Health & Safety update
As occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals we are well-equipped to support you with workplace preparedness so your organisation can keep running at this time if you are an essential service or supporting an essential service. We are already a team of agile, home-based workers and are proactively finding new ways to make sure we continue our support – we’re here to help in any way we can.
We are currently working with a range of organisations to look at how we can start to bring people back to work safely in a staggered approach using risk based principals
Risk Assessments and temporary cover
We are currently working with all our customers within agreements and on bundles to ensure they have comprehensive risk assessments in place at this time. We can offer this as a one-off service for any business who needs to keep operating or are looking to how they will start to bring their staff back to work. Please do consider what your essential services or work is before you contact us and from here we are well placed to provide the guidance you need. Guidance remains in place which states work should continue from home unless this is not possible. Essential services have been declared by the Government. They are also businesses which have to keep running to enable direct essential services to operate such as certain types of engineering and manufacturing. Also property management, safety-critical maintenance/repair, fire safety, legionella controls and security.
We are currently providing temporary Executive Director, Facilities Management or Health and Safety Management services virtually. We are available, at short notice, to work with you if you require short term or longer term support. This is fully flexible with support increased/decreased as required.
For remote support services contact your consultant if you are already a client, or call us on 0203 603 6466
Knowledge Hub – free expert advice
Key topic: Risk assessing Covid-19 under new government guidelines
To join Louise Hosking at the next Knowledge Hub please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details and any advance questions. We will email you back details for the next Hub including zoom ID and password. Feel free to ask Louise anything about Health and Safety.
Knowledge Hub sessions provide information, advice and the opportunity ask Louise Hosking, Chartered Safety & Health Professional, your health and safety questions.
Louise has 29 years of experience in occupational safety and health and is also an elected Vice-President of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health.
“This is such a difficult time for so many, and we want to help in the best way we can during this period. These hubs will be really valuable discussion forums, and we hope arm businesses with the help and support they need.”
Note: you’ll need an authenticated zoom account to access the session. A basic zoom account is free to download.
Louise recently spoke about this very topic in her capacity of IOSH Vice-President in a live session which attracted over 2000 viewers. This can be accessed by clicking here.
Hosking Associates is an approved IOSH training provider and we have shifted a number of our sessions to virtual classrooms which are proving to be a great success. Whilst staff are on Furlough they can make the most of training.
For IOSH Managing Safely, we will be offering this course as contact training as soon as the UK restrictions are lifted. Discounts are available for organisations who pre-book now and pay a 25% deposit. To book call 0203 603 6466
We also offer a range of tutor-led short online training courses including Risk Assessments, Managing Contractors Safely, and How to write a Health and Safety Policy. For course dates and to book click here
During the current crisis, it is important for businesses and for managers to carefully risk assess their approaches to how they are operating. As business starts to think about bringing people back into the workplace this will also require careful and considered risk assessment. The Health & Safety of people must be your highest priority at this time. We have created a web-based, tutor-led, interactive risk assessment short course which will help you to develop your risk assessment knowledge so you can make the right risk-based choices for your organisation using risk assessment principals. During the crisis this has helped leaders make important decisions.
We have also developed a comprehensive Covid-19 Risk Assessment for our customers on monthly bundles. Everyone will be guided through developing this and keeping it current as part of the work we already do for you. We are keen and able to offer this to anyone who requires practical guidance and support at this time. We have packages to suit any size of business.
The assessment covers
- Higher level strategic arrangements for the SLT to consider and plan
- Identification of high risk groups
- Work arrangements to maintain physical distancing and manage high standards of cleaning/hygiene
- Where personal contact can not be avoided how this work is managed
- Information, Instruction, Training for Workers
- Home Working
- Mind Health and Wellness
- Other hazards and their control
- Health monitoring
- Documentation of controls
We are actively adapting these risk assessments as businesses look to bring people back to work. If you are unsure how to start this process we are keen to help you and ensure your arrangements are sound.
It is critical for businesses to be prioritising their work and activities carefully. At this time businesses should only be undertaking work which is essential and if it can be undertaken from home this is where workers should be. The UK Government has created a list of key workers which can be accessed here.
There are other services and work which must still remain in place for Health & Safety reasons. This may include (but not be limited to) passenger lift maintenance, fire safety arrangements and legionella control. The risk assessment short session will help you to determine whether work is essential and enable you to make choices about the way you work.
We can offer short term support in respect of a risk assessment if work is essential