Your Health And Safety Assessment

Posted by SM Smith Associates on November 6, 2010  |   No Comments »

It is essential that every business undertakes a Health and Safety assessment in an effort to protect its employees, customers and business, as well as complying with UK legislation.

At SM Smith Associates we have a team with expert knowledge, and the skills to help you keep your business on track. Never leave Health and Safety to chance. Even the small risks could lead to a negative impact on your business.

One would presume that common sense would tell you that if something is dropped, you clean it up, or if some wires are trailing across the floor, they’re moved out of the walkway. However, this does not always happen, and it is down to you to ensure that you have implemented policies and practices for staff to follow.

sm smith associatesThe dramatic increase in advertisements for “No Win – No Fee” personal injury lawyers, and “Have you had an accident at work?” should be enough to encourage you to ensure that you are compliant with UK Health and Safety legislation.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all your staff are aware of the policies and procedures relating to Health and Safety, and that you undertake audits to establish whether your business’s guidelines are followed. Everyone must follow your best practice guidance to ensure the safety of everyone on the premises, and to keep your business on the right side of the law.

A Health and Safety assessment will help you manage the risks on your business premises. This way you can keep control existing risks, and identify new ones. The workplace is constantly changing and new risks could be introduced every day, making it extremely important that you carry out a regular risk assessment.

It is illegal not to comply with UK Health and Safety legislation and if a fine is not enough to deter you from ‘forgetting’ about Health and Safety in the workplace, imprisonment should be.

One example is of a gas installer whose company was served with a Prohibition Notice until they were approved by CORGI. It was found that this company had carried out work whilst not being CORGI registered.

The installer was sentenced to four months in prison and the case involved a lot of local TV coverage, increasing the damage to the company’s reputation.

Health and Safety can be a minefield of complex information, but at SM Smith Associates we can help you keep your business safe from risk. We don’t want to see another court case involving Health and Safety negligence, so why not allow us to carry out a Health & Safety assessment on your business today?

Some of the ways we can help you avoid legal penalties are by

  • developing internal policies
  • carrying out risk assessments
  • identifying relevant hazards
  • carrying out site inspections to check if policies and procedures are being followed
  • attending safety meetings
  • helping you comply with legislation
  • keeping records of accidents and incidents, and
  • producing reports to make improvements.

Contact SM Smith Associates today to carry out a Health and Safety assessment, keep your business compliant with UK legislation, and create a safe working environment for everyone on your premises.

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