Health and Safety Advisors

by admin on August 30, 2010

Fire Risk Assessments
The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005)
40% of businesses never recover from the effects of a major fire with the loss of key staff due to temporary closure. The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005) now requires you to manage the risk of fire in your organisation, but do you really know what is expected of you?  The first hurdle to overcome is to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment; without one, your insurance company will refuse cover in the event that you make a claim. But for many businesses carrying out their own Fire Risk Assessment isn’t practical unless they have dedicated Health and Safety teams.

COSHH 2004 (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations
How the regulations affect your business
The COSHH Regulations require employers to manage the risk to staff and others who may be exposed to hazardous substances in the workplace.

CoSHH Regulations
There are a wide range of issues that employers are required to address. Without specialist, up-to-the-minute knowledge, it is very difficult to know where to start. A health and safety advisor will make sure your business ticks all the legal boxes, keeping your workplace secure and your workforce safe.

CoSHH Assessments
Health and safety advisors conduct COSHH compliant risk assessments, taking into account the hazardous properties of a substance and recommending working practices that ensure staff are protected against harmful exposure – before the inevitable ‘knock on the door’.
The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)

Management of Health Safety at Work Regulations (1999)
The ramifications of non-compliance in your workplace can be significant, limiting business operations and having significant bottom line impact – not to mention the worse case scenario incumbent in the new Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act…

Risk Assessments 1999
An essential part of Risk Management
Risk Assessments are an integral part in the process of managing the risks incumbent in any business activity. Unfortunately, often because of a lack of time and resource, risk assessments in most businesses are inadequate. A good-quality risk assessment should form the basis of any safe work procedure; but if you are not a
Health and Safety specialist, where do you start?
Risk assessment training and review
A health and safety advisors training services can address this for you, bringing your staff up to speed with current legislation.
Health & Safety in your Workplace

The HSE website advises: “It is an employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, and other people who might be affected by their business”, and that “the employer must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this.”
Good management of workplace safety represents not only good business practice, but also it can improve both performance of staff and the business in general. Unfortunately whilst complying and keeping pace with statutory change is extremely time consuming – especially given the growth of the compensation culture – it is essential to ensure you are not left exposed in the event of an accident or injury in your workplace.

About the Author:
Unlike many other Health and Safety advisors MHL Support take the role of your statutory “competent advisor”, proactively working alongside you to ensure that your business is safe.
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