Health & Safety
Every organisation has legal responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of both its employees and others who may be affected by its activities. Of course, providing the best protection for employees is not only a moral and legal duty, but also a commercial imperative. Although the direct costs of accidents are visible, the indirect costs – such as lower productivity due to poor morale and management time tied up in accident investigation – are often hidden and can be enormous.
We provide a wide range of health and safety services to help employers to reduce their risk, improve safety and wellbeing for employees, to ensure that your organisation is legally compliant. These include:
- Health and Safety Policies and Procedures
- Health and Safety Audits & Inspections
- Consultancy Services / Competent Persons Service
- Web-based Health and Safety Management Systems
- Accident Investigations
- Risk Assessments including:
|GENERAL RISK ASSESSMENTS||FIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS|
|Manual handling risk assessments||Display screen equipment assessments|
|COSHH Assessments||Workplace transport risk assessments|
Aston Scott Risk Management can also source a wide range of training courses to help clients educate their staff and ensure safety in the workplace. These include:
- IOSH accredited courses (Managing Safely, working Safely)
- Fire Safety Awareness / Fire Marshall Training
- H&S Awareness
- Asbestos Awareness
- Working at Height
- First Aid
- Manuals Handling.
Target 100 – Online Health and Safety Management
Aston Scott Risk Management is able to supply clients with Target100, a unique web based Health and Safety management system which is suitable for any company regardless of size, structure or location. We are also able to provide training and ongoing support to our clients.
Features on the system include:
|Safety policy & Employee handbook||Risk assessments|
|Accident recording and reporting||Audits and checklists|
|Training records / Matrix||Task management|
|Information Library||Action Planning|
|Performance reporting||Tool box talks|
|Safe working procedures||Asset management|
If you employ five or more people you must, by law (Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 section 2(3), have a written health and safety policy.
The policy should consist of the following sections:
- Statement of Intent – sets out how you what you will do to manage health and safety
- Responsibilities – who will be responsible for managing health and safety
- Arrangement – how you will manage areas such as accidents, working at height, fire safety, manual handling in your organisation
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, puts duties on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises (the Responsible Person) to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences (near misses) to the Health and Safety Executive.
If you employ anyone, then yes you need to display the Health and Safety Law poster to ensure employees are notified of information relating to general requirements, duties and so on under health and safety law.
The information provided must include contact details of:
- Employee Representative (where relevant)
- Management Representative responsible for health and safety
- Enforcing Authority
The ‘Workplace Health, Safety & Welfare Regulations 1992’ state that the temperature in most working environments to be at least 16ºC unless much of the work involves severe physical effort in which case the temperature should be at least 13ºC.
These temperatures may not, however, ensure reasonable comfort, depending on other factors such as air movement and relative humidity.
There is not a set maximum temperature, the regulations simply require that the temperatures in workplaces inside buildings are reasonable.
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) place a legal obligation on employers to undertake a sufficient and suitable risk assessment to identify the possible risks from the manual handling of loads.
There are no guaranteed safe loads or maximum weights and the assessment should consider:
- Load – heavy, large, hard to handle, sharp etc
- Individual – age, health, capabilities etc
- Task – bending, reaching, twisting, long distances etc
- Environment – housekeeping, space, slip hazards, layout
Please speak to a member of our Health & Safety team: 03300085029