Effectively Replacing a Retiring In-House H&S Officer
This was a manufacturing based business with a health and safety consultant who was retiring. Due to the high-risk nature of manufacturing businesses, it was important that the business was not left without any health and safety provisions, and so employed our services. The business was also looking to expand their premises due to extra machinery arriving. The business had a full safety manual, but they wanted to be sure that it was adequate for their requirements during the expansion and beyond.
- The risk assessments in place were inadequate and lacked obvious risks and necessary controls, putting workers at risk.
- The owners were unsure of the frequency of statutory equipment checks and inexperienced in carrying out risk assessments.
We began by carrying out a free safety review which highlighted areas where staff were at serious risk on a daily basis. We also offered various options by which we could help the business, eventually settling on a twice yearly visit to ensure health and safety standards are being met. Finally, we delivered hands on training to the company’s management on how to carry out effective risk assessments in terms that were easy to understand.
Outcomes for Client
As a result, the client can now be confident that they have met their legal obligations and that they can better manage the risks in their workplace. The staff employed by the company are now safer and appreciate that the company respects their safety. The chance of an incident occurring is now significantly lower, which will ensure that production runs smoothly and deadlines are met.
Most importantly, the company now has access to ongoing assistance and advice from Quest, eliminating the need to recruit a new health and safety consultant.
'Steve's help during our health & safety consultant's retirement was invaluable. We actually came out with better health and safety than we began with, plus Steve's ongoing support. I would highly reccomend him.'