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Do you find Health and Safety Legislation a minefield?

Would you rather let someone else take the strain for you?

If you have answered 'Yes' to both these questions why not let us help you!

 We offer a range of services to suit all budgets.


Workplace Inspection / Audit

Are you sure you are complying with current Health and Safety Legislation?

We can provide a full audit and inspection of your Health and Safety Documentation and Business premises.

The audit is designed to highlight areas that need further work and can be used to create an action plan.

Retained Consultancy

Are you too busy to complete your Company's Health and Safety requirements?

We offer a fully comprehensive consultancy service which includes 24 hour advice.

Consultancy packages can be short or long term and can be tailored to suit your Company's requirements and budget.


Fire Risk Assessments

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, 2005 - effective 1 October, 2006 - replaces or amends all previous fire regulations and laws - fire certificates are now a thing of the past and will need to be replaced with an up to date fire risk assessment. 

Our Associates, Thameside Fire Protection Co Ltd can offer you a comprehensive assessment of your premises with a full report including advice and recommendations.

To arrange a visit or obtain a quotation contact us. 

Risk Assessments

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, regulation 3 requires employers and the self employed to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of risks to both employees and persons not in their employment. 

The purpose of the assessment is to identify the measures needed 'to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed by or under the relevant statutory provisions' i.e. identifying what is needed to comply with the law.

If you have 5 or more staff (including yourself) you should have written risk assessments on file which should be updated if processes significantly change, new equipment is introduced or after a reasonable period of time; usually one year.

We can complete your risk assessments for you or review those that you already have in place. 



CoSHH Assessments

Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people's health at risk. So the law requires employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health.

Many Companies think that by holding a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) they are complying with the regulations; but this is not the case.

For all substances you hold on your site you must complete a CoSHH assessment.  When completing the assessments you should also consider the different processes you use the substance for; if you use the same substance for two different processes you will need an assessment for both!

If you need help in completing you CoSHH assessments, contact us, we can offer you a cost effective service that will enable you to comply with the current legislation. 

Display Screen Equipment Assessments

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 came into effect from January 1993 (some small changes were made in 2002).

The Regulations require employers to minimise the risks in VDU work by ensuring that workplaces and jobs are well designed.

If your staff are suffering from aches and pains after long periods of work there could be a problem with the setup of the workstation.  Ignoring these complaints could cause the staff member to have time off work, costing you money. 

It is also possible that continual problems could develop into more serious illness, such as Repetative Strain Injury (RSI).  This could lead to claims for industial injury which would be costly to your company - can you afford to wait for this to happen? 

We can offer practical advice on setup of workstations and changes that should be made to existing work areas.

The assessments are tailored to the individual so you can have the peace of mind that you are doing all that is 'reasonably practical' to ensure their good health 


Hand Arm Vibration Assessments

Hand-arm vibration is vibration transmitted from work processes into workers’ hands and arms. It can be caused by operating hand-held power tools, such as road breakers, and hand-guided equipment, such as powered lawnmowers, or by holding materials being processed by machines, such as pedestal grinders.

Regular and frequent exposure to hand-arm vibration can lead to permanent health effects. This is most likely when contact with a vibrating tool or work process is a regular part of a person’s job. 

It can cause a range of conditions collectively known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), as well as specific diseases such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Identifying signs and symptoms at an early stage is important. It will allow you, as the employer, to take action to prevent the health effects from becoming serious for your employee. 

Rather than wait for your staff to suffer this potentially debilitating injury let us assist you in completing an assessment.

Asbestos

Whatever your position in the organisation - asbestos matters. You know that unless legislation on asbestos compliance is met, your business, your staff and your health are all at risk. It's a big responsibility... and it's yours.

Asbestos has, since it was linked with causing lung cancer, had a bad press. Since 1999 it has been banned, and it is currently the single largest contributor to occupational deaths. So - what do you do about it? Do you close your facility if you fear asbestos is present? Do you rip it all out? Is there such a thing as 'safe' asbestos?

Our Associates, Tersus focus entirely on asbestos. It's all they do. They exist solely to give you, the customer, what you want - ‘peace of mind.’

They are experts in their field and exist to take the fear out of asbestos management. 

They handle the whole programme - working in partnership with you. Surveys, analysis, a management plan, data storage – they provide them all and if removal is needed, they will advise on suitable companies, and project manage it.

If you need assistance regarding Asbestos contact us and we will put you in touch with Tersus, specialists you can trust!


Accident Investigation

Despite the emphasis now (correctly) placed on the prime importance of proactive health and safety management and risk assessment to ensure harm does not occur, it is sadly still true that most initiatives to improve occupational safety are 'disaster driven'. In other words, it's only when something really bad happens that management start taking safety seriously.

But unless companies have a modern approach to managing health and safety in place, such a response is likely to be superficial, leading to narrow, technically focused 'quick-fixes' rather than root and branch changes in the safety management system. Often, when accidents are investigated - for example, for insurance purposes - there is a tendency to seek to attribute blame (frequently to the victim of the accident) rather than to search for underlying contributory causes.

Investigating accidents that occur on your site is an important part of preventing them reoccuring.

If you need help with accident investigation contact us.

Other Services

If there are any services you need assistance with that are not shown please feel free to contact us.  

We will do our utmost to help you or put you in touch with other organisations that can assist you. 


 
   
 

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