New approach to Safe-T-Cert during Covid-19

The Construction Employers Federation's new Safe-T-Cert approach helps to ensure business continuity...

Jonathan Caughey, Manager of the CEF Safe- T-Cert Health and Safety Scheme.

In response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Safe-T-Cert, CEF’s health and safety management system, made the decision in mid-March to temporarily move to remote auditing.

This approach, taken in conjunction with Construction Procurement Delivery (CPD) and Government Construction Clients, ensures Safe-T-Cert certification will remain accepted for tendering purposes throughout these exceptional circumstances. This course of action takes into consideration advice from the Government and Public Health Agency around social distancing and working from home where possible.

It also guarantees a level of business continuity whilst taking into account the health and safety of Safe-T-Cert staff, auditors and the companies being audited. If a company is due to be audited, their appointed auditor will be in contact in the usual way to confirm the date and outline the revised process. A variety of different methods will then be employed for certification, with the emphasis on flexibility to assist companies of all sizes to work with the auditor and provide the information required.

Safe-T-Cert Manager, Jonathan Caughey commented: “We have been really pleased with the response to remote auditing. In the main, companies have embraced this new way of working and continue to benefit from Safe-T-Cert certification during these challenging times.

“The Safe-T-Cert business continuity plan is operational and the team remain available to answer any questions companies may have. The situation is being constantly monitored and remote auditing will remain in place until it is safe to return to face to face audits.”

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