One of the items on many businesses’ to-do lists will be to improve health and safety (H&S). These improvements could be writing an H&S policy, conducting a risk audit or putting physical systems in place to prevent accidents and injuries, such as ensuring workers are wearing appropriate safety gloves for specific tasks. But how should you go about making certain your business is safe as it can be? For many it can be a daunting prospect and can leave some scratching their heads about where to start.
Fortunately, there is help available for those who need it. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides a simple guide to health and safety outlining the basics and where else you might seek help. If you are a member, it is also worth contacting your trade association to see what assistance is available for your particular business, as while you might like to do everything in-house, the likelihood is you will need outside help at some point.
Do they know what they’re doing?
When looking for a health and safety specialist either internally or externally, the HSE recommends that you should consider whether they have:
- Qualifications in health and safety
- Experience within your industry
- Competence to advise you in this area
- Membership of a professional body.
It is also worth checking to see if your chosen specialist is on the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register. To be on the register, a person needs to have obtained a degree level qualification, have at least two years’ experience and be in a continuing professional development scheme.
Shopping around is also a good idea to make sure you get a specialist that can meet your requirements. Talk to them about your issue and make sure they understand where you are coming from. The specialist will provide you with a proposed solution, which should include deliverable outcomes, and cost. If either of these sound over the top, compare with others on the market. This will give you a clearer view of what is available.
If looking to hire a consultancy, aim for those with ISO9001 accreditation. This ensures the company has met certain standards for quality management and has a very strong customer focus.
A job well done
Once the project has been completed, or is up and running if on-going, check that the agreed outcomes have been met and talk to staff to ensure they are happy with the new arrangements.
Hiring an outside consultant can really take the strain out of ensuring your business is meeting the required H&S standards. They can make sure everything is up to scratch, leaving you to get on with the day job.
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