PAS91 Review

We are currently in the process of carrying out reviews with our clients based on PAS91.

PAs91 is a document published by the government covering how construction contractors should be assessed when tendering for public sector contracts. PAS stands for “Publicly Accessible Specification”.

PAS91 covers many subjects including equality and diversity, financial, company status, environmental, and importantly Health and Safety.

PAS91 is used by the Safety Schemes In Procurement (SSIP) as the basis for their health and safety assessment of contractors. This means that CHAS, SMAS, Safe Contractor etc all assess clients to PAS91.

With PAS91 now being the standard for H&S assessment, we at CTC South West Limited have created our own appraisal questionnaire that we complete with clients in order to see how well they are doing and what aspects need more work.

We are doing this as part of our yearly review for clients who have signed up to or H&S appointed advisors service. The process identifies where companies are doing well, as well as allowing us to draw up an action plan for the coming year to make improvements where required.

The process also gathers evidence relating to each question – the same evidence that is required by SSIP assessments, so if the client is asked to provide SSIP membership for a contract over the coming year, all that needs to be done is the application form. Even this becomes easier since all the information has already been gathered on our PAS91 review.

If you are interested in this service, and would like to find out more, please contact us on the details provided on our website.

Construction Site Management Training

Site managers have the biggest influence on health and safety on a construction site.

The HSE recognise this and recommend that all sites are overseen by someone holding the Site Managements Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) from the CITB.

Any site that is notifiable to the HSE under CDM 2015 must have a SMSTS qualified manager on site at all times. Even if you are running smaller site, someone within the organisation should hold this qualification so that there is always access to good H&S advice.

Site managers are responsible for implementing the core requirements of CDM 2015, including:

  • Site induction for workers and visitors
  • Ensuring welfare facilities are available and suitable
  • Securing the site from unauthorised access and regularly checking this
  • Monitoring the work being carried out to ensure that is is done safely
  • Communicating with sub-contractors and workers, and ensuring that they communicate with each other to co-ordinate their activities.
  • Liaise with designers and other duty holders under CDM 2015 to ensure that health and safety is considered at all times.

The UK contractors group and the HSE both state that site manager should be qualified with the Site Management Safety Training Scheme.

It is also becoming more common place to require that site managers hold an NVQ in construction site management, and the associated black managers CSCS card.

With the additional responsibilities on clients and designers under CDM 2015, there is a growing requirement to ensure that everyone on site is competent to do their job. The easiest way to show this is with the above mentioned qualifications and cards. This is particularly important for site managers as they have the greatest input when it comes to running the site safely on a day-to-day basis.

CTC South West offers 2 main qualifications for Site Managers.

Site Management Safety Training Scheme

This course from CITB Site Safety Plus lasts 5 days and covers the essential requirements for running a site safely. It includes legislation, CDM 2015, Work at Height, Excavations, Plant / traffic, Fire etc. etc. It is also accompanied by the CITB publication GT-700 which is an invaluable resource when running a site.

NVQ Level 6 in Construction Site Management

This NVQ is assessed on site and there is no teaching time involved. Site managers gather evidence of the work that they carry out and add this to the portfolio where the assessor assesses it against the occupational standards for the qualification. This qualification doesn’t just cover health and safety, it covers all aspects of site management from site-setup, liaising with others to handover to the client.

Claiming Grant for Toolbox Talks

Toolbox Talks are a great way to educate, communicate and consult with your workforce.

It’s a legal requirement to consult your workforce regarding matters that may affect their health and safety, and something that you are probably already doing, but in a very informal way through brief site inductions or talks.

By doing toolbox talks based on a set agenda / topic, you can encourage discussion between employees and managers which can give you a good insight into H&S on site and how it can be improved, as well as passing essential H&S information to your employees.

We recommend the use of a recognised toolbox talk publication such as GT-700 from the CITB, and ensure that talks are delivered by staff who are able to answer any questions that may come up or at least be able to find answers if required. They should also have a good knowledge of company specific procedures and risk assessments so that the talk can be tailored to your staff. We encourage delivery of toolbox talks by supervisors or managers holding the SMSTS or SSSTS qualifications.

As a bonus, if you are CITB registered and you submit a plan of the toolbox talks you intend to deliver over the course of a year, you could get CITB training grant paid back to you at the rate of £25 for every 3 man-hours of talks you deliver.

For more information in claiming this grant, go to The CITB Training Plan Grants Webpage and see the section on Modular Training Programmes.

 

First Aid – Redruth – July 2015

We have set dates for First Aid courses to be held at our training centre in St Day, Redruth.

Dates are as follows:

  • Emergency First Aid at Work (1 Day) – 21 July 2015
    • CIEH approved and nationally recognised first aid course, delivered by CTC South West Limited
    • Venue : CTC South West, Unit 11, United Downs Industrial Park, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5HY.
    • Cost : £85+vat (£76.50+vat for CCTG members)
    • Duration : 1 Day – 21 July 2015
  • First Aid at Work (3 Days) – 21 July / 28 July / 4 Aug 2015
    • CIEH approved and nationally recognised first aid course, delivered by CTC South West Limited
    • Venue : CTC South West, Unit 11, United Downs Industrial Park, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5HY.
    • Cost : £195+vat (£175.50+vat for CCTG members)
    • Duration : 3 Days – 21 July / 28 July / 4 Aug 2015

The Emergency First Aid course is the same as day 1 of the full 3 day course.

Our courses can be booked on our website, or call 01209 823 920 to speak to us about your requirements or find out more.

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SMSTS – 9 July 2015

We will be running the Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) starting on 9 July 2015 for 5 Thursdays…

  • Essential training for site managers from the CITB, delivered by CTC South West Limited
  • Venue : CTC South West, Unit 11, United Downs Industrial Park, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5HY.
  • Cost : £545+vat (£490.50+vat for CCTG members)
  • Duration : 5 Days – Every Thursday for 5 weeks (9, 16, 23, 30 July & 6 August 2015)

Our courses can be booked on our website, or call 01209 823 920 to speak to us about your requirements or find out more.

For more information on the SMSTS course, please click here…

To book a place, please see our booking page…

Health and Safety Legislation Register – Construction

It’s important that you keep an up to date legislation (statutory instruments) register to track what legislation applies to your business. You should keep this with your Health and Safety Policy.

The main Health and Safety Legislation within the construction industry are:

If you think that’s a lot, take a look at the list of statutory instruments that the HSE enforce

First Aid – Redruth – June 2015

We have set dates for First Aid courses to be held at our training centre in St Day, Redruth.

Dates are as follows:

  • Emergency First Aid at Work (1 Day) – 2 June 2015
    • CIEH approved and nationally recognised first aid course, delivered by CTC South West Limited
    • Venue : CTC South West, Unit 11, United Downs Industrial Park, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5HY.
    • Cost : £85+vat (£76.50+vat for CCTG members)
    • Duration : 1 Day – 2 June 2015
  • First Aid at Work (3 Days) – 2 / 9 / 16 June 2015
    • CIEH approved and nationally recognised first aid course, delivered by CTC South West Limited
    • Venue : CTC South West, Unit 11, United Downs Industrial Park, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5HY.
    • Cost : £195+vat (£175.50+vat for CCTG members)
    • Duration : 3 Days – 2/9/16 June 2015

The Emergency First Aid course is the same as day 1 of the full 3 day course.

Our courses can be booked on our website, or call 01209 823 920 to speak to us about your requirements or find out more.

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Work at Height Inspection Record

The work at height inspection record is free for you to download and use.

As per the Work at Height Regulations, the rules are:

  • Access equipment with a platform height above 2m needs to be inspected every 7 days by a competent person.
  • They also need to be inspected before first use, after any alteration and following any incident that could affect the stability of it (high winds, traffic collision etc.)
  • The inspection must be recorded, and this must be done before the end of the shift.
  • The inspection record must then be kept on site for the duration of the works, and at least 3 months.

You can download the work at height inspection record here.

SMSTS & SSSTS course dates in July 2015

We have set course dates in July 2015 for the SMSTS and SSSTS courses:

  • Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
    • Essential training for site managers from the CITB, delivered by CTC South West Limited
    • Venue : CTC South West, Unit 11, United Downs Industrial Park, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5HY.
    • Cost : £545+vat (£490.50+vat for CCTG members)
    • Duration : 5 Days – Every Thursday for 5 weeks (9, 16, 23, 30 July & 6 August 2015)
  • Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS)
    • Essential training for site supervisors from the CITB, delivered by CTC South West Limited
    • Venue : CTC South West, Unit 11, United Downs Industrial Park, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5HY.
    • Cost : £245+vat (£220.50+vat for CCTG members)
    • Duration : 2 Days – Thursday 2 / Friday 3 July 2015

Our courses can be booked on our website, or call 01209 823 920 to speak to us about your requirements or find out more.

CDM 2015

Construction (Design and Management) / CDM 2015 is here…

The main changes are:

  • The main duty holders in any construction project are the client, designers, contractors and workers.
  • There is no CDM-Coordinator role now – these responsibilities are covered by the principal designer and principal contractor during their respective phases.
  • Domestic clients now have responsibilities under the CDM regulations (although these can be passed on the their building contractor).
  • All clients have additional responsibilities as the head of the procurement chain and must ensure that designers and contractors consider H&S at every stage of the project.
  • A Construction Phase Plan, Pre-Construction Information and Health and Safety File are required for ALL construction projects, and should be proportionate to the hazards and complexity involved.
  • Projects must be notified to the HSE when they are over 500 man days or over 30 days with 20 workers on site at any one time.
  • Everyone involved in a project must have the relevant Skills, Training, Knowledge and Experience to carry out their role. This may include the Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) for site / project managers; the Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) for supervisors; and the CITB Health and Safety Awareness (HSA) course for workers.
  • (Principal) Contractors must ensure adequate information, instruction and supervision, secure the site, provide a site induction and provide welfare facilities

Industry guidance for all the roles is available here.

Keep checking our website regularly for more updates and practical advice on the new Construction (Design and Management) regulations 2015.