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PQS Pre-Qualification-Scheme is pleased to announce it is accredited as a UKAS Inspection Body to ISO17020:2012. The accreditations follow the successful completion of an assessment against ISO 17020. SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) and UKAS have been working on a pilot assessment programme for SSIP Registered Members. Our clients can be assured of on-going independence...
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The PQS Pre-Qualification-Scheme is pleased to announce a special partnership with the National Association of Shopfitters (NAS)*. From 5th October 2020, NAS members will benefit from FREE SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement)** approval, delivered by PQS. The scheme is free for all shopfitting, fit out and interior contracting NAS members to access and is part...
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The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE) are leading the UK government response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You can get up-to-date information about Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support on GOV.UK.    The Health & Safety Executive has an increasing library of guidanace and resources including: cleaning and hygiene...
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PAS91 Pre-Qualification Assessments are now available from the PQS Pre-Qualification-Scheme. PAS91 is the publicly available specification for pre-qualification in construction related procurement. Comissioned by the Government, PAS91 streamlines the approval of the supply chain through standarised assessment criteria. PQS offers a selection of bundled prequalification packages based on the requirements of PAS91 pre-qualification specification. You...
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Individuals providing services through a PSC (Personal Service Company) will shortly be under greater scrutiny as a result of the IR35 Reforms. Proving that you run a legitimate business will be increasingly beneficial as the responsibility for determining a contractor’s IR35 status will transfer to the end-client.  Many independent workers fear that their clients, irrespective...
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Customers are increasingly requiring the supply chain to gain SSIP health & safety approval. Welcome to the PQS Pre-Qualification-Scheme™, a SSIP Registered Scheme providing independent audit and assessment services to buyers and suppliers across all sectors. We offer the simplest, fastest, and lowest priced means of achieving Health & Safety Approval with an SSIP Registered...
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Online trader Andrew Weeks was caught following an investigation by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards, which discovered that Mr Weeks was making construction industry skill cards at his printing firm (Nuneaton Print) and selling them via his website. Weeks was charged under Section 9 of the Fraud Act 2006 for the production and sale of...
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Asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts are commonly found on construction sites but are well known to be slow killers. The HSE estimates that annually there are around 8,000 work-related cancer deaths every year in the UK and the construction industry accounts for around 3,500 of these, with asbestos and silica the major causes. The...
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The Construction Leadership Council has set out its recommendations for procurement reform, including a new form of contract. The report provides recommendations on how government, clients and the construction industry can develop a new approach to procurement. It has been produced by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC)’s business models and supply chains workstream. To get...
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Latest statistics from the Health & Safety Executive show that there were 38 fatal injuries to construction workers recorded in the year to 31st March 2018, accounting for the largest share of any industry. This was in line with recent trends: over the past five years the average number of construction fatalities has been 39....
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