In addition to seeing and servicing clients, we have (like many businesses) been going through the year-end processes for accounts. We have also taken the time to look at our data handling and storage ahead of the start date for GDPR (May 2018). This has been a great opportunity to review some of our business processes and procedures. As a result, some changes are being progressed, and process mapping is being improved.
Upcoming works include: several H&S Compliance Audits, Several Fire Risk Assessments, and a few Training Courses (Emergency First Aid, Fire Marshal Training, Manual Handling, etc.) which are all in the sphere of usual projects.
Different Projects include: A DSEAR Assessment for a Chemical Laboratory, a Bio-Lab safety audit, and a review of hydrogen storage and feeds for a development laboratory.
Started the week off by delivering some COSHH Awareness training for laboratory and stores staff with one of my clients. Lots of discussions about the routes of entry into the body, and of the simple and effective control measures that can be employed to keep people safe.
My team are busy working on several “Third Party Accreditation” applications for clients. This includes CHAS, SMAS, and SafeContractor. We assist (usually) the smaller contractors to navigate the vagaries of the Health and Safety accreditation process. Much of this work is carried out by Christian Hill, one of our Health and Safety Consultants. Many of our clients are used to Chris gently pushing them for information to progress their CHAS application, or requesting recent Insurance Documentation, etc.
Stars of Health and Safety interview with Mike Ellerby
Our director, Mike Ellerby, was recently interviewed by the Health and Safety Works blog for their feature ‘Stars of Health and Safety’.
This Q&A feature regularly looks at ‘the movers and shakers in the Health and Safety landscape’, and approached Mike to get his views on health and safety.
Follow this link to see a copy of the February newsletter on health and safety matters. In this month’s issue, there is a reminder that the new CDM Regulations will be with us soon. There is an article on some recent work-related manslaughter prosecutions and also a short case study of how we helped someone facing Enforcement Action as well as information on Face Fit Testing, and on Occupational Road Risk. Please follow the links for more information.
Please share any ideas you have for future articles or subjects that you would like to see covered .
The February 2015 issue of our Health and Safety Newsletter contains information on:
- CDM 2015, the new Regulations
- LRB Consulting: Big enough to cope, small enough to care
- Work related manslaughter – in the news again
- Getting CHAS, Safecontractor or other accreditations – do you need help?
- Case study: Help with Enforcement Action
Face Fitting of masks
- Q&A on Occupational Road Risk
- Testimonials –
Our culture and ethos is to be: Helpful, Friendly and Professional
Helpful – if you have an issue, we are here to help you. Part of our approach is to build trust and good will with our clients through talking to them. We will avoid the use of jargon and we will explain things to you in plain English.
Friendly – if you need help, you may need a friendly voice to assist you. We will listen and we will advise you. As a retained client you will already have established a rapport with your health and safety consultant.
Professional – as well as being helpful and friendly, our Health and safety Consultants are Professional. We talk to you. and, once we understand your issues, we will help you to find the right solutions for you. We will produce a specification with full costing and agreed timescales. Then we deliver it; on time and on budget.
As your professional health and safety consultants, we aim to help you with a suitable, cost effective service that offers professional , friendly and competent advice in a timely manner.
Follow this link to see a copy of this months health and safety newsletter. This is our first Health and Safety Newsletter for a brand new year.
If you have ideas for future articles or subjects that you would like to see covered this year, please let me know.
We look forward to supporting you through the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead and we want 2015 to be a great year for all of us
The Health and Safety Newsletter contains information on:
- A welcome to 2015
- Upcoming health and safety training, including warehouse training
- Ten asbestos facts
- Cold weather working
- Competent health and safety advice
- Links to the new draft CDM 2015 Regulations
- Electrical Safety
I am privileged to let you know that I will be delivering a series of USA Seminars on Understanding Workplace Health and Safety.
The central theme of these seminars is the importance of good standards of health and safety to a business. Consideration is given to costs of failure (both in terms of financial loss to the company and personal loss to those who suffer harm).
The important driving forces for health and safety for companies and for individuals are considered and the importance of these driving forces is returned to through the two days of the seminar to reinforce their importance in the minds of the delegates. Consideration is given to why this is important and how it is to be implemented. The conceptual “Barrier” model is used to help delegates to pull the various strands of health and safety together in a simple and meaningful manner. This model links hazards and risks, through the risk assessment process to accident causation and on into accident prevention. The derivation of avoidance, control and mitigation steps is considered for risk assessment and related to the Barrier Model.
I am delivering a Webinar on Warehouse Safety – follow this link for details
Warehouse Safety Webinar – Overview:
Warehouses are dangerous places – with lots going on in them and lots of opportunity for serious injury and for fatal accidents. However, warehouse safety need not be difficult and this seminar will help you to understand how to do it properly. As many different types of businesses have storage and warehouse facilities as an integral and important part of their operation, warehouse safety is an important issue. These may be very busy places at all times (such as in a logistics operation) or they may be quiet for many hours a day, but have periods of intense activity. Warehouses can be dangerous places and people do get hurt in them in several ways. Many of the injuries suffered can be avoided by taking health and safety seriously and by taking some simple steps to ensure warehouse safety; all derived from simple risk assessments.
There are numerous opportunities for harm to workers in warehouse operations. Workers can be injured or killed by:
- Moving vehicles (delivery vehicles and also site vehicles, such as lift trucks)
- Overturning vehicles (especially lift trucks)
- Falling stored goods (from racking)
- Toppling pallets and loads
- Manual handling operations
- Slips trips and falls from poor housekeeping, poor lighting, adverse weather, poor terrain, etc
- Exposure to hazardous substances
- Exposure to adverse weather (too much UV exposure, or cold conditions)
This Warehouse Safety Webinar discusses some of the methods for controlling these hazards, generally through the principles of implementing suitable control measures following on from a Risk Assessment. Continue reading
Over the last year, I have become more involved in the delivery of international health and safety training courses. Much of this has been training delivered in the Gulf Region (including Dubai (in the United Arab Emirates) and in Oman), with a series of Webinars providing health and safety training services into the American Market. This international health and safety training is in addition to the work that I continue to do in the United Kingdom.
International Health and Safety Training Courses for 2015
Looking forward to the New year, there are several Health and Safety Training courses planned for delivery in Dubai and also a small American seminar tour, with two-day training courses organised for San Francisco (California, USA) and for Richmond (Virginia, USA). The number of courses to be delivered in the Gulf Region has not been finalised at present, but new opportunities are arising on a reasonably regular basis.
I’m sure that you are more than aware that this year is now running towards its end and that 2015 beckons. Traditionally, this is a time for people to think about the future:
- What will next year bring?
- Are you ready for it?
- How will you respond to it?
- How will you make the very bet of it?
At New Year, many people make resolutions to change – their lifestyle, attitude, eating habits, etc.
Do businesses? Do the people who run businesses?
This year, why not make a resolution to “do safety better”. I do not mean that you should spend unnecessary sums of money or to carry out unnecessary training or risk assessments. I mean “to think about safety and make some simple, low cost changes for the better”.
Here are some simple starters for you and your New Year’s Health and Safety Resolutions: