General guidance

Health and Safety is all about preventing people from being harmed or becoming ill through work. The aim of Health and Safety legislation is to require employers and employees to not put others or themselves in danger. The law also protects the public from workplace dangers.

Health and Safety legislation applies to all businesses, however small, and also to the self-employed and employees.

Fire safety

UK fire safety legislation places emphasis on preventing fires and reducing risk.

If you have some control over premises you must take reasonable and practicable steps to reduce the likelihood of fire and ensure persons have clear routes to safety in the event of a fire or emergency.

Health at Work

Health surveillance means having a system to look for early signs of ill health caused by substances and other hazards at work.

COSHH

Hazardous substances at work can put people’s health at risk, so the law requires employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health.

CDM 2015

On projects where the Client and Principal Designer feel that they are lacking in the skills, knowledge and experience to carry out their duties as per the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, they can seek assistance to carry out the roles effectively from Health and Safety Consultants. can offer this service as Client and Principal Designer Advisor /CDM Advisors.

Risk assessments

A hazard is something that has the potential to cause harm.

A risk is the likelihood of the hazard causing harm.

Carrying out Risk Assessments is an important method of protecting your workers and your business, as well as complying with regulatory requirements.  The management of Health and safety Regulations 1999 places an absolute duty on the employer to make suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of their employees at work and to non-employees affected by their undertaking.

Method statements – safe systems of work

Think of a method statement as a safe system of work. It is simply a plan of how you are going to carry out the work safely and what methods you will follow. Plan out the activity and what key tasks need to be covered.

Construction Phase Plans

A Construction Phase Plan is a legal requirement of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. Each construction phase plan must be relevant to the project, be proportionate to the scale and complexity of the project and record the safety arrangements of the construction phase of the project.

Fee for Intervention (FFI) cost recovery scheme. Under the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, those who break health and safety laws are liable for recovery of HSE’s related costs, including inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action. Contact Chris Cahill to ensure your business has access to competent advice and so as not to put your business at risk of breaching HSE legislation.

Let us assist you with your health & safety documented systems, please contact Chris by email: chris@chriscahill.co.uk