Health and safety forms one of CDM’s core values and is a huge influence in decision making during the design, planning and building stages of every project. Each project is assessed to determine risks and the controls are planned as early in the project as feasible in consultation with both the workers and the client.
It is our aim to be active leaders and promote, encourage and recognise health and safety excellence in the workplace. To do this we run initiatives with all of our contractors that both reward and educate our frontline workers.
A few features of our Health and Safety Management System at a glance:
Contractors selected are required to complete our in-house prequalification assessment. This assessment provides a snapshot of the company’s overall health and safety management system including training completed, documentation provided and communication frequency. This is reviewed and enables us to determine the capabilities, limitations and intentions of the company. If required we then offer advice, coaching and help to contractors to bring them up to the standards required to work with us. This is the starting point for all contractors working with us.
Our continued involvement in the health and safety management of the building process ensures a consistent approach across the board, and allows us to share ideas and experience with all project stakeholders.
Each construction project is supplied with a Site Specific Safety Plan (SSSP) which is the central platform for communication and risk management on site, this is managed through our online system. This system has removed the need for ‘paperwork’ on site and provided a direct link from the site to CDM management.
For maintenance contracts, we endeavour to use a client’s existing contractor base where possible. To do this contact each contractor and enrol them into our health and safety management system. From this point, we manage all aspects of the maintenance work including ensuring that contractors are, and continue to meet their duties under Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).