This year’s Safety Forum was held at our head office in Cradley Heath, on 14/15 June and was attended by 40 branch & contracts managers and 49 sub-contractors.
Both days started with an introduction by our Managing Director, Dave Maginnis, followed by our guest speaker, Steve Lewis from Mace.
We then split into two groups.
In our dedicated training room, our safety advisors Bert Bruff, Shona MacMillan and Gary Wills covered topics including Accident Reporting, RAMS & Rescue Plans, Improve through Situational Awareness with daily safe starts and safe finishes and SLAM (Stop, Look, Assess, Manage).
The second group went into our stores where an allocated area was set up to cover near miss re-enactment and how to communicate effectively with people. This was an interactive session and was embraced wholeheartedly by all.
The day ended with a Q&A session with all of our Directors.
Feedback from both employees and sub-contractors was extremely positive with comments such as:
First class as per usual
Excellent and informative
Gave me confidence to speak to managers about unsafe conditions
My first meeting, but hopefully not the last
Role playing scenarios very good, thought provoking
Pictures from the two days, (scroll down for videos)
BriggsAmasco is accredited to a number of schemes under the Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) umbrella.
CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme)
SMAS (Safety Management Advisory Services)
Constructionline (health & safety element only)
These accreditations began for BriggsAmasco in 1999, with Constructionline. This was followed with Safecontractor, in 2001 (when it was called “Supplyline”) and CHAS in 2004. SMAS is a relatively new accreditation for the company.
Initially, these were all accreditations made independently of each other, requiring duplication of information and, frequently, information to be provided in a different way.
To address this duplication of time, effort and cost, the Government commissioned a report called “Accelerating the SME Economic Engine: Through Transparent, Simple and Strategic Procurement (2008), in a bid to simplify the process of assessment. On the back of this, SSIP was founded in May 2009, which brought together certain elements of individual assessments, but allowed clients to retain their independence in selecting which assessment scheme they preferred.
BriggsAmasco now uses Safecontractor as its principal assessment, which then “deems to satisfy” the criteria of CHAS, SMAS and the health & safety element of Constructionline, although each accreditation still requires some additional or confirmation information.
Janice Tyler, BriggsAmasco’s Environment and Supply Chain Manager, facilitates these assessments. “These accreditations give our clients confidence in our commitment to health & safety and in our compliance with both legal requirements and our own good practices.”