Take a large retail premises spread over indoor and outdoor environments, trailing hoses, water features, seasonal display changes, unwieldy and heavy product lines combined with daily trade deliveries and moving forklift trucks – all within a unique ‘family-browsing’ setting. That’s a lot of health and safety considerations for any garden centre manager!
Take control of compliance across every corner of your site with step-by-step solutions to identify, assess and reduce risk. Our free e-guide delivers expert insight into common garden centre hazards – from manual handing and water features to workplace transport – and the undetected dangers that could cost you.
Ruxley Manor Garden Centre likes to think big. Offering exciting seasonal events, engaging family activities and an ever-expanding product range, the Kent-based business have been keeping things fresh for their customers since 1964. So when complex compliance management was shifting focus from the centre’s enterprising growth plans, they called on Southalls for an innovative, scalable safety solution.
With years of specialist sector expertise, Southalls mapped out a site-wide safety strategy to elevate standards across the key risk areas for all retail garden centres, plus the unique features that set Ruxley Manor apart – from a pet corner and play area to enchanted forests, ice rinks and a Santa’s grotto. Incorporating six-monthly audits, tailored staff training, food hygiene assessments and web-based access to all H&S data and documents, Southalls’ workable risk reduction measures allowed Ruxley Manor to keep a strict eye on compliance, while keeping creativity alive and well.
So the team now spend less time on the red tape of health and safety and more time cultivating colourful ideas.
Meet with one of our health and safety experts to discuss what’s working with your current approach – and how best practice could transform its effectiveness.
We’ll talk you through:
- Risk areas that could result in financial penalties
- Key regulations that impact your sector
- Practical, cost-effective strategies to tackle your top safety priorities
Booking is simple and set around your schedule. Click below to arrange a short, no-strings session with a Southalls specialist.
Exposure to high levels of noise can give rise to tinnitus and even permanent hearing loss if left unchecked. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) place an obligation on employers to perform a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk to employees, and to reduce the risk to as low as is reasonably practicable. Our experienced consultants use the latest technology to accurately measure the level of noise present in your workplace through both personal dose monitoring and static area measurements. Generating a ‘workplace noise assessment’, we then advise on which areas or processes are creating the greatest risk to your employees and practical ways to reduce the noise levels.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 require employers to assess and manage the risk of exposure to asbestos. In reality this means ensuring you know firstly if your building contains any asbestos and secondly managing potential exposure. Failure to adequately manage the risks associated with asbestos often leads to heavy prosecution fines.
How do we help you?
We undertake a survey (called a Management Survey) to establish the facts. This will involve sampling any materials suspected to contain asbestos. Sample results can be obtained same day if required. Pulling all of the data together to compile a survey including site plan with asbestos register. Taking this a step further than other providers, we then work with you to produce a Management Plan ensuring you fully comply with the Regulations.
What about refurbishment or demolition?
If refurbishment or demolition is to be conducted the area must be subject to a Refurbishment and Demolition survey. We can undertake this often at short notice and turn around the samples rapidly.
The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations require an analysis of staff workstations to assess and reduce risk the risk. Workstations must meet specified minimum standards. Furthermore if a worker is suffering pain from poor workstation postural habits, injury or ill health, disability or return to work from a long absence, a workstation assessment is strongly recommended.
Our ergonomic assessors can conduct a seating analysis and workstation overview (typically known as a DSE assessment) for all office environments. Typically 30 minutes per individual with the worker at their workstation, these involve a case history, health and safety checklist, task analysis, postural analysis, environmental analysis, workstation adjustments, advice and completed display screen equipment risk assessment. Ensuring you are fully compliant with the Regulations.
We offer both IOSH-approved Health and Safety training (IOSH Managing Safely, IOSH Working Safely and IOSH Builders Merchant Managers and Core Person training), First Aid at Work training and HABC Level 2 and Level 3 Food Hygiene accredited training courses.
We also offer tailor made courses to suit you e.g. manual handling, work at height, asbestos awareness, fire warden etc.
Training courses can be held on your site or at a local training facility.
E-learning training is available via Safety Cloud and consists of a full range of sector specific health and safety priority topics. Our e-learning platform can also offer client specific bespoke training unique to your organisation.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 makes business owners, and those responsible for business premises, ultimately responsible for conducting a fire risk assessment and making safe their places of work. You need to appoint a ‘competent person’ to help if you don’t have the expertise or time to do the fire risk assessment yourself. Our consultants are qualified and experienced at conducting fire risk assessments across a variety of industries.
In brief, this process includes an assessment of:
- emergency routes and exits.
-fire detection and warning systems.
-fire fighting equipment.
-safe storage of dangerous substances.
-an emergency fire evacuation plan.
-the needs of vulnerable people, eg the elderly, young children or those with disabilities.
-providing information to employees and other people on the premises.
-staff fire safety training.
A fire risk assessment document and emergency plan will be produced ensuring you fully comply with The Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order 2005.
The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) require employers to control the risks to safety from fire, explosions and substances corrosive to metals. ‘Dangerous substances’ can be found in nearly all workplaces and include such things as solvents, paints, varnishes, flammable gases, such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG), dusts from machining and sanding operations, dusts from foodstuffs, pressurised gases and substances corrosive to metal.
We will conduct a risk assessment to establish what dangerous substances are present and what risk they present, We will identify and classify areas of the workplace where explosive atmospheres may occur and what control measures are needed to remove or control the risk.
Furthermore, we provide training for staff to ensure employees are properly informed about and trained to control or deal with the risks from the dangerous substances.
Legionella causes Legionnaires’ Disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia. Failure to properly manage your water systems may exposure your staff or customers to this risk.
As an employer or person in control of premises you need to assess, prevent and control any risks of exposure to legionella arising from your water systems. Compliant to the L8 approved code of practice, we will identify and assess the source of any risk of legionella and produce a practical action plan to prevent, minimise and control the risk.