Health and Safety
The main legislation addressing health, safety and welfare in the UK is the Health and Safety at Work Act, covering general duties for health and safety on employers, employees and others such as landlords, manufacturers, suppliers and designers.
Employers (including individual directors) have the main responsibilities. They must:
- ensure the health, safety and welfare of all their employees;
- produce a written policy statement explaining how they intend to do this;
- consult with union and/or staff reps;
- protect others such as their contractors and visitors.
Employees have duties to:
- take care not to put themselves and others at risk;
- co-operate with the employer’s arrangements for ensuring health and safety.
Managers and supervisors could well have additional health and safety responsibilities and it is vital that you are clear on what this could mean therefore ensuring the necessary safeguards are put in place. Health and Safety management training and support will further be essential, both of which Kidwells can assist with.
From Health & Safety at work obligations to Health and Safety Executive Prosecution (‘HSE’) Prosecution, we have the team and necessary specialists at hand to cover all aspects of this complication and fast growing area of law.
We can provide the following services:
- Provision of Health and Safety documentation to compliment Contracts of Employment and Company Handbooks;
- Tailor made Policies, Procedures and Risk Assessments to ensure your continued compliance;
- Advice on aspects of Health and Safety law applicable to your business and also how best to practically prevent breaches and manage the working environment;
- On-site health and safety management and practical guidance;
- Monthly advice retainer providing you with peace of mind because you may want to double check those hard decisions;
- Attendance at Health and Safety HSE interviews, investigations and on-site visits; and
- Defence of HSE Prosecution including case preparation and, in addition, Court representation.