Our Health & Safety Support Service is designed to support schools and businesses, firstly, in ensuring a safe working environment and secondly, in complying with the legal requirements imposed on them as employers under the various Health & Safety laws and regulations in the UK.
The service comprises:
1. Health & Safety Audit
At the outset of our relationship with you, and annually thereafter, we conduct an in depth audit of your management of health & safety, benchmarked against the best practice set out by the HSE. This exercise will assess the scope and effectiveness of current arrangements, audit compliance with all relevant legislation and associated Codes of Practice and the Audit Report will identify gaps in compliance and set out our recommendations on those improvements necessary to ensure satisfactory health & safety management.
2. Policy and Procedure
We draft and keep under review policies and procedures, including: Your Health & Safety Policy and Subsidiary Policies such as: First Aid and Medicines, Managing Contractors and Site Safety Rules, Educational Visits, Fire Management Policy, Model Department Policy: For adaptation and adoption by department
3. Risk Assessments
We carry out and document on your behalf a number of assessments of the risks in key areas. These will be based both on our own observations and an assessment of current practice and procedures when benchmarked against best practice measures. Our recommendations for improved control of risks in these areas are then set out in an Action Plan for your business.
4. Fire Safety
We carry out a full Fire Risk Assessment and review this annually or sooner if there are significant changes. We prepare a dedicated Fire Safety Action Plan and provide advice on a wide range of fire safety issues.
5. Curriculum Risks (schools specific)
Where appropriate, we meet with the Heads of Department of the higher-risk, practical subjects to assess with them how safety is managed in their department and provide advice as necessary. Again current practice will benchmarked against best practice measures and our recommendations for improved control of risks in these areas are set out in an Action Plan.
6. Access to Competent Person
You will be allocated a Lead Consultant, who will be a specialist safety adviser, who you can contact directly for advice on any health & safety matter
7. Accident Investigation Support
Should an accident, near-miss or serious incident occur on your premises, we will assist you to carry out an investigation to determine the cause of the event and identify any failure in the health and safety management system. Once a cause has been determined, we will provide guidance as to amendments to procedures or behaviour necessary to prevent recurrence.
8. Online Resources
Clients have access to an online Document Library of risk assessment templates and examples, checklists, guidance documents etc. Heads of Department and Chief Executives can, for example, find and download detailed risk assessments which they can edit to reflect their own particular circumstances and procedures.