Safeguarding your workforce and ensuring compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Health and safety laws are there to protect individuals, employees, and the public from workplace hazards. Given the volume of health and safety legislation, organisations are at continued risk of non-compliance without competent and skilled support.
Health and safety incidents can be costly, time-consuming, and cause damage to reputation, and so SCW is ready to assume the ‘competent person’ role on an organisation’s behalf. We help with the following:
Health and safety management
We work according to your business specifications, offering a fully managed service to provide a comprehensive annual health and safety work programme. The programme integrates consultancy with practical help to apply and implement relevant legislation. This is combined with project-based support; for example, developing a Health and Safety policy.
SCW has a positive track record, providing access to, and support from, subject matter experts and practitioners. We collaborate to understand the environment in which our customers operate and their specific challenges.
Our health and safety service is a cost-efficient way to address all health and safety responsibilities so that your business operates in compliance with the legislation.
Advice and support
Health and Safety is an enormous subject area and expertise is needed to apply regulations correctly, appropriately, and proportionately. Furthermore, Health and Safety legislation is being updated and amended continually. SCW provides up to date information on legislation and corresponding HSE guidance, sharing plain-English updates via:
- Bulletins: while Health and Safety is not top of everyone’s agenda, we ensure everyone across an organisation is regularly informed via bulletins.
- Education and training: SCW conduct Health and Safety induction training at agreed intervals. All fire safety and first aid-related training is managed by SCW but delivered by external experts, e.g. St. John’s Ambulance, British Red Cross.
- Staff Accident Book: in line with statutory duties, we provide a web-based online incident management system – ‘Accident Book’ – and support the investigation of incidents by outlining the root causes and providing recommendations and risk-management actions to prevent a reoccurrence.
- A quarterly incident report outlines the numbers and types of incidents reported
- We collate trends and key lessons learned so that solutions can be found to reduce reoccurrence
- We provide links to wider Corporate Governance Frameworks, where necessary, including an organisational Risk Assurance Framework
Health and Safety framework and policy
We support you to develop and employ a Health and Safety Management System to demonstrate good management and best practice. This is based on Deming's 'Plan, Do, Check, Act' cycle. Such a framework will incorporate vision and planning, organisation and management, governance and review, and the Health and Safety Policy.
Health and Safety governance
We conduct a formal Health and Safety Committee meeting every quarter. The committee will be the primary mechanism for review and monitoring of your Health and Safety Management System.
Incident reporting and investigation
There are certain incidents that have to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. We assist you with this from start to finish and also provide:
- An annual site report providing you with the Health and Safety status of your own worksite and identifying necessary improvements.
- An annual General Health and Safety risk assessment identifying workplace hazards and providing advice on elimination or reduction to an acceptable level.
- A risk assessment provides the core component of your annual site report and can also positively affect organisational Health and Safety culture as employee views are sought as part of the inspection.
- A specialist security expert contracted to achieve and maintain compliance with NHS Protect requirements.