Health and Safety Consultants – 7 Tips for Success

Health and Safety Consultants Derby

Most small businesses will only have very light health and safety requirements. As health and safety consultants, we’ll be happy to discuss those on the phone with you, and provide a complimentary audit and phone assistance along with our outsourced HR support. 

For manufacturing companies and those with more serious health and safety risks, we have software and expertise to log and reduce the number and severity of health and safety incidents, and we can tie this in with our HR software to provide training. 

By combining HR and Health and Safety, we can ensure that every member of staff has completed clear and helpful online training before their first day, and keep this training log on your behalf. This will reduce your liability in the event of a claim or accident. 

Every company must...

What you must provide

  • Have a policy for managing health and safety. This must be written down if you have five or more employees. This policy could be written by the firm or by external health and safety consultants. 
  • Share this policy, and any changes to it, with your employees. 
  • Appoint a “competent person” to manage health and safety. 
  • Display the health and safety law poster, or at least provide this to all staff. 
  • Consult its employees on health and safety. For a small company, this could be directly. For a larger company, it may be more appropriate to communicate via a union representative or a specific health and safety champion. 
  • Provide training on health and safety to employees. Special attention must be paid to those with particular training needs, like new employees, those with disabilities, or younger employees. 

First aid kits

Every business must have a suitably stocked first aid kit. As a guide, this should contain:

  • a leaflet with general guidance on first aid (for example, HSE’s leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work
  • individually wrapped sterile plasters of assorted sizes
  • sterile eye pads
  • individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile
  • safety pins
  • large and medium-sized sterile, individually wrapped, unmedicated wound dressings
  • disposable gloves

Workers must have access to:

  • toilets and hand basins, with soap and towels or a hand-dryer
  • drinking water
  • a place to store clothing (and somewhere to change if special clothing is worn for work)
  • somewhere to rest and eat meals

Your work environment must have:

  • good ventilation – a supply of fresh, clean air drawn from outside or a ventilation system
  • a reasonable working temperature so it’s comfortable to work (usually at least 16°C, or 13°C for strenuous work, unless other laws require lower temperatures)
  • lighting suitable for the work being carried out
  • enough room space and suitable workstations and seating
  • a clean workplace with appropriate waste containers

You must also:

  • maintain your premises and work equipment
  • keep floors and traffic routes free of obstructions
  • have windows that can be opened and cleaned safely
  • make sure that any transparent (e.g. glass) doors or walls are protected or made of safety materials

Competent Person

A firm of health and safety consultants can act as your “competent person” as required under The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. 

Your competent person(s) must be capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions and have authorisation to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them. 

Whether this is appropriate will depend on the nature and needs of your business. 

 

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