The Voice of Commercial Archaeology

Health and Safety

FAME sees leadership on matters of Health and Safety as a key part of its role.

FAME health and safety strategy

We are here to help our members improve their management of safety and minimise harm to their employees, by providing guidance on best practice and helping define common standards. We want our members to set the example in their approach to the identification, control and reduction of risk, and to show that the right attitude to health and safety brings many benefits, to organisations as well as individuals.

FAME will:

  • provide support and advice to its members, highlighting best practice
  • provide legislation, policy and guidance updates and information on the latest developments
  • collect industry data to allow members to benchmark their performance
  • advocate on behalf of the sector as new legislation, policy and guidance is developed
  • carry out initiatives and campaigns to address key issues and reduce accidents and work-related ill health

Health and Safety support and advice is available to members through our Business Support Service, provided by Qdos Consulting. Members can obtain up to date H and S guidance, advice, news about changes to legislation, and a comprehensive range of key H and S document examples. A ‘Health Check and Gap Analysis’ is also offered. Specific queries can be dealt with through a telephone helpline.

If members have questions about their responsibilities as employers, what policies they need to have in place, or how to deal with particular issues, then the FAME Business Support Service is there to provide the answers.

Please note that the new service replaces the FAME Health and Safety Manual, which while still accessible through the FAME Library, is now 6 years out of date. The Business Support Service provides a more up to date and flexible solution which will guide organisations toward the creation of bespoke policies and procedures specific to their own operational needs, including:

  • Ensuring compliance with legislation
  • Guidance on access to ‘competent persons’
  • Developing a health and safety policy
  • Developing risk assessments
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery

In addition to the Business Support Service, FAME provide regular news regarding H and S developments specifically relevant to the archaeology sector, as well updates on advocacy, initiatives and campaigns. FAME has a Health and Safety Committee, chaired by a Board member, which meets regularly to explore issues and set the organisation’s strategy.

Archaeology and CDM

HSE guidance now makes clear that stand alone archaeology projects are not subject to CDM regulations, and that where projects are part of construction, archaeologists can only act as sub-contractors to the Principal Contractor (archaeologists can NEVER assume the role of principal Contractor). Read the full statement.

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