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Health & Safety Consultancy Services

Safety Statement Review / Revision

The legal requirement is that every employer must have a safety statement.

Safety Statement Procedures

The safety statement is the organisation’s policy document setting out how the Business is going to protect the health and safety of employees.

The Safety Statement must be based on the identification of workplace hazards and an assessment of the risks such hazards present, and detail what measures are in place to control these risks.

The Safety Statement is a live document and should be continually reviewed and updated to reflect changes within your organisation.

Our Consultants will review your organisation's current safety statement using the following criteria:

Is the Safety Statement compliant with current H&S legislation ?

Clarity, Simplicity and Usability of the Safety Statement ?

  • Review of the Format and Content of the Safety Statement.
  • Review of the Clarity and Readability of the Safety Statement.

Are the Hazards Identified complete and accurate?

Validation of the Risk Assessments for accuracy and appropriateness

Validation of the current control measures for effectively

Is the communication of the Safety Statement to Management, Safety Committee and Employees adequate and effective?


Workplace Hazard Identification & Control

A hazard is defined as something or some situation with the potential to cause harm or injury to persons. The first step in protecting health and safety is to identify the hazards in the workplace.

Workplace Hazards are commonly categorised into the following types:

  • Physical Hazards
  • Health Hazards
  • Chemical Hazards
  • Biological Hazards
  • Human Hazards

The Medwise consultant will systematically audit the workplace to validate the Hazard list that has already been defined by your Safety Team.

The Medwise consultant will advise on compliance to safety legislation and best practice applicable to the control of specific hazards identified in your workplace.

The MedWise consultant will review your organisation’s accident reports and trends to corroborate that the hazard list is complete.

The MedWise consultant will recommend specific actions to address identified hazards.

Workplace Risk Assessment

Risk is defined as the likelihood of a hazard causing harm or injury, and the potential severity of such harm.

When a hazard has been identified it must be analysed to define what risk it presents in its potential to cause injury or damage (i.e wet steps on a stair well have potential to cause slips/trips which could result in bone/back injury).

The law requires that action must be taken to control the risk in so doing prevent injury. If reasonably practicable the risk should be eliminated. If that is not possible the risk must be reduced to the lowest level possible. (i.e use of wet floor warning signs, install hand rail, schedule cleaning of stair well outside working hours would reduce the risk)

It is useful to use a quantifiable model such as the one illustrated above as this measures and prioritises the risk level of the hazards

Medwise can support your safety team in determining the risk potential of specific workplace hazards. Thus the highest risks can be prioritised.

controlling workplace health risks

Health and Safety Control Measures

Medwise can support you in designing and implementing effective and appropriate controls for workplace health risks.

The pyramid illustration demonstrates the hierarchy of control measures; it is more effective to eliminate a hazard, than reduce it, etc.

 

 


Health and safety control measures