While health and safety is a key concern for all businesses, there are certain industries where the risks are higher and health and safety training is absolutely vital. Risk assessments are a part of everyday life in all industries, as premises must be safe for everyone who occupies the space, but some businesses have it easier than others. For example, a shop will have fewer safety hazards than a building site. When your business operates in high-risk environments, you must go above and beyond with your health and safety training. Here are some of the more high-risk industries.
Factories can pose all sorts of risks to workers. It’s essential that everyone has the appropriate handling training for the machinery in your plant, as factory equipment can cause serious injury in the wrong hands.
There can be many risks in a warehouse environment. The storage of stock and equipment must be sufficient to avoid anything falling on workers.If there are any flammable materials, you will need to ensure some employees have undergone fire marshal training to respond appropriately if there is a fire.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that there are dangers on construction sites. There are health and safety courses designed specifically for the hazards of the construction industry, and your workers need to know how to go about their work safely or you could face some really nasty incidents.
Other high-risk industries include healthcare, logging and mining. It is essential that companies pay due diligence to their health and safety requirements. Failure to do so could lead to serious incidents and costly liability lawsuits – don’t ignore the hazards of the workplace.
Injuries, illnesses and medical appointments are the most common causes of absenteeism. A significant increase in absences is especially noted during the cold and flu season. According to CIPD Absence Management Survey in 2016, absenteeism can cost companies at least £522 per employee per year, lost working hours as well as low productivity. However, if health and safety regulations are properly observed in your workplace, you can ensure that your employees will be fit and healthy to come to work, lowering the rate of absence.
If companies are committed to health and safety, accidents can be prevented and work will be finished without delays. This can make clients and stakeholders happy and satisfied, which is a good sign for your business.
GH Safety are excited to announce that we have expanded into an additional unit for the sole purpose of being able to offer a continuous stream of Health & Safety Training Courses. we have proudly called it our ‘Skills Hub’. The Skills Hub offers a bright, relaxed, comfortable training space with a break area, tea & coffee facilities, mini kitchen and HD PC Screen set up and conference call facilities.
We have a Calendar with a schedule of OPEN Courses lined up for 2019 which you can download here. We will also be using this space for clients who don’t have training facilities or just would like to get away from their office to hold training for their employees only.
For more information on the open courses we provide or indeed if you want to book a training course just for your company contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01793 784334
The HSE has been looking closely into External Health & Safety Consultancies and the services delivered and they haven’t been impressed!
To comply with legislation all employers must ensure they have “competent advisors” in areas such as Health & Safety. This could be a company having an in-house department with qualified advisors, however many small and medium sizes businesses (SMEs) get their advice from an External Health & Safety Company like that of ourselves. Having an External Health & Safety Advisor enables businesses to focus on what they do best in the knowledge that as a business they are complying with the law.
So what has the HSE found to make them concerned with cowboy consultancies?
In a recent review it found that larger consultancies with big sales teams were scaremongering businesses into believing they were not fully compliant and were then tying them into multi year contracts. It was found written in one companies literature “Some businesses don’t take health and safety seriously? There’s one word for them: LIABLE!” It was also seen that businesses were given and charged for documentation that wasn’t even relevant!
So how do you avoid these cowboys?
You come straight GH Safety Ltd of course! In all seriousness, GH Safety is a small, but perfectly formed Team of Health & Safety Accredited Experts. We treat each business differently, no one size fits all approach, and we certainly don’t bombard and charge you for material you don’t need. We are about getting you compliant, but we also want to create change within businesses to accept that adopting safe systems of work will actually improve and benefit your business.
How do you know GH Safety isn’t one of those Cowboys?
All Consultants are NEBOSH Trained, are fully accredited Members of the Institute of Occupational Health & Safety and we are a fully insured business. We can also boast to having a large portfolio of happy clients on board from Farming to Fashion, to Construction to Corporations (See for yourself here). We pride ourselves on delivering bespoke safety solutions with documentation that is relevant and constantly updated to company changes. We believe in Protecting People. Promotes Profits.
For more information on our External Health & Safety Advisory Services call 01793 784334 to discuss your requirements or email email@example.com.
UK Temperatures are set to the hit sizzling heights of 35 degrees! Work still has to be done, so how can we ensure we get the tasks done safely?
Here are GH Safety’s TOP TIPS for Sun Safety in the Heatwave:
Please consider the following when working outdoors and in the sunlight, particularly between the hours of 11am and 3pm:
Some Sun Stats…….
For any further information or advice on the above please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or visit NHS Website
With the building industry booming there is a real need to get more workers into the construction sector. This in mind BAM Nuttall and Arco (The UK’s Leading Supplier of Safety Clothing) have joined forces in creating a PPE range of clothing that is tailored to fit women.
Women currently in the industry have to wear PPE that is designed to fit men, making it ill-fitting, uncomfortable and a potential safety hazard. BAM & Arco have created work wear with changed proportions to fit a woman’s frame. The pockets have been repositioned for easier reach and where the garments are now in better proportions the reflective safety strips are in the correct visible positions.
Initially, BAM & Arco are manufacturing Polo shirts, Jackets, Waistcoats, and Trouser with the intention to look at Safety Helmets, Gloves, Goggles and Boots.
The construction sector is trying to make the building industry more attractive to women as a career with this new range of PPE, but also by including the female silhouette in site safety signage. A recent campaign by BAM Nuttall see’s its fleet of vans use young female trainee surveyor Kat Woodall image alongside a little girl playing with building blocks with the headline ‘Building a future career’
Last week we had a scheduled visit to one of our high profile clients, Harrods, to perform a Racking Inspection and provide a report on our findings. One finding we had was most unexpected, but a marvel to be privileged to see.
Stored away within the safety of the Harrods Building was this magnificent period Delivery Truck. How beautifully well kept even after all these years. GH Safety was very honoured to be able to see.
Recently one of our long-standing clients Millets Farm Centre were approached by the Vale of the White Horse and the HSE to relook at their transport planning. With our business relationship being as strong as it is, they came straight to us for advice on how to improve their car park safely for visitors, staff and delivery drivers.
We fully assessed the car park, and although they had clear signage, and traffic management in place, there was an area we thought could be improved for peoples further safety. We suggested they implement a Zebra Crossing to aid visitors and children to safely navigate their way from their vehicles to either the Farm Shop, Farm Centre or Maze attraction (see Below)
It is very rewarding for us when clients want to improve their safety awareness and ensure they are not only ticking boxes to comply to legislation but really want to look after the safety of their staff, visitors and anyone coming to their Farm Centre.
Developing a safety culture within a business not only provides assurance in peoples safely, it can reward the business back by improving performance, efficiency, reduce costs, and therefore reflect in increased profits. For more information on improving systems of work, or creating better attitudes to Safety within business please contact 01793 784 334 or email email@example.com