Health & Safety

Partnership Health and Safety Statement

The Partnership recognises and wholeheartedly accepts it moral and legal obligations and responsibilities with regards to health and safety.

We take all reasonably practicable steps to:

  • Provide and maintain safe and health working conditions
  • Provide safe plant, equipment and systems of work for all employees
  • Provide information, instructions and supervision for employees
  • Adequately control health and safety risks arising from work activities
  • Collect and disseminate up-to-date information on health hazards and risks associated with the use of substances encountered in work activates
  • Ensure the competence of all employees to do their tasks, and provide adequate training
  • Protect the health and safety of others who may be affected by its work activities including visitors, contractors, and members of the public

Mr Tristan Bonser has been appointed as the Safety Officer to monitor implementation of the Policy, report to the partners at regular intervals and recommend changes where necessary. The Partnership will strive to work for the on-going integration of health and safety into all of its activities with the objective of attaining high standards of health and safety performance

More details on the Health and Safety policy can be obtained from a full document, which is available from the company’s office

Alison Bailey of JP Services (Chesterfield) Ltd is employed under contract by the Partnership to oversee and advise on all health and safety matters, and to provide health and safety audits at our office workplace and various work-sites at regular intervals.

Our business insurance provides for Employers Liability Indemnity of 10 million pounds and Public Liability Indemnity of 5 million pounds, these details can be provided on request.

CHAS

“Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme”

During 2007 we were awarded the Contractors Health and Safety (CHAS) Assessment Scheme, and to confirm our accreditation please ring 0208 545 3838.

CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) developed and refined over a number of years by local government health and safety and procurement professionals, with the support of the Health and Safety Executive. Although the CHAS scheme has been developed by government bodies, the CHAS scheme is available for use by any public and private sector organisation as an aid when short listing contractors, suppliers and consultants who apply to work for them. It provides information and assurances about the health and safety systems and competence of the organisations who have been CHAS assessed or accredited.

Organisations apply to CHAS to become CHAS assessed, by doing so their potential clients know that they meet minimum acceptable standards of health and safety compliance. Clients from both the public and private sectors use CHAS to make assessments of contractors in this way. Once the CHAS application has been approved for an organisation, their details are uploaded to the CHAS database where client members of CHAS can review an organisations details and check that they are in fact CHAS registered.

One of the benefits to contractors is that by making a successful CHAS application, they can demonstrate to a wide number of potential clients that they achieve or exceed the minimum standards laid down by the CHAS scheme.

EXOR

Bonser Building Contractors became an Exor Accredited Company to cold level in early 2012, Registration Number SU7895.

Bonser Building Contractors need to be able to trust that their supply partners are reliable, financially stable and compliant with all relevant legislation. Bonser Building Contractors applied for Exor as an accreditation company that understands the issues surrounding non-compliance. Specialising in supplier pre-qualification and accreditation for both the public and private sectors, Exor provides flexible and responsive accreditation services that reduce risk.

Exor’s  accreditation services bring buyers and sellers together in the most effective way. We implement a rigorous programme of conformity that verifies suppliers on a wide range of compliance issues including health and safety, finance, quality and the environment.

I O S H

“Institution of Occupational Safety and Health”

Three members of our staff, Mr Scott Bonser, Mr Dean Mitchison and Mr Tristan Bonser have recently been awarded an IOSH certificate for Managing Safely.

Managing Safely is a course for managers and supervisors in any sector and any organisation. It’s designed to give managers all they need to know to help them handle health and safety in their teams. The flexible new high impact programme covers all the main health and safety issues, and includes a session tackling the environment too. The course lasts for 24 hours in total.

Introducing Managing Safely:

  • Assessing risks
  • Controlling risks
  • Understanding your responsibilities
  • Identifying hazards
  • Investigating accidents and incidents
  • Measuring performance
  • Protecting our environment


ConstructionLine

Constructionline is the UK’s register of pre-qualified local and national construction and construction-related contractors and consultants. Owned and endorsed by the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (formerly the DTI), Constructionline is a contributor to the Rethinking Construction initiative.

During September 2007 we met the pre-qualification requirements of ConstructionLine and our registration number is 63382.

CSCS Cards

We have also been awarded a C S C S Certificate of Commitment, Platinum Standard which confirms our achievement of at least 90% registration of our workforce under the Construction Skills Certificate Scheme, which is renewable by audit every three years. Any persons you wish to check our accreditation, our certificate number is CSCS01093. To ensure compliance we actively monitor the test and cards of all employees.

CRB/DBS Verification

It is our policy on client applicable contracts to ensure that all individuals working within our construction sites have had CRB/DBS checks, whether it is our domestic sub-contractors working for us, or our own employees. Therefore, all of our current employees have undertaken enhanced CRB/DBS checks, and any new employees we hire must have or obtain an enhanced CRB/DBS check before entering our construction sites and all sub-contracting firms we work with are required to only supply operatives with CRB/DBS checks when applicable to the site location.

If you require a list of our employees CRB/DBS disclosure numbers, feel free to contact us.

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Regard the promotion of health, safety, welfare and environmental protection as a mutual objective for the partnership and its employees at all levels. It is the partnership’s policy to do all that is reasonable to prevent personal injury and hazard to health by protecting persons including the public, from foreseeable work and environmental hazards in so far as they come into contact with the company or its activities. In particular the partnership undertakes to:

  • Provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, as is reasonably practical and comply with statutory health and safety requirements.
  • Adhere to appropriate local and national health and safety standards.
  • Provide training, instruction, information and supervision to enable employees to perform their work safely.
  • Comply with statutory environmental health legislation.
  • Assess the risks associated with substances used in the course of our business and advise on the health and safety precautions to be taken.
  • Provide, when and where necessary, safety devices and personal protective equipment and provide instruction on their use.
  • Complete regular inspections of the workplace and take appropriate action to safeguard against hazards and eliminate/minimise the risk of accidents.
  • Ensure independent audits are completed to verify the inspection process and subsequently that the company’s health and safety and environmental policies and procedures are being complied with.
  • Maintain a constant and continuing awareness and interest in health, safety and environmental matters.
  • Actively participate in developing occupational health, safety and environmental standards within the organisation and through involvement with external individuals/organisations.

The Environmental Protection Act 1990

To prevent the pollution from emissions to air, land or water from scheduled processes the concept of integrated pollution control has been introduced.

Authorisation to operate the relevant processes must be obtained from the enforcing authority, which, for the more heavily polluting industries, is HM Inspectorate of Pollution. Control of pollution to air from the less heavily Polluting processes is through the local authority.

Regulations also place a ‘duty of care’ on all those involved in the management Of waste, be it collecting, disposing or treating Controlled Waste which is subject to licensing.

In addition to extending the Clean Air Acts by including new measures to control nuisances, the Regulations introduce litter control; amend the Radioactive Sub- stances Act 1960; regulate genetically modified organisms; regulate the import and export of waste; regulate the supply, storage and use of polluting substances and allow the setting up of contaminated land registers by the local authority.

In 1991 the Water Act 1989 that controlled the pollution and supply of water was replaced by five separate Acts.

Our Environmental Policy Statement

  • It is the policy of the Partnership to conduct its operations in a manner that is environmentally responsible and befitting a good business neighbour and resident.
  • In accordance with this policy, the Partnership complies with all current environmental legislation and manages all phases of its business in a manner that minimises the impact and consequences of its operations on the environment.

To further this policy, the Partnership shall:

  • Comply with all applicable environmental legislation.
  • Eliminate, or reduce to the minimum practical level, the release of contaminants and pollutants into the environment and/or atmosphere, initially through pollution prevention procedures and/or systems (e.g. material substitution and source reduction), to recycling procedures and/or methods and finally through treatment and control technologies.
  • Effectively communicate with partnerships employees, sub-contractors, suppliers, regulators, and customers, as well as the surrounding community, regarding the environmental impact and consequences of the partnerships operations.
  • We will ensure that in the use of land, both reclaimed and greenfield, its developments are sympathetic to the environment paying close attention to the treatment and disposal of any hazardous or potentially toxic materials for the avoidance of environmental problems.
  • We will, wherever practicable, utilise building materials and products which originate from sources which can be shown to be sustainable and which are reusable or can be recycled and which it has established are environmentally sensitive.
  • We will confirm that all debris from our sites will be taken to approved licensed refuse sites.