YOUR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
YOUR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASWA) is the principal piece of statute law regulating health and safety in the workplace. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR) contains more detailed and specific requirements to complement that Act.
PTMI have worked extensively in this area to ensure that organisations, such as yours, meet your legal requirements absolutely, without disruption to your daily business and at minimal cost.
All Employers MUST complete an assessment of the risks to both employees and non-employees in their workplace, this assessment must be recorded if you have 5 or more employees and it must be reviewed. You must also make arrangements for Health and Safety management, develop policies and procedures to deal with imminent danger, provide health surveillance, information and training to employees.
We will visit your organization and its relevant sites of work in order to carry out and record risk assessments, in a formal and detailed manner for you to hold on file and demonstrate your good practices.
Based on this risk assessment PTMI will work with you to formulate your health and safety management system, your policies, procedures and health and safety training requirements, thereby ensuring that your organization has all of the documentation, policies and procedures required by law to protect both you, your staff and all of those affected by your work.
Contact us today to take the stress out of detailing your health and safety provisions, leaving you to continue with your daily business knowing that you are in good hands.
Will Brexit affect the health and safety requirements of my business?
Your duties to protect the health and safety of people affected by your work will not change with Brexit. Legal requirements will remain the same as they are now. Health and safety standards will be maintained.
What is work at height?
Work at height means work in any place where, if precautions were not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. You are working at height if you:
work above ground/floor level
could fall from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface or
could fall from ground level into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground
What do I need to do to comply with the Work at Height Regulations 2005?
The Regulations apply to all work at height, where there is risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. They place duties on employers, and those who control any work at height activity (such as facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height).
As part of the Regulations, you must ensure:
All work at height is properly planned and organised
Those involved in work at height are competent
The risks from work at height are assessed, and appropriate work equipment is selected and used
The risks of working on or near fragile surfaces are properly managed
The equipment used for work at height is properly inspected and maintained.
For help with all of the above according to your business needs, contact us now.
How often must work at height inspections and maintenance be carried out?
Suitable intervals between inspections are determined on the basis of risk assessment.
The nature, frequency and extent of any inspection is determined by considering factors such as the type of equipment, how and where it is used, its likelihood to deteriorate etc.
If equipment is used in onerous outdoor conditions, it may be appropriate to inspect it more regularly than something which is used indoors.
How do I know what health and safety risks there are and how do I protect against them?
As part of managing the health and safety of your business, you must control the risks in your workplace.
To do this you must think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether reasonable steps are being taken to prevent that harm. This is known as risk assessment and it is something you are required by law to carry out.
A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace. You are probably already taking steps to protect your employees, but your risk assessment will help to recognise whether you have covered all you need to.
For some risks, other regulations require particular control measures. The assessment can help you identify where you need to look at certain risks and these particular control measures in more detail.
Contact us for help with conducting a full risk assessment, implementation of control measures and the documentation you require to comply with law now.
What is a health and safety policy and why do I need one?
The law says that every business must have a policy for managing health and safety.
A health and safety policy sets out your general approach to health and safety. It explains how you, as an employer, will manage health and safety in your business. It will clearly state who does what, when and how, i.e. your procedures.
If you have five or more employees, your policy must be physically documented. If you have fewer than five employees you do not have to write anything down, but it is useful to do so.
You must share the policy, and any changes to it, with your employees.
For help with creating and providing your organisation with your health and safety policies and procedures contact us now.