our next SMSTS course.

We have a few spaces left on our Site Managers course on 20/10/16, but the deadline for bookings is approaching.

If you would like to find out more or book a place, please follow the link below.

Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (20 October for 5 Thursdays)

Other courses we have running are :

CSCS Health and Safety Course – 14 Oct 2016

Just 3 weeks until our next Health and Safety Awareness course.

We have a few spaces left on our health and safety awareness course on 14/10/16, but the deadline for bookings is approaching.

If you would like to find out more or book a place, please follow the link below.

CSCS Health and Safety Course (14 October)

Other courses we have running are :

H&S Course dates for late 2016

We have just published our course dates for the last half of 2016.

Courses include:

Please remember that there is no longer a 6-month grace period on the CITB Site-Safety-Plus qualifications. If your certificate expires, you will need to re-site the entire course, rather than doing the shorter refresher course. This applies to:

Risk Assessment Templates

keep-calm-and-do-a-risk-assessment-1Risk assessments – you’ve got to do them, but where do you start?

Well, a good place to start is with the HSE’s “Five Steps to Risk Assessment“.

When you read it, you’ll realise that it’s actually pretty simple – exactly how it should be. After all, risk assessment is part of human nature anyway – we’re always weighting up the risks involved in things we do, from crossing the road to jumping off a bridge on a bungie rope…

It’s the writing-it-down part that’s the difficult bit for most people.

Well hopefully, we can help you out on the road to writing a good risk assessment. We’ve got a set of three risk assessment templates for you to download for free.


You’ll need to be registered and logged in to download these risk assessments

The first is our standard risk assessment template. It’s simple enough to use, and comes as a plain word document that’s easy to edit. We’ve included an example in the document for reference.

As you add more hazards, just add more rows on.

The second risk assessment template is more of a checklist. It captures the main information about the site and the task, then prompts you to think about a number of common workplace hazards.

This one can be used with the above. For each item you identify in the checklist, record your detailed findings in our standard risk assessment template. If you don’t fancy doing that much work, you can buy one of our generic risk assessments to bridge the gap.

Just remember, the list we provide isn’t exhaustive, and you may need to add extra bits to it to make sure everything is covered – we’ve only included the most common workplace hazards, and wouldn’t recommend using it on a construction site or in a garage.

The last of our templates is a sample from our Safety First system. These risk assessments are really easy to create, and Safety First comes with a comprehensive library of risk assessments already built for you – the one you need is probably already there waiting, along with all the other H&S documentation that’s been giving you headaches and sleepless nights. If you’re looking for something specific, contact us and we can let you know if Safety First can help.

No need to mess around with tables and rows in Word any more – adding, editing and removing hazards is really easy and it will even remind you when you need to review the documents to keep them up to date (it’s really good at putting the HSE’s “Five-steps” into action).

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Find out more about Safety First here

ISO 9001 Certification

We are very pleased to have recently achieved our ISO 9001 certification with QAS International.

Going through this certification has really helped us in the way we run our business, and has made us think about how we work with out customers to make sure that they get a good quality service.A14665

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CDM 2015 Client Support

Under the new CDM 2015 regulations, construction clients have much more responsibility for health and safety than has been seen in the past.

Previous construction-specific regulations have always placed duties on contractors, designers and CDM-coodinators to ensure that a construction project is run safely. Other Health and Safety legislation such as the health and safety at work at and associated regulations don’t recognise the client at all as they generally don’t have any input to the product / service at that level.

However, the latest CDM regulations have changed this and put the client right at the top of the ladder when it comes to H&S responsibilities.

The reason for this is simple. Construction projects are bespoke and every one is different and priced individually. The client will probably get a number of quotes, and in the past, it’s been the price that was the main consideration – lowest being best.

However, the lowest price may also mean the one where H&S has been sacrificed most. It’s cheaper to run a project if you don’t hire a welfare unit or put up a scaffold – it also means that workers will have to take more risks to get the job done if they don’t have the right equipment or enough time.

By making the client ultimately responsible for H&S, they must think about the health and safety involved in the project and budget for it. Contractors quoting for the work also need to make sure that they price for health and safety and don’t cut corners to get the lowest price.

By giving the client and contractors a legal duty to do this, there are serious repercussions. Clients could be prosecuted for going for the cheapest quote or not budgeting for H&S, and contractors could be prosecuted for providing those cut-price quotes, or accepting work where the client has knocked them down.

CDM 2015 covers all construction work, so hopefully it will create a level playing field where clients choose a balanace of H&S and price. But to do this, contractors have to make clients aware of their responsibilities.

We are recommending that all our clients quote for H&S first to ensure that the project can be run as safely as possible, and make clients aware of this when providing the quote. Also, ensure that clients are aware of their responsibilities under CDM 2015.

We encourage contractors to include something like this on their quotes…

“We have quoted to run your project as safely as possible, in line with the CDM 2015 regulations. To find out more about your responsibilities as a construction client, please visit http://www.ctcswl.co.uk/CDM-client”

To assist with this, we are also providing a “Construction Client Assistance” service where we work directly with the client to make them aware of their responsibilities and help ensure that they are discharged.