Health and safety at work regulations

General Risk Assessment:
Required under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

This document identifies general hazards in the working environment, such as slips, trips and fall hazards, hygiene considerations, heating, cleaning, lighting and general environmental features including the provision for first aid and recommends control measures aimed at reducing the likelihood of harm occurring from these hazards.

Fire Risk Assessment:
Required under the Regulatory Reform (Fire) Safety Order 2005

This document identifies fire hazards in the working environment, in areas such as fire routes, fire exits and all other areas. It checks for the presence of necessary arrangements, facilities and detection such as smoke and heat detection, fire extinguishers, fire marshals and emergency lighting and recommends control measures aimed at reducing the likelihood of harm occurring from these hazards.

Workstation Risk Assessments:
Required in accordance with Health and Safety Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992

These documents refer to each individual habitual computer user, and summarises both positive and negative points identified at the users workstation setup, including desk, chair, keyboard, mouse and screen, electrical and welfare considerations at the workstation. Recommendations may be made for any provisions which will improve the user’s setup, and posture training will be provided where required during the assessment.

Manual Handling Risk Assessment:
Required in accordance with The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

This document identifies the hazardous manual handling tasks which are carried out, and makes recommendations designed to reduce the likelihood that manual handlers will suffer injury. Recommendations may include the provision of manual handling training, or the provision of suitable manual handling aids for specific tasks.

New and Expectant Mothers Risk Assessment:
Required under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

This assessment looks in detail at the daily work routine of a new or expectant mother at work. It identifies any potential areas which may cause harm or discomfort, and makes recommendations for any reasonable adjustments required.

Disability Access Audit/Welfare Survey :
Required in accordance with The Disability Discrimination Act 1995

This document relates specifically to your building / premises access and welfare and makes recommendations so far as reasonably practicable to ensure that all potential employees or visitors are not discriminated against by virtue of any physical, sensory or mental impairment. Without this document, your organisation may be vulnerable to penalties being imposed by civil courts.

Stress Risk Assessment:
Required under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

This document refers to individuals or departments, and seeks to make recommendations to reduce work-related stressors to an acceptable level. This risk assessment is specifically required when your organisation has been informed that someone is either experiencing a stress-related illness, or work-related stress beyond an acceptable level.

Home Worker Risk Assessment:
Required in accordance with Health and Safety Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992

This documents refers to any individual who formally or habitually spends a significant time working from home. It takes into account the working environment including the workstation setup, and also checks that electrical appliances which are being used for work purposes are in a safe condition.

COSHH Risk Assessment:
Required in accordance with Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

This document relates to any chemical or flammable liquids or substances which are hazardous to health. Amongst other things, it will recommend that COSHH items are suitably and securely stored, and that data sheets are available giving specific information about each substance used.

Young Persons At Work Risk Assessment:
Required in accordance with The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

This document refers to any persons in the working environment below the age of 18, and considers specific hazards which may have a high risk due to the inexperience and potential immaturity of the individual. This assessment is highly specific to the individual, their working environment and the nature of work which is being undertaken.

Lone Worker Risk Assessment:
Required in accordance with The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

This document relates to any individual whose place and hours of work result in them being on their own for prolonged periods of time. The assessment will make recommendations considering fire safety and first aid along with relevant medical conditions, and will often recommend that remote monitoring is effected for the lone worker.

Working at Height Risk Assessment:
Required in accordance with The Work at Height Regulations 2005 and The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

This document relates to any tasks carried out within the working environment where working at height is involved. This may include tasks such as changing light bulbs, general maintenance and cleaning of ceilings or windows. The assessment is likely to recommend that suitable and sufficient ladders are provided, as well as individuals receiving work at height / ladder safety training where appropriate.

What is an Audit?
An Audit is a process that allows us to measure Organisations compliance to health and safety legislation and the effectiveness of the current Risk Assessment process, Policies, procedures and an Organisations “Safe System of Work” including Contractor Safety and internal Rules and Regulations.

In addition the Audit will identify any new hazards in the workplace, relevant trends in respect of slips, trips and falls and at the same time incorporate the requirements of new and amended legislation that has occurred, since the date of the original Risk Assessment and Policies.

Why Audit?
You have an absolute legal duty to monitor, maintain and review all matters and arrangements of health and safety. By adhering to the Audit requirement and process an Organisation will be able to demonstrate that health and safety is pro actively managed in accordance with legislative, Insurers and Fire Department requirements.

An Audit will also act as a suitable defence in a court of law, should either Civil or Criminal proceedings be instigated.

Applicable Legislation:

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Legal Precedent: A ruling made in court which then influences future cases involving similar issues.

Consequences of Non Conformity
Health and safety legislation unlike conventional English Law, assumes you are guilty until proven innocent. In other words, the burden of proof lies with the Defendant to prove his/her innocence.

Fines and Imprisonment
As a consequence of new legislation, namely The Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008, imprisonment and fines of up to £20,000 may now be imposed upon an individual employee regardless of rank or position. This serves to demonstrate that ownership of health and safety is now every ones responsibility and acts as a warning to ensure ongoing maintenance and management of all health and safety matters.

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