Services offered by Holts Health & Safety Ltd
o Review / Update existing policy
o Write a company specific policy
o Monitor / Review / Update existing risk assessments
o Write qualitative risk assessments for individual hazards
o Site inductions
o On site regular inspections and monitoring
o Provide a detailed report on findings
o Provide practical advice where necessary
o Carry out Construction Site Safety Tool box talks
o Face Fit Testing for RPE
o Principal Contractors
o Monitor / Review / Update existing method statements
o Produce specific method statements in conjunction with site personnel
A legal requirement under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is that organisations with 5 or more employees must prepare and review on a regular basis a written Health and Safety policy. They must have the organisation and arrangements to carry it out and bring the policy and any revision of it to the notice of their employees. Back to Top
A legal requirement under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 is that employers should make adequate arrangements for managing Health and Safety in their businesses. There should be effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventative and protective measures. Risk assessments are an essential part of the planning stage of any Health and Safety Management System, they are used to decide on priorities and to set objectives for eliminating hazards and reducing risks. The risk assessments should be suitable and sufficient and cover employees and non-employees affected by the company’s business. If there are 5 or more employees, then the company is required to record the significant findings. Special groups that require additional risk assessments are young persons, expectant and nursing mothers and disabled workers. Back to Top
Proactive monitoring involves routine inspections and checks to make sure that the standards and policies are being implemented and that the controls put in place are working. By taking the initiative before things go wrong you show employees that you are committed to ensuring their Health and Safety and Welfare is being looked after.
Site inductions should be carried out when new employees arrive on site. Statistics show that this is often the danger period for workers. Site inductions ideally take between half an hour and two hours to present.
Site Inspections can be for a specified area of concern or for a general site wide inspection. Detailed inspection reports on the findings will be submitted together with practical advice on problem areas.
Toolbox talks play a major part in our continuing effort to create an increased awareness of hazards present in our workplaces, and the precautions which must be taken to eliminate or control them. They are an invaluable means of involving those most at risk – the employees, sub-contractors and self-employed. Carrying out a toolbox talks involves giving a short presentation to the workforce on a single aspect of health and safety and are a useful route for employee consultation. A typical toolbox talk will take around 15 - 30 minutes.
The COSHH Approved Code of Practice says that “Employers should ensure that the selected face piece is of the right size and can correctly fit each wearer. For a tight-fitting face piece, the initial selection should include fit testing to ensure the wearer has the correct device.” Back to Top
Health & Safety Audits follow a structured process of collecting independent information on the efficiency, effectiveness and reliability of the total Health & Safety Management System and drawing up plans for corrective action. It is inevitable that control systems will decay or may become obsolete. Auditing is a way of providing managers with information and will show how effectively their Health & Safety Management Systems are being implemented. Back to Top
The management of construction work, including the selection and control of contractors is governed by the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015.
Principal contractors must set out the way in which the construction phase will be managed and the key health and safety issues for the particular project must be set out in writing. The Construction Phase Plan is tailored to the particular project.
Contractors and their employees are most at risk of injury and ill-health. They are often sub-contractors to the principal contractor and should always plan, manage, supervise and monitor their own work and that of their workers to ensure that it is carried out safely and that health risks are also addressed. A Contractors Health & Safety Plan is a site specific record of method statements and risk assessments to show that these health risks have been addressed. Back to Top
A method statement is a method of control that is used after a risk assessment of an operation has been carried out. The method statement is used to control the operation and to ensure that all concerned are aware of the hazards associated with the work and the safety precautions to be taken. In addition, construction method statements are used on site. For a particular section of similar work, they detail its boundaries, materials and plant requirements and temporary works designs. They also contain information concerning the order and method of construction with reference to work procedures. Back to Top
We can review your existing health and safety arrangements against the CHAS requirements and can advise you or any shortfall and provide the solutions required to ensure your CHAS application is successful. Back to Top
Accident / Incident investigation is considered to be a reactive monitoring system as it is triggered after an event. Each accident or incident should be properly and thoroughly investigated to allow an organisation to take the appropriate action to prevent a recurrence. Some insurance companies now insist on an accident / incident investigation report as part of the normal claims procedure. Back to Top
A requirement of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 is that employers are required to appoint competent persons to assist them to meet their legal obligations by providing sound advice and guidance.
You must get help from a competent person to enable you to meet the requirements of Health and Safety law. Back to Top
A competent person is someone who has the sufficient skills, knowledge, training and experience to assist you properly. Most organisations cannot justify employing their own Health & Safety Officer and therefore look to use the services of a Health and Safety Advisor. Back to Top
Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 every employer must ensure that his employees are provided with adequate health and safety training. This training should be repeated periodically where appropriate. We can work with you to assess the requirements of your workforce and put together a structured training plan and liaise with local training providers to ensure that your workforces' relevant qualifications are kept up to date. Back to Top
As a company you should be committed to equality and recognise the importance of ensuring equal opportunity and fair treatment in every aspect of your business. It should be your Policy to value and respect all of your existing and future employees equally, regardless of Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and maternity, Race, Religion or belief, Sex and Sexual Orientation. We can assist with preparing your equality programme and policy and give guidance on putting the programme into action. Back to Top