The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) has launched a health and safety passport app for its members and their operatives.
The app fully digitalises the NFRC’s ‘Health & Safety Passport’, which was previously a printed booklet that operatives could carry with them on site. The app will allow operatives to access all the health and safety information they need from their smartphone.
As part of the launch, the passport’s content has been updated to include recent changes in legislation and guidance and new sections giving advice and information on mental health and covid-19. The app is future-proofed to allow NFRC to remotely update information as and when it is required, so operatives always have the latest information when they open the app.
As a member benefit, the app will only be available for NFRC Members and their operatives. Any roofing operatives who have not received their log-in details are encouraged to contact the NFRC helpdesk.
NFRC head of technical and training Bob Richardson said: “This app provides an important day-to-day reminder for operatives, even when there is no phone signal, on the safe working practices that must be considered an essential part of all site working. It contains a wealth of information, from working at height to fire safety to covid-safe guidelines, complimenting site-specific health and safety documentation.
“The covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of being agile and getting critical information and updates out to the industry quickly. Through this app, we will be able to update the health and safety passport in real-time, rather than reprinting and distributing thousands of booklets every time health and safety legislation changes. Contractors can therefore be assured that the information their operatives have is the most up-to-date.”
He concluded: “We hope that this is just the beginning and if the app proves popular, we will be able to expand the content to include other NFRC technical guidance and in time other areas of NFRC activity.”