Construction Health and Safety consultants
covering London, Kent, Essex
and the South East
At Owen Construction Consultancy, we are entirely client focused and pride ourselves on the individual approach we take. Client retention is an absolute priority within our organisation. We are proud we have long-standing repeat business with clients across a wide range of industries. Our construction health and safety consultants are all very experienced – each has been working in the construction industry for more than 30 years. We are not a hands-off business; we believe our effective communication and fast response times to our instructions are what sets us apart. If you require construction health and safety services, clerk of work services, or a Party Wall surveyor you have found the right people to help you. Please call 01689 820105 to get in touch.
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Health and safety for builders and architects
- Bespoke health and safety policy & environmental policy.
- Company health and safety documents.
- Full CDM services.
Clerk of works
- Site visits, including written audit report.
- Progress reports.
- Identification of defects.
- Serve notice on adjoining owners.
- Prepare schedule of condition.
- Serve an award on adjoining owner.
What is a construction health and safety consultant?
A construction health and safety consultant’s primary role is to promote a positive health and safety culture within their client’s workplace. They are employed to assist organisations to reduce health and safety risks in the workplace, as well as to provide best practice consultancy that will manage these internal processes more efficiently.
Who can our health and safety consultants help?
We work both for the client side of construction and for project delivery organisations. Our clients include:
- Housing associations.
- Architectural practices.
- Structural engineers.
- Quantity surveyors.
- SME builders and tradespeople.
- House builders and developers.
Why do I need a construction health and safety consultant?
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR) apply to everyone at work, regardless of what that work is. They require employers to plan, control, organise, monitor, and review their work.
As an employer, you must appoint a competent person or people to help you meet your health and safety legal duties. A construction health and safety adviser is able to provide this guidance and support. Construction safety legislation is always being updated as the industry looks at how old legislation can be improved. Fully understanding the legislation requires ongoing training and expertise in construction health and safety.
How will I benefit from using a construction health and safety consultant?
- Improved quality of workmanship.
- Access to tender for larger and more prestigious work.
- Reduced costs.
- Reduced risks and fewer accidents.
- Lower employee absence and turnover rates.
- Lessened threat of legal action.
- Improved standing among suppliers and partners.
Should I employ an external health and safety consultant?
Organisations have an option to employ their own health and safety manager or outsource the role to a construction consultancy. In many cases outsourcing is a much more cost-effective way of managing the role. When you use the services of a construction consultancy you only pay for the time where the construction consultant carries out the work for your organisation. Our consultancy in construction developed from our company originally carrying out our own construction projects. This first-hand industry knowledge made the transition from builder to construction consultancy seamless and allows us to advise our clients with an understanding of the practicalities involved.
What are the risks of not employing a consultant?
Not using the services of a construction health and safety adviser can lead to your organisation being non-compliant with statutory law. This, in turn, can lead to fines against the organisation and increased insurance premiums.
How can health and safety consultants assist with compliance?
We ensure our clients have the necessary policies and arrangements to manage health and safety within their organisation. This makes sure they are compliant with the regulations set out by the Health and Safety Work Act (HSWA) 1974, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and the Construction Design Management Regulations 2015.
Who is responsible for health and safety on site?
The Construction Design Management Regulations 2015 identify a number of duty holders: client, Principal Designer, Principal Contractor, designers, and contractors. We assist the client in ensuring that the construction project is set up so that it is carried out from start to finish in a way that adequately controls risks to the health and safety of those involved. We can be appointed to the role of project CDM consultant.
The client can also appoint us to the role of Principal Designer. The Principal Designer manages health and safety in the pre-construction phase of a project. The role extends to the construction phase through the Principal Designer’s duties to liaise with the Principal Contractor and complete ongoing design work.
Under CDM Regulation 13, the Principal Contractor must plan, manage, and monitor the construction phase and coordinate matters relating to health and safety during this phase to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable, construction work is carried out without risks to health or safety.
What can a construction health and safety adviser do?
We carry out a wide range of tasks for our clients, helping them to meet all their health and safety responsibilities and to minimise risk to those working on site. Some of the key areas that we assist with include:
Safe Systems of Work (SSOW)
Our construction health and safety consultants plan works by writing Safe Systems of Work (SSoW). These are formal procedures based on a systematic examination of the work in order to identify the hazards. They define safe methods of working which eliminate those hazards or minimise the risks associated with them. Put simply, a safe system of work is a defined method of doing a job in a safe way. By outsourcing this work to our construction health and safety advisers you will ensure the written (SSoW) has been prepared by a qualified competent person. Health and safety legislation require employers to create systems of work that, as far as is ‘reasonably practicable’, allow employees to work in an environment that does not create unnecessary risks to their health.
Site safety audits
Our construction health and safety advisers can carry out site visits, monitoring the site and provide written site safety audits. The audit will be circulated to all member of the project team and any shortfalls in health and safety can be addressed. These audits should be carried out by a qualified competent person. The safety audit provides reassurance to duty holders that their construction sites are being managed safely.
How can we assist project management organisations?
- Plan, manage, monitor, and coordinate health and safety in the pre-construction phase.
- Help and advise the client in bringing together pre-construction information. Providing this information to the project team.
- Work with any other designers on the project to eliminate foreseeable health and safety risks to anyone affected by the work and, where that is not possible, take steps to reduce or control those risks.
- Ensure that everyone involved in the pre-construction phase communicates and cooperates, coordinating their work wherever required.
- Liaise with the principal contractor, keeping them informed of any risks that need to be controlled during the construction phase.
- Carry out site health and safety audits on behalf of the client.
How can we assist project delivery organisations?
- Written company health and safety policies.
- Written construction phase plans.
- Construction logistics plans & construction management
- The provision of on-site health and safety documentation.
- The provision of office health and safety documentation.
- The preparation of risk and method statements.
- The preparation of COSHH assessments (The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002).
- Construction site safety audits.
- Construction site safety folders, including pre-construction information, construction phase plan, company site safety forms, and company risk register.
- Accident and near-miss investigations.
- Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) consultancy, including templates and policies to enable successful applications.