competence assessment initiative for mechanical and electrical contractors launched

The British Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) and the Heating and
Ventilating Contractors' Association (HVCA), with the involvement of Health and
Safety Executive (HSE), have developed a set of 12 core criteria to help member
contractors meet health and safety competences required at 'pre-qualification
stage' and allow clients to establish evidence of contractors' basic health and
safety credentials.

These core criteria state clearly what contractors should be doing to meet
clients' basic health and safety requirements. As such, they provide clients
and contractors with a clear picture of what ‘good' looks like.

The core criteria are not yet another health and safety pre-qualification
scheme. They should, however, help to resolve the confusion and administrative
burdens associated with an array of existing pre-qualification schemes.

The core criteria described include:

  • H&S policy and organisation
  • Arrangements for ensuring H&S measures
  • Competent advice - company and construction/sector related
  • Training and Information
  • Individual qualifications and experience
  • Monitoring, audit and review
  • Workforce involvement
  • Accident reporting and enforcement action; follow up investigation
  • Sub-contracting/consulting procedures (if applicable)
  • Risk assessment (leading to a safe method of work if need be)
  • Co-operating with others and coordinating work with other contractors
  • Welfare provision

Further info

AplusA-online.de - Source: Health & Safety Executive