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We provide employers with Health and Safety services which include advice on:- 

Health and Safety Policy

Health and Safety Audits

Health and Safety Rick Assessments

Health and Safety Training

Health and Safety Noise Surveys

Health and safety consultant picSentient provide health and safety services to employers to keep them legally compliant, to help reduce risk to employees and to help improve the bottom line. All our health and safety services are pragmatic, with a strong focus on activities that help keep employees safe and provide cost effective and tangible benefits for the business.

A Health and Safety Policy is required by law (Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 section 2(3)) if you have 5 or more employees. To achieve legal compliance your Health and Safety Policy should be a written document and must describe how you will manage health and safety in your business by setting out who in the organisation is responsible for doing what, when and how. A Health and Safety Policy is a definitive statement of your commitment to the health and safety of your employees and is key to reducing accidents, and cases of work related ill-health. It should form part of your Risk Management Strategy. We work with organisations to assist them put together Health and Safety Policies which tick all the boxes in being compliant with what the law asks. This can take the form of writing the Health and Safety Policy from ground up, or merely providing advice on a Health and Safety Policy that the organisation has already developed.


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Most businesses take their health and safety audit responsibilities very seriously and you are probably one of them. Like many employers though, you might find it is not always easy to keep up to speed with all the new health and safety regulations or indeed keep track of how you as a business stack up against them. Since health and safety inspectors can call at any time its important that you are up to date with the latest rules and regulations.

Sentient’s health and safety audits can provide you with those extra pair of eyes but without the following up of enforcement action. We work with organisations by providing an independent, unbiased view of their health and safety policies and procedures by carrying out health and safety audits. Our most beneficial health and safety audits are done when our clients want us to check them out “warts and all” and agree on unannounced spot checks by us.

Sentient provide cost effective, practical health and safety risk assessments to ensure your workplace is safe and so that you meet legal obligations as an employer. By law there are numerous assessments employers are obliged to complete as part of the Company’s Safety Management System.

Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999) employers with 5 employees or more are legally obliged to carry out health and safety risk assessments within the business and to have a written document recording the findings and actions.

A health and safety risk assessment is an examination of what (process / machinery / products etc) could cause harm to workers within that business. Once a hazard is identified by the health and safety risk assessment, the employer must decide if enough action has been taken to prevent a worker being harmed or becoming ill. The aim is to ensure that precautions are in place to eliminate the risk, or reduce it so the chances of it occurring are extremely small. 

There are many benefits an organisation should enjoy as a consequence of completing health and safety risk assessments other than the obvious ones of reducing injuries, complaints, sickness and the possibility of compensation claims. Staff performance and morale improve with the knock on benefit of increasing the organisational performance as a whole.

Sentient provide an extensive range of health and safety training events. It is a legal requirement for employers to provide adequate health and safety training to employees. From experience we know that some organisations have difficulty ensuring that managers and supervisors take health and safety training seriously. Many are unaware that they can be prosecuted for their individual breaches of safety legislation.

Health and safety training should be provided in a variety of circumstances, such as, on recruitment, when a job role changes, when new equipment is being introduced or when working practices change. Health and safety training for employees is essential, not only to keep them safe and healthy but because it has the knock on effect of making them more competent in their job thus improving productivity.

The health and safety training offered by Sentient consists of open and in-house courses, nationally recognised certificates such as IOSH, and CIEH and bespoke training designed specifically to meet the exact needs of the business or department. Each is focused on making staff aware of their responsibilities under the relevant safety legislation and increasing their competence.

Noise surveys are required by law to be completed by all employers where working conditions are likely to expose employees to daily or weekly noise levels of 80dB(A). When noise levels exceed 85dB(A) then measures must be put in place such as providing hearing protection, health screening and hearing tests.  

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 reduced the noise threshold at which workplace noise must be addressed. They require employers to complete health and safety risk assessments where there is a threat to the safety of employees due to excessive noise in their place of work.

Exposure to high noise levels can cause temporary or even permanent damage to hearing. Everyone has probably experienced a temporary ringing in the ears after attending a noisy concert or social gathering but these symptoms tend to disappear after a few hours. However persistent exposure to loud noise can result in permanent hearing loss, tinnitus or other health problems.

It is estimated that about 2 million people in the UK may be exposed to harmful noise levels in their workplace. An estimated 15,000 people working during 2014 suffered from Noise Induced Hearing Loss caused or made worse by work. (Source HSE) The Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit scheme (IIDB) had 130 new claims in 2014 compared with 120 in 2013. Since 2012 there have been more than 200,000 civil claims in the UK courts for industrial deafness (Source Association of British Insurers)


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