Outsourcing Health and Safety: Benefits

Scaffold inspections benefits

Typically, construction projects involve using scaffolds, temporary structures that provide access for works at height. These scaffold structures must ensure a safe environment for the workforce engaged in the construction or reconstruction activities.

With so many regulations, requirements, and peculiarities regarding health and safety, it is worth outsourcing scaffolding supervision to an experienced contractor. This benefits your project on at least two counts:

  • Ensuring full compliance with Health and Safety legislation
  • Getting your costs down

Ensuring full compliance with Health and Safety legislation

When you order our commercial scaffolding services, you can rest assured all the works and the result are fully compliant with HSE requirements and NASC guidelines. In contrast, you can undertake a scaffolding project on your own. In this case, you will need professional scaffolding supervision as an outsourced project. For example, it must be compliance with at least the following standards:

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • The Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • The Work at Heights Regulations 2005
  • BS EN 16508, BS EN 12811-1, and BS EN 12810-1:2003 Standards
  • BS 5975 and BS 5974:2017 Standards
  • NASC Safety Guidance Note, SG4:00
  • NFDC scaffold safety Guidance
  • TG9:18 NASC’s Guidelines
  • TG20:13 Design Guide

Getting your costs down

In general, lowering company expenses is one of the key benefits of outsourcing as a whole. And this is also true in the case of outsourcing your health and safety responsibilities by hiring scaffolding supervision. The rationale lies in the following considerations:

  • You don’t have to onboard specialists proficient in H&S requirements, standards, and regulations in the industry. In other words, you don’t need to pay them wages all year round while having just one or a few scaffolding projects to supervise. On the contrary, when hiring supervision, you pay only for certain tasks.
  • You don’t have to incur training and licensing expenses associated with the relevant activities. Such expenses are inevitable if you decide to exploit an in-house scaffolding supervision option. First, because licensing validity has its timeframe. Second, because you need to keep the supervisor constantly updated with all changes in the industry and health and safety management practice.

To conclude, when outsourcing your scaffolding supervision activities, you get efficient health and safety management of your project and full compliance with work-at-height and scaffolding legislation at lower costs.

Scaffold inspections benefits

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