Q: As a Director of a small company with only a few employees, do I need Health and Safety?
A: Yes, you do. Section 1 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that:
“Employers, or those providing services, must ensure the health, safety and welfare of those at work, and those who are affected by the work or activities of a Client, such as the public. Section 1 (a) and (b)”.
This is the Law in the UK.
Q: As a Director, who and what am I responsible for when it comes to Health and Safety within my company?
A: As a Director, you are accountable for the Health and Safety of all your staff and employees in all aspects of their work. Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that:
“Employers must ensure; the safety, health and welfare of workers in relation to the systems of work (2)(a), the handling, storage, transportation and use of materials and substances (b), the provision of relevant training (c), maintenance of their product is maintained (d) and welfare arrangements are suitably provided (e).
Employers also have a duty to consult with their workforce in terms of these provisions (6)”.
Q: How will THSP Risk Management help me to ensure that me and my company are compliant with Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974?
A: THSP Risk Management provides you with assurance that:
- All the elements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 will be considered in a bespoke health and safety policy and management arrangements, that reflects your business and its inherent risks.
- An activity Risk Assessment Builder, that develops a safe system of work.
- Access to high quality training opportunities.
Regulation 7 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states that:
“Every employer shall appoint one or more competent persons, and to then co-operate with them in the implementation of measures to satisfy their legal obligations (1).
Employers shall ensure those within their employment and others such as sub-contractors are provided with adequate information about health, safety and wellbeing arrangements (Reg 10).
When appointing a competent person, all qualifications, experience and knowledge must be critically considered to ensure the competent person can act in their appointed role (5)“.
Q: Would I be held accountable for any injuries of workers not directly employed by myself or working for my company?
A: Yes, Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that:
“The obligation of an employer in Section 2, are also extended to sub-contractors”
Q: Ok, so I need Health and Safety, but how does THSP Risk Management help?
A: THSP Risk Management offers the acclaimed Business Safe service. Business Safe covers all aspects of legislation that could implicate an existing or prospective client. Both the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 integrate with the entire statutory framework that employers and service providers must be compliant with.
Business safe offers you:
- Highly skilled and experienced consultants assigned to match your industry needs.
- Free Risk Assessment Builder
- Access to competent advice 24/7
- A supporting helpdesk that guides and supports on decisions relating to health, safety and wellbeing.
Q: I don’t think I need health and safety, but what happens if something does go wrong – will I be held accountable?
A: As the Director of an SME or large company you are directly responsible for the health, safety and wellbeing of all employees and sub-contractors. Getting it wrong or not making the right choice has serious consequences, including:
- Death, injury or ill health, including mental illness
- Bad PR
- Reduced business opportunities
- Negative profitability
- Poor staff morale
- Business closures