Emerald Health and Safety Services

Emerald Health & Safety Services

Emerald Health & Safety Services Ltd – click here to visit their web site – is a specialist consultancy established delivering CDM-project and advisory services to both commercial and domestic clients. The company is also prepared to offer general health and safety services to construction companies and workplaces.

Health and Safety compliance goes far beyond mere compliance with regulation and statute. But overly complicated, bureaucratic health and safety systems can lead to poor implementation, complacency and preventable accidents and ill health.

At Emerald Health & Safety Services Ltd our specialist consultancy services can demonstrate excellent Construction and Design Risk-Management skills, both through extensive project experience and membership with professional bodies such as The Association for Project Safety (Certified Member) and The Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH).

We are committed to establish working relationships with our clients and project partners to deliver projects safely, considering at all times the safety and well-being of all parties involved in the entire life-cycle of buildings. We also endeavour to influence the often-negative image of health and safety compliance through expert, proportionate advice, training and development.

CDM Consultancy Services – following the requirements of CDM 2015

  • Principal Designer (PD) – a key duty holder under CDM 2015
  • Principal Designer (Assist) – a support role to others acting as the PD (i.e. architects or engineers)
  • Client CDM Assist – A Client advisor role on CDM projects (to supplement the PD function and support the Client with their duties, and also, were not retained in a post-contract role i.e. where a D&B Principal Contractor takes on the PD role in the construction phase)

Construction and Workplace H&S Advisory Services

Employers are required under Section 2(3) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to have a statement of their health and safety policy and, written arrangements for health and safety, where they employ five persons or more.

Whether you need a new Policy prepared, or a review of your existing policy, we will be able to assist you to prepare this document for your organisation. This policy will help demonstrate legal compliance whilst also demonstrating that you have a management system for health and safety for your business.

A site health and safety audit (often undertaken when engaged as CDM PD or Client retained CDM Advisors), is a thorough audit of a contractors health and safety management of a project. The audit is scored out of 20 subject matters and discussed with the site manager / responsible person and presented to client / and project team accompanied by photographs as evidence of compliance / under compliance. Site Audit Close-Out forms are issued after the audit where issues need to be actioned.

Health and Safety Inspections are a less detailed review of site procedures resulting in a short report back to Client and project teams.

A health and safety audit can ensure compliance with current health and safety and workplace legislation. An audit is an in-depth examination of your organisation’s safety management systems, and it should cover either the whole system or particular aspects, such as risk assessment procedures, safe systems of work, staff training, issue and control of personal protective equipment (PPE) etc.

The Health and Safety Audit provides the organisation with a clear picture of their performance in terms of health and safety management. This to improve management systems to ensure foreseeable incidents/accidents do not occur. A full audit will highlight all positive and negative aspects of health and safety within a workplace environment. Safety inspections are a less formal method of investigating the health and safety performance.

After visiting your place of work, or your construction project, we can assist you in the preparation (or review of) Risk Assessments and Method Statements, tailored towards your specific needs these shall assist you to identify the control measures to manage your duties under Health & Safety Legislation.

Under CDM 2015, where ‘construction’ works are taking place (def: “the carrying out of any building, civil engineering or engineering construction work, etc”), the contractor is required to prepare a set of documents to manage and monitor to the construction work – a Construction Phase Plan.  We at Emerald Health & Safety Services can assist you in the collation and presentation of this information to client, a Principal Designer, or other interested parties, all to comply with current legislation, including CDM 2015.

Under CDM 2015, where ‘construction’ works are notifiable, i.e. anticipated to last longer than 30 working days, (or 500-person days) and having 20 persons consecutively employed on the project, a project notification is required to the Health & Safety Executive, (F10 form particulars).  Undertaken normally as part of the CDM Client Assist services, Emerald Health & Safety Services are able to obtain the key information for the F10 and lodge with the Executive, liaising as may be necessary and updating the Form as required throughout the life of the construction project.

Under CDM 2015 (Regulation 8), there is a client duty to “ensure that prior to the appointment of any designer (including Principal Designer) and contractor (including a Principal Contractor), are able to demonstrate they have the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and, if they are an organisation, the organisational capability, necessary to fulfil the role that they are appointed to undertake, in a manner that secures the health and safety of any person affected by the project”.  Undertaken normally as part of the CDM Client Assist services, Emerald Health & Safety Services are able to support the client with tender stage capability and resource assessments (commonly referred as Pre-Qualification H&S Assessments).

Corporate training packages can be delivered by Emerald Health & Safety Services on key industry and H&S legislation, such as CDM 2015, Asbestos Awareness, Surveying Safely, etc.

Guidance links (key legislation/guidance

CDM2015 (INDG411) – HSE Client Guide  http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg411.htm
CDM2015 (L153) – HSE guidance to CDM2015
H&S at Work Act (1974) – HSE guidance to the ‘Act’
Asbestos – HSE links to legislation & guidance
Working at Height – HSE links to legislation & guidance  http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-at-height/index.htm
Occupational Health – HSE links to legislation & guidance http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/occupational-disease/index.htm
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