Health & Safety

In the 1980’s around 800 people lost their lives every year in workplace accidents. Today that figure averages around 130. Unquestionably, Health & Safety is about getting that figure to zero! Too often health & safety is seen as a blocker, something that stops you from doing what you want to do.

In reality though, when we are asked what is health & safety, we explain it is an enabler. In essence, it allows us to do what we need to do and to do it without accident, incident, injury or ill health.

Therefore, at FD People, our job is to help you navigate your responsibilities as an employer. By providing competent advice, support and practical solutions to the health & safety challenges that you face in your business.

FD People Head of Health & Safety, Lee Craig, recently appeared in IFSD Glasgow’s Spotlight feature – click here to read all about Lee.

IOSH accredited Managing Safely training course – September 2022

FD People Ltd are now accredited by the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) to deliver their market leading Managing Safely course. The course enables managers to:

  • Understand the structure and requirements of health and safety law
  • Assess and control risks and hazards
  • Understand their health and safety responsibilities and the responsibilities of others
  • Effectively carry out accident and incident investigations
  • Evaluate and measure health and safety performance

Our next course run for three days, on Thursday 1st, Thursday 8th and Thursday 15th September 2022, at our Glasgow office.

Click here for full details and to book your space.

Working with clients to demystify health & safety is truly rewarding. Most clients understand why health & safety is important, but need a helping hand to get the right measures into place.

Lee Craig
Head of H&S

Lee Craig

Why should you outsource your Health & Safety to FD people?

We understand H&S can seem daunting. Hence, our team of expert H&S professionals will work with you every step of the way to build an approach that keeps your people safe.

We ensure compliance

In essence, we will act as your Competent Person. Indeed, helping you to achieve compliance through preparing or reviewing your health & safety policy, procedures and arrangements, supporting with risk assessments, and staff training.​

We offer expert advice

Whenever you need our support, we'll be within reach to act as your competent health & safety adviser. Therefore, available 24/7/365 to provide the right advice and support when you need it.

We provide reassurance

Whether it is carrying out audits and site inspections, supporting accident and incident investigations or providing enforcement support and assistance, we will provide reassurance that you are handling health & safety situations in the correct way.

Case Study

Gryffe Valley Pubs is a family business and the owners are proud to run two beautifully renovated local bar restaurants  – “Carriages” in Kilmacolm and the “Fox & Hounds” in Houston. 

In 2021, they approached us looking for support to review Health & Safety and Fire Safety obligations. As a result, we assisted them with the following:

Full audit of health and safety standards and practices

Fire risk assessment

Review and refresh of their health and safety policy

Ongoing competent person support

Frequently Asked Questions

Health & Safety is a hugely diverse discipline. While approaches differ from sector to sector, there are a number of Frequently Asked Questions which apply to all UK businesses.

Employers are not only responsible for planning for their employee’s health and safety. But also that of other people who may be affected by what they do such as customers or visitors.

Employees also have responsibilities too. As can be seen, we are all partners in ensuring that everyone goes home safe and healthy at the end of the working day.

Read more about a Competent Person at our blog “What is a Competent Person and How to Choose One?”

To understand more about your health and safety responsibilities as an employer, contact enquiries@fdpeople.co.uk

The law does not state a minimum or maximum temperature, but the temperature in workrooms should normally be at least 16°C or 13°C if the work involves physical effort.

A meaningful maximum figure cannot be given due to the high temperatures found in, for example, glass works or foundries.

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 lay down requirements for most aspects of the working environment. Regulation 7 deals specifically with the temperature in indoor workplaces and states that:

‘During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable.’

However, the application of the regulation depends on the nature of the workplace, such as a bakery, a cold store, an office, a warehouse.

With this in mind, these Regulations only apply to employees. They do not apply to members of the public, for example, with regard temperature complaints from customers in a shopping centre or cinema.

To discuss this more detail, contact enquiries@fdpeople.co.uk

The findings of your first aid needs assessment will help you decide how many first aiders are required. To explain, there are no hard and fast rules on exact numbers, and you will need to take into account all the relevant circumstances of your particular workplace. The table below is an extract from HSE guidance document INDG214 First Aid at Work.

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Work Regulations 1992 require every employer to ensure that suitable personal protective equipment is provided to employees who may be exposed to a risk to their health or safety while at work except where the risk has been adequately controlled by other means which are equally or more effective.

Employers should, therefore, provide appropriate PPE and training in its usage to their employees wherever there is a risk to health and safety.

No charge can be made to the worker for the provision of PPE which is used only at work. Section 9 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states: “No employer shall levy or permit to be levied on any employee of his any charge in respect of anything done or provided in pursuance of any specific requirement of the relevant statutory provisions”.

If you’d like to know more, have a read at our blog article “Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)”. 

FD People are here to help if you would like to discuss what PPE you should be providing to staff – contact enquiries@fdpeople.co.uk

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. However, the Regulations do not specify what needs to be done, by whom or how frequently (i.e. they don’t make inspection or testing of electrical appliances a legal requirement, nor do they make it a legal requirement to undertake this annually).

The frequency of inspection and testing depends upon the type of equipment and the environment it is used in. For example, a power tool used on a construction site should be examined more frequently than a lamp in a hotel bedroom. The table below is an extract from HSG107 Maintaining Portable electrical Equipment and provides some guidance on what is appropriate.

Check out our article “Is Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) Necessary?” for more.

Contact enquiries@fdpeople.co.uk to discuss what your business needs to do to comply with PAT testing requirements.

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. To sum up, 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
 

Work at height does not include a slip or a trip on the same level, as a fall from height must involve a fall from one level to a lower level, nor does it include walking up and down a permanent staircase in a building.

If you are concerned about staff working at height, FD People can help – get in touch with enquiries@fdpeople.co.uk

The UK has left the EU, and rules and procedures have changed for some industries.

Your responsibility to protect the health and safety of people affected by your work activities remains.

There are some new rules and procedures you must follow to continue to place chemicals, civil explosives and work equipment and machinery on our domestic market.

In addition, it’s important to note that separate rules exist for Northern Ireland.

To understand more about what health and safety rules apply to your business, contact enquiries@fdpeople.co.uk.

Free online health & safety 'Health Check'

We understand health & safety in the workplace can feel like a minefield. Navigating health & safety legislation at the best of times can leave organisations feeling at a loss as to where to start, and the coronavirus pandemic has only conflated this.

Our health & safety experts at FD People can provide a free interim review of your health & safety procedures to help you understand if your health & safety measures are compliant with legislation and best practice. Simply answer a few questions about the health & safety of your business and one of our advisors will be in touch with you with a follow-up report.