An effective commercial health and safety structure is key to building employee awareness, eradicating complacency and improving overall compliance with health and safety. As part of designing and implementing a corporate health and safety management system for your company, JMG Solutions Ltd will review your current health and safety procedures, performance, compliance and awareness throughout the workforce. We will provide you with a full report and recommendations for ongoing improvement and to address your company’s training needs.
JMG Solutions Ltd is a leading provider of health and safety statements in Ireland today. JMG Solutions Ltd has extensive experience in nearly all sectors, so whether you work in the farming sector, the industrial sector, the services sector or any other sector you can be assured of a top quality service from JMG Solutions Ltd.
Safety Statements are essentially a snapshot or photograph of your current safety management system. Would you put up on view a bad picture of your business? Obviously you would not – you want the picture to be both an accurate picture and a good picture. JMG Solutions Ltd guarantees you a top quality, “personalised”, legally compliant Safety Statement.
Your Legal Requirements
Under Section 20 of Ireland`s Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, employers are required to prepare a written Safety Statement for their company. This statement is effectively a company`s documented Health and Safety Management programme for ensuring the safety, health and welfare of all its employees while at work.
MG Solutions Ltd Safety Statement Services
We provide a personal service that involves one of our consultants visiting your premises to review your location, operations, equipment, etc. The site visit ensures that our consultant accounts for all the potential hazards and risks that your employees may be exposed to during the course of their duties and that all appropriate risk assessments are developed. We then prepare a company specific, fully compliant, comprehensive Safety Statement to meet your requirements.
Every other aspect of your business will have procedures in place to measure performance against strategic objectives, in other words where you are in comparison to where you want to be. Managing health and safety is no different.
Whether you have commercial or industrial premises and operate single or multinational sites, JMG Solutions Ltd have experienced and qualified auditors who can carry out an independent audit on all or part of your health and safety management system. Even if you have your own Health and Safety Team an independent view is always valuable.
After the audit is completed you will receive an easy to understand, yet detailed report highlighting our observations and recommended actions which could be implemented to continuously improve on your health and safety performance.
JMG Solutions Ltd has extensive experience of carrying out audits of many different systems and locations, etc. These include, but are not limited to:
Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001)
Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001)
Construction Projects (PSDP duties / PSCS duties)
Company Work Locations
A detailed Construction Audit may include a review of the following documents and systems (non-exhaustive):
Preliminary Health and Safety Plan(s)
Construction Health and Safety Plan(s)
Systems of work
Existing site safety audits
Tool box talks
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 requires employers “to manage and conduct work activities in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, safety, health and welfare of his or her employees”. The Construction Industry is one of the high risk sectors in Ireland that result in significant numbers of injuries and fatalities. The Safety, Health and Welfare (Construction) Regulations 2013 place new demands on Clients, Designers, Employers and Contractors. Conducting Health and Safety Audits is a proactive health and safety management tool to ensure the management of health and safety at work and legal compliance.
Safety Management Systems- OHSAS 18001
JMG Solutions Ltd have considerable experience in the development and implementation of health and safety management system’s including framework objectives around which good performance can be established and maintained with support in the development of a safety culture.
JMG Solutions Ltd shall work with you to develop a non-bureaucratic system that is based on your needs that your staffs buy into and evolves and grows with your organisation. Any other document will generate a document that just gathers dust, stagnates and becomes an unnecessary, unworkable burden.
JMG Solutions Ltd is a leading provider of OHSAS 18001 and Safety Management Systems in the Irish and UK workplace. We work with many clients to gain OHSAS 18001 for them. During this preparation phase we use the 18002 document as guidance for our clients. Our services include the initial Gap Analysis and improvement plan, risk assessment standardisation, assisting you in preparation for the pre-audits and certification audits, internal auditor training, maintenance of the certification once it is in place and anything else you need to get and maintain the certification.
JMG Solutions Ltd has extensive experience of implementing effective safety management systems within all industrial and commercial sectors. Our clients vary greatly in size, complexity and risk profile.
We use a scaled approach to your safety management needs – the approach for the small organisation and the large organisation must be proportionate and based on reasonable standards and available company resources at all times.
JMG Solutions Ltd always use practical solutions for each individual client, so we ensure that key stakeholders are involved, from managers and supervisors to operators and safety representatives as appropriate
We have particular experience of implementing the BS OHSAS 18001:2007 standard. We have several consultants who are trained to IRCA approved training standards.
Effective accident investigation is a key measure in improving your company safety and/or risk management system. The investigation takes two reactive steps:
The accurate identification of the root cause and contributory factors of any accident is key to the whole process. It is very easy to go wrong at this stage of the investigation, and this error can be fatal. JMG Solutions Ltd experts will guide you through this process in an independent non-judgemental way.
The identification of practical and effective control measures that will prevent a recurrence of the event in the future. These measures will, if correct, effectively prevent future loss to your organisation whether it is human loss (fatalities or injuries) or financial loss (damage to equipment or raw material or product, etc.). The correct implementation of practical corrective measures will ensure the company makes great savings in the future in terms of human and financial costs.
JMG Solution’s Ltd has been involved in both civil and criminal cases. If JMG Solutions Ltd is appointed to investigate your accident or incident we will apply our tried and tested methodology ensuring that you will learn valuable lessons for the investigation thereby preventing a recurrence of similar events and saving your organisation from avoidable costs in the future.
JMG Solutions Ltd have in the past worked with the HSA, Insurance companies and others in providing third party independent accident investigation where a serious accident or incident has occurred. Our accident investigation team will provide you with a comprehensive report of our findings following our investigation.
Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, employers have a general duty to report prescribed accidents and dangerous occurrences to the Health and Safety Authority. Accident and Incident investigation is a reactive management tool to ensure that once an accident or incident has occurred that lessons are learnt, the underlying causes both technical and organisational are identified and corrective action is taken to prevent recurrence.
Completion of IR1 and IR3 prescribed forms for the Health and Safety Authority
Representing companies following serious accidents or incidents in dealing with the Health and Safety Authority
Court attendance in civil claims (employer and employee)
Court attendance in criminal prosecutions
Health & Safety legislation requires employers to carry out a “suitable and sufficient” assessment of the risks potentially faced by their employees whilst a work, plus risks to other persons not in their employment but affected by their undertaking. Using a proven, structured process, JMG Solutions Ltd are well placed and experienced in identifying key operational and perceived high risk activities to ensure immediate exposures are adequately identified and controlled. Our practitioners will work as part of your team to assess your operation and associated hazards, providing the required level of control in minimising the risks without imposing unnecessary restrictions on the operation.
Section 19 of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 requires every employer to identify hazards in the workplace, assess the risk from these hazards and have a written risk assessment of the risks as they apply to persons exposed to them in the workplace. Workplace risk assessments, combined with the organisation’s safety statement, are absolute minimum requirements for legislative compliance for any company in Ireland today.
Under current legislation the maximum fine for a Health and Safety related offence is €3000 on summary conviction and up to €3,000,000 or 2 years imprisonment on indictment. It is now widely recognised that effective workplace health and safety management actually contributes to business success, whereas accidents and ill health have costs, often hidden and underestimated.
Behavioural Based Safety
JMG Solutions Ltd specialists have extensive experience in Behavioural Based Safety programmes having worked in the area for many years. We provide practical support, training and solutions to our clients.
Why Use A Behaviour Based Safety Programme or System?
Behaviour Based Safety (BBS) systems came about to reduce accidents and their resultant costs. The costs can be human costs (in the form of death or injury) or financial costs (in the form of damage to equipment, raw material, product, etc.).
Accident causation studies (including ones by Du Pont, Heinrich and Kletz) highlight the fact that up to 96% of all accidents and incidents are caused by human error, with only 4% due to unsafe work conditions. So, Behaviour Based Safety focuses on worker behaviour and human factors rather than limiting itself to the traditional approach of engineering safeguards. The aim is to change behaviour and foster a positive, open safety culture. This in turn leads not only to reduced injuries and illness but also to improved morale, quality, performance and productivity.
Many HSE thinkers / managers believe that engaging, simplified, interesting and persuasive risk communications that ‘speaks’ to the audience is the best way to stimulate people’s engagement in HSE. They truly believe speaking at people is going to get employees involved in HSE. This points to a widespread and fundamental misunderstanding of what engagement actually means.
Employee Engagement (EE) is about people being fully involved in and enthusiastic about their work, and who act in a way that furthers their own, their colleagues and the company’s interests (a triple win-win). EE is measurable and can be correlated with performance. For example, studies have shown that where EE was high, employees were [a] five times less likely to experience a safety incident, and seven times less likely to have a lost-time safety incident, and [b] experience 62 per cent less overall safety incidents compared to companies with non-engaged employees. This evidence shows companies need to  wean employees off of a full dependence on management for safety, and  recognise that safety is a social activity where everyone has to work together as a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More!). Moving from a traditional ‘command and control’ model of safety to an ‘all-inclusive’ one is challenging, and requires a consistency of purpose, focus, and execution from all concerned, but is best achieved by creating a genuine safety partnership between managers and employees.
PSCS & PSDP
JMG Solutions Ltd is a leading provider of Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) and Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) services in Ireland today.
JMG Solutions Ltd provides two main services under the 2013 Construction Regulations
(1) Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) Services
JMG Solutions Ltd provide top quality Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) services. Our construction consultants provide practical safety design inputs and solutions at the earliest stage in the design process – this early safety design intervention minimises costs to the client.
JMG Solutions Ltd provide effective safety expertise to assist designers, architects, project managers, etc. in fulfilling the PSDP and Health & Safety Co-Ordinator roles.
(2) Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) Services
JMG Solutions Ltd provide top quality Safety Consultants and Safety Officers for Construction Projects nationally and internationally. These carefully selected consultants and safety officers ensure practical compliance with the Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) requirements.
JMG Solutions Ltd has a reputation for practicality during the construction phase and to ensure the schedule is not affected while at the same time not impacting safety. The key to our approach is good planning. We use simple tools such as field Risk Assessments and standardised Method Statements.
Applicable Irish Legislation
Under the Safety, Health and Welfare (Construction) Regulations 2013 new duties and responsibilities have been placed on PSDP in order to improve the health and safety in the construction industry by engaging all the participants in a project from conception to completion. The duties of the PSDP are to:
Identify hazards arising from the design or from the technical, organisational, planning or time related aspects of the project
Where possible, eliminate the hazards or reduce the risk
Communicate necessary control measures, design assumptions or remaining risks to the PSCS so they can be dealt with in the Construction Safety and Health Plan
Ensure that the work of designers is co-ordinated to ensure safety
Organise co-operation between designers
Prepare a written safety and health plan for any project where construction will take more than 500 person days or 30 working days or there is a particular risk and deliver it to the client prior to tender
Prepare a safety file for the completed structure and give it to the client
Notify the Authority and client of non-compliance with any written directions issued
The PSDP may issue directions to designers or contractors or other
Other Specific CMSE Consultancy Services As Required Under the Irish Construction Regulations
Meeting with and advising the client on the client`s duties and responsibilities under the Safety, Health and Welfare Act 2005
Attending Design Team meetings and liaising with Design Team leader, as required, to fulfil the duties of PSDP under the Regulations recording health and safety issues, and ensuring that particular hazards and risks are addressed in an appropriate manner
Preparation of a brief overall Design Safety Review to be issued to the Client summarising the risk assessments of all the designers (and the actions arising there from)
Preparation of a Preliminary Health and Safety Plan for the construction of the project
Assisting the client in assessing the competency and sufficiency of resources of Contractors to act both as Project Supervisor (Construction) Stage and as Contractors if requested
Attending site and site meetings during the construction phase, as requested, fulfilling the duties of PSDP under the Regulations
Preparation of a Safety File and issuing the PSDP Safety File to the Client
JMG Solutions Ltd has been implementing safety management systems into organisations for many years now. Examples include;
Safe T Cert
Safe-T-Cert is a third party accredited health and safety scheme developed jointly by the Construction Employers Federation in Belfast and the Construction Industry Federation in Dublin.
It was developed from the OHAS 18001 documentation but enhanced specifically for the construction industry. It is based on ‘best practice’ requirements for international and national bodies.
Safe-T-Cert is recognised under the ‘Buildsafe’ initiative in Northern Ireland and the ‘Construction Safety Partnership’ in the Republic of Ireland. Safe-T-Cert is also a member of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SIP).
Applying for Registration?
Contact our office and we will complete the process with you.
Your application will be processed and a letter confirming Registration will be issued along with information on the criteria for audit.
You will then as a registered company be required to apply for audit within nine months of registration. Before applying for audit you should ensure that your health and safety management systems are ready to be audited and can demonstrate at least three months evidence of operation.
On receipt of the Application Form for Audit, the Scheme will appoint an auditor from its IOSH approved auditor panel to conduct the audit. The appointed auditor will contact the applicant company directly to arrange a date for audit. Continued Safe-T-Cert certification is subject to annual verification audit. At an annual verification audit, you must demonstrate that your health and safety has improved and that all targets set at the previous audit have been implemented.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need Safe-T-Cert?
If you tender directly for public sector work, you are required to be accredited with a 3rd party Health and Safety Management System. Safe-T-Cert is one of the systems recognised by Government construction clients.
The Safe T Cert is an accreditation which may be awarded to a Company based on the quality of their Safety Management system.
It is awarded by the C.E.F.
It is recognised in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
If you are looking to implement an accredited management system to ensure that you are legislatively compliant and give you a competitive edge whilst pre-qualifying and tendering for work then call our office where we can assist you in the design and implementation of a safety management system which will be accredited to the Safe T Cert standard.
Why do I need it?
With prequalification and tendering more competitive than ever Clients are introducing more stringent criteria in terms of an applicant’s health and safety performance. One of the criteria currently sought, particularly in the Public sector is a Management system accredited by an external body. One such standard to which you can have your safety management system accredited to is the Safe T Cert standard.
Constructionline is a Public-Private Partnership between Capita and the Department for Business Innovation & Skills.
Some Principal Contractors and clients use the Constructionline database to search for registered contractors.
We can assist you with the completion of the online Health & Safety section of the application.
Contractors Health and Safety Scheme
CHAS or the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme is one of the founding members of the SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) and CHAS is recognised by a wide variety of clients and other organisations including the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) as being an approved Stage 1 Health and Safety Competence Assessment Scheme.
The purpose of the CHAS scheme is to simplify the contractor assessment and prequalification process by adopting a common standard in accordance with the requirements competence assessment requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. This allows clients to have an assurance that all CHAS Accredited Contractors have been assessed to a minimum common Health and Safety Standard. For many organisations, CHAS membership is now a prerequisite which is required before a contractor is allowed on to a tender list. Hence as well as health and safety, CHAS now has significant commercial importance as without CHAS Accreditation, companies can be excluded from tender lists all together.
At JMG Solutions Ltd we specialise in helping small and medium sized companies through the CHAS Registration and assessment process to help them achieved CHAS Compliance or CHAS Accredited status which allows them to use the CHAS logo's.
So if you have any queries, regarding CHAS or the CHAS Assessment process, call JMG Solutions Ltd today, for friendly professional help and assistance in getting you through the CHAS Assessment process.
CHAS Accreditation; CHAS Applications; CHAS Registration; CHAS Renewals; CHAS SSIP Applications and CHAS Failures/Referrals.
Call us on +44 79 41569456 or +353 85 1256895 to discuss how we help you and provide assistance with the completion of your CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) SSIP Accreditation Application plus ongoing support for your company included as part of the package.