You cannot ignore Health & Safety,
But sometimes you cannot find the time to put 100 % into ensuring you are compliant. And even if you do, are you fully qualified to keep up to date with all Health & safety legislative changes.
Whether it’s something as simple as a
- Health & Safety policy
- risk assessments
- inspections or a
- Health & safety handbook,
keeping your organisation compliant is not a tick box exercise.
Health & Safety legislation and regulations are complex and ever-changing. It’s important that you are keeping your staff, clients and visitors safe. The repercussions of not being compliant mean fines, prison and damage to your reputation.
Can you afford that?
This is why outsourcing to a Health & Safety firm has so many benefits.
Here are four questions you should ask when you are looking for a Health & Safety company.
1. Are they experts?
The whole reason that you are looking for a company to support you with Health & Safety is that you don’t have the internal expertise to manage compliance. It would, therefore, be counterintuitive if you look to a Health & Safety company that do not understand the basics.
Ellis Whittam Health & Safety consultants are the experts you need.
As a minimum expectation, our consultants have to have either completed their NEBOSH qualification or be a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH). This grading comes from IOSH – the industry leader for Health & Safety professionals.
If they are not CMIOSH qualified they will need to be GRAD IOSH with an Initial Professional Development (IPD) to become CMIOSH qualified.
Added to this, our consultants need to demonstrate that they have real boots on the ground, proven experience of managing Health & Safety.
If they don’t meet our high expectations, they won’t meet yours.
This shows what level of expertise our Health & Safety are
2. Do they know my sector?
Your organisation comes with its own challenges, and these should be recognised with the company you use for Health & Safety. A broad brush approach to Health & safety will not be bespoke enough.
Having support means having experts on the ground, keeping you in the loop and keeping you compliant.
Ellis Whittam’s Health & Safety consultants have wide-ranging knowledge and understanding of sectors including charities, education, manufacturing, care and many more.
3. What do I get?
When you have a list of firms that can support you for Health & Safety it is important to cut through the marketing spin and see the substance behind what they are saying.
Ellis Whittam’s professional consultants get to know all about your organisation, what makes you tick.
They meet you at your site or sites and assess thoroughly what level of risk you are. From this they will:
- Review your policies, procedures and working practices to establish where you fall short of your legal obligations
- Prepare a Health & Safety policy and handbook tailored to your organisation
- Provide a Prioritised Safety Action Plan that lists everything that needs to be done in order to meet your statutory obligations.
- Revisit your premise/s to keep you up to date.
If your consultant is not available (they might be supporting another organisation) we have office based Health & safety consultants who will be able to answer any question you might have.
4. How much does it cost?
All of this is for a fixed fee cost. This means you have the freedom of knowing how much you will spend to keep you up to speed with Health & safety,.
Added to this our Legal Expenses Insurance ensures that should the worse happen, you are covered.
But we are so confident in how we will support you and that the worst will not happen, we will go as far as to act as your legally required ‘Competent Person’. Does your current Health & Safety say the same?
Ellis Whittam are delighted to introduce Ellis Whittam’s Compliance Centre.
This is a new online Health & Safety management tool.
With Compliance Centre you can understand, at any moment, where your organisation is with Health & Safety.
So, if the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) were to enter your premises, you can demonstrate that you have taken proactive decisions to mitigate your risk.
You can take a closer look at Compliance Centre here.
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With a much more suitable skillset, Ellis Whittam is the company best placed to keep your organisation on the right side of the law!
Contact us now to get support.