Our considerable experience of high profile construction projects including power station construction and outages, stadia construction, refinery shutdowns & turnarounds mean that we can take full day to day safety management of your contractors during plant shutdown. We can also act as safety advisors/managers for contractors to enable them to foster positive working relationships with Principle Contractors.
Our services include safety management for: Power station construction & outages, Petro-chemical and heavy engineering shutdowns. Full project safety management services for Client, Principle Contractor and Contractors.
Accident / Incident Reporting (RIDDOR)
If one of your employees has an accident or an incident occurred (of a prescribed kind) at work, you have a legal duty to report this under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. We can carry out this work on your behalf in a prompt and efficient manner. In addition, we can produce a detailed accident report for legal and insurance purposes etc. We can also provide a "Third Party" accident investigation service, providing professional and impartial advice to stand as "Expert Witness" in court proceedings.
Appointed Safety Advisor Service
Every employer must have one or more competent persons to assist in the measures he needs to undertake to comply with the requirement and prohibitions by or under statutory provisions. This means that a professional competent person must be available to guide the employer through the myriad of legislation. Our "Appointed Safety Advisor Service" has been designed to assist companies by providing ongoing professional and qualified support to those who do not employ health and safety professionals, or it can be used to supplement existing "in house" expertise.
Each contract can be time specific and can include a built in plan for training days and consultancy work. It will include free telephone advice for the life of the contract and preferential costing / sourcing of safety supplies.
Employers have a legal obligation to provide the necessary training for their workers who are likely to be exposed in any way to asbestos and/or asbestos containing materials. The extent of the training will depend on the nature of the work to be undertaken by the company and for many tradespeople this involves as a minimum asbestos awareness training.
The HSE has specific requirements in this respect – and failure to comply with the requirements of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 can lead to imprisonment and or massive fines with severe negative reputational damage to your company.
With more and more ‘buyers’ requiring evidence of CHAS and /or other assessment schemes a whole new industry of SSIP (Safety Systems in Procurement) accessors has emerged over the years. Most, (but certainly not all) assessment processors are partners in the SSIP. If you are accredited by one SSIP partner there is no requirement to be assessed again by a rival SSIP member. We can assist you in completing your CHAS or other SSIP partner application.
Construction, Shutdown & Outage Services
Our considerable experience of high profile construction projects including power station construction and outages, stadia construction, refinery shutdowns/turnaround s and outages mean that we can take full day to day safety management of your contractors during plant shutdown.
We can also act as safety advisors/managers for contractors to enable them to foster positive working relationships with Principle contractors.
Our services include safety management for:
Power station construction & outages, Petro-chemical and heavy engineering shutdowns, full project safety management services for Client, Principle Contractor and Contractors.
If you use or store chemicals at work then you must undertake COSHH assessments. The assessments must include product particulars and the action to be taken in the event of an emergency. We can prepare your COSHH policy, undertake your assessments and produce an itinerary of all substances in use at your premises
Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations
Dangerous substances as defined by the Regulations include substances, preparations and dusts with the potential to give rise to fires, explosions and similar energy releasing events which could cause harm to people. Almost every workplace will have a substance capable of creating a hazard or contributing to an existing one. These could be fuels, gas, paints, varnishes, solvents and certain dusts which, when mixed with air, could cause an explosive atmosphere, e.g. from machining or production operations. The Regulations require hazardous areas to be identified and classified as zoned areas. The nature of the hazard will dictate the category zone number.
Explosive atmospheres can be described as an accumulation of gas, mist, dust or vapour, mixed with air, which has the potential to ignite or explode. An explosive atmosphere does not always result in an explosion but if it ignited, the flames would quickly travel through it. If this occurred in a confined space the rapid spread of the flames or rise in pressure could result in an explosion.
Our experience gained over many years in the Petro-chemical, Power Generation, and other high risk industries can help you with DSEAR risk assessments and zoning advice.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires the “Responsible Person” to carry out or have carried out a fire risk assessment on the building or place of work. The Responsible Person will be required to determine the risk from fire to persons employed in or visiting the workplace including staff, visitors and contractors and to record the measures that should be implemented to control those risks.
We can assist you by analysing the likelihood and severity of the significant hazards causing harm, taking into account the existing and planned preventative and protective measures. We can prepare a bespoke fire policy and plan including risk assessments so that when the Fire Inspector calls your fire management is in order. Demonstrating a proactive compliance regime will also ensure insurance continuity and cover and possible premium reduction
Health and Safety Management Policies
If you employ 5 or more persons then you must prepare and display a Health and Safety Policy. It is a statutory requirement and failure to do this will leave you liable to prosecution. We can produce your health and safety policy. The policy manual sets out the responsibilities and policy statements, covering rules for employees, contractors and visitors, together with all management control policies and procedures. We can also provide all the statutory notices, fire registers and first aid notices so that your business complies with the particular requirements of the law.
All lifting operations and lifting equipment is generally captured by the requirements of LOLER 1998. Such equipment ranges from cranes and lifting gear to a stair-lift for elderly persons. The Regulations, like PUWER above can be difficult to interpret and apply. We can assist you in LOLER matters.
Using our sophisticated and fully calibrated RION Class 1 Integrating Logging Sound Level Analyser we can carry out your noise assessments, produce a full site survey and detail what control measures are required. Being a Class 1 instrument you can be certain that the data is correct and that no “errors” have occurred as so frequently happens with inferior Class 2 type instruments.
Office environments are generally considered low-risk workplaces, but this doesn’t mean you should neglect your health and safety duties.
Just the same as any workplace, offices need to have hazards identified and risk assessments carried out in order to implement control measures to reduce the likelihood of a workplace incident occurring. Offices can be visited by the Local Authority or the HSE Inspectors with each have the same wide ranging enforcement powers including bringing criminal prosecutions.
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)
Almost all equipment used at work will in some way be captured by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. These are complex Regulations and can present real difficulties for some companies when machinery risk assessments are required. We have the expertise to assist in the preparation of your PUWER Policy and risk assessments. Please note: We do not undertake insurance of or statutory testing of work equipment.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require risk assessments to be carried out where there is a risk to employees or others. The purpose of carrying out a risk assessment is to enable the employer to take effective measures that ensure the safety and health of workers. This is now the cornerstone of good health and safety management.
According to the HSE every year, there are over 5000 accidents involving transport in the workplace. About 50 of these result in people being killed. The main causes of injury are people falling off vehicles, or being struck or crushed by them. In the more severe cases where death has occurred either at the workplace or as a result of an incident involving a work related vehicle on the roadways both the police and the HSE will investigate and prosecute under criminal law for possible breaches of safety & road traffic Acts and Regulations.