1. Does your company have a written health and safety policy which has been renewed in the last 12 months?A documented health and safety policy is a legal requirement if you employ five or more people. If you have fewer than five employees you do not have to write anything down, though it is considered useful to do so if, for example, something changes

    2. Do you carry out risk assessments for the activities you undertake at work?Regulation 3, of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, requires, among other things, that all employers assess the risks to the health and safety of their employees while they are at work

    3. Do you have any method statements written for the work activities you undertake?A method statement is a description of how the work will be carried out safely. ... Method statements are also known as safe systems of work, safe work method statements or SWMS for short. It describes in a logical sequence exactly how a job is to be carried out in a safe manner and without risks to health.

    4. Has your business made arrangements to record and report any work-related incidents, accidents and near misses?RIDDOR is the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. These Regulations require employers, the self-employed and those in control of premises to report specified workplace incidents.

    5. Do you provide suitable health and safety training and information for new starters related to the role which you are asking them to undertake?The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employers to provide free of charge training, instruction and supervision necessary for all its employees. Those who have control over premises have to consider the safety of anyone who comes on the premises, including contractors and customers

    6. Do you obtain competent health and safety advice related to your work activities?As an employer, you must use someone competent to help you meet your health and safety duties. It’s not essential for them to have formal qualifications and they’re not required by law to have formal training, although it can help. But whoever you choose should have the skills, knowledge and experience to manage health and safety.

    7. Do you undertake COSHH assessment for any potentially hazardous substances that you as a company utilise? COSHH stands for 'Control of Substances Hazardous to Health'. COSHH is a set of regulations put in place to protect workers from ill health when working with specific substances and materials. Breach of COSHH regulations by an employer or employee is a crime, punishable by an unlimited fine.

    8. Have you undertaken a suitable fire risk assessment for all premises that you conduct work from?From 1st October 2006 The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires the Responsible Person (RP) of any non domestic premises to carry out a fire risk assessment, including measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of fire, and identify persons at risk. Where there are 5 or more employees, a record must be kept of significant findings and a definition of a Responsible Person is contained in the above Order.

    9. Have you made suitable arrangements for First Aid provision for your organisation?The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.

    10. Does your company have a SSIP?Small construction businesses face many requests for prequalification questionnaires, often asking similar questions. This creates a burden of paperwork for small construction businesses. HSE supports the work of SSIP's to simplify prequalification and to encourage straightforward mutual recognition between its Member Schemes.

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