Building companies have only days to ready themselves for a new ticklist aimed at ensuring safer construction sites.
Next month sees the launch of the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2016 checklist.
From February 1 it will apply to every business, supplier and site registered with the scheme. These three sections are being given a three-month grace period to get used to the latest checklist’s needs across all five areas, before any alterations impact upon their overall ratings.
Comments from associate members, scheme monitors, other contractors as well as clients help towards refreshing the checklist every year as organisers react to feedback.
This yearly review renders it challenging, contemporary and relevant for the best-performing sites as well as projects and groups of all sizes.
The aim is to improve year-on-year the sector’s image of being considerate constructors. Monitors will employ the revised checklist on and after February 1. This will be the case even in the event of a follow-up visit to one made using last year’s template.
Builders’ industry is ever-evolving
Scheme organisers say that builders‘ ever-evolving roles makes it vital that the checklist is renewed annually.
Chief executive of the scheme, Edward Hardy says this helps keep the checklist “challenging” and “accessible” across the industry.
The scheme does not come into total effect until May 1. From then any companies, suppliers and firms not addressing any new questions or prompts will have their score changed accordingly.
No section of the Code of Considerate Practice has seen more changes than the section called Value their Workforce.
Construction sites can ‘do more’
Scheme leaders believe that construction sites can do more to improve themselves.
This is why the new Checklist asks a three-pronged question – what is it doing to:
- better its image?
- better the industry’s overall image?
- retain and recruit suitable workers to help sustain the sector’s future?
Organisers also believe that the industry should ask itself what more it can offer employees, such as benefits, qualifications and financial advice.
Source: Considerate Constructors Scheme
Date Published: February 13, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown