Top 10 Health and Safety tips for a small business

  1. Eliminate the hazards from the workplace – this could be identified through a documented risk assessment
  2. Train your employees – provide adequate and appropriate training relevant to the role they play within the business
  3. Encourage a good health and safety culture – Consult with your workforce and get the involved, lead from example
  4. Document a good health and safety policy – relevant to your business, keep it simple and to the point
  5. Provide adequate facilities – first aid, toilets, washing facilities as well as looking at any specialist facilities which may be needed
  6. Display a current insurance certificate and Health & Safety law poster – display this where they can be seen by employees
  7. Get competent advice – Either internally through a trained employee or from an external consultant
  8. Ensure you know what and when to report issues to the HSE – Certain incidents require reporting to the HSE
  9. Document fire procedures – This could include a fire risk assessment, emergency plan etc
  10. Use your common sense! – Health and Safety doesn’t have to be complicated, make it realistic and tailored specifically to your business.

We have a lot of guidance available, if you do require any further assistance please do get in touch with us. Just pick up the phone, we are always happy to help.

Health and safety support for your business

As an employer, it is a legal requirement to appoint a competent person or company to assist you with your business’ health and safety.

This person does not necessarily have to be from outside your company, but must have the skills, knowledge and experience to manage health and safety.

Deciding what you need as a business is very important.There are different levels of involvement which may be required, for example a one-man band may need significantly less than someone who employs 50 people.

Here at Craven Safety Services, our team of consultants have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience, and offer various levels of support packages from Bronze through to Gold Plus. We cater for any size of business in any sector and give you the support you need in a simple and structured way.

If you’re unsure about the level of service you require, why not pick up the phone and give us a call, or visit our website where full details are available.

Do you have a Health and Safety Policy for your business?

This really is the starting point, as it identifies so many different areas within the business.

So where to start? There are three elements to your Health & Safety Policy.

Number one; the Statement of Intent – what you’re intending to do to keep people safe at work.

Number two; the Organization – whose who within the business and what responsibilities do they have.

Number three; the Arrangements – this is a much larger section and goes into each of the different areas such as risk assessments, COSHH, equipment, training, first aid and fire and lots more different areas.

You need to make sure everything’s documented, and also that your employees have had a copy and have read and understood it.

It’s also a good idea to get them to sign to say that they have had a copy of your Health and Safety Policy.

There is a lot more information on our website including a free template to download, so please do so.

What support Craven Safety Services can offer you as a business as regards getting compliant with your Health and Safety?

We pride ourselves on giving customers the personal approach with a dedicated consultant on hand as and when you need it. Our service is simple, structured and flexible to suit any type or size of business.

We have retainer support packages which are categorised into Bronze, Silver and Gold, Bronze been telephone and email advice starting from as little as £100.00 per month, Silver which includes meetings, policies and assisting with risk assessments up to the Gold package which includes help with accreditations such as CHAS, ConstructionLine and Safe Contractor plus many more additions.

You can also add our online management system to every package for a small additional cost.

Full details are available on our website or give us a call, we are always happy to come out and see you to chat through your requirements.