Top 6 Health and Safety FAQ for Employers | Find Practical Answers Quickly
Date: 11th October 2018 | Categories: Health and Safety
Do you or your business need support implementing effective Health and Safety Systems, our 6 top Health and Safety FAQ will help you find practical answers quickly.
Health and Safety FAQ 1. There’s been an accident at work, what do I have to do?
Secure the area and ensure no one else is in danger. Your priority is the injured person. Apply First Aid or seek medical assistance or both. Secure evidence, photographs, witnesses etc. Report and record the accident.
Health and Safety FAQ 2. I need a Risk Assessment for a particular task, what information do I need to include and can you help me complete it?
The Risk Assessment is about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace. You are probably already taking steps to protect your employees, but your Risk Assessment will help you decide whether you have covered all you need to, including:
- Identify the hazards
- Decide who might be harmed and how
- Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions.
Health and Safety FAQ 3. I am applying for an external accreditation (CHAS, Safe Contractor etc.), I need help completing the application.
Be meticulous in your responses to the questions and compile your evidence in a consistent fashion. Much of the “evidence” requested will require endorsement by having names, dates and signatures e.g. training records, maintenance programmes etc.
Health and Safety FAQ 4. I am tendering for a work contracts, I need help completing the Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQs).
PQQ’s are bit like an application form, think of them as a sort of organisational CV. They will not get you the job but they should get you the interview. A PQQ will ask for all of your organisational information, your stats! – Name, type of company, VAT number, registered addresses – all the basic stuff. It will also ask how you manage your business; do you have ISO? If not, what systems do you have in place? Do you have or have considered environmental, sustainability, employment, equal opportunities and Health & Safety Policies?
Health and Safety FAQ 5. I have been contacted directly by an inspector from an enforcement agency to arrange a visit, what will they be looking for?
The inspector will look at how you keep your workers, and anyone who may be affected by your work, healthy and safe. They may also give you advice on Health and Safety or make sure you are providing suitable welfare facilities, such as running hot and cold water and toilets. While the inspector is with you, they may:
- Ask you about your workers and what they do
- Identify at any possible health risks arising from the work you are doing
- Look at any machinery or other equipment that you have
- Ask to see records or other documents
- Take photographs.
Health and Safety FAQ 6. How often do I have to review my Fire Risk Assessment and do I need a Fire Risk Assessment?
The Order (Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order) doesn’t specify how often a Risk Assessment need be performed, but does state that a review should take place at ‘regular’ intervals “any such assessment must be reviewed by the responsible person regularly so as to keep it up to date”.
The interpretation of ‘regularity’ is left to the discretion of the ‘responsible person’ charged with carrying out the assessment at the premises, with elements such as the size of the property and the nature of the work taking place within it playing a part in the decision.
As well as periodic updates, there are also a number of things that could trigger a revisit of the assessment, regardless of the length of time that had elapsed since the last one. All business premises and every block of flats must have a Fire Risk Assessment by law.
If you would like to know more about how we support businesses with their Health and Safety issues please contact our expert Health and Safety team.