Occupational Health and Safety
Health and Safety consultants specialising in Buildings, CDM and Construction. Occupational Health advisers available for all business sectors, CDM Principal Designers and Legionella Risk Assessments, Coronavirus risk assessments in the following areas:
- New Forest
- New Milton
We offer a full range of health and safety services to include a medical led Occupational Health Adviser along with NEBOSH qualified advisers, Risk Assessments, CDM Advisers for Principal Designers, Construction Safety, DSE Assessments, Noise Assessments, Noise Surveys, Occupational Health Audits, Health Surveillance, Night Worker Assessments, Hearing Tests, Industrial Audiometry, Legionella Risk Assessments. Coronavirus Covid 19 risk assessments.
We work with you, tailoring our services to the specific needs of your business. Addressing health and safety shouldn’t be seen as a regulatory burden; it can offer significant opportunities including
- Reduced costs and risks – employee absence is lower, accidents are fewer; the threat of legal action is lessened.
- Improved standing among suppliers and partners.
- A better reputation for corporate responsibility among investors, customers and local communities.
We take a simple approach to consultancy with the experience skills and flexibility to meet the modern company’s requirements.
Specialising in providing Occupational Health as well as Health and Safety services supporting companies across a range of industries. We aim to help our clients:
- Reduce the cost of health and safety compliance.
- Provide peace of mind, enabling companies to focus on their core business.
- Ensure compliance that is proportionate, cost effective and relevant to the working environment.
- Provide and maintain a safe and healthy working environment.
- Employers’ have a legal duty to create a safe and healthy working environment. A Health and Safety Audit addresses all relevant aspects of management and workplace risk. The comprehensive report that is produced following the audit provides a road map for full compliance with all relevant legislation.
All of our Occupational Health advisers are on the NMC specialist OH register. All Safety personnel are NEBOSH trained and all CDM advisers have passed the APS CDM 2015 examination.
Coronavirus Covid 19 Risk Assessments
We can offer policies and risk assessments to assist with this Pandemic.
Health and Safety Policy
It is a legal requirement for employers with more than five employees to have a written policy. This in turn facilitates formal arrangements to effectively manage workplace risks.
We offer pragmatic non judgemental advice on this high risk area and have a vast amount of experience in most areas. We have passed the APS CDM (Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015) examination and are considered experts in this particular field.
Occupational Health Service
Occupational Health offers a service providing health surveillance inc lung function, hearing, eyesight, HAVS. new-employment questionnaires and medicals, absence management, long-term sickness reviews, return to work medicals, industry specific medicals and a full range of specialist occupational health services see OH Advisers
Workplace Risk Assessment
Identifying potential hazards and managing risks is essential in ensuring a safe working environment. Risk assessment is fundamental and we can assist you in carrying out risk assessments which are proportionate to your working environment.
DSE Computer Workstation Assessment
A DSE Assessment evaluates the hazards for employees who regularly use computer equipment, including laptops and mobile devices. Our solutions include online or form based self assessments, face to face assessments with a consultant or training of your own staff to carry out the assessments.
The investigation of work-related accidents forms an essential part of managing health and safety. We use a systematic approach to determining why an accident occurred and the steps needed to prevent recurrence. In the event of a serious incident we can liaise with enforcement authorities and assist with RIDDOR reports.
As an employer you need to appoint somebody to act as your competent HS person. This could be a suitably qualified employee or you could hire a consultant such as ourselves to perform this role. The decision on who to appoint will depend on the specific working environment and the risks involved.
Legionella Risk Assessments
We carry out straightforward Legionella Risk Assessments in line with the HSE ACOP L8. We cannot provide schematic drawings.
Occupational Stress Audit
Stress related illnesses cause more lost time at work than any other factor. We can carry out a management level Stress Audit to assess stress levels and to ensure compliance with HSE case law.
Health and Safety for Client Tenders
We have assisted numerous companies improve their chances of winning business in a formal tender process. This has been achieved by helping those clients improve both their own HS management systems and the way in which they present those systems to their clients and prospects.
HSE good news
Permission for judicial review of FFI appeals scheme granted
It has been reported that Keith Morton QC, instructed by Mike Appleby of Fisher Scoggins Waters, will be acting for a facilities outsourcing company who are seeking to quash the HSE system for deciding Fee for Intervention appeals and to challenge the rejection of its appeals against specific Notices of Contravention.
The judicial review hearing is yet to be fixed but is expected to take place in the early part of 2017. The permission was granted by Mr Justice Kerr who, when granting permission, observed that:
“It is arguable that the HSE is, unlawfully, judge in its own cause when operating the FFI scheme; and that the scheme is either unlawful or being operated in an unlawful manner.”
JR is about the way decisions made
Judicial review is a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body. The reviews are a challenge to the way in which a decision has been made, rather than the rights and wrongs of the conclusion reached.
One commentator on the HSE Construction Web Online Community recently expressed concern about the FFI process in stating:
“Fees for intervention are a blight on a lawful democratic society. They should be banned forever, and paid back by the government. No one should be guilty until tried by a fair judicial process. Innocent until proved guilty is what our legal system is about. Yet the size of FFI effectively makes them a fine.”
JR is not concerned with the conclusions of the process and whether those were ‘right’, as long as the right procedures have been followed. The court will not substitute what it thinks is the ‘correct’ decision.
Relationships changed and strained
The HSE Fee for Intervention scheme has also come under fire because of the effect on the relationships between the regulator and the regulated. One legal practice surveyed clients and found: