Health and Safety Consultancy
It is important, and a legal requirement, to document how health and safety is managed within your company. It enables you to communicate your commitment to health and safety to your employees and, equally as important, to your customers.
Health and Safety Training
As part of health and safety management is it imperative that policies and procedures are communicated to those involved in the works concerned. The use of effective and informative health and safety training is key to ensuring information and procedures are understood and continue to be followed by workers.
Workplace Exposure Monitoring
Under the CoSHH Regulations employers are required to assess the risk to health created by working with substances hazardous to health, Regulation 6, and prevent or control exposure to substances hazardous to health, regulation 7.
Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) & Testing
The purpose of a Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system is to prevent or control the emission of hazardous substances to the atmosphere as close as possible to the point of source. They are governed by the Control of Substance Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) Regulations 2005, regulation 7. The regulation explains that, where is it not reasonable practicable to prevent exposure, the employer must comply with their duty to control hazardous substances by applying protection measures. Those measures include the provision of adequate ventilation i.e. local exhaust ventilation (LEV).
Legionella Risk Assessments
In the UK there are very clear guidelines around the requirement of the completion of Legionella Risk Assessments laid out in the Government’s “Approved Code of Practice and guidance Legionnaires’ disease: The control of legionella bacteria in water systems L8”. It applies to any work activity, premises controlled in connection with a trade, business or any other undertaking where water is used or stored. If you own and have responsibility for such a premises or work activity you have a statutory duty to assess and act on any risk present.
Working from Home
The DSE Regulations are for the protection of people – ’employees and self-employed – who habitually use DSE for the purposes of an employer’s undertaking as a significant part of their normal work’ . DSE assessment are required for those working from home as well as those in the office.