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Health and Safety is a part of everyday business life. Its not rocket science but can eat up time, money and energy. Talking to us will make compliance easier, less time consuming and less costly.
Whether you are the MD or CEO of a corporation, the MD of a small company, an office manager or a member of staff who has been asked to perform any Health and Safety task you have legal responsibilities.
In the UK any business with five or more employees is legally required to have:
- Competent person to assist with H&S compliance
- A documented health and safety policy
- A risk assessment document that covers all significant workplace hazards
- Access to professional health and safety advice
- A health and safety manual that details the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all health and safety arrangements in the workplace
- Sufficient training for all members of staff
Failure to have these things in place can result in serious repercussions. We are here to make sure compliance is simple and painless...
"Every employer shall appoint one or more competent persons to assist him in undertaking the measures he needs to take to comply with the requirements imposed upon him/her under UK health and safety legislation”
Regulation 7 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
If a company employs five or more members of staff, health and safety policies are a legal requirement.
“Health and safety policies must be frequently reviewed and assessed, and all employees must be fully informed of any changes that have been made at any time.”
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
The health and safety executive describe risk and hazard as follows:
“A hazard is something in your business that could cause harm to people, such as chemicals, electricity and working at height. A risk is the chance – however large or small – that a hazard could cause harm.”
Depending on the size and the type of business you have the legal Health and safety requirements you must comply with will vary. For many businesses they are relatively nominal and easy to manage – for some they can be complex and confusing.
Auditing is a key part of health and safety management and entails a regular review of policy, organisation, planning and implementing and monitoring. Additionally the inspection of the physical working environment and provision of a detailed written report with prioritised recommendations.
Health and safety training is vital in ensuring everyone in the workplace has the competence and confidence to work safely. Legally training is required, at the start of work or employment, when taking on new duties, or if there has been a change in procedures. Training should also be refreshed and repeated at appropriate intervals to ensure the maintenance of skills.