Pre Construction Phase Plan, Construction Phase Plan, Method Statement & Risk Assessments (RAMS), Construction Training, Certification to Constructionline and SafeTcert
The Construction Phase Plan covers all health and safety aspects related to the actual activity as required under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations NI 2007 (CDM).
In the case of a notifiable project (to local authority), the Principal Contractor is responsible for developing and maintaining the Plan, though even for projects that are not notifiable it is highly advisable that the contractor responsible for the work should produce an equivalent document.
Once construction work has started, the Construction Phase Plan should be treated as a “living” document that is maintained and up-to-date to reflect the latest information about risks on the site.
The Construction Phase Plan is a comprehensive document and at Hughes Health & Safety we are experienced at the completion of these documents providing you with an assurance of compliance with the requirements of the legislation. A Construction Phase Plan package from Hughes Health & Safety will also contain the necessary Method Statement and Risk Assessment documentation you will require.
Assistance with a Pre Construction Phase Plan can also be provided.
A Method Statement is a document indicating a ‘ safe system of work’ for the work activity being carried out. Many contractors are required to produce Method Statements as a requirement under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations NI 2007 (CDM).
A Method Statement is likely to contain:
• Contract details and scope of work;
• Health and safety contact details;
• Location maps;
• How the activity will be carried out highlighting any hazards that may be relevant to the activity;
• The precautions necessary to ensure the safety of any persons affected by your work activity; Material handling;
• Plant and equipment; Site access and egress;
• Welfare and first aid arrangements;
• Induction training;
• Risk assessments and
• Information on the control of substances hazardous to health.
Increasingly, companies and/or clients are requesting contractors to provide method statements, ensuring the competence of the contractor, whilst providing them with an indication of how the contractor will carry out the activity. At Hughes Health & Safety we can provide you with a comprehensive Method Statement and Risk Assessment (RAMS) package for a great value price. You can be assured we will gauge the detail to suit the level of risk involved in the activity, to save you money!
Multiple RAMS are subject to significant reductions.
A risk assessment is not only a legal requirement but also the most fundamental element of any health and safety management system. It is a legal requirement for every employer and self-employed person to make an assessment of the health and safety risks arising out of their work. The purpose of the assessment is to identify what needs to be done to control health and safety risks. Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. You should carry out an assessment before you do work which presents a risk of injury or ill health.
Risks should be reduced to the lowest reasonably practicable level by taking preventative measures, in order of priority. This is what is meant by the term “hierarchy of control”.
At Hughes Health & Safety we can help you identify the risks your business activities may pose and guide you to the most suitable and appropriate methods of control. We will provide a sensible and balanced approach weighing appropriately the risk level posed against the likelihood of the risk actually causing harm ensuring suitable protection for you, your employees and customers.
Risk Assessments can be tailored to any business need or activity that may arise and are available individually or as a package.
Safe – T – Cert
Safe-T-Cert is a third party accredited health and safety scheme developed jointly by the Construction Employers Federation in Belfast and the Construction Industry Federation in Dublin.
It was developed from the 18001/2 documentation but enhanced specifically for the construction industry. It is based on ‘best practice’ requirements for international and national bodies, including ILO guidelines.
Safe-T-Cert is recognised under the ‘Buildsafe’ initiative in Northern Ireland and the ‘Construction Safety Partnership’ in the Republic of Ireland. Safe-T-Cert is also a member of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP). Get more information https://www.cefni.co.uk/CMS/DefaultCMS.aspx
Main contractors are required to ensure that all their first-tier subcontractors with 5 or more employees have a Health and Safety Management System certified by a third party.
Hughes Health & Safety can assist you with the completion of your application in a competent and efficient manner. We will give you the best start in the qualification process and support you with the required documentation and procedures.
Constructionline is the UK’s leading procurement and supply chain management service that collects, assesses and monitors standard company information through a question set that is aligned to PAS 91, the standardised pre-qualification questionnaire developed by BSI to reduce duplication within the construction industry. For suppliers to the construction industry, Constructionline means that you no longer need to repeatedly duplicate your standard company information for every construction tender. Get more useful information at
Hughes Health & Safety can assist you with the completion of your Pre Qualification Questionnaire in a competent and efficient manner. We will give you the best start in the qualification process and support you with the required documentation and procedures.
We have a number of e-learning courses available for construction related activities, see our e-learning section or click below for more details and a free no obligation trial of any course:
- Asbestos Awareness
- Asbestos Awareness for Designers and Architects
- Manual Handling
- Legionella Awareness
- Fire Marshal
- Basic Fire Safety Awareness
- Abrasive Wheels
- Working at Height
- Working Safely
- Workplace First Aid
All our courses are ROSPA Approved.