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January 23, 2013

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Training and competence – Worksafe

Recruitment company Barker Ross has launched Worksafe, a new health and safety package for the construction, housing, property and civil-engineering sectors.

Described as a health and safety support programme that tests workers’ basic competency levels in health and safety, Worksafe also covers candidate checks, drugs and alcohol procedures, and accident reporting. It further includes details on employer’s liability, public and product liability, professional indemnity insurance, plus support on how to manage the claims process.

Worksafe can be tailored for individual employers to include induction and codes of conduct for employees, drug and alcohol testing, accident call-out procedures, operational training, and certification for workers.

Antony Rowe, managing director, said: “We’ve launched Worksafe as we have spent a lot of time really trying to understand the market and what it needs from recruitment companies. This is our way of making sure new employees are as well prepared in health and safety as possible.”

A key part of Worksafe is the health and safety competence testing platform, which has been developed with Risk Safety Consultants.

Andy Stones, director at the consultancy, commented: “The platform contains a 30-question test, which every temporary worker has to pass in order to be considered ready to work. The modules within the test include general responsibilities, accident prevention and reporting, personal protective equipment (PPE), safety signs and signals, and some sector-specific questions, covering all the main health and safety topics that Barker Ross would expect workers to be familiar with.”

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