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Your trusted health and safety partner
Not all organisations have access to competent health and safety support in house. Even if you do, you may need a little extra help from time to time. A flexible and non fixed-fee Health & Safety service gives you access to the expertise and tailored support you need.
A cost-effective solution to your health and safety needs, our comprehensive service covers everything from on-site audits to assistance in the event of a serious safety incident.
We will get to know your organisation so that we can function as an extension to your team. Once we understand and tailor our support to what you need you can rest, safe in the knowledge that once implemented you will be in a position to demonstrate legal compliance.
- Ongoing advice and support from a Health & Safety Specialist with over 30 years of experience
- Simple online health & safety training to help you to provide awareness training to your employees
If you’re not sure where to start, we can conduct a full health and safety audit/review to assess your current compliance status and put an action plan in place. If you have a specific need, including training, our qualified Health & Safety specialists have the skills, experience and technical ability to assist you.
Protect against rising penalties
The consequences of a health and safety incident can be devastating. As well as the impact on individuals, the financial consequences for employers can be significant, inviting Fee for Intervention charges, fines, prosecution, absences and reputational damage. In some cases, directors have been jailed.
It’s therefore important to get it right. By enlisting support from Howlett Health & Safety Services, you can rest easy knowing that your compliance is being taken care of by a professionally-qualified Health & Safety Consultant with a wealth of hands-on risk management experience.
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We provide solutions-focused, hands-on help with all aspects of health and safety. Key services include, health and policy creation, general risk assessment, hybrid / home working arrangements, and dedicated specialist advice, combined with our online health & safety training and resources to keep you compliant.
Popular Health & Safety FAQs
Health and safety legislation applies to all business regardless of size or sector, and all employers have a duty to ensure that health and safety is effectively managed within the workplace. This duty extends to both employees and any non-employees that may be affected by your activities – including clients, visitors and members of the public. It also applies regardless of whether employees are working on your premises or off site at another location. All employers, for example, must conduct risk assessments to identify and mitigate potential causes of harm. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advises that the approach you take should be proportionate to the size of your business and the nature of your business activity. For most small, low-risk businesses, the steps you need to take are straightforward. If you have fewer than five employees, you don’t have to write down your risk assessment or your health and safety policy. Howlett Health & Safety Services can help you to strike the right balance and take a sensible, proportionate approach to risk.
The two primary pieces of health and safety legislation that all employers need to be aware of are the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. In a nutshell, the HSWA places a general duty on employers to ensure, so far as is “reasonably practicable”, the health and safety and welfare of all their employees while at work, while the Management Regulations set out more specific requirements, such as the requirement to make a “suitable and sufficient” assessment of risks, appoint “competent persons”, provide workers with information and training, and operate a written health and safety policy.
Of course, other legislation may apply depending on the activities you undertake, such as the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, Manual Handling Operations 1992 and the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 which each have their own provisions that employers must be alert to.
This depends on the circumstances – penalties for contravening health and safety law range from an enforcement notice requiring you to rectify an issue identified or stop an unsafe activity, to fines and imprisonment. If an HSE Inspector visits your workplace and finds that you are in material breach of health and safety law, you will also have to pay for the time it takes to put things right. This is known as Fee for Intervention and currently costs £157 an hour.
According to the latest HSE statistics, the average fine per conviction in 2019/20 was £110,000. This represents an increase of 307% since tougher sentencing guidelines were introduced in 2016 (in 2014/15, the average fine was £27,000 per conviction). If you’re concerned about the impact this could have on your bottom line, Howlett Health & Safety Services can work with you to ensure compliance and dramatically reduce risk. What’s more, our optional Legal Expenses Insurance covers the costs of defending health and safety prosecutions (plus Fee for Intervention charges and appealing against the serving of an improvement or prohibition notice) for an added layer of protection.
Yes. Under Regulation 7 of the Management Regulations, “every employer shall, subject to paragraphs (6) and (7), appoint one or more competent persons” – someone with the necessary training, experience, knowledge and “other qualities” to help you comply with the requirements of health and safety law. If you don’t have somebody in-house who meets this criteria, the HSE says you can appoint an external professional such as Howlett Health & Safety Services to help you.
Regulators have a number of options if they believe that a breach of health and safety law is taking place. These include: 1) Writing to you to explain the breach they believe has taken place. Under the Fee For Intervention (FFI) scheme, the regulator can choose to charge you for the time taken to investigate and inform you of this and write the letter. The cost of FFI at the present time is £157 per hour. 2) Improvement or prohibition notices. These may be issued by the enforcing agent whilst on site or remotely. Improvement notices specify specific improvement(s) that must been implemented within a specified length of time. Prohibition notices prohibit specified activities from being carried out until such time as steps are taken to improve health and safety protection as detailed in the notice. If either type of notice is not complied with, further action can be brought in court. 3) Prosecution. Inspectors may choose to bring prosecutions in court under relevant statutory provision, including (but not limited to) the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and related regulations under this Act
HSE Inspectors and Environmental Health Officers have a number of powers they may exercise when enforcing health and safety law. These include the power to: – Enter premises at any time and without notice; – Inspect and investigate; – Take measurements, samples and photographs; – Require an area or machine to be left undisturbed; – Seize, render harmless or destroy dangerous items; – Obtain information, including written documents; and – Take statements including under caution as defined in the Police and Criminal evidence Act 1984.
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We have the expertise to help you simplify complex health and safety legislation, find workable solutions to health and safety challenges, and protect your organisation from the rising cost of non-compliance.
- Approved by a Primary Authority
- Dedicated specialists with recognised qualifications
- Genuine hands-on experience of managing risk
- Cost certainty with our unlimited, fixed-fee model
- The confidence to act as one of your competent persons
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What our clients say
We have worked with Ray Howlett on a consultancy basis for various commercial refurbishment projects on CDM and we have been thoroughly pleased with the service he has provided. He is very knowledgeable and always happy and willing to explain anything we were unsure about.
I've used Ray for a few years now, and he has always been professional and very helpful. Whenever I have any questions, I know I can always call him and rely on his honest advice. His clear and precise way of working has certainly made my job a lot easier.
Ray assisted us to implement a proper Health & Safety policy. setup a risk assessment system, and more. He also liaised with a Fire Safety assessor on our behalf and also arranged for the necessary survey, remedial actions required and follow-up visits. When the structure was all in place, he arranged training for our staff and gave them access to register new employees on the training portal. When we scheduled our first fire Drills, he helped us walk through the processes, measurement of performance and, afterwards, gave suggestions for improvements. Ray gives a full-service experience and makes things easy to understand for the layman.
We have been using Ray for a number of years now and have always been very happy with the advice and documentation he produces for us. Ray is always very professional, and we would be very happy to recommend him.
"Ray was a pleasure to work with, very professional and highly focused. Tasks we worked on together were always completed on time and Ray often generated additional practical ideas on policy and application of Health and Safety practices in the area we worked in. I would welcome the opportunity of working with Ray again in the future."
"Ray worked as a Consultant for illumina during a time of great change at the company. He immediately integrated into the company and produced results quickly and effectively. His communication skills are first class, dealing with a variety of our needs from laboratories to field based workers. I would have no hesitation to recommend Ray to any organisation that could use his knowledge and experience and I would be delighted to use his services again."
"When working with Ray I was impressed by his organisational skills and the systems he had put in place. He appeared to have managed to engage the relevant parties to ensure the success of the project that we were working on. I have been in contact with him since and have always been impressed by his knowledge and commitment and yet willingness to share his time and information with his colleagues."
"Howlett Health and Safety Services came to our offices last year to conduct a health and safety review. Ray helped us become fully compliant and up to date with UK health and safety law, as well as introducing us to colleagues who could help us achieve this. His advice was extremely helpful and I would highly recommend his services to anyone. Fantastic job!"