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Harrogate, Wetherby, York and surrounds

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Sentient provide pragmatic health and safety advice to employers. Our locally based Health and Safety Consultants help keep employers legally compliant and reduce risks to employees. All our health and safety advice has a strong focus on keeping employees safe while providing tangible benefits to the business. 

There is a legal requirement for any employer with 5 employees or more to comply with health and safety legislation. This includes but is not limited to making sure that written health and safety policies and procedures are in place, that risk assessments are carried out and that employees have received adequate health and safety training.

Sentient help employers by providing health and safety advice to ensure that appropriate policies, procedures and training is in place and that adequate records are kept to satisfy an inspection. Failure to do so can have severe implications for the business and may lead to prosecution.

 In the latest year (2014/15) HSE:

  • prosecuted 650 cases, with at least one conviction achieved in 606 cases, a conviction rate of 93%;
  • prosecuted 1,058 offences, resulting in 905 convictions, a conviction rate of 86%;
  • prosecutions led to fines totalling £16.5 million, an average penalty of £18,198 per offence.

In addition in the latest year (2014/15)  Local Authorities

  • prosecuted 78 cases, with a conviction secured in 76 cases, a conviction rate of 97%;
  • prosecuted 153 offences, resulting in 142 convictions, a conviction rate of 93%;
  • prosecutions led to fines totalling £2.8 million, an average penalty of £19,962 per offence.

(Source www.hse.gov.uk) 

You and your employees, managers and directors could face criminal prosecution if you don’t have written Health and Safety documents including:

  • A Health and Safety Policy
  • Health and Safety Risk Assessments

Having the correct Health and Safety processes and documentation in place reduces risk of prosecution and the financial and reputational costs associated with that. With health and safety advice from Sentient, you will not only meet your immediate obligations quickly and efficiently, you also access an ongoing safety monitoring and advisory service to make sure you don’t fall into the same trap again.

What can you expect from Health and Safety advice from Sentient?

Our locally based health and safety advisors make sure that your business complies with appropriate health and safety legislation at the right time, for the right reason and as painlessly as possible.  We provide just as must health and safety advice as the organisation requires depending on in house capabilities, expertise and resource availability. This could include any or all of the the following;

  • Updates to processes, health and safety policies and paperwork to ensure compliance with changes in health and safety legislation / acts / statutes / regulations.
  • Carry out regular inspections and monitoring
  • Legal and safety advice 
  • Advise on what needs to be included in Health and Safety risk assessments
  • Investigation of serious emergencies and accidents
  • Liaison with enforcing authorities such as the Health and Safety Executive and local Environmental Health departments
  • Delivery of regular safety awareness training for managers and supervisors

Sentient help set up your Health and Safety management system, provide you with all the relevant documentation and advise on the procedures you must follow to ensure that any visit from a Health and Safety Inspector passes without major incident. All our health and safety advisors have previously worked with the HSE for many years and are therefore well qualified to advise what the HSE inspector may be looking for when performing checks and what companies need to do to ensure they comply with relevant legislation.

What areas of Health and Safety advice do Sentient cover?Health and safety advice consultant

The answer is virtually everything! Anything from risk assessments and compliance audits, COSHH assessments to hazard storage advice, asbestos surveys and machinery risks assessments, DSEAR risk assessments plus everything in between. We can provide you with all the forms you need to assess and manage the general risks in your business plus also risk from specific issues such as manual handling, and fire risks.

All our Health and Safety advice and recommendations are tailor made to suit your organisation and its current circumstances. We provide you with the Health and Safety advice that not only identifies the risks but provides you with procedures that make sure that any risks stay fixed. We work with organisations in many different ways, we provide as much hand holding for health and safety as you need. If you just need an outside independent view of your health and safety processes before an inspection, we can provide this, all the way to acting as your totally outsourced health and safety department, providing all the processes, paperwork and advice you may need. Plus of course everything in between!

What does Health and Safety advice from Sentient cost?

Our team of experienced health and safety advice consultants have backgrounds in a wide variety of industries and we work with organisations of all sizes. Consequently we are very flexible on the types of health and safety advice contracts that we offer. Everything from annual “everything included, fixed fee, 24 hour support”, to ad hoc projects/events and day rate services. We also offer a comprehensive range of Health and Safety advice courses so you can train staff to identify and spot health and safety risks and put the necessary procedures in place to tackle them. We are very cost effective, but whatever the cost, we guarantee it will be far less than having an accident! 

Call us on 03456 446006

 

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