Benefits of Health and Safety Audits

Safeguard – Winter 2019


Like many people, you might have personally made a few resolutions for your own health this year, but what about the health and safety of your business?  The New Year is a great time to prioritise these issues and ensure your organisation is fully compliant and to help you kick-start the process we share three Fire Safety resolutions you might like to consider.

Saving the environment was a hot topic in 2019 and there is no doubt that the conversation will continue through 2020 and beyond.  One of your new year resolutions may be to ensure you and your team are playing your part in safeguarding the earth for future generations.  If this is the case, then check out our Big Lesson of the Month in which we share some simple strategies to help you and your team come up with more environmentally friendly ways of doing things.

How effective is your health and safety management system?   Unfortunately, it is all too easy to put your procedures on the shelf then sit back and assume everything is going ok.  Discover how auditing benefits your business and why you should always have both active and reactive methods of monitoring your procedures in place.

Over 1 million people in the UK have a food allergy and about ten people die every year from food-induced anaphylaxis.  The Food Information Regulations 2014 made changes to the details food businesses must legally give their customers about the food they sell, or produce and, the way this information is provided including the labelling of allergens. On pre-packed food the presence of allergens must be emphasised on the packaging and on non-prepacked food there is a legal requirement to provide allergy information. In light of this, in this issue, we remind food businesses of the requirements for the provision of information in relation to non-pre-packed food.

Although a large number of people drive on the public highway on a daily basis for their own purposes, if they drive for work as an employee, the employer has additional duties beyond following the rules of the road and complying with vehicle legislation. Employers must ensure that driving for work is risk assessed properly as for any other work activity. As an employer you must also consider anybody else who is affected by your work activities, in this case other road users. In this issue we answer some of the more frequently asked questions around company drivers.

And, as always, we share some of the amazing achievements of our customers.

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