Why is audit management important?

Posted by SM Smith Associates on December 20, 2010  |   No Comments »

SM Smith Associates can assist with Health and Safety audits to provide an independent view of your business’s compliance with current Health and Safety legislation. Audit management is often poor amongst small and medium sized businesses, but it is just as important as with large multinational corporations.

If you have spent a lot of time writing up Health and Safety policies, delivering in house training to your employees, and other similar things to ensure that you are doing everything possible to comply with Health and Safety legislation, surely you want to know whether it is effective.

It is important that you have a measure of success. For example, is it useful having a 50 page Health and Safety policy if not a single member of staff has read it? An audit is designed to measure compliance with the law, but also your business’s best practices.

The main legislation that your business will need to follow is the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.  Compliance with these two pieces of legislation is what an inspector would be looking for. To ensure that your business is performing well, contact SM Smith Associates to carry out an audit of the workplace. The audit can focus on many areas including, but not limited to, fire risk safety, construction safety and environmental safety. Following your audit, you should expect to receive a full report offering our business guidance on any areas of non compliance and actions that can be taken to minimise risks.

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If you’re unsure what to expect from SM Smith Associates audit management programme, contact an agent today for a free consultation and a detailed explanation of what is involved.

It is important that you are aware of your Health and Safety responsibilities. One of the first steps to achieving compliance with the law is by conducting an audit to identify any problems. Be prepared as you could receive an unannounced visit from the HSE any day, and with fines reaching up to £20,000 per violation. Can you afford to be non compliant?

Health and Safety risks should be assessed on an annual basis, so it is vital that you follow an audit management plan. With a set schedule, you will be sure not to miss any important hazards or risks. SM Smith Associates want to work with you to achieve full compliance with the law, and provide a safe working environment for you and your employees. Let us undertake a comprehensive audit of your workplace so you can improve before an inspector calls in for an unannounced visit.

If you need to arrange a Health and Safety audit, contact one of our expert consultants for an appointment. If you are concerned about any other area of Health and Safety in your business, and would like advice and guidance on the first steps to a safe workplace get in touch with SM Smith Associates today.

Do I need a work risk assessment?

Posted by SM Smith Associates on December 18, 2010  |   No Comments »

Risk assessments are a fundamental tool for businesses to identify and control the risks that your employees and customers are exposed to. A work risk assessment is a method of looking at the activities that are carried out in your business and deciding on a suitable measure to prevent damage or personal injury. The goal of the assessment is to eliminate or reduce the risks identified.

There are two pieces of important Health and Safety legislation which set the requirement to manage your business’s risk through work risk assessments.

risk assessment checklistRisk assessments can be difficult to carry out in your own workplace, as activities and processes seem so natural that you can be missing obvious risks. It is strongly recommended that you speak to you a qualified Health and Safety consultant to discuss your options around conducting a risk assessment at work. It is a legal requirement for businesses to be aware and making reasonable efforts to minimise risks, so it is important that employers treat these assessments with high regard.

Every organisation is different, and at SM Smith Associates we won’t conduct risk assessment ‘off the shelf’. We ensure that your work risk assessment is applicable to the day to day processes involved in your business. Although it is important that assessments are carried out systematically, a different approach may be required for different types of business.

If you are struggling under the pressure of Health and Safety regulations, it is highly recommended that you discuss your needs with an expert. Small and medium sized businesses are often left struggling with huge tasks to undertake, and are often caught out by unannounced visits by the HSE. If you don’t want to be hit by major fines from an inspector, always ensure that all of your risks have been identified by a competent person, and are being managed and maintained by you.

The government understand that it is impossible to eliminate every risk within your workplace, but the law does state that you are responsible for protecting people as is “reasonably practical”. If you do not do this, you could face huge fines, a damaged reputation, and in extreme cases, even a prison sentence. Not only that, but your employees and customers could be at risk of personal injury on your premises. Ensure that you are aware of all the risks involved in your business by conducting a work risk assessment.

SM Smith Associates are a group of qualified Health and Safety consultants with the aim of reducing the pressure on businesses when it comes to the onerous task of Health and Safety. We want your business to achieve compliance with the current legislation, but also provide a safe environment for your business. We have years of experience behind us, and offer an easy to understand, jargon free approach to Health and Safety.

Don’t put off your work risk assessment, contact us to work alongside you to minimise or eliminate your risks. We’re here to help Health and Safety work for you, rather than you working for Health and Safety.

What is a safety risk assessment?

Posted by SM Smith Associates on December 16, 2010  |   No Comments »

A risk is defined as a measure of the likelihood that harm will occur from a particular hazard, considering the severity of potential harm. It is a legal requirement to carry out a safety risk assessment of all risks in the workplace in an attempt to identify, and eliminate or reduce all risks.

Health and Safety is a common problem for small and medium sized businesses, but it is your responsibility to ensure that suitable sufficient safety risks assessments are carried out. The process can be carried out with the help of professionals, so why not contact SM Smith Associates to provide you with the guidance required to understand the Health and Safety regulations, and carry out any necessary responsibilities.

Safety Risk Assessment TrainingThe Health and Safety at Work Regulations came into force in 1992, and were amended in 1999. They are considered to be the most significant piece of legislation since the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. They set the requirement to manage your business’ risk through safety risk assessments.

SM Smith Associates are a Health and Safety consultancy with years of experience in risk assessments and many other aspects of Health and Safety. We are aware how daunting and onerous safety risk assessments can be, so always ensure that you are fully aware of current legislation. To save any hassle or worry about being outside of the law, why not obtain expert help from SM Smith Associates today?

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations states that “Every employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of:

  • The risks to the health and safety of his/her employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work; and
  • The risks to the health and safety of person not in his/her employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him/her or his undertaking”.

The purpose of these safety risk assessments to identify any potential hazards or risks involved with the activity being carried out. Once the assessment is complete you will be required to introduce controls to reduce the hazards with the aim to prevent any employees getting hurt, injured or ill.

The idea of safety risk assessments is to prevent accidents and ill health in work, rather than waiting for an incident to occur and reacting to it then. The law is quite flexible, iit is understood that it is impossible to eliminate every risk, but you are legally obliged to protect people as “reasonably practical”.

Health and Safety in the workplace is extremely important, and ignoring current legislation or conducting an inadequate risk assessment could leave you vulnerable to a hefty fine, and a damaged reputation. To ensure that you are always working on the right side of the law, contact a reputable Health and Safety consultancy who can work with you to reduce risks within your business.

SM Smith Associates are experts within this field, and will ensure that your safety risk assessments are thoroughly carried out by a competent person. We are dedicated to providing an efficient and easy to understand service, making Health and Safety work for you.

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