• Initial sector-specific health and safety audit 
  • Tailored health and safety policy and risk assessments, built around key safety hazards within your industry 
  • Bespoke staff health and safety handbooks
  • Six-monthly safety audits and online reports 
  • Competent person role (required under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations)
  • Assistance with accident at work investigations, including reporting under RIDDOR
  • 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 workplace safety e-learning training courses 
  • Free telephone advice from our health and safety experts


As former environmental health practitioners, Southalls consultants know what it takes to remain on the right side of current workplace safety regulations and maintain consistent compliance across a range of environments – from schools to offices and golf clubs to night clubs. With solutions that save time, educate staff and streamline processes, we help you keep the buzz of your business while safeguarding against civil claims and accidents at work. 

Accessible around the clock from any device, our Safety Cloud health and safety software simplifies occupational health and safety management, from audits to team training.

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.


A key workplace safety concern, 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. With an established track record of occupational health and safety management, 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 workplace safety programme.

As a single service or part of a wider office risk assessment, 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 regulations.

  • Health and Safety Training

We offer 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.

To cover all key workplace safety hazards, we also offer tailor-made courses to suit you, including manual handling, working at height, asbestos awareness, accident at work prevention 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 occupational health and safety management priorities. Our e-learning platform can also offer bespoke client-specific 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. As part of routine workplace safety measures, 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.


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 expose 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 control the risk and strengthen your workplace safety procedures.

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


At City Hire we embrace technology, providing a fully integrated online platform to put our customers in control of their tool hire. Over the last 6 years our business has grown significantly. During this time we have benefited from Safety Cloud, used by staff to manage all aspects of our health & safety in an efficient manner whilst supported by the reassuring 6 monthly Southalls consultant visits, keeping us on track and secure in the knowledge we are up to date and compliant.

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