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CDM Co-ordinator Services in Southampton & Hampshire


Charter Health and Safety Solutions are a pro-active consultancy who have acted as CDM Co-ordinator on numerous projects and most recently have been appointed for a project to convert a former Public House to a Pharmacy in Bitterne, Southampton.

In addition to being trained and qualified Health & Safety professionals, all our CDM Co-ordinators are Registered Members of the Association of Project Safety and have extensive experience acting in this role.  

If you have any project that requires the appointment of a CDM Co-ordinator then please contact our Southampton office on 02380 864683 or info@chartersafety.co.uk where our staff can advise and assist you in carrying out your duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

For projects further afield please contact our London or Salisbury offices.

posted by Admin on February 14th, 2014 in News

Health & Safety Consultants in Southampton


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, COSHH and DSE assessments, through to safety training, safety audits and site inspections. Charter provides professional, practical advice to clients ranging from landscape gardeners to construction companies.

With offices in Southampton, Salisbury and London, 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 24th, 2014 in News

New Forest Construction Company Renew 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.

Charter Health & Safety Solutions have recently provided assistance to another of our Clients in achieving CHAS Accreditation.  Based in the east of the New Forest close to Southampton Water, Forestside Construction have completed works for private and commercial  clients across the New Forest and Hampshire area.  Renewing CHAS Accreditation has enabled Forestside to maintain contracts with Southampton City Council and Associated British Ports 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 January 24th, 2014 in News

Health and Safety Law Poster - Time to Replace it?


Employers have a legal duty under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER) to display the approved poster in a prominent position in each workplace or to provide each worker with a copy of the approved leaflet that outlines British health and safety law.

The 2009 poster (right) replaces the version which was published in April 1999. To help avoid an unnecessary burden on businesses, the HSE Board set a five-year transition period for replacing the 1999 poster and leaflet. 

The 1999 poster must be replaced with the 2009 poster no later than 5 April 2014.

Along with supplying H&S signs & equipment Charter Health & Safety Solutions  can provide advice and assistance in complying with your statutory duties. We have offices in London, Salisbury and Southampton so please contact your local office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk to arrange your free initial consultation.

posted by Admin on January 24th, 2014 in News

London Based Specialist Design & Refurbishment Company Gain CHAS Accreditation


Charter Health & Safety Solutions have recently provided assistance to another of our Clients in achieving CHAS Accreditation. Specialising in the design and refurbishment of GP Practices and Health Centres, The Furniture Group have offices in West Malling and a workshop in Bromley by Bow, London.  Gaining CHAS Accreditation has enabled The Furniture Group to tender for larger and more prestigious contracts and is an important step on the ladder to gaining Constructionline.

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.

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 London office on 020 7868 1797 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, Constructionline and Safecontractor Accreditation.

posted by Admin on December 7th, 2013 in News

CDM Co-ordinator Services in London


Charter Health and Safety Solutions are a pro-active consultancy who have acted as CDM Co-ordinator on numerous projects across the capital and most recently have been appointed for a project at a prestigious location off Aldgate.

In addition to being trained and qualified Health & Safety professionals, all our CDM Co-ordinators are Registered Members of the Association of Project Safety and have extensive experience acting in this role.  

If you have any project that requires the appointment of a CDM Co-ordinator then please contact our London office on 020 7868 1797 or info@chartersafety.co.uk where our staff can advise and assist you in carrying out your duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

For projects further afield please contact our Southampton or Salisbury offices.

posted by Admin on November 8th, 2013 in News

More Than 1,100 Construction Sites Fail Safety Checks


Poor standards and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the building sites visited during a month long safety drive.

During a nationwide campaign, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited 2,607 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place.

Inspectors found basic safety standards were not being met on 1,105 sites.  On 644 sites, practices were so poor that enforcement action was necessary to protect workers – with 539 prohibition notices served ordering dangerous activities to stop immediately and 414 improvement notice issued requiring standards to improve.

The most common problems identified included failing to protect workers during activities at height, exposure to harmful dust and inadequate welfare facilities.

Heather Bryant, HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction:

“It is disappointing to find a significant number of sites falling below acceptable health and safety standards, where our inspectors encountered poor practice this often went hand in hand with a lack of understanding. 

“Through initiatives like this we are able to tackle underlying issues before they become established and we will continue to work with the industry in an effort to drive up standards.

“However those who recklessly endanger the health and lives of their workforce can expect to face tough consequences.”

During the month of September, inspectors made unannounced visits to construction sites to ensure they were managing high-risk activity, such as working at height and the control of exposure to harmful dusts.  Inspectors were also looking for good site order, sound structures and basic welfare facilities.   Source - HSE Website

With offices in London, Salisbury and Southampton, Charter Health & Safety Solutions can provide the complete health & safety package whether you act as a Principal or a Sub Contractor.    If you want competent advice to assist you in discharging your duties under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 then please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk.

posted by Admin on November 5th, 2013 in News

CHAS Accreditation in Hampshire


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 achieving 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.  Gaining CHAS Accreditation has enabled Lush M&E 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 October 25th, 2013 in News

Changes to First Aid Regulations Come into Effect


Businesses now have more flexibility in how they manage their provision of first aid in the workplace following a change in health and safety regulations.

As of 1 October 2013, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 have been amended, removing the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications.

The change is part of HSE's work to reduce the burden on businesses and put common sense back into health and safety, whilst maintaining standards. The changes relating to first aid apply to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.

Andy McGrory, HSE's policy lead for First Aid, said: "HSE no longer approves first-aid training and qualifications. Removing the HSE approval process will give businesses greater flexibility to choose their own training providers and first aid training that is right for their work place, based on their needs assessment and their individual business needs.

"Employers still have a legal duty to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work."

Information, including the regulations document and a guidance document to help employers identify and select a competent training provider to deliver any first-aid training indicated by their first-aid needs assessment are available on the HSE website.

HSE will continue to set the standards for training. While the changes give employers flexibility, the one day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and three day First Aid at Work (FAW) courses remain the building blocks for first aid training.

As part of the changes, the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) text which was previously included in guidance document L74 (which consisted of only 12 sentences), has been incorporated into the new guidance. The advice in the guidance sets out clearly the recommended practical actions needed, and the standards to be achieved, to ensure compliance with duties under the 1981 Regulations. This is intended as a comprehensive guide on ensuring compliance with the law.  Source - HSE Website

Charter Health & Safety Solutions  can provide advice and assistance in complying with your statutory duties. Please contact your local office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk to arrange your free initial consultation.

HSE Unveils Changes to Reporting Requirements


The Health and Safety Executive has formally implemented changes to simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses.

Changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 clarify and simplify the reporting requirements, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents.

The change affects all employers - including the self-employed. 

The main changes are in the following areas:

  • The classification of 'major injuries' to workers replaced with a shorter list of 'specified injuries'
  • The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness
  • Fewer types of 'dangerous occurrence' require reporting

There are no significant changes to the reporting requirements for:

  • Fatal accidents
  • Accidents to non-workers (members of the public)
  • Accidents resulting in a worker being unable to perform their normal range of duties for more than seven days

How an incident at work is reported and the criteria that determine whether an incident should be investigated remain the same.  Source - HSE Website

Charter Health & Safety Solutions  can provide advice and assistance in complying with your statutory duties. Please call 0207 868 1797 or email info@chartersafety.co.uk to arrange your free initial consultation.

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