06 Dec Role of Health and Safety
By Christine Brown, Tuesday 6th December 2016
As much as you may love to laugh at the Darwin Awards each year (an annual publication recognising individuals who have supposedly contributed to human evolution by selecting themselves out of the gene pool via death or sterilisation by their own actions in the most ridiculous ways), you can’t deny that the day to day health and safety figures of the human race have vastly improved over relatively recent years.
While the biggest improvements are no doubt in industries such as construction, or even health and care, health and safety legislation goes further to ensure even office workers in the most mundane of surroundings are guaranteed a minimum standard of care in their surroundings.
When tendering for business, a Client will often want to see evidence that you not only will be considerate of health and safety requirements if successful with the bid, but that you have established and implemented health and safety processes within your company to date. As a minimum you will usually be asked to confirm you have a policy in place that conforms with all current legislation.
There are also a number of health and safety related accreditations that may be required to qualify in the bid process, these could include but are not limited to:
• Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP)
• The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS)
• Alcumus Safe Contractor
• BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety
• ISO 45001 (as yet unpublished) Occupational Health and Safety Management
We work in Partnership with specialist Health & Safety Consultants to ensure you not only comply with the Client Bid Requirements but also the law!