Technology is taking a Huddersfield-based consultancy to the next level.
Bradley-based SM&MS – standing for Safety Management and Monitoring Services – is helping employers, property owners and property agents carry out regular site audits using a new time-saving app which allows the user to build and complete an audit form electronically using hand-held devices rather than by the traditional paper-based method.
It allows those responsible for safeguarding against hazards and defects on site the means to create a bespoke audit form providing a clear audit trail of what has been done and when as well as providing a clear record of actions required, the ability to report on trends and issues and levels of compliance.
Richard Edwards, director of client services at SM & MS, said the audit module had already been used by clients including Deloitte and Lambert Smith Hampton, Fletcher King, St Modwen, ES Group, Capitol Properties and Roger Hannah as a cost-effective way of carrying out risk assessments
He said SM & MS was now promoting the system – which has been developed by the firm’s in-house IT team – to major retailers as an equally cost-effective way of auditing their many stores.
The new app complements the company’s PropertyPlus online health and safety compliance product used by some of the UK’s largest property companies to help manage compliance reports and actions on multi-site portfolios.
The system allows the user to interrogate and proactively manage the actions that arise from health and safety, fire safety and legionella risk assessments.
SM&MS also operates ContractorPlus, a web-based system to enable clients to select the right contractor – and allow contractors to prove their commitment to high standards.
And the firm provides an employment law and health and safety support package for small businesses facing compliance requirements – allowing bosses to focus more of their time on their core business activities.
Clients using the Simple system include Huddersfield firms Crowther & Shaw, PMW Quarries Ltd and Coretech Electrical Services as well as Barnsley FC and Sheffield-based Advanced Access Scaffolding.
SM&MS has also landed a string of contracts, including a two-year deal with property giant GVA. Other new corporate clients include Metrus Property Advisers, Assura Property Management, ES Group, Bidwells and Malcolm Hollis.
SM&MS has 100 staff UK-wide, including almost 50 at its Bradley Business Park headquarters,