"In my experience, there are still too many businesses lacking both the knowledge and understanding of current health and safety legislation and what is required of them to keep within the law. What makes matters worse is that regulations change periodically, whereupon company bosses risk becoming further lost by what is legally required of them. Put simply, employers and managers need to know who and where they can turn to for competent advice, quickly and effectively."
- Mark Needham, of MNBS, speaking to Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce members (Leicester College)
As your appointed competent person, MNBS will be dedicated to helping your Company demonstrate it is taking all reasonable and practicable steps to ensure employees, visitors, and members of the general public, are not harmed by its business activities or omissions.
Whether you need pro-active visits in support of your health and safety management system; help with completing a tendering application (such as a PQQ H&S section); guidance on implementing control measures as required by law, your insurers or Health and Safety Executive (HSE); or simply requiring advice on a safety issue, MNBS offers a wide range of bespoke services tailored to your individual business requirements, including (among the many others):
Risk assessment of workplace hazards throughout the business premises, identifying any further control measures needed for the company to attain legal compliance, as well as help develop safe systems of work. Areas may include fire safety (PAS79 visual inspection), bespoke work processes (e.g. use of dangerous machinery), work at height (e.g. working from a tower scaffold), manual handling, working with hazardous substances (COSHH), lone/remote working, occupational health hazards (such as exposure to workplace noise and vibration), yard safety (e.g. traffic movement), working in confined spaces, use of display screen equipment (DSE), welfare provision etc.
Help you ACHIEVE industry accreditation (such as SSIP Forum membership such as CHAS, ConstructionLine, Exor, safecontractor, SMAS etc.) as required by existing and prospective clients. Note: assessment by a member of SSIP is specifically highlighted as a key route to health and safety pre-qualification in the Government-backed construction pre-qualification document PAS 91.
Provision (and on-site completion when required) of construction site/project related documentation such as: ✔ Construction Phase H&S Plan ✔ Traffic Management Plan ✔ Site Safety Management Plan ✔ On-site inspection
✔ Permits to Work ✔ Site Rules ✔ Site induction etc.
Method Statements are predominately used in the construction industry as part of a workplace safety plan. Many principal contractors will not allow work to begin on a project until they are satisfied a safe system of work has been established before and during the work process. To this extent, MNBS will compile a method statement on your behalf relevant to each job undertaken, listing step by step details of how your work-related tasks are completed, outlining the hazards likely to be encountered, and listing specific instructions to ensure each task or process is undertaken safely.
Toolbox Talks - short 30-40 minute thematic discussions with your employees, covering such issues as manual handling; fire safety awareness; correct use and storage of PPE; avoiding slips and tripping; asbestos awareness; safe handling, use and storage of hazardous substances; health and safety duty of care; working with pneumatic hand tools; avoiding workplace vibration hazards; inspecting fall arrest equipment etc. All fully recorded and signed as evidence of attainment.
Review (and any necessary revision) of your written Health and Safety Policy to ensure it reflects the company's current priorities, plans and objectives (against which annual H&S performance standards can be monitored and compared), addressing any weaknesses identified and help with monitoring implementation of any changes made.
Compile tailored sub-policies such as ‘Modern Slavery’, ‘Counter-terrorism’, ‘Bribery & Corruption’, ‘Safeguarding (children and vulnerable adults)’ etc.
Baseline Audit - This is a comprehensive audit designed to identify any deficiencies in a company's health and safety practices and procedures (gap analysis), and which provides subsequent recommendations and guidance to help the company attain legal compliance (proven to help organisations requiring professional opinion on their current position, or which are in the process of appointing a dedicated H&S team and require direction and guidance i.e. know where you're at with your health and safety.
Training and refresher instruction, tailored as required. As an instructor qualified to teach in the workplace as well as at further education level, Mark Needham provides training to cover most health and safety disciplines or requirements. This may be for a procedure requiring regular refresher training to help keep the company within the law (e.g. emergency evacuation procedure); a change in a work process (e.g. an employee transferring to another work area where the equipment is different); health and safety induction for new starters; or due to a deficiency identified in the company's health and safety training practises etc.
Establishing emergency response procedures and disaster recovery plan, as well as complete incident/near-miss investigations.
Help with developing an Environmental Management System (EMS) using the implementation process outlined in the British Standard BS 8555. This can also prepare the organisation for accredited certification to ISO 14001 or registration to the EU's Eco-Management and Audit Scheme.
Compilation of an in-house quarterly health and safety newsletter featuring contemporary health and safety news in accordance with your company's business activity, opinions and policy, and which will provide advance notification to you and your employees of any significant changes in health and safety legislation.
Being proactive at ground level, Mark will always VISIT his clients to make sure they are looked after and operating within the law (rather than rely solely on email or texts to convey information). To reiterate, MNBS will undertake risk assessment, ensure appropriate safe systems of work are in place, provide legal guidance, create robust written health and safety policy, assist your project management, and help develop a positive safety culture in your workplace - all without adversely affecting production or your business activity. To this extent, your company will expect to benefit from:
- Improved safety of employees and Company assets;
- Reduced sick absence and downtime;
- Improved standing and reputation among suppliers and partners;
- Reduced risk of insurance claims, compensation awards, and expensive legal costs.
ANY BUSINESS FAILING TO MANAGE HEALTH AND SAFETY EFFECTIVELY IS ONE WHICH IS POORLY MANAGED