What is the HSE?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the body responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare in England, Wales and Scotland. Responsibility in Northern Ireland lies with the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland. The HSE is sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions. As part of its work, HSE investigates industrial accidents, small and large, as well as major incidents

What is the Health & Safety at work act?

The Act defines the general duties of employers, employees, contractors, suppliers of goods and substances for use at work, persons in control of work premises, and those who manage and maintain them, and persons in general. The Act enables regulation by government ministers which has generated an extensive system of specific provisions for various industries, disciplines and risks. It has established a system of public supervision, through the creation of the Health and Safety Executive, and bestows extensive enforcement powers, ultimately backed by criminal sanctions extending to unlimited fines and imprisonment for up to two years. The Act provides a critical interface with the law of the European Union on workplace health and safety

What compliance does my business need?

That is dependent on the day-to-day activities that your business is involved in.

Every business needs a health and safety policy. If you employ more than five people, this must be in writing. The policy sets out your general approach to health and safety. It also explains how you organise responsibility for managing health and safety in your business.

Your main health and safety policy should also link to any more in-depth policies and procedures that your business may have in place: for example, procedures for using dangerous equipment safely, reporting serious injuries and so on.

At Gauntlet, we have a wide range of clients from different industries, meaning that we are likely to have experience in helping other companies within your industry.

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What is a health & safety policy?

A health and safety policy sets out your approach and commitment to health and safety, together with the arrangements you have put in place for managing health and safety in your business. It is a unique document that assigns key health & safety roles to members of staff, including what, when and how health & safety objectives are achieved.

The policy is usually made up of three parts:

  1. A Statement of Intent. This is a written policy statement, showing staff, and anyone else, your commitment to health and safety.
  2. Organisation details. This provides the names of individuals who are allocated with responsibilities for health and safety matters in your company.
  3. Arrangements. This section explains how you will control the main hazards that have been identified in your risk assessment.

Your health and safety policy will only be effective if it is acted upon and followed. It needs to be reviewed regularly (at least annually), or sooner, with changes to processes, plant, equipment or staff detailed.

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What is COSHH?

COSHH, (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health), is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health. The law reduces workers’ exposure, through the implementation of guidelines.

Most businesses use substances, or products that are mixtures of substances. Some processes create substances. These could cause harm to employees, contractors and other people.

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How can I become CHAS accredited?

CHAS, (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme), is a pre-qualification health and safety accreditation, useful within a tender process. Some buyers require CHAS to be in place, before they will allow you to tender. This is especially true of public sector bodies.

The first step is the assessment form. Once this has been completed, and you have attained CHAS compliancy, you can apply to be CHAS accredited. Applying for CHAS accreditation is subject to an additional fee (currently £60) on top of the assessment fee. With accreditation you commit to annual assessments, showing that you maintain the high levels of health and safety management required. In return, you will benefit from a number of extras, including a certificate, and the use of the CHAS logo. You will be exempt from other scheme H&S questionnaires, which can save you time gaining other accreditations for your business.

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What is RIDDOR?

RIDDOR is the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. These Regulations require employers, the self-employed and those in control of premises to report specified workplace incidents.

At Gauntlet we are able to provide you with the reports required by RIDDOR.

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What are an employers’ health & safety responsibilities at work?

According to the HSE: “It is an employer's duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business. Employers must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this.”

The keyphrase here is “whatever is reasonably practicable”, as this could be open to interpretation.

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What is a health & safety risk assessment?

A risk assessment is an examination of what, in your business, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have enough precautions, or whether you should do more. This can be open to interpretation, and could result in hazards being missed.

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How can I get a risk assessment?

The simplest way is to get in contact with one of our knowledgeable and friendly health & safety consultants. They can provide you with guidance with regard to what is practical, in terms of the solutions available to your business.

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