“Having Safety is the Key as our partner has provided us with the peace of mind needed to run a business like ours. With a large workforce providing services on other peoples’ properties, on a daily basis, means that Health and Safety has become a major part of our contract management. Having the support and systems Shabbir has helped us introduce, gives our clients and staff a huge confidence with our company.”
Joe Parnis, Director, Aqua Blue Cleaning and Support Services Ltd.
and Safety – Top 12 Tips for Workplace H&S
Many businesses we visit say the same thing - health and safety tends to be the last thing on their mind as they are very busy actually running their core business!
But when an accident happens, the realisation dawns that, with a few
simple and sensible steps, the accident could probably have been avoided. Time and again we have witnessed the regret of the owner or senior management as the time, trouble and cost of an accident at work can be so out of proportion to the actual harm or damage itself.
Even a visit from the HSE or Local Authority inspector that does not lead to a court prosecution takes an awful lot of time, energy, effort and money to resolve!
We aim to make safety and sensible as simple as possible so why not download this checklist and spend 20 minutes giving your business a H&S health check? If could save a lot of pain later....
1. Take out Employers Liability Compulsory Insurance
- All but single self-employed people
2. Appoint a Competent Person
You must appoint someone competent to help you to meet your
health and safety duties, for example trained internal staff or an external
consultant. Safety is the Key are the Appointed Competent Person for a number of businesses so feel free to ask us for a quote.
3. Write a Health & Safety Policy
A health and safety policy sets out your general approach, objectives and the
arrangements you have put in place for managing health and safety in your
business. It MUST be written if you have 5 or more employees.
4. Provide basic Welfare facilities
Provide safe & healthy welfare such
as toilets, washing facilities, drinking water and a good environment i.e. lighting,
5 Provide health and safety training
Ensure employees are aware of the hazards and risks in the workplace and
are equipped to manage them. Ask us for free sample Safety Briefing Sheets.
6. Provide the Health and Safety at Work Law Poster
must provide the approved information in the form of a Poster or leaflet
displayed publicly in your workplace.
7. Log all accidents and report certain ones as well
Put ALL your accidents, incidents and
near-misses in your Accident Book. Some are also reportable under "RIDDOR". These include 'over 7 day' accidents and some broken bones - ask us for more details. (Don't report accidents to the Inspector under RIDDOR unless they really are reportable!)
8. Provide First Aid facilities
Carry out a first aid assessment and provide adequate and suitable first aid accordingly. First
aid may include first aid boxes, travel kits , trained first-aiders or
9. Carry out a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA)
ALL businesses with premises must carry out a FRA. It MUST be
written if you have 5 or more employees. Detail all of your fire safety equipment, training and procedures. Get an expert to do this if you are not confident / trained / able.
10. Assess the risks
manage the health and safety risks of your business. Look at how to prevent or reduce
Examples topics: Chemicals, Electrical, PPE, Manual
Handling, Lone Working, Work at Height, Slips/Trips/Falls, Driving, Computers,
Stress etc. We can help you write these assessments.
11. Carry out an Asbestos Survey and employee training
If you have business premises built before 2000, ensure you have a valid Asbestos Survey or Register. If your staff may be exposed to asbestos during their work (i.e. construction-related staff) you must train them in asbestos awareness EVERY YEAR.
12. Have your electrical systems and portable appliances checked (PAT)
Electrical faults kill many people every year. Have the building system checked and certificated every 5 years (or sooner if required) and all your portable electrical appliances checked regularly as appropriate (often every one, two or three years). Portable appliance testing (PAT) is just one method - any suitable checking regime can be used.
Contact us for a free and confidential consultation on any health and safety matter.