What We Offer
Principal Designer (CDM 2015)
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 came into force on 6 April 2015. They place enhanced duties on commercial and domestic clients. Their main duties include making suitable arrangements for managing a construction, refurbishment or demolition project and ensuring that a Principal Contractor and Principal Designer are appointed.
P A Safety Management Limited has the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and organisational capability to fulfil the role of Principal Designer as set out in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. We have been accredited by the Association of Project Safety (APS) as a Corporate Member. We have demonstrated by assessment complying with ISO 9001:2008 our competence in terms of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 as a Principal Designer Practice.
Health and Safety
We know health and safety is a broad area. P A Safety Management Limited specialises in health and safety management in the built environment so our services will always be delivered by experts in the field.
Health, Safety and Welfare Policy
Employers with five or more employees require a health and safety policy in accordance with section 2(3) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. We specialise in delivering health, safety and welfare policies to contractors that are specifically tailored to their business. Our policies are sensible, non-generic and appropriate to company size. We can also review and update existing policies instead of re-inventing the wheel. Our aim is not only to produce a compliant policy but also provide a living document that contractors will find easy to use when it comes to managing health and safety in their company.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require all employers and the self-employed to assess the risks to workers and any others who may be affected by their work or business. The risks must be documented and reviewed periodically or when there has been significant change to the premises.
Construction sites are one of the most dangerous workplaces and risk assessments are not only a compliance issue, they are common sense. Our risk assessments are thorough and complete but they are also user-friendly and jargon-free.
Do you own or manage property, be it commercial or residential? We specialise in property risk assessments of a building’s common parts and communal areas, which are classified by the HSE as non-domestic premises. These common areas are considered a form of workplace under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, which means landlords/freeholders and managing agents have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of cleaning and maintenance staff, as well as those visiting the premises. All our property risk assessments include a clear action plan and are comprehensive but easy to understand.
Safety inspections are less formal than audits and are often carried out more frequently. We can visit construction sites to observe and report on the state of the site from a health and safety point of view. The purpose of the inspections is to ascertain if the general principles and spirit of the CDM Regulations and other health and safety legislation are being implemented. Our reports include observations, hazard identification and corrective actions and are of benefit to the management of health and safety on site.
A client can appoint a CDM Adviser to advise on their duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The CDM Adviser provides assurances to the client that other dutyholders (Designer, Principal Designer and Principal Contractor) are complying with CDM 2015.
The key aim of CDM is to integrate health and safety into the management of the project and to encourage everyone involved to work together. The spirit and intent of CDM is effective planning, management and monitoring as well as the reduction of paperwork throughout a project, from design concept onwards. Health and safety is an essential part of the project’s development. It's not a bolt-on or an afterthought.
Fire risk assessments are mandatory for all non-domestic premises in England and Wales under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which came into force in October 2006. Non-domestic premises include businesses, charities or voluntary organisations, self-employed people with premises separate from their homes and a building’s common parts and communal areas (residential or commercial). The law also directly affects contractors with a degree of control over any premises.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires a 'responsible person' to take steps to reduce or remove the risk of fire and arrange for a fire risk assessment to be carried out. 'Responsible persons' include employers, those who have control of premises for the purpose of business, or owners of unoccupied buildings.
A fire risk assessment identifies all factors which could cause harm as a result of a fire, considers the likelihood of harm and its consequences, and enables the 'responsible person' to plan, implement and monitor preventive and protective measures to ensure that the risks are controlled.
Fire risk assessments must be kept under review to ensure they remain appropriate and effective as fire risks can change in any building. They must be carried out by a 'competent person', explained in The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 as a person who has sufficient training and experience or knowledge to be able to properly meet the requirements of a fire risk assessment.
P A Safety Management Limited's fire safety experts can act as 'competent persons' and assist you in fulfilling your legal duties effectively and responsibly. We do not compile generic, tick sheet, computer-generated fire risk assessments but we won't blind you unnecessarily with fire science either.
We choose to focus on the management aspect of fire safety and not on selling equipment that a properly prepared fire risk assessment may well reveal to be unnecessary. So you won’t find us selling fire extinguishers! Whilst these may indeed be needed in some cases (we are happy to make recommendations), our efforts are better prioritised to providing clients with practical, site-specific and informative solutions to their fire safety needs.