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Below are a number of posts containing useful tips and insights from the Directors of Auxil Limited, acknowledged industry experts and trusted advisors in the fields of Health & Safety and Human Resources, which will hopefully trigger some thoughts or ideas. 
 
Why not join the conversation? We would love to hear your views… 
SMAS is short for Safety Management Advisory Services. They are a Health & Safety assessment organisation that offers a nationally recognised Health & Safety accreditation used to demonstrate your business' Health and Safety standards.  
They are a co-founding member of the Safety Schemes in Procurement or better known as SSIP. 
Here at Auxil Limited we have just successfully renewed SMAS for another year, 
SMAS is a recognised SSIP Accreditation which helps us keep up to date with our policies and procedures. Without this accreditation we would not be able to, in good knowledge, give the pristine and established services we are proud to provide. 
All of the assessments are undertaken in-house which enable SMAS to offer a consistent standard across all assessments, the minimum standards SMAS assess against are set out in the SSIP Core Criteria. 
 
Milestones are great, especially for businesses. It means you’ve achieved a goal and something’s going right. 
This month we are celebrating a very special milestone as we are turning 5 years old, and we wanted to mark this occasion with a blogpost dedicated to how we have grown from a small idea to the thriving local business we are today. 
 
The thing with starting your own business is that you literally don’t know what you don’t know. It’s easy to head off, all gung-ho, into the entrepreneurial world but sticking at it through good times and the tough times takes strength and determination about your business’s potential success. Its hours of hard work! 
From a one-man band to a team of dedicated consultants, Auxil Ltd has come leaps and bounds from where we began. But we couldn’t have got to where we are today without you, our customers. 
CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) was created by experienced Health & Safety professionals in 1997 to improve the Health & Safety standards in the UK. 
CHAS was created to achieve; simple Health & Safety contractor assessments, by standardising requirements, to allow companies to avoid undergoing Health & Safety assessments for every job. 
CHAS undergoes an annual audit to achieve and maintain the HSE’s SSIP Standard. 
 
What Is CHAS Accreditation? 
The most basic CHAS Accreditation is completed with a main Health & Safety assessment, complete with four additional SELF-CERTIFIED question sets.Health & Safety – Assessment; The assessment is carried out by one of their qualified assessors, so you can be assured that any assessment is being carried out by an assessor with the appropriate knowledge base. 
Now that we are in a New Year, many will now be looking on refreshing themselves. 
So why not refresh the way you run your business? 
Here are a few tips on how to refresh your business for 2019: 
Start with The Issues 
In order to change the way you are running your business, you need to identify the problems within your current business plan. There are many practical ways in which businesses can impose a fresh, strategic perspective. For example, we could imagine how a set of specific economic, social, and business trends will affect your business, as well as ways to capture the opportunities which may arise in 2019, only after this analysis and discussion can we then settle into the more typical planning exercise of financial forecasting and identifying strategic initiatives. 
The festive season is finally here, and many sites are closing to celebrate Christmas through to the new year. But before you leave to enjoy the festivities and a well-earned break, there are a few things you need to get into order. 
Even when your site is inactive, you still hold a duty of care, in order to keep the general public safe. 
This checklist will help you minimise any risks posed during the break by ensuring your site is as secure as possible, during your time away: 
Check your fencing 
You need to define your site boundaries, with the use of suitable fencing; this should reflect the nature of the site and the surrounding areas. Take a quick walk round your site to ensure that fencing is secure and undamaged. Children (and thieves) will often enter construction sites during quiet periods, and the best way to keep them safe from injury is to keep them out. 
 
What is SMAS? 
SMAS is short for Safety Management Advisory Services. 
They are a Health & Safety assessment organisation that offers a nationally recognised Health & Safety accreditation used to demonstrate your business' Health and Safety standards. They are a co-founding member of the Safety Schemes in Procurement or better known as SSIP. 
 
All of the assessments are undertaken in-house which enable SMAS to offer a consistent standard across all assessments, the minimum standards SMAS assess against are set out in the SSIP Core Criteria.. 
Now is the time for companies to get ready to survey their employees to not only gain their place on the Times Top 100 companies list, but to also understand what their employees think about their working lives. 
 
We can all agree that highly engaged and motivated people are the most productive and successful. 
 
So why do some company owners believe that understanding what their employees think is important and others don’t? 
 
There are obviously lots of reasons, ranging from 'we just don’t care', to 'we would if we had the time and the money'.  
 
Some companies, on the other hand, have an employee survey but choose not to do anything with the results, the survey is simply a tick box exercise. 
Contractor pays £566,670 for line strike with no injury 
 
A construction contractor has been fined £566,670 after a tipper truck driven by one of its employees struck overhead power lines. The vehicle sustained minor damage and the driver was unhurt. 
 
The driver was employed by Mick George, a company that supplies earth moving, demolition, skip hire and waste management services to the construction industry.  
 
On 9 March 2016 he was emptying a load of soil from the tipper at a construction site in Northampton.  
 
He drove forward with the dump bed still raised and touched – or almost touched – the 33kV overhead power lines. 
The World Health Organisation has been saying for a long time that companies that protect and promote their employee’s health are the most successful and competitive and have a better rate of employee retention.  
 
With that in mind, here are some easy ideas to help you change your workplace to make it healthier and more productive... 
I know that workplace health and safety practices have improved greatly in recent years but there is still much to do, especially when making risk assessments. 
 
Firstly, let me tell you what risk assessments are not: they are not a mass of paperwork.  
 
A risk assessment involves identifying possible situations that may arise in the workplace that could cause harm to people. Once identified, a formal documented procedure should be put in place. 
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