Health & Safety Consultants UK
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.
As Health & Safety consultants, FD People’s job is to help you navigate your responsibilities as an employer. By providing competent advice, support and practical solutions to the Health & Safety challenges you face in your business, we aim to improve workplace health & Safety across the UK.
FD People Head of Health & Safety, Lee Craig, recently appeared in IFSD Glasgow’s Spotlight feature – click here to read all about Lee.
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.
Head of H&S
Why You Should Hire Health & Safety Consultants
Health & Safety can often seem daunting to businesses. When employees’ health is at stake, there is a lot of pressure to make sure it’s done right.
When you outsource your Health & Safety training to FD People, we will work with you every step of the way to make sure your management gets the best training possible. When you work with us, you will find:
IOSH Managing Safely Course Glasgow
FD People are accredited by the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) to deliver their market-leading Managing Safely course. The IOSH Managing safely 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.
To book a place at our next IOSH training session in Glasgow, get in touch with us to find out more.
IOSH Training Online UK
We offer IOSH training either in our Finnieston office in Glasgow or online. If you choose to partake online, you can participate from anywhere in the UK.
Upon completion of the course, you will be awarded your IOSH certificate, proving that you are certified to carry out Health & Safety responsibilities and training in the workplace.
Hire A Workplace Health & Safety Consultant Today
If you’re ready to focus on improving your workplace’s Health & Safety, contact us to find out how FD people’s outsourcing service can help you optimise your Health & Safety guidelines and training.
Do you need our services? Try our free Health & Safety checker to see how your current Health & Safety training scores. A member of our expert team will respond with advice on areas that we can help you improve on.
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:
Health & Safety Consultancy FAQs
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.