Health Safety

With many years of construction experience, this has shown us what a high risk or hazardous industry it can be. This is why we ensure maximum effort is put into developing and maintaining our approach to site Health & Safety.

SMD recognizes the importance of the health and safety of other people who may be affected by our works, as well as our own employees. On each project we liaise closely with our clients to ensure that everybody is working to provide the highest possible standards of Health & Safety throughout the works. SMD take Health & Safety issues very seriously, and as a result, invest a significant amount of time and effort developing our working methods to ensure all work is carried out in line with our current policies, and ensure all of our people do too.

  • All of SMD's site managers and on site operatives have achieved CSCS accreditation, including safety awareness training.
  • FASET approved and trained safety net riggers.
  • We make it easy for our staff to understand their Health & Safety obligations by investing in ongoing training as well as issuing all members of staff with our own Health & Safety information booklet.
  • We retain a full time Health & Safety Consultant who monitors our practices and delivers bespoke training as required.
  • We are constantly reviewing our working practices and identifying ways to eliminate risk.

As result of all of this. SMD maintains an excellent safe, record.

SMD Guide to Health and Safety on Site

In the absence of authoritative heath & safety guidance within the steel decking sector we have developed our own Guide to Health & Safety on Site. This provides trade specific advice and establishes Company best practice for decking and stud welding operatives.

Download Health and Safety on site guide

Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

The UK Contractors Group Training initiative is firmly linked to the Governments Health & Safety Initiative and moves towards a fully qualified workforce. The CSCS card scheme identifies the trained and the qualified members of the workforce.

All SKID site staff have attained the required CSCS accreditation.

The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS)

CHAS provide assessment criteria that can be used to confirm health & safety competence for construction contractors. The scheme assesses a company's health and safety policy statement, organization for health and safety, and, specific health and safety arrangements. Selecting a company who has demonstrated compliance with these standards helps a client make sure that they comply with health and safety law.

Hilti UK

Only low velocity, indirect acting cartridge tools are permitted on SMD sites. All deck fixers' are trained directly by HiIli UK, the market leaders in direct fastening systems.

BCSA Health & Safety Committee

As part of our committment to Health & Safety and through our association membership of the BCSA, we have an active representative who attends all Health & Safety Committee meetings. This group discussion up to date safety related best practice and disseminates relevant guidance across the industry.

MCRMA Contractor's Group

SMD are active members of both the Manufacturers and Contractors divisions of the MCRMA Floor/Deck Group. Through our participation we have strived to improve the understanding of specific Health & Safety issues related to composite metal decking to both clients and main contractors. This process has resulted in a series of best practice sheets relating to:

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HSE Manual Handling Working Group

SMD in association with HSE and Bovis Lend Lease (amongst others) have recently concluded a two year study into the effects of Manual Handling within the decking industry. The findings and recommendations of this group can be found in the following 'Standard Industry Guidance' documents: