Monthly Archives: March 2016

Health and Safety Policy

A health and safety policy sets out your general approach and commitment together with the arrangements you have put in place for managing health and safety in your business. It is a unique document that says who does what, when and how.

The policy is usually made up of three parts: –

A Statement of Intent (what you intend to do) – A written policy statement which shows your staff, and anyone else, your commitment to health and safety.

Organisation details (who will be involved) – This section names those who will have responsibilities for health and safety matters in your company.

Arrangements (how you will put it in place) – This section explains how you will control the main hazards that have been identified in your risk assessment.

Your health and safety policy will only be effective if it is acted upon and followed by you and your staff. It should be reviewed regularly (at least annually) or sooner if there are changes to work processes, plant, equipment or staff.

It doesn’t matter what size your company is, you will need a policy which sets out certain arrangements, procedures or rules in place to make sure that accidents are prevented during the course of your day-to-day business. It is good practice to record all of these details in a policy document. If you have five or more employees, you must write your policy down.

Should you require a discussion about your health and safety policy, please contact us.


Are you trained in H&S?

Our four-day IOSH managing safely course gives staff at management and supervisor level the knowledge to fulfil their responsibilities in handling resources and risk in compliance with their organisation’s policy and best practice in health and safety.

This course is suitable for managers and supervisors that are responsible for managing resources and risk in any sector, and any organisation. The course covers safety and risk management in the workplace

The course lasts four days (24 hours plus assessment time).

Its based on written assessment and workplace risk assessment. Successful candidates receive an IOSH accredited certificate.

This course is approved by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

If anyone would like to attend a course, please contact us.





Your Competent Person

Did you know that every company is required by law to have an appointed competent person that can assist you in ensuring you meet the necessary legal health and safety obligations? This means that as an employer you must appoint someone competent to provide sound advice on all matters of health and safety.

Appointing a competent person is a very important step when it comes to managing your company’s health and safety requirements. The appointed competent person will either be an employee supported by an external health and safety competent person or purely an external competent person.

Whichever avenue you choose to go down, our team of health and safety consultants can act as your competent person ensuring your company meet’s it’s necessary legal obligations.

Appointing Walker Health and Safety Services as your health and safety competent person ensures your company is not only meeting its necessary legal requirements but gives you peace of mind that your companies health and safety needs are in safe hands.

Acting as your appointed competent person, we work closely with your business to fully understand your company’s activities and put in place the necessary requirements to ensure you are fully health and safety compliant.

As part of being your health and safety competent person we carry out all the necessary steps to ensure your business is fully compliant, by taking such steps as;

  • Analyse, update and/or implement a health and safety management system
  • Review, update and if required create the necessary health and safety documentation required
  • Carry out any necessary onsite audits & inspections
  • Ensure all staff have the necessary levels of health and safety training required to meet the necessary legal requirements and ensure you and your employees are completely safe.
  • We understand that no two businesses are alike so our competent person package is always tailored to your requirements to ensure you receive the necessary level of service required to ensure you meet the necessary health and safety legal obligations required.

Using us as your competent person means you will have flexible and effective advice on hand for whenever you need it.

Contact us to discuss your health and safety requirements.


New Fining System for Breaches of H&S Law

New sentencing guidelines for Health and Safety, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety Offences