We all manage risks in different ways, but for businesses, it’s essential that you know what might cause harm to people and whether you are doing enough to avoid injury. Ensuring that your business meets all of the health and safety regulations means more than just ticking boxes. You need to appoint a qualified person to assess your company’s potential risks and then implement solutions for these risks. That sounds like a bit of a heavy topic that can be visited another day…definitely not!

Here, we talk about what you can expect from a health and safety consultant and focus on the benefits your business will receive when working with us. 

What to Expect From a Health and Safety Consultation

You know your business inside out, and keeping on top of safety issues, fire hazards, and access and exit points is probably something you do without thinking. However, there is a lot more to health and safety than first meets the eye. From ensuring employees’ safety to fulfilling a set of legal obligations, health and safety is a booming topic and often, it’s best to get the experts involved. The legal landscape is changing almost every day and keeping on top of these changes can be confusing and time-consuming.

Here are some reasons to work with a health and safety consultant and what you can expect from us:

1. Audit of your current health and safety operations

As we have already mentioned, businesses always have some level of health and safety measures implemented. Taking a look into your current measures and standards will give us an indication of how much work needs to be done. The overall aim of this is so we can identify where you need to improve in your industry specifically. 

2. Create a proper risk assessment

Putting together a proper plan that identifies risks and offers effective solutions is a legal requirement. If you have five or more employees, then you must also record this in your company documents. Like many aspects of running your business, with a little research, time spent on the internet, reading up and maybe attending a few courses, you would probably quite rightly describe yourself as a competent person.

The big question is whether you really should be spreading yourself so thin, being hands-on in each and every aspect of the business. It’s possible, but it certainly takes a lot of time and effort. Ideally, you will be involved too, but as an observer, listening and learning alongside your employees.

3. Develop professional health and safety documents for employees

The way you manage your health and safety measures will tell your staff how to act and behave in the workplace. This isn’t always a given which means a clear, informative document needs to be written. This is known as a Health and Safety policy and sets out a range of practices for managing health and safety in the workplace. Again, this is a legal requirement if you have five or more employees. 

Another reason for the carefully crafted document is to create a transparent and positive culture around health and safety. Being transparent with employees is so important when creating a health and safety solution, as it ensures everyone is on the same page. 

Benefits of Outsourcing to a Health and Safety Consultant

Choosing to outsource your health and safety is a big decision, so it’s important to think about the benefits a close relationship with a consultant can bring. Some benefits of working with us can be seen below. 

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Invest your time into other parts of the business

Not only does it allow you to easily stay up to date with the latest legislation, but it also allows you to save a lot of time. Keeping up to date with the latest industry developments relating to health and safety can be very time consuming. If you’re the Director of a business, your time and effort is probably best spent elsewhere. You’ll still be part of the process, but you won’t need to spend hours working on developing and implementing solutions. 

Create a safe and positive environment for employees

This isn’t just about ticking boxes, it’s about making sure your employees and everyone who interacts with your business stays safe and avoids accidents. If there are clear health and safety measures in place, you will be promoting and encouraging a positive health and safety culture in your company. The result? Safer and happier employees. This also increases the reputation of your company.

Stay industry compliant and prevent legal implications

Different industries have different risks. From noise levels to height hazards, as well as mental health and stress risks. Being aware of the types of risks in your industry is so important when developing solutions. And let’s be clear – there are legal implications if you don’t get the risk assessment spot on, and properly documented. 

That way you ensure that all bases are covered, there’s real peace of mind, and a thorough report will be prepared on your behalf. However, your directors, managers, and supervisors also deserve to be fully covered. They can also be prosecuted if there are breaches, and risks have not been properly managed. Then there is the financial penalty, something that can ruin individual lives and put severe pressure on businesses. Don’t let it get to that.

Interested in Working with Health and Safety Consultants? 

The message is clear: don’t cut corners, take chances, or assume that every aspect of health and safety management has been properly covered. Rhino Safety assesses businesses and organisations every day. We are specialists with years of experience, who can offer the best possible advice and ongoing support. 

We can help you put the right systems,  procedures, and training in place that let you concentrate on running your businesses. Looking to work with us to develop health and safety solutions? Get in touch today and we’ll be happy to help!

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