A fire Risk Assessment is required under the duties set by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. We can provide a systematic evaluation of the factors that determine the hazard from fire, the likelihood that there will be a fire and the consequences if one were to occur.
General Risk Assessments
Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, we can help you to identify what could cause injury or illness in your business (hazards),
decide how likely it is that someone could be harmed and how seriously (the risk) and help you to take action to eliminate the hazard, or if this isn’t possible, to control the risk.
What is a competent person?
A competent person should have the necessary training, knowledge, and experience to recognise the hazards and risks in your business and be able to advise on safe systems of work to eliminate or reduce them to an acceptable level.
The level of competence required can vary depending on the activities being undertaken by the business. The advantage of having an external competent person allows for that skill set and knowledge to be available immediately.
How does the Law apply to your business?
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
7.—(1) Every employer shall, subject to paragraphs (6) and (7), appoint one or more competent persons to assist them in undertaking the measures they need to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed upon them by or under the relevant statutory provisions and by Part II of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997.
The benefits of having a competent person
Getting help from a competent person enables your business to meet the requirements of health and safety law. This will help you reduce the risk to your business and help keep your staff safe. The help and advice provided by a competent person can give you peace of mind allowing you to fully focus on running your business.
What the competent person service offers
√ Health and Safety support and advice by phone or email during business hours
√ A qualified, dedicated consultant
√ Newsletter with updates on changes to legislation or industry practices
√ Discounted prices on other Health and Safety Services we offer
√ Inform your clients we act as your health and safety competent person (certificate provided)
How much does it cost?
We can act as your competent person for £30 per month for a 12 month period.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires you to provide whatever information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable
Providing health and safety information and training helps you to: ■ ensure that people who work for you know how to work safely and without risks to health; ■ develop a positive health and safety culture, where safe and healthy working becomes second nature to everyone; ■ Meet your legal duty to protect the health and safety of your employees.
Effective training: will contribute towards making your employees competent in health and safety; ■ can help your business avoid the distress that accidents and ill health cause; ■ can help you avoid the financial costs of accidents and occupational ill health, such as damaged products, lost production and demotivated staff.
We can help with the following:
• Decide what training your organisation needs and create a training matrix • Decide your training priorities • Choose your training methods and resources • Deliver the training • Check that the training has worked
Training, to include but not limited to:
• Working at Heights • Manual Handling • Fire Awareness • Attitudes and Behaviour / Behaviour Based Safety • Asbestos • Food Safety • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) • Display Screen Equipment (DSE) • Legionella Management
Your company’s commitment to health and safety is outlined in the Health and Safety Policy. This should be a concise document outlining the: Whom What When Where Why Of safety within your organisation
Let us at Ablemarsh Safety Consultants assist you with your organisation’s policy to ensure all regulatory needs are formally met.
We will assist you in putting together a Health & Safety operating manual to ensure all the relevant information can be contained in one location, this can be both an electronic file as well as a hard copy
Health surveillance allows for early identification of ill health and helps identify any corrective action needed.
Health surveillance may be required by law if your employees are exposed to noise or vibration, solvents, fumes, dusts, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health, or work in compressed air
Occupational Health is important for the following reasons:
• Detecting ill-health effects at an early stage, so employers can introduce better controls to prevent them getting worse.
• Providing data to help employers evaluate health risks.
• Enabling employees to raise concerns about how work affects their health.
• Highlighting lapses in workplace control measures, therefore providing invaluable feedback to the risk assessment.
• Providing an opportunity to reinforce training and education of employees (e.g. on the impact of health effects and the use of protective equipment).
Activities to monitor health where the effects from work are strongly suspected but cannot be established
• Workplace wellbeing checks, such as promoting healthy living.
• Fitness to work examinations e.g., operate cranes, forklift trucks or health assessments requested by night employees.
We work with a number of organisations that can assist to improving the health of staff through breathing exercises, Pilates, yoga, etc..
Safe Operating Procedures / Risk Assessments
Having Risk Assessments creates a strong and safe environment to work within. Every business needs to have Risk Assessments in place to avoid significant hazards.
The Risk Assessments should include all of the significant hazards that can occur and the harm it may cause to people and decide whether your organisation are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm in respect to the following:
– General Public
It is also important to regularly review the Risk Assessments to ensure they are relevant
Fire Risk Assessments
A fire related Risk assessment is essential to conforming to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. These Risk Assessments should concern all employees and any other people who may be at risk if a fire was to start.
If more than five people have been employed within the workplace, an assessment must be documented.
We will assist in carrying out the Fire Risk Assessment and present the findings for you in a clear format.
The Fire Risk Assessment may identify areas that require assistance, such
• Emergency (Fire) Plan – Sets out the Fire Strategy for the premises in terms of a Plan of the building, fire detection, fire suppression points, and exit routes, and detail how to evacuate in the event of an emergency
We can assist in the following services:
• OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management
• ISO 9000 Quality Management
• ISO 14000 Environmental Management
Industry Specific Needs, such as:
• Contractor Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS)
In the event of an accident or near miss occurring, we are able to come on board and evaluate why the accident or near miss occurred and put measures in place to try and ensure the accident or near miss does not reoccur.
Over the years the amount of prosecutions and fines relating to health and safety has increased, in extreme cases imprisonment has been issued. The penalty for not following the correct health and safety regulations includes:
• Unlimited fines.
• Bad reputation.
All employers have to make sure employees are protected and have a safe working environment to carry out their job.
All companies should have procedure for health and safety in place and it should be reviewed frequently.