Need to make sense of Health and Safety compliance?
With a friendly understandable style, we’ll explain it in terms your whole workforce can relate to.
Why do I need health & safety advice?
Well apart from having to have access to competent health and safety advice being a ‘legal requirement’ it also makes good business sense.
Occasionally we talk about “wealth” and safety because the most common cause of injuries at work is the slip or trip – with an estimated cost to employers of £300 million a year. And we’re afraid your insurance will not cover a whole bunch of stuff like:
- Insurance investigation time
- Fines and legal costs
- Loss of contracts
- Production delays
- Loss of business reputation
- Sick pay
- Lost time
- Damage or loss of product and raw materials
- Repairs to plant and equipment
- Overtime working and temporary labour
All of these are going to come straight off your bottom line. Oh and then there’s the hidden costs to your business – if a business-critical employee has an accident and is temporarily or permanently off work.
NOW, you’re into job specs, advertising, interviewing, training, setting up short term contracts AND probably dealing with a drop in productivity whilst a new staff member gets up to speed.
And then there are the possible fines that can be levied against a Company Director. In a Magistrate’s Court up to £20,000. In Crown Court there’s an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.
Not quite so bored now are you?
The other misunderstanding is that you have to be quite a large company to have a health and safety policy in place – but in fact this is not the case. H&S law applies to employees; the self-employed; work experience; apprentices; volunteers; mobile workers and home workers all need a safety policy the difference is that as soon as you hit the magical 5 employees you have to write it all down..
- All employers and self-employed people have to assess the risks from work activities
- Employers with five or more employees have to record the significant findings of their risk assessment
- All employers have to consult their employees or their employees’ safety representatives on health and safety matters
- All employers have to provide health and safety training for employees
- Employers with five or more employees have to have a written health and safety policy
We’re afraid that every company – no matter how large or small – needs a safety policy. Don’t worry we’re here to help – call us on 0800 043 3169
We have had the pleasure of working with Chris Ward of Award Health & Safety since November 2011. We have found their advice invaluable and their ability to translate the ever growing health & safety regulations to both workforce and management is effortless! Many thanks to you all.
KKA Maintenance Ltd
Award Health and Safety – “your Alliance for Compliance”
You need to comply with Health and Safety legislation. With a detailed knowledge of this complex field we can guide you every step of the way.