Competent Contractor is a RoSPA accredited contractor management service that assists a wide range of clients and principal contractors in managing contractor health safety in their supply chain.
Competent Contractor is a contractor management scheme with one central objective – to help ensure that contractor employees who turn-up on site(s) carry out the job in hand safely. This is simple to say, but very difficult and potentially costly to achieve in practice. This service has been recognised by the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) as having helped to set best practice, and, is used by many of the UK’s leading client and principal contractor organisations.. It involves many elements:
- Vetting the organization e.g. looking at contractor health and safety policy, risk assessment system, training records and other certification.
- Checking the identity of individuals as they arrive on site – a training chip card system helps rapidly identify if subcontractors have the appropriate competence and gives site staff the information they need at their finger tips
- Delivering site induction training – the inductee is given a password login to the Human Focus E-learning system and takes site specific training. We can take off your hands the significant time spent on site inductions
- Instant access to contractor documents - a web case management system enables mangers from the client or principal contractor to conduct searches of specific contractor documents. As work on site progress site managers can instantly compare the hazards of a job, or the needs of a control plan / projects, with the training qualifications of the workers involved. The use of this case management system is often embedded into operational procedures such as plant or buildings inspection, or, the issuing of a workpermit for maintenance tasks
Competent Contractor operates both during the live running phase of a project, to help with the day-to-day monitoring of contractors as they arrive on site, as well as during the tender stage to develop a data base of approved companies who can then be appointed as contractor work arises. These pre-qualification assessments are done by completing web forms and enable contractors to upload and store of their documents – which does away with mountains of paper work. Site managers can then access these details online and download the documents to enable them to apply this information to their area.
This assessment process can be integrated into wider commercial vetting of your contractors and can easily form one part of the terms and conditions of working for your organisation. The pre-qualification assessment operates to nationally recognised standards for contractor health and safety and will ensure your suppliers meet the requirements of relevant regulations (including environmental protection) as well as providing the information you need. Human Focus acknowledge and work to SSIP standards for contractor vetting, for example CHAS health and safety assessments. This means we will accept any SSIP registered contractor assessment and will not force the contractor to repeat this process.
The web-based applications also support the process of health and safety audits – every action and communication with your contractors is automatically recorded making this a hassle free process. Competent contractor can also assist clients and principals to meet the requirements of the Construction Design Management Regulation, or CDM, and the process of construction health and safety plans.
In summary, Competent Contractor can assist everyone in your organisation, from director level to line manager, to fulfil their personal contractor management duties and meet their responsibility in this important area. The service will also protect your organistion and your contractors from the significant financial and criminal harm can arise if things go wrong. Whatever your business or area operation we will show you how this service relates to your needs. If you would like to learn more about how Competent Contractor can assist your organisation to improve standards of contractor health and safety, reduce costs and save time, we will be happy to provide you with a more detailed presentation at your convenience.
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