In preparing for a pre-qualification wep:HSE take the training, and pre-qualification process to you, in your Country and your language, therefore saving you money on having to fly your employees to the UK, paying needlessly for Hotels which all comes out of your bottom line! We also organise translators for any specific training in UK if your employees do not speak English, which no other consultancy offers and we also undertake CSCS tests in ‘all’ foreign languages.
Contact wep:HSE if you are an International Organisation and required to work in the UK Construction Industry and looking for a health & safety consultant to cut through the red tape!
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Many major construction company’s (MCC) require a contractor to undertake a ‘pre-qualification’ before allowing work to start on site. A pre-qualification is an assessment of a company’s ability to undertake the work and assesses the organisation to ensure it has the appropriate resources, structure and competence to carry out the work. Some MCC undertake their own in-house assessments and have their own set of questions, Mace Group, Ferrovial, Interior ISG, Tubelines are some to name a few.
Others outsource this process to organisations such as SafeContractor, CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme), Work Safe, Exon and others. However, all are based upon the requirements of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 Appendix 4 (CDM).
The Core criteria for demonstration of competence for Companies, contractors, CDM co-ordinators and designers.
"You need to meet the standards set out in the core criteria table on pages 110-113 of the CDM Regulations.
Column 1 of the table lists the elements which should be assessed when establishing whether or not a company is competent for the work which it will be expected to do.
Column 2 lists the standards against which the assessment should be made.
Column 3 gives some examples of how a company might demonstrate that it meets these standards.
Companies do not have to produce all of the evidence listed in Column 3 to satisfy the standard - they simply need to produce enough evidence to show that they meet the standard in Column 2, taking account of the nature of the project and the risks which the work entails. This requires you to make a judgement as to whether the evidence provided meets the standard to be achieved. If your judgement is reasonable, and clearly based on the evidence you have asked for and been provided with, you will not be criticised if the company you appoint subsequently proves not to be competent when carrying out the work. Remember that assessments should focus on the needs of the particular job and should be proportionate to the risks arising from the work. Unnecessary bureaucracy associated with competency assessment obscures the real issues and diverts effort away from them.
If you employ less than five persons you do not have to write down your policy, organisation or arrangements under criteria 1 and 2. However, you do need to demonstrate that your policy and arrangements are adequate in relation to the type of work you do. Assessments of competence will be made easier if your procedures are clear and accessible. ~Contractor~, ~Designer~ and ~CDM co-ordinator~ relate to your function, not to the type of organisation."
The guidance above refers to evidence, which would include a health & safety policy, certificates of training, CSCS tests etc.