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Changes to Construction (Design & Management) Regulations


Subject to Parliamentary approval, the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) will come into force on 6th April 2015 and these will replace the existing CDM 2007 Regulations. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is proposing a ‘crossover’ period of six months for projects under construction when the revised Regulations come into effect.

Key Proposed Changes
  • A legal obligation for duty holders to provide information, instruction, training and supervision, which replaces the duty to assess competence. the draft regulations do not specify the minimum standard required for compliance.
  • Introduction of guidance for duty holders and a simplified ACOP.
  • Construction phase coordination duties to remain with the Principal Contractor.
  • Replacement of the CDM Co-ordinator role with a Principal Designer responsible for health and safety in the design team. The role can be fulfilled by an individual or organisation.
  • Creation of Client duties for domestic projects which can be transferred to the Principal Designer and/or Principal Contractor.
  • The Client must ensure that the Principal Contractor complies with their duties. The draft regulations provide no indication as to how compliances are achieved.
  • The notification trigger has been amended to 30 days and more than 20 persons on site or 500 man days.
  • The Client will be responsible for notifying HSE of a project (F10 notification).
  • The Client will be required to appoint a Principal Contractor and/or Principal Designer if there will be more than one contractor on site.
  • A construction phase plan will be required for all projects.
  • The draft regulations do not require a review of the construction phase plan or indicate any requirements for its contents.

If you are unsure of your legal obligations under the new Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 or any other legislation such as the Work at Height Regulations 2005 then please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk to arrange your free initial consultation.  Charter Health & Safety Solutions offices are located in London, Southampton and Salisbury.

Health and Safety Consultants in Salisbury


Charter Health & Safety Solutions take a fresh approach to health & safety consultancy, with the experience, skills and flexibility to meet the modern company's health & safety requirements. We provide a wide range of health & safety services advising our clients on their legal obligations.

Please get in touch if you require advice or a no obligation chat - from acting as competent advisers in both general and construction health & safety, Asbestos Surveying, Site Inspections through to providing CDM Co-ordinator Services. Charter provides professional, practical advice to clients ranging from watercress farmers, motor vehicle dealerships and theme parks.

With offices in Salisbury, London and Southampton, Charter can provide the complete health & safety package for your industry sector.   If you want competent advice to assist you in discharging your duties under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, then please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk.

posted by Admin on January 30th, 2015 in News

Disability Discrimination Act / Equality Act Access Audits


The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) provided protection from disability related discrimination, this was re-enforced by the Equality Act in 2010.  The reasons for carrying out an Access Audit are to help meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and improve disabled access and egress.

Charter Health and Safety Solutions can assist your company with DDA compliance by undertaking an Access Audit and providing a report with recommendations of 'Reasonable Adjustment' where areas of non-compliance are identified.

In addition to DDA, Charter also undertake Asbestos Surveys, conduct Fire Risk Assessments and produce Fire Strategies as well as providing competent Health & Safety Advice to clients across many industry sectors. 

With offices in London, Southampton and Salisbury, please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk to arrange your free initial consultation.

posted by Admin on January 30th, 2015 in News

Do you need help or assistance gaining CHAS Accreditation?


The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) is the recognised Government backed health and safety pre-qualification in the UK.  It is available for suitably competent suppliers.  The aim of the scheme is to save time and resources by avoiding unnecessary duplication in the first stage of competence assessment and it is used by the Public Sector such as Local Authorities, NHS, Emergency Services, Government Departments and also by many Construction companies in the Private Sector.

Gaining CHAS Accreditation can be time consuming and frustrating for those not familiar with the process. Charter Health & Safety Solutions have completed a huge number of successful applications and can save your company time and money by managing the application for you. We will review your Health & Safety Management to identify any areas that will not meet the assessment criteria and assist you with putting these in place before submitting the application. Our service will continue until you have successfully gained CHAS Accreditation.

Charter can provide a professional, cost effective service for those who are unsure or who have already failed the application.  We operate nationwide with offices in London, Southampton and Salisbury, please contact your nearest office or call our CHAS Helpline, 020 7868 1797, for more information and get your CHAS Accreditation started.

posted by Admin on January 30th, 2015 in News

Health and Safety Consultants in London


Charter Health & Safety Solutions take a fresh approach to health & safety consultancy, with the experience, skills and flexibility to meet the modern company's health & safety requirements. We provide a wide range of health & safety services advising our clients on their legal obligations. 

Please get in touch if you require advice or a no obligation chat - from policies and procedures, risk, fire and DSE assessments, through to safety training, safety audits and site inspections. Charter provides professional, practical advice to clients ranging from international investment bankers to facilities maintenance companies. 

With offices in London, Salisbury and Southampton, Charter can provide the complete health & safety package for your industry sector.   If you want competent advice to assist you in discharging your duties under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, then please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk

posted by Admin on December 5th, 2014 in News

CHAS Accreditation in Hampshire and Surrey


The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) is the recognised Government backed health and safety pre-qualification in the UK.  It is available for suitably competent suppliers.  The aim of the scheme is to save time and resources by avoiding unnecessary duplication in the first stage of competence assessment and it is used by the Public Sector such as Local Authorities, NHS, Emergency Services, Government Departments and also by many Construction companies in the Private Sector.

Charter Health & Safety Solutions have recently provided assistance to another of our Clients in renewing CHAS Accreditation. Specialising in Plumbing, Heating, Electrical and Renewable Energy installations, Lush M&E are a family run business based near Eastleigh and have completed works for developers, architects and self build customers across the Hampshire area. CHAS Accreditation will enable Lush M&E to continue to tender for contracts with large house builders who require all their sub-contractors to have third party health & safety accreditation.

If your company, large or small, requires CHAS Accreditation to satisfy a client or tender requirement, or you want to save time and money by not having to complete the health and safety section of pre-qualification questionnaires of SSIP members then please contact our Southampton office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk for a competitive quote. 

In addition to CHAS, Charter Health and Safety Solutions can also provide guidance on and assist with gaining Exor, ContractorPlus and Safecontractor Accreditation.

posted by Admin on December 5th, 2014 in News

Brothers Given Custodial Sentence for Exposing Workers to Asbestos


Two Stoke-on-Trent brothers with little or no experience of building and construction work have been given prison sentences after they exposed workers to asbestos.

At least seven workers are known to have been exposed to asbestos – one aged just 17 at the time – by Akram Hussain, 52, of City Road, and Inam Hussain, 47, of Boughey Road, during refurbishment work at a former print works on Scotia Road, Burslem, since February 2012.

Stafford Crown Court was told today (20 August 14) that neither was qualified or experienced in construction, demolition or refurbishment work; nor were they licensed to remove asbestos.

Akram Hussain is a snooker hall manager and Inam Hussain a taxi driver, although they have been carrying out the work on the building for around ten years.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the brothers after an investigation found work was being carried out without the necessary asbestos surveys and without a Construction, Design and Management Co-ordinator (CDM) in place, which is required if work is to take more than 30 days.

Despite repeated visits from HSE inspectors and numerous enforcement notices warning them of their failings, the brothers continued to refurbish the building and disturb asbestos material – putting workers at risk.

A Prohibition Notice was issued on 17 February 2012 stopping all work with, or liable to disturb, asbestos. A ‘Direction to Leave Undisturbed’ was also issued for the building until HSE had provided written confirmation that work could continue.

However, several lorry-loads of waste contaminated with asbestos were removed from the site and taken to an unlicensed waste disposal site in Stoke-on-Trent.  Workers were also witnessed exiting the site covered in dust and not wearing the correct protective clothing.

A further Prohibition Notice and an Improvement Notice were served on Akram Hussain on 25 February 2012 when inspectors again found work being carried out without an asbestos survey or a CDM.  

A separate Prohibition Notice was also served on Inam Hussain on 18 May 2012 for the non-licensed removal of the asbestos from the building. An Improvement Notice was served at the same time for the ongoing failure to appoint a CDM.

An asbestos survey was later carried out, but work inside the building continued to disturb materials containing asbestos.

The court heard that HSE is aware of at least seven workers being exposed to asbestos in the building. Many more could have been exposed during the course of the refurbishment project.

Akram Hussain and Inam Hussain both pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Akram Hussain was given a custodial sentence of 22 weeks and ordered to pay costs of £43,000. Inam Hussain was given a custodial sentence of 14 weeks.  Source - HSE Website

If your company is undertaking a construction project Charter Health and Safety Solutions can provide competent advice on Construction Health & Safety Management, including providing H&S advice to Directors and Site Management,  producing Construction Phase Plans, H&S assessment of sub-contractors and conducting Site Inspections.  In addition, Charter has a team of experienced Asbestos Surveyors able to undertake Refurbishment/Pre-Demolition surveys prior to the project commencing.

With offices in London, Southampton and Salisbury, please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk to arrange your initial free consultation.

posted by Admin on September 5th, 2014 in News

SMAS Accreditation


The Safety Management Advisory Services (SMAS) Worksafe Scheme offers a fast, efficient and cost effective way of demonstrating your company's Health & safety competence by gaining a nationally recognised certificate from a Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) Forum Member.

The aim of the scheme is to save time and resources by avoiding unnecessary duplication in the first stage of competence assessment and it is used by the Public Sector such as Local Authorities, NHS, Emergency Services, Government Departments and also by many Construction companies in the Private Sector.

If your company requires SMAS Accreditation to satisfy a client or tender requirement, or you want to save time and money by not having to complete the health & safety section of pre-qualification questionnaires of SSIP members then please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk for a competitive quote. We have offices in London, Southampton and Salisbury. 

In addition to SMAS, Charter Health and Safety Solutions can also supply guidance on and assist with gaining CHAS, ContractorPlus and Safecontractor Accreditation.


posted by Admin on August 29th, 2014 in News

Disability Discrimination Act / Equality Act Access Audits


The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) provided protection from disability related discrimination, this was re-enforced by the Equality Act in 2010.  The reasons for carrying out an Access Audit are to help meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and improve disabled access and egress.

Charter Health and Safety Solutions can assist your company with DDA compliance by undertaking an Access Audit and providing a report with recommendations of 'Reasonable Adjustment' where areas of non-compliance are identified.

In addition to DDA, Charter also undertake Asbestos Surveys, conduct Fire Risk Assessments and produce Fire Strategies as well as providing competent Health & Safety Advice to clients across many industry sectors. 

With offices in London, Southampton and Salisbury, please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk to arrange your free initial consultation.

posted by Admin on August 28th, 2014 in News

CHAS Accreditation in Hampshire & Surrey


The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) is the recognised Government backed health and safety pre-qualification in the UK.  It is available for suitably competent suppliers.  The aim of the scheme is to save time and resources by avoiding unnecessary duplication in the first stage of competence assessment and it is used by the Public Sector such as Local Authorities, NHS, Emergency Services, Government Departments and also by many Construction companies in the Private Sector.

Charter Health and Safety Solutions have recently assisted another of our Clients  in renewing their CHAS Accreditation, the Construction Partnership Limited, based in Hamble near Southampton and with offices in Hersham, Surrey, are a Chartered Building Company delivering new build, refurbishment and alteration work across many sectors.  

They have completed well over 250 projects and are currently involved in the refurbishment of the library and accommodation at Chichester University, the construction of housing schemes in Aldershot and Normandy, the construction of a gymnasium at Bay House School, Gosport, the refurbishment of Hook Community Centre and the conversion of a Manor House in to a wedding venue, in Upper Froyle.

If your company, large or small, requires CHAS Accreditation to satisfy a client or tender requirement, or you want to save time and money by not having to complete the health and safety section of pre-qualification questionnaires of SSIP members then please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk for a competitive quote.  We have offices located in London, Southampton and Salisbury.

In addition to CHAS, Charter Health and Safety Solutions can also supply guidance on and assist with gaining SMAS, ContractorPlus and Safecontractor Accreditation.

posted by Admin on July 11th, 2014 in News

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