Best Practice

LOCATION: Company-wide ARTICLE YEAR 2008
ACTIVITY: Competence Assurance COMPANY: Brett
SUB ACTIVITY: N/A COMPANY LOCATION: Group Head Office, Kent
BEST PRACTICE No: BP484 COMPANY TEL: 01227 829000
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom
TITLE
Brett contractor cards
ARTICLE
Contractors at Brett sites have been involved in a number of measures to make sure they are working to an acceptable standard, including permits to work, analysis of risk assessments, method statements and inductions. It was possible though, with numerous people giving inductions across several operations, that contractors would be receiving several inductions. Also, the standard of induction could vary from person to person and from site to site so contractors would receive different inductions conveying a similar message. This had a potential effect of causing them to lose interest and miss important information with the potential for dangerous repercussions.

It was decided to standardise the induction across all operations. A list of 20 points related to the majority of sites was drafted and these points were condensed onto a small folded card that could be issued to all contractors to remind them of site standards.

The contractors sign for the receipt of the card so that a record of issue is maintained. The card also includes a ‘three strikes’ policy whereby if a contractor commits three minor infringements they are banned from Brett sites. Providing a contractor’s card is in date, they will only have to be taken through site-specific hazards when they go onto a different Brett site.
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