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20 August 2021

Member benefit in focus: Business Shield

YOUR ASSOCIATION | PPC104 AUGUST 2021

Did you know you have a free health and safety and employment law service at your fingertips? It’s called BPCA BusinessShield and is just one of the many value-added benefits available to all BPCA members.

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We understand that busy management teams don’t always have the time to keep up-to-date with changes in workplace legislation and health and safety policies, which is why we partnered with Stallard Kane to provide BPCA BusinessShield.

Established for a number of years, BPCA BusinessShield has proved to be an invaluable resource for many members.

A mine of information

As part of your BPCA membership, you have access to various templates and documentation that are all available for free via the BPCA BusinessShield portal as well as the added benefit of unlimited telephone advice for both health and safety and HR/employment law support.

BPCA BusinessShield is an unrivalled, comprehensive online service providing you with a one-stop-shop for your business information needs.

Over the years the system has evolved and now allows for BPCA members to set up additional users at no extra cost, meaning that multi-level contacts can access the support 24/7, allowing for quick and efficient consultancy.

With legislation changing on a regular basis, monthly e-newsletters and regular news updates in the members’ area provide key information for members, along with the document upload notifications for all those registered on the system, meaning that you are kept in the loop whenever key changes occur.

As has happened over the years, BPCA BusinessShield has continued to evolve, and with that, so too has the support that it provides. Therefore, as new risks are identified and assessments carried out, these become freely available to all those registered.

While there is an extensive library available online, from time-to-time it can be difficult to find just what is required and so members are able to contact the team via the helpline to request help with any specific issues.

Unlimited telephone support

The BPCA BusinessShield helpline (0345 076 6491) provides unlimited telephone support for health and safety and HR/employment law, with no restrictions on the number of calls made, nor indeed the length of each call.

Recently calls to the BPCA helpline have covered the following:

  • Furlough
  • COVID PPE
  • Redundancy
  • Disciplinary due to inappropriate social media posts
  • RIDDOR reporting query
  • Accident investigation guidance
  • COSHH assessments
  • Contracts of employment
  • Induction process
  • Working at height
  • Lone working
  • General legislation query
  • Short service employee termination of employment.

One of the many benefits of the BPCA BusinessShield helpline is that we do not operate a call centre set up. Instead, the calls are answered by our team of consultants, ensuring that the guidance provided is bespoke and not on a ‘general’ basis, giving you peace of mind.

To access a similar service most businesses will be paying upwards of £500 each year and therefore BPCA BusinessShield is a real ‘value add’ that will provide even greater value the more that it is utilised.

Barry Nicol, Stallard Kane

To access a similar service most businesses will be paying upwards of £500 each year and therefore BPCA BusinessShield is a real ‘value add’ that will provide even greater value the more that it is utilised.

One complimentary benefit that is available to members is a free gap analysis audit on your existing health and safety and/or HR arrangements. Carried out in-person or remotely, this 90 minute session allows Stallard Kane to identify any possible shortcomings which will then be highlighted on a report with recommended actions.

These benefits are designed to help BPCA member companies thrive as businesses – make sure you use them.

Need more support?

In addition to complimentary benefits, there is also the option to receive more ‘hands-on’ support in relation to HR and health and safety matters, from site audits to risk assessments, contracts of employment to disciplinary meetings.

This is a paid for service called BPCA BusinessShield Plus, which is bespoke to each client, meaning that you will receive a proposition that reflects your needs, at a monthly fee that continues to provide value. Some of the elements included are:

  • Annual audit with subsequent report and actions
  • Annual HR audit
  • Compliant policies and procedures including GDPR
  • Contracts of employment
  • Fee For Intervention (FFI) cover
  • Health and safety
  • HR and employment law
  • Implementation visit in the first year
  • Legal funding agreement
  • Review and update of current health and safety documentation
  • Staff handbooks, including regular updates
  • Updated health and safety documents, policy, staff safety handbooks etc which can be stored electronically.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?

If you would like to set up extra users to access the BPCA Business Shield service, do not know your log-in details, or wish to discuss a potential gap analysis or the Plus service, please feel free to contact Barry Nicol at Stallard Kane.

barry@skaltd.co.uk

Source: PPC104

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