Scoring

The 2013 Checklist contains five sections each containing a number of bold 'compliance' questions, and a number of non-bold 'beyond compliance' questions. Each section of the 2013 Checklist is scored out of 10 points, with a score of 5 indicating compliance. All questions highlighted in bold on the Checklist must be satisfactorily addressed in order for the site to achieve compliance in that section. Sites are not only assessed for compliance, but also to identify measures taken which are above and beyond these requirements, and addressing the non-bolded questions on the checklist may result in a higher score.

How to apply the scores

Monitors will use their discretion when assessing whether questions or prompts are relevant. Where they are not, they will not be considered when assessing performance or awarding a score. Monitors will decide whether a question has been adequately addressed taking into account the size, type and location of the site, as well as the context and value of the project. Credit will not be given for activities that are planned but have yet to be carried out.

The score awarded reflects the Monitor's opinion on how the site is performing based on what they see at the time of the visit and their discussion with the site manager.

Descriptor Explanation of score descriptor Score



Gross failure A letter highlighting the gross failure(s) will be sent with a request for a meeting to be arranged at the company's office to discuss the issue(s) detailed in the Monitor's report. A further site visit will be required so that the Monitor can establish that compliance has been achieved. Failure to address the issue(s) may result in the site's removal from the Scheme. 1



Failure A letter highlighting the failure(s) will be sent with a request for the site to address the issue(s) detailed in the Monitor's report. A further visit will then be required so that the Monitor can establish that compliance has been achieved. Failure to address the issue(s) may result in the site's removal from the Scheme. 2



Major non-compliance A letter highlighting the major non-compliance(s) will be sent with a request for the site to address the issue(s) detailed in the Monitor's report. Either a Monitor revisit will be arranged or evidence will be required to establish that the non-compliant issue(s) has been addressed. 3



Minor non-compliance A letter highlighting the minor non-compliance(s) will be sent with a request for the site to address the issue(s) detailed in the Monitor's report. 4

Any site which fails to adequately address all bold compliance questions in a section to the Monitor's satisfaction will be awarded a non-compliant score for that section, regardless of any other positive activities or initiatives undertaken relevant to that section. The non-compliant score is awarded depending on the nature and severity of the issues identified and taking into account the required course of action. Therefore, when awarding a section a non-compliant score, consideration will be given to the expected course of action though it is still the nature of the issue itself which will dictate the score.

Compliance... The site has satisfactorily addressed all bold items on the Monitors' Checklist which demonstrates that they are adhering to the minimum requirements of the Scheme's Code. 5

When a site addresses all bold compliance questions in the section but does not address any of the applicable non-bolded questions to the Monitor's satisfaction, that section will be deemed as compliant.

Good........... The site has satisfactorily addressed all bold items on the Monitors' Checklist and has also undertaken additional measures to address some of the non-bolded questions demonstrating that they are performing to a good standard beyond the minimum requirements of the Scheme's Code of Considerate Practice. 6

When a site demonstrates 'compliance' in a section by addressing all bold questions and also addresses some of the applicable non-bolded questions to the Monitor's satisfaction, the site can be considered to be good.

Very Good.......... The site is performing well above the minimum requirements of the Scheme's Code, and has undertaken a number of additional measures to address most of the non-bolded questions on the Checklist demonstrating that they are performing to a very good standard with a thorough commitment to the Scheme's Code. 7

Where a site demonstrates 'compliance' in a section by addressing all bold questions and also addresses most of the applicable non-bolded questions to the Monitor's satisfaction, the site can be considered to be very good.

Excellent..... The site has undertaken a significant number of additional measures to address all applicable non-bolded questions on the Checklist demonstrating that they are performing to an excellent standard and showing a real commitment to improving the image of construction. 8

When a site demonstrates 'compliance' in a section by addressing all bold questions and also addresses all applicable non-bolded questions to the Monitor's satisfaction, the site can be considered to be excellent.

Exceptional... The site is at the forefront of industry best practice demonstrating the very highest level of achievement far above the minimum standards required by the Scheme's Code and has addressed all questions on the Checklist to the highest standards. 9

When a site addresses all bold and all applicable non-bold questions in a section, and does so to the very highest standards, the site can be regarded as exceptional.

The differentiator between 8 points and 9 points is the standard to which the items are addressed.

Innovative.... The site, beyond being exceptional, has introduced innovative practices or thinking that goes far beyond the expectations of the Scheme and, as such, is considered to be advancing the standards by which the image of the industry is judged. 10

10 points can only be awarded in a section where the site has reached an 'exceptional' standard as defined above and has also implemented or undertaken something truly innovative, as witnessed by the Monitor. This score will only be awarded where an initiative or activity has been seen which demonstrates original thinking in line with the Scheme's Code of Considerate Practice.

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