Problem to solve
The health and safety had stalled overtime with the employees moving on to pastures new, partly due to welfare standards slipping. The company identified they required an overhaul of their health and safety management and workshop procedures. With new equipment and processes introduced this meant some risk assessments and safe systems of work had become invalid. In addition, two employees had been diagnosed with occupational asthma and the company wanted assistance from competent health and safety professionals to guide in the right direction for employees and compliance.
The customer agreed a retained contract with Safewell which included an initial audit (umbrella risk assessment) and a fire risk assessment plus a number of days of flexible support. Several risks were identified during the initial audit and an action plan was put into place by the company to tackle the priority recommendations. With the flexible support in Safewell’s retained health and safety package the company could utilise Safewell’s health and safety expertise in a very focused and efficient way. In addition, Safewell gathered evidence on the occupational asthma case and provided a gap analysis of were safety and occupational health improvements should be made. An interesting finding in the investigation was not of shortfalls made by the company but a lack of hazard information provided in the Safety Data Sheet for a product that was being used. Personal exposure monitoring identified a respiratory sensitiser that may not have been listed correctly on the safety data sheet. This was taken up with the manufacturer with assistance from the HSE.
Testimonial from our client
Thanks to you both for your support in helping us get to the position we are now, and the preparation for the visit yesterday, undoubtedly helped influence the decision