Health & Safety Audits
One of the key elements to successful health and safety management are regular audits. Audits can help gauge the effectiveness, validity and relevance of policies, performance, procedures and systems. Audits are a great tool in helping you reach your health and safety targets and aspirations.
Workplace Risk Assessments
The backbone of modern health and safety legislation and organisational arrangements is based on risk assessments.
Risk assessment is the process whereby hazards are identified on site. The likelihood of the hazard resulting in harm is then assessed for each of the hazards. The amount of risk can then be used to prioritise controls which will reduce the risk of injury.
Task and Staff Risk Assessments
By following the approach detailed above we can carry out risk assessments which relate to activities, use of equipment and employee specific hazards e.g. manual handling. The following is a non-exhaustive list of the risk assessments that we routinely undertake:
- Machinery / equipment risk assessments
- Manual handling risk assessments
- Lone working risk assessments
- COSHH assessments
- Display Screen Assessments (DSE) assessments
- Working at Height risk assessments
Consultancy & Management
- Risk Assessments
- Method Statements
- Site Safety Inspections
- Competent Person Role
- Work Instructions
- CDM Roles
Once the hazards have been identified, the first consideration is to determine whether it is possible to remove the hazard completely. Where it is not possible to remove the hazard then it must be controlled.
The following steps detail the approach to risk assessment:
- Identifying the hazards
- Who might be harmed and how
- Evaluating the risks and deciding on precautions taking into account the legal requirements
- Recording the findings and implementing them
- Reviewing the assessment and updating as necessary
- Clients would receive a comprehensive report detailing the recommended risk improvements with timescales for completion and the risk assessment record itself.