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Health & safety coach

raising the bar

Our goal

What we want to achieve for you

Our goal at Lawtonash Safety coach is to guide your team towards independently being able to achieve and exceed your legal obligations around HASAWA 1974, CDM 2015 and MHSAWA 1999. These regulations have full legal status under Statute Law and are increasingly being used to bring criminal prosecutions. It is a little-known fact that contractors have automatically assumed the role of the client on small projects since the alterations imposed by CDM 2015, these changes place far more stringent requirements on thousands of small businesses.

These businesses sometimes view updates as formalities which have no real effect on their work, this is not the case. Companies are being fined and people are going to jail despite thinking they are doing what is required of them. Click here to see one of the cases brought to prosecution for failure to comply with CDM 2015.

We’re well aware that to run a business nowadays you need to have a diverse and ever-expanding skill set. Whether your business started in roofing, excavation or carpentry you now have an array of obligations which must be met; fulfilling these legal, financial and moral obligations to your employees and anyone coming into contact with your sites isn’t optional, that’s where we come in.

We work with companies who show a genuine commitment to improving health and safety in their workplace and are prepared to invest time and effort in working with us towards our common goal. Insurance won’t protect you, any breach of Health and Safety regulations is a criminal offence and can result in any individual or company being prosecuted by the HSE. Take our free health check to find out your health and safety score.



How will we do this?

Initially we will challenge you to ask yourself how compliant with these regulations you really are. The self-assessment sheet gives you a rare opportunity to reflect and ask yourself how well your systems and procedures would hold up under the scrutiny of a criminal prosecutor if an incident was to occur.

After reviewing this information, we will ask you to nominate a member of your team to attend a work shop day where we will discuss legal expectations from your documents.

During the session we will ask you to consider your company’s core activities with close attention paid to the hazards and potential control measures. This will assist in reviewing your current systems and upgrading your approach to risk assessment.

A positive health and safety culture encompass the 4 c’s. Control within the organisation via the role of the supervisors in terms of leadership, management instruction rewards and sanction. Co-Operation between workers, their representatives and management through active consultation and involvement. Communication across the organisation and competence of individuals which consists of the skills, knowledge and experience to safely complete the task at hand.

With this in mind, our workshop day will help you create and improve your current safety documentation to review compliance with section 2 (2) of the HASAWA 1974. Your risk assessments will also need to be made available so that your group can discuss compliance with regulation 3 of the MHSAWA regulations 1999.

As required by HASAWA 1974 section 2 (3-7), we will work with you to appoint a safety committee and attend, via skype, your first meeting to guide you towards running committee meetings as self-sufficiently as possible as your company develops a positive H&S culture. Additional support will be given on how to gather information for the meeting and pass the results on to everyone on your site(s).

We will also work with you to review and advise on your current management system. You have absolute duties in many key areas including; the provision and maintenance of plant and safe systems of work; the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances; and the provision of information, instruction training and supervision.

Please view the prosecution section of this web site to see the extent of HSE prosecutions and fines currently being issued.

plan

  • Health Check
  • Initial Report
  • Full Report
  • Gap Analysis


do

  • Implement daily point of works risk assessment
  • Review and update health and safety policy
  • Install training matrix to identify and cover gaps
  • Issue and brief staff on employee handbook
  • Provide welfare adequate to site size
  • Regular staff briefings
  • Carry out new starter inductions
  • Identify core legislation that impacts on core work activities to produce safe working system
  • Identify core legislation that impacts on core work activities to produce competency requirements and relevant training
  • Appoint Safety Representative
  • Install safety committee
  • Carry out site Inductions
  • Carry out site audits
  • Carry out tool box talks
  • Assess sub-contractors
  • Implement accident and near miss reporting systems
  • Implement plant and equipment maintenance checks including pre planned maintenance (ppm)
  • Communicate with workforce – Collect information on hazards and potential controls. Pass on info from safety committee meets

CHECK / ACT

  • Quarterly safety committee meeting to review performance
  • Pass information to staff
  • Document improvements required, and lessons learned
  • Use telephone service