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 life therefore this course provides valuable refresher and update training…
Cost: £295.00 for up to 12 delegates
Course length: 3 hours
Emergency First Aid at Work – HSE Approved
First Aid equipment and first aid trained personnel at the workplace are requirements of Health & Safety law. In emergencies, Emergency First Aiders can act to prevent situations becoming major issues and can limit potential sick leave through prompt action.
Cost: £155.00 per delegate reduced to £130 per delegate for 6 or more delegates
Course length: 1 day
Emergency First Aid at Work +AED
AEDs or Defibrillators are becoming more prevalent not just in public places but workplaces too. Whether you have an AED or not, why not supplement your HSE approved Emergency First Aid at Work course with the extra knowledge of how to use a Defib.
Cost: £120 per delegate reduced to £100.00 per delegate for 6 or more delegates
Course length: 1 Day
CHAS / Construction-Line
Safety Schemes in Partnership
The HSE has been increasingly aware of the bureaucracy faced by organisations in assessing competence and being required to use various pre-qualification schemes. While use of these schemes is not a legal health and safety requirement, (ensuring competency is) we welcome this initiative in simplifying the process.
HSE actively supports the work of Safety Schemes in Procurement Forum (SSIP Forum), and the arrangements put in place by the member schemes of the Forum to achieve mutual recognition in relation to stage 1 of the Core Criteria established in the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) for the Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations 2015.These arrangements are based on the Core Criteria of the ACoP. Mutual recognition by the schemes is closely based on proposals suggested by independent research funded by HSE.
Many businesses are being forced down the route of being assessed by an external body by their clients as this allows them to carryout out an early stage competency assessment which can lead to your business getting on the first step of the ladder for tendering.
All local authorities now use CHAS as a minimum requirement for any contractor wishing to submit tenders and as the safety schemes in procurement is supported by the HSE it makes this type of accreditation become a vital step in your businesses development.
Will your business benefit from being SMAS, CHAS or Construction Line Accreditation or have you already achieved accreditation and need assistance in its renewal? If so, our prices start from as little as £350.00
It is undoubtedly the biggest fear to receive a phone call stating there has been a workplace accident. With the ever increasing ‘No-Win, No Fee’ media advertising, the industry seen an increase in claims resulting higher insurance premiums and in some cases higher court fines and penalties.
Furthermore, with the ‘Corporate Manslaughter’ bill directors will have to embrace the fact that without a proper, timely investigation they could face more than just a fine.
Therefore, the need to thoroughly investigate accidents, near misses & dangerous occurrences is vital in assisting a company to help prevent future incidents from occurring but also retain vital business insurances.
Construction Design Management
The Association of Project Safety are trusted by the industry to provide total support for Construction professionals.
We have a team of registered members of the APS, but what does it mean to you? being registered members means that we can demonstrate our Design Risk Management skills with an in depth-knowledge of construction because we belong to The Association for Project Safety – the regulating body.
The Client and Principal Designer: a key piece of the project jigsaw.
Since CDM 2007 this increasing demand for experienced CDM Coordinators who can offer the high levels of service required to administer the Construction (Design and Management) 2015Regulations (CDM) on a wide range of projects, is one of the driving factors behind our company’s ability to deliver client needs.
The Construction Design Management Regulations have gone through many changes since 2004 and now in the 2015 regulations the duties imposed on the client (including domestic clients) are more onerous. We can offer our support as Client Advisors or Advisors to the Principal Designer roles to ensure the duties are both embraced and implements. In addition, we also audit the project for CDM Compliance.
Scaffold Inspections, Audits & Training
Scaffold Inspections & Audits
We have qualified CISRS registered (Advanced Scaffold Inspectors) who are experienced in undertaking scaffold inspections which have been erected to TG20:08/TG20:13 or in accordance with a bespoke scaffold design.
We offer a one-off ‘detailed technical compliance inspection’ from which a fully detailed report including photographs including a thorough audit of all documentation provided by scaffold contractor.
We also offer the statutory weekly inspection service completing the statutory reports on your behalf.
We can offer guidance on appointing scaffolding contractors to ensure that your business liability is reduced and scaffold inspection courses for your site team to ensure standard are maintained.
Scaffold Inspection Training
Scaffold inspection courses
Scaffold inspection training is available for anyone who has the need to inspect scaffold structures on site. Courses are available at all levels: basic for those who would like to increase their knowledge of scaffold inspection and more advanced for those who are required to inspect steel and system scaffolding and alloy towers. To keep inspection skills up-to-date, we also offer an annual refresher course.
Traditional Scaffold Appreciation
This two-day scaffold course will enable people to improve their knowledge of basic access scaffolding and explore scaffold inspection techniques. It covers the requirements of TG20.13 and BSEN 12811 in terms of scaffold construction, stability, loading and use.
The legal requirements for the inspection of temporary scaffold structures made of steel in the “Work at Height Regulations 2005 are also covered.
To learn about the erection of scaffolding, have a look at our System Scaffolding training courses.
Steel and System Scaffold Inspection
The steel and system scaffold inspection course explores the safety and legal requirements of scaffolding. The course lasts for two days and provides delegates with extensive practical experience of inspecting pre-built scaffolds.
Please note that suitable traditional steel and/or system scaffolds must be provided on-site by clients.
A full inspection competency certificate is awarded on completion of the course.
This course is ideal for delegates who have a good level of current knowledge of steel and system scaffolds, as basic scaffold knowledge is not covered on the course.
Steel Scaffold and Alloy Tower Inspection
This two-day scaffold inspection course covers the legal and safety requirements of steel scaffold and alloy tower inspection. Extensive practical experience is also gained as delegates conduct ‘real time’ scaffold inspections.
Please note that suitable traditional steel and/or alloy tower scaffolds must be provided on-site by clients.
A full inspection competency certificate is awarded on completion of the course.
This course is ideal for delegates who already have a level of current knowledge of steel scaffolds and mobile alloy tower structures, as this basic knowledge is not covered on the course.
Scaffold Inspection Refresher Competency
Scaffold inspection training should be continuously updated. This one-day refresher course is open to holders of our full inspection competency certificate. It involves ‘real time’ inspection of pre-build scaffolds and tower structures and an overview of legal and safety requirements.
Workplace Audits & Inspections
Undertaking and recording regular workplace audits by one of our qualified auditors ensures that your Health, Safety and Environmental Management systems are both effective and being complied. This is particularly necessary when your company’s accreditation is at stake such as ISO14001, 18001, 9001 etc.
We believe monitoring the workplace plays an important part in maintaining management systems and actively encourages the workforce to improve standards.
Our workplace inspection not only identifies poor working practices, it gives recommendations on how these can be improved. All reports are computer generated and scored using a weighted system. A detailed printed report is issued at the time of the visit and discussed with the necessary personnel. This allows for data and gap analysis which again is used to direct your business and employees to understand where and why improvements need to be made.
From regular workplace inspections we can generate statistical charts, set targets & objectives (either local or group) and monitor progress and produce accident/incident rate stats comparing them against the UK average.
Fire Risk Assesment
In order to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 Fire Safety Regulations, fire risk assessments are required for all workplaces.
At the core of the legislation lies the Fire Risk Assessment. This is an organised appraisal of your work activities and the workplace to enabling the fire risk assessor to identify potential fire hazards, and to decide who (including employees and visitors) might be in danger in the event of fire, and their location. The fire risk assessor will then evaluate the risks arising from the hazards and decide whether the existing fire precautions are adequate, or whether more needs to be done.
Let one of our fire risk assessors undertake an audit of your premises and compile you a fire risk assessment and action plan to ensure that your business is not only compliant, but that your employees and visitors are safe from the event of fire.
RAMS (Risk Assessments & Method Statements)
Under the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, all employers and self-employed are required to undertake and record written workplace risk assessments. Our professionals can either undertake these risk assessments on your behalf or provide your staff with the necessary training and paperwork to undertake complete the risk assessment process, record monitor and review them as necessary.
We can design risk assessment forms to suit your business activity and many risk assessments can be generic whereby simple alterations to suit the workplace can be made.
Written plans of work ‘method statements’ need to be drawn up as a formal requirement in managing some workplace activities. These should then be discussed with the workforce, amended and reviewed as necessary.
Our safety team can evaluate the work activity, ensure that work will be carried out complying with the appropriate regulations and prepare the written method statements on your behalf or provide your staff with the necessary training and paperwork to undertake complete the method statement, record monitor and review them as necessary.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2004 requires employers to assess the risk of exposure to products, materials and substances used in the workplace.
Many companies assume that having a Material Substance Date Sheet (MSDS) makes them compliant, but this is not the case. The regulations require you to utilise the information contained in the MSDS to help you assess the risk of exposure, routes on entry etc to your employees, contractors and visitors.
Our safety professionals can either undertake these COSHH Risk Assessments on your behalf or provide your staff with the necessary training and paperwork to undertake complete the COSHH risk assessment process, record monitor and review them as necessary.
This will also ensure that your company has the necessary storage, fire fighting equipment and emergency procedures in place.
Vibration & Noise
Vibration Control & Monitoring
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVs) & Vibration White Finger (VWF) can cause serious and permanent injury to persons who are exposed to excessive use of percussive vibrating and pneumatic equipment.
Under the Physical Agent Directive, the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations were formed, requiring employers to assess and control the exposure to such equipment to ensure its employees are not affected by either HAVs or VWF.
We can undertake these assessments to meet with the requirements of the 2005 Control of Vibration at Work Regulations, put in place the necessary forms and monitoring procedures to ensure that the exposure levels are kept to a minimum and where necessary advice on the requirement for health surveillance.
Noise Control & Monitoring
Many industry processes produce high noise levels, exposing both employees and others nearby to a risk of permanent hearing damage.
The industry has seen many insurance claims over the years and as a result the 2006 Control of Noise at Work Regulations further reduced the exposure limits and now requires more stringent controls to be in place.
It is therefore essential that Noise Monitoring be carried out in the workplace, risk assessments produced and where necessary mechanical control implemented to reduce the exposure level. Once this has been done, only then can P.P.E be issued to offer further protection.
We can undertake both Noise Surveys & Noise Risk Assessments, record the results and help instigate the necessary controls to ensure compliance.