Health & Safety plays a major role in the design, planning and fit out of an office environment, including the use and maintenance thereafter.
Quite apart from the human cost, accidents can have serious repercussions for a business, with the implication of financial costs and the damage to reputation. even on small jobs it is essential to establish the competency of people carrying out the work.
From our establishment in 2003 we have been committed to dealing with Health & Safety ‘in house’ rather than using external agencies. We have a proactive approach to Health & Safety and our policy is to actively encourage and engage our clients, staff and subcontractors in Health & Safety awareness. This is for the whole life of a project from the initial design process, through the site works, to the subsequent occupation and use of the office. We consider this to be fundamental in protecting our clients, their staff, our site personnel and the public.
We take pride that all our designers and project managers hold the Nebosh Construction Certificate backed up with years of experience in the field. This in house competence is essential; It is crucial that the designer has the knowledge to identify the hazzards so that these can be designed out. We carry out design risk assessments on all projects large and small to reduce hazzardous activities on site as far as is reasonably practicable. The design risk assessments will also consider the occupation and maintenance of the office and welfare of the occupants for the duration of its lifetime.
Our designers and project team will work together throughout the project to ensure a 360 degree view of Health & Safety is taken at all stages. Only by close co-operation of this sort can all hazzards be identified and removed where possible. In addition all our Designers, Project Managers, Site managers and supervisors have all passed the CITB Site Managers Safety Training Scheme. We actively promote the Construction Skills Certification Scheme and all our staff have passed the CSCS H&S test and hold the relevant CSCS cards. Likewise all subcontractors are rigorously vetted and we only use skilled and competent tradesmen with the appropriate CSCS cards. Our in-house capabilities acorss our workforce include first aid training, PASMA card holders and all operatives carry out an asbestos awarenes course.
With the latest revision of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015, all projects now fall within scope. These regulations form the cornerstone of how Heath & Safety is managed during a project and place duties and legal obligations on the client making them ultimately responsible for health and safety during a project. One such duty is the requirement for a client to appoint a Principal Designer and a Principal Contractor. With our in house expertise we are able to fulfill both these roles making the management of health and safety more sreamline and a simpler process for our clients.
CDM Client responsibilities can be downloaded from the HSE website by following the following link
In addition the regulations require all projects to have a health & safety plan. Even for minor works or maintenance tasks such as replacing a door. All our projects are provided with a site specific health & safety plan, including site specific risk assessments and method statements, plus any other relevant information such as COSHH data sheets and permits to work etc.
Irrespective of size or scope, at ODAPS we ensure Health & Safety is at the forefront of all our projects.