Health and Safety Policy
What is a Health and Safety Policy?
A policy is a written statement, usually comprises three elements:
- a statement section (often a single page) detailing how safety will be managed and that demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to health and safety
- an organisation section that details where responsibilities are allocated and how employees fit into the overall safety management system
- an arrangements section that contains details of how specific activities and functions are managed.
This arrangements section could include such matters as risk assessments, fire safety, first aid, accident reporting, electrical safety, work equipment, hazardous substances, manual handling and other workplace issues.
In larger organisations the arrangements section may refer to other documents, such as safety manuals or safe systems of work.
Why have a Health and Safety Policy?
All organisations employing five or more people must have a written Health and Safety Policy statement. The policy should cover all aspects of the organisation and be relevant to all employees.
A Health and Safety Policy demonstrates how seriously an organisation takes its health and safety responsibilities. A good policy will show how the organisation protects those who could be affected by its activities.
The policy should be of an appropriate length and relevance to the activities and size of the organisation.
Legal duties and obligations around Health and Safety Policies
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
The Act says that you must prepare your own statement and bring it to the attention of all employees. The policy should be reviewed and revised as often as necessary.
Legally, the policy only requires you to address the health and safety matters relating to employees, but in many organisations, it is a good idea to have a policy that considers the safety of others who might be affected by your activities, i.e. volunteers, contractors and the general public.
With or without a written policy, all employers have a duty of care to protect their employees and others from harm arising from work activities.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
These regulations place duties on employers to assess and manage risks to their employees and others arising from work activities. How this is carried out should be included in the policy.
Our training instructors are City & Guilds qualified trainers, all holding an IOSH qualification and where necessary, hold the appropriate plant instructor/assessor qualifications.
We have access to various training venues in Yorkshire which can accommodate upto 15 delegates to provide both accredited and in-house training courses which suit your business requirements. We also have access to a plant training grounds local to York for new learners and plant assessments.
So; if you need anything from plant training to asbestos awareness to scaffold appreciation and inspection training then give us a call.
Heavy Plant Training
From dumpers to mobile crushers
Our courses start at £165.00 per delegate and are by using the National Plant Operators Registration Scheme, this is by far the cheapest means of legal compliance. The courses are designed to meet the legal requirements of both the Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations and The Provision & Use of Work Equipment and reassesses an experienced operator with proven previous operating experience.
The course will cover safety awareness training and an on-site assessment. Each delegate will need to provide proof of previous experience and on successful completion will be registered with the National Plant Operators Scheme which, is fully supported by the HSE. We also offer the NPORS NVQ assessment routes.
Operator training will be dependent on any previous experience and requires return monitoring visits once the initial training program has been completed Quotations will be provided on request.
Small Plant Training
What is small plant / equipment?
There is a broad definition of “plant” which can cover a multitude of everyday work equipment ranging from hand held power tools, chain saws, angle grinders workshop equipment, office equipment as well as blenders and coffee grinders. Each plant item presents its own hazards which can include:
- mechanical and moving parts;
- crushing or cutting;
- fire and explosion;
- hot parts of plant;
- manual handling; and
- chemical hazards.
Injuries resulting from incidents involving plant can range from:
- near misses;
- small cuts and bruises; and
- serious injuries such as amputations, scalping, de-gloving and fatalities.
What the law says;
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations requires an employer to ensure that anyone using plant and equipment to have received suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training.
Management Training Courses
U-Train-Me are a Registered Training Centre and can provide many Management ‘Health & Safety Courses’ either at our own training centre or at your own facility.
We offer 2 different courses accredited by IOSH (The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health).
- Working Safely is a course for any level of employee, and covers basic health and safety knowledge that enables employees to work safely.
- Managing Safely is a 4 day course aimed at managers and supervisors who have a responsibility for managing other staff.
CITB Courses available are:
- SMSTS this is a 5-day course aimed at persons in charge of managing the health and safety on construction, refurbishment and demolition sites and is considered the minimum qualification by the HSE
- SSSTS: this the 2-day course which is aimed at persons who assist in the supervision of a construction, refurbishment or demolition site.
First Aid Training Courses
First Aid at Work Initial – HSE Approved
First Aid trained personnel at the workplace is a requirement of Health & Safety law. First Aiders can act to prevent situations becoming worse and can reduce potential sick leave through prompt emergency action. They will be able to use provided First Aid equipment with confidence.
Cost: £265.00 per delegate reduced to £240.00 per delegate for 6 or more
Course length: 3 days
First Aid at Work ‘Requalification’ – HSE Approved
First Aid skills deteriorate with time. The HSE therefore require all First Aiders in the workplace to refresh their skills and knowledge every 3 years. Experienced First Aiders are an asset to any workplace and refresher training will ensure that they will continue to be able to use provided First Aid equipment with confidence.
Cost: £195 per delegate reduced to £170.00 per delegate for 6 or more delegates
Course length: 2 days
Basic Skills Update for First Aiders (Annual)
The HSE “Strongly recommends” that it is good practice for First Aiders to complete an annual refresher course. Retention of knowledge and skills deteriorate over the three-year certificate li