Workplace Health & Safety
Workplaces can present their own hazards and risks, such as work related upper limb disorders (WRULDs), sick building syndrome and work related stress. With health and safety law affecting all areas of working practices, measures should be taken to ensure your company complies with current legislation.
Our safety audits can provide essential information to help your business to raise its safety standards and to ensure that you are protecting your employees by working in compliance with current legislation.
Examples of our safety audits include:
- Policy and procedures
- COSHH / Asbestos
- Accident Reporting
- Electrical / Gas / Water
- Noise at Work
- Contractor Control
- Manual Handling
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Safety Training / Information
- Computer Operator Safety
- Management Monitoring
- Slips, Trips and Falls
- Structure / Ventilation / Light
- Work Equipment
- First Aid
- Disability Access
- Pest Control
Display Screen (DSE)
The regulations apply where staff habitually use VDUs as a significant part of their normal work. Other people, who use VDUs only occasionally, are not covered by the requirements in the Regulations (apart from the workstation requirements).
However, their employers still have general duties to protect them under other health and safety at work legislation. You are able to carry out these assessments yourself using the guidelines published by the HSE. However, if you would prefer, we can carry out these assessment on your behalf.
Engineering and Woodworking
The following highlight some of the hazards and risks that are typical of most engineering and woodworking shops. They are by no means exhaustive and will vary depending on your own particular business:
- Woodworking Machines
- Hazardous Substances
- Painting and Spraying
- Stacking and Handling of Timber and Board
- Wood Dust
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats or houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
The law applies to you if you are:
- Responsible for business premises
- An employer or self-employed with business premises
- Responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes
- A charity or voluntary organisations
- A contractor with a degree of control over any premises
- If your total personnel is five or less and they are all office-based,
- it is likely that you may be able to carry out the fire risk assessment yourself
- If you employ more than 5 people or if your offices are multi-floored, or deal with fire risk assessment hazards such as flammables, electricity, chemicals, or other more complicated work than computer operations
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations requires a Risk Assessment to be undertaken for the storage and use of each Hazardous Substance. We can assist your business with the undertaking of these assessments.
Our consultants can work with you to ensure compliance with the requirements and improve productivity as a result of using more effective controls. A better understanding of the COSHH health and safety requirements can also lead to a greater level of effectiveness and improved employee morale.
Some products are not regulated and therefore not subject to specific test standards. This does not mean that the safety of the product can be ignored. If a product does not have to be tested to a specified standard or series of standards, potential risks posed should be assessed, and the outcomes of the risk assessment documented. All products should be safe and fit for purpose.
The process of risk assessment documents the 'Five Steps To Risk Assessment' you have taken to ensure that the product you are selling measures up to general product safety requirements. We can implement product risk assessments on your behalf.
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), including manual handling injuries, are the most common type of occupational ill health in the UK. The Manual Handling operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) defines an outline for control to deal with risks from manual handling. These are:
- Avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as reasonably practicable
- Assess any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided
- Reduce the risk of injury so far as reasonably practicable