health, safety & environmental
“As part of managing the health and safety of your business you must control the risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm.”
You would want to stay on top of health & safety, and not just because you are legally required to do so.
Reduce your risks, costs, keep up-to date, compliant and most importantly of all, safe, by taking advantage of resources, advice, guidance and if necessary, training, from our experienced and qualified health & safety professionals and peers
building & construction
manufacturing & engineering
chemicals and hazardous materials
retail & distribution
catering, hospitality & leisure
transport & travel
The “six pack” of regulations on Health and Safety at Work were introduced back in 1992. Most of the requirements of these Regulations were not new, they simply spelled out in more detail what a responsible employer should already have been doing to comply with the requirements of the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act. When you realise how long it takes you to simply read and then understand the requirements of these regulations, your time and money might be better spent bringing in another member to advise and check your requirements and compliance for you! [Read our six pack summary]
The first step in tackling your health and safety responsibilities is having a health check or compliance audit to show you where you can improve and where your potential liabilities lie. Without a thorough health and safety audit, as a business you may be just hoping that you have all your bases covered, but hope is not a good policy and with the financial implications of getting it wrong you just cant afford the risk. Penalties for each health and safety violation can be as high as £20k per violation
As an employer you are legally responsible for ensuring health and safety risks are minimised through understanding those risks and taking avoiding action. Health and safety risks should be assessed at least annually, or more often in certain high risk situations.
Don’t wait until you get that unannounced visit from the HSE. Be prepared, arrange a health and safety audit ASAP, so you know your risks and have your legal obligations covered – your shareholders and stakeholders will thank you.
information, advice & guidance
A common misunderstanding is that you have to be quite a large company to have a health and safety policy in place – but in fact this is not the case. H&S law applies to employees; the self-employed; work experience; apprentices; volunteers; mobile workers and home workers all need a safety policy. Legally if you have 5 employees or more you have to write it all down. Below 5 employees? Well best practice dictates you should be doing this anyway.
Under UK law, all organisations with 5 or more staff are required to carry out written health and safety risk assessments covering all significant hazards. Best practice dictates you should really do this no matter how few employees you have.
All non-domestic premises are required by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (2005) to carry out fire risk assessments. Failure to comply with this regulation can result in severe penalties.
Manual handling is a broad category of work-related injury. Handling injuries include: injuries due to lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling loads; strains; sprains; trapped fingers and cuts from sharp objects.
Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people’s health at risk, so the law requires employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health. Employers have to protect both employees and others who may be exposed by complying with the COSHH.
What do you do when there is an accident?
Take any action required to deal with the immediate risks
Assess the level of investigation needed
Investigate – find out what happened and why
Take steps to prevent similar happening again
Investigate near miss and incidents
member to member support
It may be more time and financially effective to, rather than approach health & safety on a DIY basis, bring in a subject matter expert to help you;
- deliver simple, helpful advice and guidance
- help you create and maintain a healthy, safe and productive workplace
- maintain legislative compliance
Occupationally competent and qualified members can work with you within your time and financial budget to help you educate the workforce to embed a positive health and safety culture into the day to operating of your business by developing processes and providing a better understanding of health and safety and the need to take it seriously.
training & inductions
As our health & safety members are also British Safety Council members, they can provide a health and safety training for the employers, and induction for all your employees both current & new starters. This is provided as an e-learning package & employees will be monitored on their progress until completion.
handbooks, policies & procedures
These are all in the resources area.