Skanska FS Receive Contractor Best Practice Recognition

By IANPEMBERTON | Published: 11/02/2012

Skanska Facilities Services have been recognised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) as having made a significant contribution to setting best practice in the field of contractor health and safety management. RoSPA said: “It is vital for contractors to be managed effectively by companies, and it can be a challenge for SMEs to manage them in their own right. Large firms need to lead the way in this field, and Skanska FS has been a shining example.”

This best practice has been achieved by working closely with Human Focus to implement the contractor management service called Competent Contractor. Over the last 4 years this has involved:

  • An enhanced contractor assessment process that extends to checking the competency of each individual worker. More than 1,100 contractor companies have undertaken this new assessment which has involved analysing the training records of more than 10,000 workers. Training gaps were identified and improvement action plans have been agreed. These contractors are now being supported in ongoing improvement work
  • Providing RoSPA-accredited training to contractors via a web-based e-Learning system. The Core Criteria e-Learning Kit (formerly the Growing Business Kit) was made available for a small fee to workers identified as having gaps in their health and safety training. The video-based training covers a wide range of contractor tasks such as working at height, hot works and confined space entry. These bite-sized online training programmes mean that employees receive training in the areas where it is most required, in the most cost-effective manner
  • The introduction of smart card training passports which are used to log each worker in and out of more than 60 sites around the UK. The cards, which are embedded with an electronically-readable chip, are not issued until the worker has undertaken the relevant training. Cards are linked to an online program holding training records for each worker.

Simon Shaw, Skanska-Facilities health & safety manager said “we are delighted to receive this RoSPA best practice recognition. This initiative is a key aspect of our contractor management system and is helping us to assess the competency of each contractor employee as well as providing our contractors with practical support”. We also hope that it will help industry best practice in this area move forward