List of actions from the Buildsafe-NI Action Plan

Actions from the Buildsafe-NI Action Plan (2011) are summarised below:

Buildsafe-NI agreed actions

Section One: evaluation of supply chain health & safety capability action 1(a)   Government construction clients shall adopt a common methodology for evaluating supplier health & safety, based on the competency requirements set out in the Approved Code of Practice supporting the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations.
Section Two: certification of health & safety management systems action 2(a) Government construction clients shall include a requirement in the selection process, that all contractors seeking to tender for public sector works contracts shall have a health & safety management system certified by a third party.
  action 2(b) Government construction clients shall introduce a contract requirement that a contractor shall only appoint a first tier subcontractor with five or more workers, which has a health & safety management system certified by a third party. 
  action 2(c) Government construction clients shall introduce a contract requirement that contractors and first tier subcontractors having third party health & safety certification, will provide evidence that the certification was obtained or renewed within three years of the main contract award date; and that an annual verification audit was undertaken in the intervening years. *
Section Three: training action 3(a) All site operatives and staff, whether employed directly or through a subcontractor, and all public sector construction staff visiting a site; shall have received appropriate health & safety training to be able to work on-site without being a risk to themselves, or others who may be affected by their acts or omissions; and carry with them on site, evidence of having received such training. 
  action 3(b) Government construction clients shall introduce a contract requirement that the training defined in 3(a) must have been undertaken within the past four years; and that individuals on site with supervisory or management responsibilities must have received suitable, additional health & safety training. *
Section Four: monitoring and reporting action 4(a) Government construction clients shall ensure health & safety is a standard agenda item at all project meetings. 
  action 4(b) The principal contractor for all projects 'notifiable' under Construction (Design & Management) Regulations shall provide a health & safety report at each project meeting, using the 'Contractor Health and Safety Report' template
  action 4(c) Government construction clients (or their Centre of Procurement Expertise) to review contractors reports centrally and produce bi-annual analysis reports for issue within their business area. The reports shall be used to share information in respect of health and safety issues and identify measures that may be put in place to further improve health and safety standards.
  action 4(d) Government construction clients (or their Centre of Procurement Expertise) shall undertake periodic checks on contractors and their supply chains, to monitor compliance with health & safety standards. 

Notes on action 2(c)

Government Construction Clients shall recognise third party certification of a health and safety management system, provided:

  • it is based on ILO OSH 2001; BSI’s OHSAS 18001 and 18002; BS 18004; HSG 65; or equivalent
  • it is construction focused and incorporates site inspections
  • the third party certification body is accredited by a National Accreditation Service and/or is recognised by a professional health and safety body or institution as having the knowledge and skill to undertake construction focused third party health and safety audits

Where the certification is scheduled to expire during the period of a contract the contractor shall arrange the renewal in good time to ensure continuous certification. Compliance shall be monitored by the Project Manager at each project meeting under a health and safety agenda item.

Notes on action 3(b)

Evidence of health & safety training can be provided by photographic identification cards issued by various employer and professional bodies or other recognised construction industry institutions; including for example, the Construction Skills Register (CSR) or the Royal Society of Ulster Architect's (RSUA) Construction Professionals Health and Safety (CPHS) card.

When on site, project managers (and or their representatives) and safety practitioners employed directly or acting as a consultant on behalf of the government construction clients shall carry out spot checks to ensure site personnel carry appropriate evidence of health and safety training.

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