Safer by Partnership
To help achieve Vision Zero site management and employees need to be involved with and care for the health and safety of their Contractors as well as themselves. MPA health and safety statistics show contractors to be at disproportionate risk of injury. This needs to change!
Safer by Partnership is MPA’s initiative that focuses on contractor safety.This package of measures aims at improving contractors’ and members’ mutual understanding, needs and communications and thus contributes directly towards the goal of Zero Harm. It is comprised of the following elements:
MPA Contractors Charter
The charter summarises the commitment that MPA members have made to improving contactor safety. It clarifies the safety procedures both they and contractors will apply when working on site. CHARTER
The safety and competence of contractors, including drivers, has long been a priority of the MPA members, as reflected in the MPA Charter. MPA strongly recommends that all contractors obtain and retain valid Mineral Products Qualifications Council/ SPA contractor passports and that members request sight of these passports as part of site induction. Specifically, it is a requirement that all drivers delivering on behalf of members must hold an MP Connect Drivers’ Card or equivalent. MP Connect is a new state of the art card system that enables drivers to carry a fully functioning record of their working achievements and other important information and data in the form of wallet sized card. Supported by the MPA Board and Council, it represents a significant step forward in managing the safety of contract drivers, and is strongly recommended to members.
MPQC-SPA Contractors Safety Passport
The main aims of the passport course are to increase contractor awareness of health and safety issues at work and to encourage safe behaviour during day to day work activities in the extractives and related industries. It is also a requirement for entry to an increasing number of industry sites. VIEW MPQC-SPA
MPQC Competence Roadmap
MPA Safer by Competence’ sets out routes to meeting National Occupational Standards relevant to job functions, with a range of targets applicable to all in operational employment. For the great majority of MPA members, NVQ/QCF/SCQF vocational qualifications routes provide the logical solutions and these represent the preferred approach. To help individuals, employers and advisers, the Mineral Products Qualifications Council has produced a detailed Competence Map. VIEW COMPETENCE MAP
MPA, QNJAC & HSE Guidance
A wide range of industry guidance is available on key operational issues. The guidance can be viewed via this website by clicking on the Hot Topics section of this site. The QNJAC guidance is of particular relevance to both operators and contractors. Toolbox talks, examples of Best Practice and a wide range of safety videos can also be viewed by clicking on the relevant sections of this website.