BESPOKE MANUFACTURERS’ HEALTH AND SAFETY SERVICES

  • Initial audit, based on key safety regulations for manufacturers 
  • Bespoke staff health and safety handbooks
  • Competent person role (required under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations)
  • Assistance with accident investigations, including reporting under RIDDOR
  • Tailored manufacturers’ health and safety policy and risk assessments
  • Liaison with the HSE, conducted by our own ex-enforcement officers
  • Safety Cloud – flexible, web-based health and safety software
  • Access to a wide range of instructor-led and online training courses
  • Six-monthly safety audits and online reports
  • Free telephone advice from our construction sector experts

SAFETY SOLUTIONS CREATED FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR

Our safety experts start with a solid understanding of your business, then shape a comprehensive H&S programme that addresses key manufacturers’ health and safety concerns such as machinery, handling and transport safety. We also conduct workplace noise assessments to keep you compliant with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations.

Safety Cloud, our user-friendly health and safety software, captures everything online, providing a secure snapshot of company-wide processes, records and training schedules – anytime, from any device. Bespoke reporting and auto-alerts ensure nothing slips through the net.

Need practical H&S insights to help you plan ahead? Our free Health and Safety Event 2020 webinars are definitely worth a watch.

The Health and Safety Event 2020 is the industry’s flagship conference, held annually at the NEC Birmingham. With the live event postponed until September, we moved the speaker sessions online for a two-day programme of seminars, workshops and panel discussions covering all aspects of compliance – from fire and fleet safety to legislative changes.

You can now access the slide decks, on-demand webinars and other free resources here.

ADDITIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY SERVICES FOR MANUFACTURERS

  • Workplace noise assessments

Critical to manufacturers’ health and safety, 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 noise levels.

 

  •  Asbestos Surveys

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. With an established track record of health and safety in manufacturing, we can often undertake this at short notice and rapidly turn around the required samples.

 

  • Workplace DSE Assessments

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations require an analysis of staff workstations to assess and reduce risk. Workstations must meet specified minimum standards. 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 as part of your safety programme.

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 to ensure you are fully compliant with safety regulations for manufacturers.

 

  • Training

We offer IOSH-approved health and safety training (IOSH Managing Safely and IOSH Working Safely), along with a suite of in-house courses ranging from workplace transport to working at height.     

To cover all key hazards associated with health and safety in manufacturing, we also offer tailor-made courses to suit you, including manual handling, working at height, asbestos awareness and fire warden 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 topics focusing on best practice and safety regulations for manufacturers. Our e-learning platform can also offer bespoke client-specific training unique to your organisation.

 

  • Fire Risk Assessment

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 makes business owners, and those responsible for business premises, ultimately accountable for conducting a fire risk assessment and making safe their places of work. As part of routine health and safety in manufacturing, 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 in 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.

 

  • DSEAR Risk assessments

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. A particular barrier to manufacturers’ health and safety, ‘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 also conduct a risk assessment to establish which dangerous substances are present and what hazards they present. We will then 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 dangerous substances. 

 

  • Legionella Risk Assessment

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.

Invest two hours in the safety of your staff

Running a team of twenty or more? Scale up your safety strategy with a free on-site visit from a Southalls consultant – a complimentary two-hour session* that ensures you’re covering all the compliance bases.

Get expert H&S answers, evaluate your current approach and learn practical solutions to protect the wellbeing of your growing workforce.

*only new clients

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN MANUFACTURING – SUCCESS STORIES

Southalls truly is my right arm in all things safety and yet again I cannot thank you enough.

George Willcox Granite Ltd

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Every Friday from 24 April | 10-11am

In uncertain times, clear information and advice are your best defence. So we’re setting aside an hour every Friday morning to answer your coronavirus questions. 

On 24 April, we’ll kick off our free weekly COVID-19 H&S Surgery, your live online link to a Southalls specialist. Ask about anything that’s keeping you awake, and we’ll provide expert insights on your key coronavirus concerns – from team welfare to workplace safety and business continuity. 

Just register on the link below and we’ll send you the log on details for the upcoming session. There’s no question limit and you’re welcome to join us as often as you wish

TAILORED HEALTH AND SAFETY SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR SECTOR

FROM ONE-OFF ASSESSMENTS TO MULTI-SITE SOLUTIONS, OUR SERVICES HELP CLIENTS MAKE SENSE OF SAFETY ACROSS A WIDE RANGE OF SECTORS

Machinery checks. Manual handling. Workplace transport. Master your sector’s most common H&S issues with our free e-guide, ‘MANUFACTURERS OF CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS – Achieving Safety Compliance in the UK’.

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