Double H&S accreditation

May 20, 2016

 By Lee Bradbury – Health, Safety and Environmental Manager

safe contractorIn 1837 a certain Mr Emanuel Whittaker set up a joinery business in Oldham.  In the same year, it was established for the first time that an employer owed, in common law, a duty of care to his employee, which you could argue was the beginning of the introduction of a workplace health and safety movement.  Although it was not until 1974 that the we saw the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act

Now while health and safety can sometimes be the butt of press jibes, we should not forget that health and safety legislation has saved literally hundreds of lives – but that doesn’t mean job done – especially not in the construction industry. According to figures from the HSE in 2014/15 there were 65,000 self-reported non-fatal work place injuries or 3.1% of workers injured in the UK construction industry, compared with only 2% of workers across all industries. Sadly, there were 35 workers fatally injured which is 3.5 times the average rate across all industries.

This means that despite huge inroads into worker heath and safety, working in construction can be a dangerous place which is why here at Emanuel Whittaker we have a rigorous health and safety policy in place.  In 2002, we achieved CHAS Accreditation (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) which is the benchmark measure for public organisations to comply with their duty to assess competence, under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.
While CHAS is largely associated with those of us working for clients in the public and social housing sectors, the Safecontractor accreditation offers a similar assessment of standards but is more widely recognized by clients within other industry sectors.

One of our housing clients prefers to work with companies that are Safecontractor accredited and always happy to oblige our clients where we can, we decided to apply for this second accreditation to run alongside CHAS.

I am delighted to announce that after a successful vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and our track record for safe practice, Emanuel Whittaker has now been approved by Safecontractor which makes us doubly covered in terms of our health and safety practices.
Emanuel Whittaker – SafeContractor Certificate (2016-17)

Emanuel Whittaker and Salix Homes to collaborate on Green Deal Pilot

Jan 18, 2012

Following good foresight to embrace challenges of Green Deal, Emanuel Whittaker will be working in conjunction with Salix Homes on a number of eco retrofit projects within Salford to pilot PAS 2030. Lessons from the learning and sharing trial will be captured through a joint Emanuel Whittaker/Salix project blog from February 2012.

Matt Roberts at Salix commented “This pilot is an excellent opportunity to work with our partners to ensure they are committed to providing a skilled and energy aware workforce, which will help us deliver against energy efficiency targets now and in the future. It will also provide valuable lessons in advance of the Green Deal going live, giving added reassurances of both quality and service.

Clive Newton at Emanuel Whittaker “Green Deal is an excellent fit for Emanuel Whittaker, enabling us to bring our vast experience of quality and traditional skills into a modern green building environment alongside our valued clients and supply chain Green Deal is a continuation of our commitment and progress to becoming a truly green builder, following naturally from achieving ISO 14001 last year and our Construction Carbon initiative to monitor and reduce carbons using the ConstructCO2 tool”.

Green Deal is the Governments flagship initiative to address energy performance of buildings in the UK. It will deliver a potentially huge volume of eco refit work to homes and business premises commencing in 2012. PAS 2030 is the stringent standard to which all Green Deal installers will be required to become accredited to by autumn 2012 to be part of the Green Deal and other eco retrofit projects.

Emanuel Whittaker initiated a robust Green Deal preparation and delivery strategy early in 2011 with preparation activities across the whole of the business, that includes awareness training for all staff, tool box talks for sites, a review of quality and environmental system to meet the necessary PAS 2030 accreditation early in the new year, in addition to reviewing and addressing the energy performance of their premises.