A risk assessment is a useful tool to help employers meet their responsibility of making sure that their staff, the public and anyone else coming into contact with their site or workplace is safe and secure. Risk assessments allow employers to highlight the dangers that people may face and puts in place measures to reduce or in some cases completely remove the risks.
Risk assessments help employers to take control of risks. There is a lot of pressure and responsibility on employers to make sure all those who enter the environment they’re responsible for is safe and risk assessments are the foundation of spotting and reducing any risk.
It is also a legal requirement for any business that employs more than 5 people to hold a valid risks assessment. It is important that risk assessments are carried out and recorded thoroughly as they form the basis for health and safety policies and procedures.
What are risk assessment templates?
Risk assessment templates are an effective risk management tool. They normally come in the form of a document that breaks the full assessment down into different stages with space for you to record hazards and the people who are at risk.
Templates will also include a risk matrix – these are simply so you can record the level of risk and the likelihood of the risk happening. Once you have identified and evaluated the risks the template will direct you to record the existing control measures and any other measures that could be put in place to reduce the risks.
Do you need to use a template?
No, there is no requirement for an organisation to use a risk assessment template, they are simply there to help guide those who are unsure through the initial processes. You can create your own structure for carrying out and recording assessments, the templates are just there to make it easier for those who may be unsure.
Templates may help you save time and normally are structured in a way that makes it easy to record your findings and therefore easier for those in the business you’re sharing it with to understand.
What to watch out for when writing your risk assessment
If you’re using templates to write your risk assessment it is important not to copy the example answers and findings that may already be filled in.
The risk assessment needs to be your own, as every business will have slightly different risks and likelihoods. Copying a risk assessment will not only be no help for your business but it also won’t meet any of the legal requirements.
How should a risk assessment be structured?
There is no one structure fits all when it comes to producing a risk assessment, which is often why you will find varying templates for different industries. Your risk assessment will vary depending on the work you carry out, the size of your business, the materials you use and the legislation you need to comply with.
Risk assessments for new workplaces or businesses may also differ from assessments carried out in areas that have been previously assessed.
However, you will need to follow the steps below:
- Identify the hazards
- Consider who is at risk
- Evaluate risks and the actions to control them
- Record findings
- Regular review of risks assessments
How to find templates
If you’re not sure how to structure your risk assessments or where to find the correct template for your business SMAS Worksafe can offer you guidance and support.
Our templates allow you to complete your assessments to a high standard and record findings in a clear manner. SMAS Worksafe members can download our risk assessment form via our portal. Members will also have access to various other templates to help with your businesses environmental, quality, anti-bribery and financial standing policies.
You can also download and view risk assessment templates and examples on the HSE website.
Construction in the dark is a task that many construction workers in the UK are likely to have face at some point in their careers. This could be to undertake road works during the night or in winter when the daylight hours are shorter and those working past 5PM are forced into working in low light and darker conditions.
Working in the dark is therefore commonplace in the UK but that does not diminish the risks the workers face whilst working in poor visibility and employers and site managers should make sure that their workforce is equipped for working in dark conditions.
One area that needs to be considered when workers are operating in the dark is that they are less likely to be alert to dangers. A lack of light will obviously lead to poorer vision, this requires greater concentration for the person to focus on the task, these risks are likely to be magnified in high-risk situations where concentration is key or with tasks that require high attention to detail.
For those that are working nightshifts, especially those that are strung together, fatigue can be another cause of increased risk. Often workers will offer to work nights to allow them more time with families or to free up their day for leisure. This however can lead to them being extremely fatigued whilst working. It’s important that those who work nights do their best to get the same amount of sleep during the day as they would on a normal evening. Creating a quiet, dark room for sleeping during the day will help improve their ability to sleep during the day and reduce the risk of fatigue during working hours.
Vehicles & Machinery:
The next area of risk is perhaps the most serious. Using vehicles and machinery in low light greatly increases the risk to the operator and those around them. Most vehicles have blind spots and those used in construction often suffer from this hindrance to a greater extent due to their shape and sometimes the equipment they’re carrying.
All these issues are magnified when working in poor visibility and therefore making sure all workers are alert and wearing high visibility clothing is crucial to helping the driver spot fellow workers.
For those who are operating machinery, making sure suitable lighting is in place is paramount. Often using machinery comes with enough risks but using them in poor lighting greatly increases this risk. Make sure that if you’re operating machinery, you are happy with the lighting conditions and do not carry out work in which you have poor visibility.
Poor artificial lighting:
Although this is not as common, in some cases the artificial lighting used can often cause more issues than it is solving. Too much artificial light can cause glare, especially for those who are working with metals and reflective materials.
If the artificial light is too bright or causing lots of glare, workers vision may be impeded and it can also lead to headaches and stress, which will both increase the risks of mistakes, poor quality work and low productivity.
Managing night work:
To help reduce risks to your workforce, here is a checklist that managers can use to identify risks and safety practices that should be considered.
- Require daytime managers to periodically work at night – managers who have experience with the challenges of managing a site during the day may have additional input on how to reduce risks of a nightshift.
- Continue to evaluate your working environment – conduct comprehensive reviews of your workplace. Consider any near misses or accidents you may have had. Review lighting, temperature and poor airflow which may lead to fatigue.
- Put shift work safety at the forefront – Make sure that your sites are mandated and discussed at safety meetings. Also, include a seat for someone who works night shifts.
- Promote sleep and napping – Promoting the importance of good sleep following a night shift to help reduce risks to themselves and others. The appeal of having the ‘day off’ can lead to workers operating on next to no sleep.
- Allow short breaks – Working at night requires added concentration and over the course of a shift this can lead to greater risk. Allow workers 30 minutes of extra break so they can have a rest, eat, and recover.
- Access worker schedules – No shift work is optimal, but those who are required to go from nights to days and back to nights are likely to suffer from poor sleeping patterns. Allow these workers a day off in between shifts or consider changing their shifts less often.
- Monitor overtime – If you have workers who are offering to do nights as overtime, make sure to monitor the hours they’re doing. If they are following day shifts with nights, then you may have to tell them to reduce the work they’re doing and allow them a break.
- Standardise shift changes – Issues can often occur on sites where one set of shift workers end, and another starts. Poor communication can lead to issues being missed and risks increased.
- Don’t forget the drive home – After the shift has finished, workers will also have to drive home. Following a nightshift, the chances of falling asleep at the wheel increase. Make space for workers to nap before commuting home and promote car share to reduce the number of cars on the road.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 have been designed to help all areas of construction improve their safety. There have been a few revisions of the regulations, but their goals have remained the same, to ensure the safety and welfare of all people who are involved in construction projects (and projects that qualify as construction such as maintenance). Most recently updated in 2015 and hence known as the CDM regulations 2015.
In this piece, we will go over all the regulations to help you best understand how they can be applied to your business and help keep your projects compliant.
What the CDM Regulations aim to do
The CDM regulations were created to make sure that no matter the role, anyone involved within a construction project is safe. It places legal duties on those involved with the planning and carrying out of construction type activities.
The regulation should help you to understand:
- How to sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish
- To have the right people for the right job at the right time
- How to cooperate and coordinate your work with others
- To get the right information about the risks and how they are being managed
- How to communicate this information effectively to those who need to know
- consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed
HSE has published Legal Series guidance that supports CDM 2015 and explains it in more detail.
The term “Duty holder” is applied to those who have legal duties under CDM – These “Duty holders”, are defined as follows; Clients (commercial and residential), Principal Designers, Designers, Principal Contractors, and contractors
Summary of duty holders and their responsibilities:
Organisations or individuals for whom a construction project is carried out that is done as part of a business.
Responsible for making sure suitable arrangements for managing a project, including:
- Other duty holders are appointed as and where appropriate
- Sufficient time and resources are allocated
- Relevant information is prepared and provided to other duty holders
- The principal designer and principal contractor carry out their duties
- Welfare facilities are provided
People who have construction work carried out in their own home (or the home of a family member) that is not a commercial undertaking.*
In the scope of CDM 2015, the client duties are normally transferred to:
- The contractor for single contract projects
- The principal contractor for projects that use more than one contractor
Please note, the domestic client can instead request to have a written agreement with the principal designer to carry out the client duties.
Are to be appointed by the client in projects involving more than one contractor. They can be from an organisation or an individual with sufficient knowledge, experience, and ability to carry out the role.
Responsibilities include planning, managing, monitoring, and coordinating the health and safety during the pre-construction phase of a project, this includes:
- Identifying, eliminating, and controlling foreseeable risks
- Ensuring the designers carry out their duties
- Prepare and provide relevant information to other duty holders
- Liaise with the principal contractor to help in the planning, management, monitoring and coordination of the construction phase.
Appointed by the client to coordinate the construction phase of the contract where it involves more than one contract.
Responsible for the planning, managing and coordination of health & safety in the construction phase of a project, including:
- Liaising with clients and principal contractors
- Preparing the construction phase plan
- Organising cooperation between contractors and coordinating their work.
- Suitable site inductions are provided
- Reasonable steps are taken to prevent unauthorised access
- Workers are consulted and engaged in securing their health and safety
- Adequate Welfare facilities are provided
Organisations or individuals who on behalf of an organisation, prepare or modify designs for buildings and or products or systems relating to construction work.
When preparing or modifying designs, the designer must eliminate, reduce, or control foreseeable risks that may arise during these stages:
- Future maintenance
They must also provide information to other members of the project team to help them plan and carry out their duties safely.
Those who carry out the actual construction work, contractors can be an individual or a company.
Will need to plan, manage, and monitor construction work under their control so it is carried out without risks to health and safety, including:
For projects involving more than one contractor, coordinate their activities with others in the project team – in particular, comply with directions given to them by the principal designer or principal contractor.
For single contractor projects, prepare a construction phase plan.
Those working for or under the control of contractors on a construction site.
- Be consulted about matters which affect their health, safety and welfare
- Take care of their own health and safety, and of others who might be affected by their actions
- Report anything, they see which is likely to endanger either their own or others’ health and safety
- Cooperate with their employer, fellow workers, contractors and other duty holders
* Organisations or individuals can carry out the role of more than one duty holder, provided they have the skills, knowledge, experience and organisation capability necessary to carry out those roles in a way that secures health and safety.
Safety signs will be present in every working environment to give anyone who enters the best information about the risks and to help keep the working environment as safe as possible.
There are 4 distinct types of signs you should look out for and in this article we will go through them so you know what to look out for and what action’s you will need to take.
Prohibitory signs are put in pace to stop behaviours that might increase or cause danger in the workplace, such as smoking.
- Circular shape
- Black pictogram with White background. Located inside red circle with diagonal strike through the centre. (Red part of the sign must take up at least 35% of total area).
Warning signs are used to highlight risks or dangers in the workplace, such as flammable material.
- Triangular shape
- Black pictogram on a yellow background with black edging. (Yellow part of the sign must take up at least 50% of total area).
Mandatory signs are put in place to highlight acts that must be abided by, such as wearing eye protection.
- Circular shape
- White pictogram on blue background. (Blue part of the sign must take up at least 50% of total area).
Emergency escape or first aid signs are there to help you navigate a workplace to find safety via an exit or to locate a first aid box.
- Rectangular or square shape
- White pictogram on a green background (the green part of the sign must take up at least 50% of total area).
The Regulations implement European Council Directive 92/58/EEC on minimum requirements for the provision of safety signs at work state that employers are to provide safety signs where other methods, properly considered, cannot deal satisfactorily with certain risks and where the use of a sign can further reduce that risk. Safety signs are not to be used as a substitute for other methods of control and should be used on top of controlling methods.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (the Management Regulations) states that employers must consider the results of the risk assessment that has been created – the assessment will need to identify the hazards and risks, then state the control measures that have been put in place. Safety signs can then be used to highlight risks further and give employers more information. If the risk is not significant there may be no need to provide a sign.
An example for when risks might be small but a sign is still necessary would be if there was the use of flammable chemicals, you can make sure that safety equipment is worn and flammable materials are reduced but the risks may still be present to workers and therefore the use of a sign helps to highlight the dangers.
Although these regulations do not require safety signs to be used where there is no significant risk to health and safety, certain fire safety signs may have to be displayed under separate legal provisions. If you have any doubts check this with your enforcing authority for fire safety.
Last updated in 2002, the control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) helps business to identify and reduce the risks to their workforce when dealing potentially dangerous substances.
The law states that an employer must control substances that are hazardous to the workforce’s health, as an employer you should:
· find out what the health hazards are
· decide how to prevent harm to health (risk assessment)
· provide control measures to reduce harm to health
· make sure they are used
· keep all control measures in good working order
· provide information, instruction and training for employees and others
· provide monitoring and health surveillance in appropriate cases
· plan for emergencies.
It’s very common for businesses to either use substances, or products thatcontain a mixture of substances. There may also be processes in place that create hazardous substances which could cause harm to employees, contractors and other people.
Sometimes substances are easily recognised as harmful. Common substances such as paint, bleach or dust from natural materials may also be harmful.
Most substances that are hazardous to health are covered by COSHH however some will need their own risk assessments, substances include:
· products containing chemicals
· gases and asphyxiating gases and
· biological agents (germs). If the packaging has any of the hazard symbols, then it is classed as a hazardous substance.
· germs that cause diseases such as leptospirosis or legionnaires disease and germs used in laboratories.
Areas not covered by COSHH are:
· Radioactive substances
If you’re self-employed COSHH regulations will still apply to your business as it not only covers employees but anyone who may be affected by the substances you’re using. Not all parts of COSHH regulations will apply, those about monitoring and health surveillance will not apply to your business.
What do you need to do?
The first thing you will need to consider when doing your COSHH is:
· What do you do that involves hazardous substances?
· How can these cause harm?
· How can you reduce the risk of harm occurring?
You should also do as much as you can to stop any exposure by identifying and stopping it at source, for example:
· Can you avoid using a hazardous substance or use a safer process – preventing exposure, e.g using water-based rather than solvent-based products, applying by brush rather than spraying?
· Can you substitute it for something safer – e.g swap an irritant cleaning product for something milder, or using a vacuum cleaner rather than a brush?
· Can you use a safer form, e.g can you use a solid rather than liquid to avoid splashes or a waxy solid instead of a dry powder to avoid dust?
If you’re struggling to think of risks that might apply to your business, you can always ask employees or if you attend trade meetings as them for ideas.
In some cases, you won’t be able to prevent the exposure to certain substances and therefore you will need to start planning on how you can control it.
The HSE states that “Control is adequate when the risk of harm is ‘as low as is reasonably practicable’.” This means:
· All control measures are in good working order.
· Exposures are below the Workplace Exposure Limit, where one exists.
· Exposure to substances that cause cancer, asthma or genetic damage is reduced to as low a level as possible.
Switching up your substances
If a substance you currently use is causing issues, then you might be able to reduce or mitigate the risks by changing it. For example
· substituting a powder for a liquid
· removing the need to weigh out powders by buying it pre-packed.
Below are six steps to practical, well thought out decisions about substance substitution.
1. Decide whether the substance or process is a hazard. Does storing, using or disposing a substance cause significant risks or exposure?
2. Look for and identify any alternatives.
3. Run the same checks against the alternatives as you have your current substance. (Storing, using and disposing).
4. Decide whether substituting the substance will reduce risks.
5. Introduce the substitute.
6. Assess how it is working.
For more information about the effect of substances you use visit the HSE REACH web pages. You can also ask supplies or trade associates about what substitutions can be made and look for advice from other businesses in your industry.
Exposure limits: How are you being exposed (skin, breathing etc) and what are the exposure limits on the substances being used?
Chemical safety data sheets: Use the safety data sheets for chemicals you’re using to help with your risk assessment.
Control measures: Consider using a wide variety of control measures, these could be ways of working, control equipment or worker behaviour.
Permits: Some tasks may require experts and therefore using a permit to work will help identify who will be carrying out the work and when it will be completed.
PPE: Employers and responsible for the supply of the correct PPE, so make sure your employers have the correct equipment for any given exposure.
Monitoring: You may need to put monitoring systems in place to show compliance with a WEL (Workplace Exposure Limit) or BMGV (Biological Monitoring Guidance Value) or when you need to show that control equipment or personal protective equipment is working well enough.
Health Surveillance: Monitoring the health of your employees to make sure they are not falling ill or unwell from work. This is not to be confused with general health screening could involve a scheduled annual check-up on, for example: lung function and skin conditions.
Training: Providing appropriate training for those who will be subject to exposure of the hazardous substances. This involves anyone who may be involved in cleaning and maintenance.
Emergencies: Make sure your business has a plan for accidents, incidents, and emergencies. This includes equipment, people, training, procedures and arrangements of any waste created.
For more information on COSHH and everything we have gone over, visit HSE.
SMAS Worksafe, one of the leading SSIP member schemes, are pleased to announce the partnership with CCBD Ltd.
SMAS Worksafe are delighted with the partnership and are happy to be able to bring our members greater opportunities for ongoing or future construction projects that CCBD will be looking to source for their clients.
CCBD will be able to call upon SMAS Worksafe members to fill tendering opportunities for their clients, helping us to support of members with work opportunities should they be available and within a suitable location radius.
CCBD services support Main Contractors, Sub Contractors along with numerous Developers & Local Authorities across the country. CCBD services create and solidify relations, partnerships and opportunities that support company growth. Subcontractor services provide the support of a full team pushing their business growth via gaining new clients and supporting them with securing new work. Main Contractors, Developers & Local Authorities services provides a streamlined system when it comes to managing supply chains, procurement and tender process across current and upcoming projects.
Commenting on the new partnership, Chris Cordner, Managing Director, CCBD Ltd stated “We are very pleased to be partnering with SMAS Worksafe and it’s a great achievement for CCBD to be recognised for the support we are providing the Construction Industry.
CCBD & SMAS together is going to be very exciting for Construction and will support hundreds of Main & Sub Contractors throughout the UK.”
Commercial Director at SMAS Worksafe, Chris Woodward-Biddle said of the partnership, “SMAS Worksafe are delighted to support CCBD as the SSIP accreditation scheme of choice for their members.
CCBD’s mission to match high quality trades with pre-qualified tender opportunities is a natural match with the goals of SSIP and SMAS WorkSafe in reducing the burden of pre-tender accreditation for both main contractors and sub-contractors.
We look forward to working with CCBD and their members, and continuing to drive forward the highest standards in Health & Safety pre-qualification in the Construction Industry.”
SMAS Worksafe are thrilled to announce that they are now a registered signatory of Building a Safer Future promoting the safety of buildings in the UK.
SMAS Worksafe is a registered member of SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) which helps businesses to reach their health & safety requirements. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and making sure we can do the utmost to help businesses to be compliant.
In April of last year, the UK Government encouraged industry-wide commitment to sign-up to a Charter, in its response to the ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation ‘A reformed building safety regulatory system’.
In early 2020, the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) was appointed to develop and manage the Charter. The CCS has established a new, not-for-profit organisation (Building a Safer Future Ltd) with an independent governance structure, to lead and develop the Charter.
Building a Safer Future is driving culture and behaviour change in the safety of the building environment and is essential to putting people’s safety first. In driving this change, the BSF Charter will seek to provide the industry and public with:
- An engaged online community where good practice on building safety is shared and relevant examples, case studies and other resources are signposted through a Learning & Excellence Hub.
- A public and workforce engagement portal for anyone (public, resident, other building users, those working across the built environment) to raise building safety concerns in relation to projects registered and verified with the BSF Charter. (To be launched end 2020).
- Benchmarking and verification (working closely with and learning from the ‘Responsible Care’ benchmarking approach adopted by the chemical industry). (To be launched end 2020).
SMAS Worksafe are delighted to have become a registered signatory and share the key value of putting people’s safety first, above all other priorities.
Chris Woodward-Biddle, Commercial Director at SMAS Worksafe is thrilled with the new partnership.
“It’s great to become a registered signatory of BSF, their values and ethos of making sure every individual’s safety comes first is something we share and backing their message is something we’re proud of and take very seriously when helping our members with their safety.”
“Supply chains continue to be one of the most important levers for business to create a positive impact in the world, with an estimated 80% of global trade passing through them annually.” – UN Global Compact
With so many businesses having to utilise supply chains, making sure the process is as smooth and unproblematic as possible is going to save your business time and money.
But what are some of the best practices to make sure your supply chain is aligned and remains compliant?
It might be obvious, but accreditations are an easy way for any business to make sure that their supply chain is following minimum guidelines that you would want to ask of them. It’s best practice to investigate member schemes of an accreditation organisation to make sure that they are covering all bases you wish your supply chain to conform to.
Knowing your supply chain is compliant will give you peace of mind and greatly reduce the risks of something going wrong, which can lead to materials or contractors having to be replaced and therefore delaying the work you need to be completed, having a financial impact on your business.
Accreditations are good for all supply chains, but generally have a greater benefit when the supply chain is long and has lots of cross overs. The more businesses involved the higher the chance of something going wrong and therefore increases the importance of having an accreditation or management system in place
Regulations around areas such as health & safety, environmental management and quality management are forever changing and therefore choosing an accreditation that is constantly evolving to meet the demands or surpass them to avoid having to change their policies are a great solution for keeping your supply chain future proof and the relationships you already have stable.
A SMAS Worksafe accreditation is built on making sure that businesses are always able to hit the latest demands and regulations as well as preparing for any changes that might be put in place in the short term. This means you can have complete confidence in both your suppliers, who are willing to obtain this accreditation and therefore showing their stance on compliance but also confidence that you will be able to keep your current supply chain despite changes in regulations, as those who are accredited by us will be covered and won’t need to seek further accreditations in order to meet the demands placed on them.
Retaining fluid Procurement and services
Procurement is often a very time-consuming part of building a supply chain and the last thing you want is a disagreement on the level of compliance needed.
Standardising your compliance requirements through an SSIP accreditation as well as additional PAS 91 areas such as Environmental & Quality Management Processes, will not only speed up the process and eliminate you having to check or research businesses compliance, but it will also mean that all parts of the supply chain are required to meet one single assessment and you don’t have to worry about different accreditations for different areas of your supply chain. This is obviously more beneficial for those whose supply chains are longer or more complex.
Keeping your supply chain compliant through an accreditation not only saves you time in the initial set up of that particular agreement but will also help to reduce or mitigate issues occurring in the future. All kinds of issues could cause an area of your supply chain to be unable to fulfil the demands you’re asking of them which could lead to things such as the inability to supply materials or workers.
An accreditation that encompasses risk management, such as the SMAS Common SSIP Assessment, is presented to suppliers that have demonstrated their ability to manage and mitigate risk. You also have the freedom to demand other areas of compliance from your supply chain, such as Environmental and Quality Management. Meeting your requirements shows that contractors are prepared to meet challenges and maintain operations in the face of adversity, with their risk appropriately managed, you have greater peace of mind that your supply chain structure is capable of weathering unforeseen problems.
How we can help
SMAS Worksafe are one of the UK’s leading SSIP Accreditation schemes used by thousands of contractors throughout the UK. We use a simple tiered membership system that can include further areas of compliance beyond SSIP such as Environmental and Quality Management checked off against IEMA and IRCA standards.
As a client of SMAS Worksafe, you choose the level of compliance you want your supply chain to achieve, this could be just SSIP, but it is also recommended that you include the environmental and quality management areas. Once you have chosen the requirements, we will work on making sure all your contractors have the correct SMAS package, so you don’t have to worry about there being issues with your supply chain. We will also send you monthly compliance reports so you’re able to see which of your contractors are coming to the end of their accreditation period or those who have expired so you know they are no longer meeting the standards you have set.
To learn more about our packages and how we can help you manage your supply chain visit our supply chain management page.
Today (April 22nd, 2021) is World Earth Day. We only get one planet and as of today, we haven’t done a good job at looking after it. World Earth Day was Earth Day started in 1970 and today EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement. They work with more than 75,000 partners across over 192 countries to drive positive action for our planet.
Everyone has a responsibility to reduce their environmental footprint and small changes such as walking or cycling to work instead of driving is something that you may be able to do easily depending on your location. We can also make changes to the products we use, using energy-saving lightbulbs, shopping locally to reduce shipping and even eating less meat can all have a positive impact on our environment.
According to the IEA Global Energy Review, the demand for all fossil fuels is set to take the second-biggest jump in history this year as the world looks to bounce back from the Coronavirus pandemic. Coal demand alone is projected to increase by 60% more than all renewables combined, underpinning a rise in emissions of almost 5%, or 1 500 Mt. This expected increase would reverse 80% of the drop in 2020, with emissions ending up just 1.2% (or 400 Mt) below 2019 emissions levels.
Sometimes we can have a negative impact on our environment accidentally. For example, spilling oil into a river or using harmful chemicals that may destroy natural habitat. These are far less common but have just as great, in some cases even greater impact on our environment and the chances of these accidents can be greatly reduced through safety measures and procedures.
So we all need to do our bit to win the fight on emissions which is why SMAS Worksafe offer packages that include Environmental management. We can help your business to spot and reduce the risks of these such issues ever occurring. We will look at the kind of work your business carries out and identify areas that might be harmful to any environment you’re working in so we can help you to come up with the best practices to stop an accident from occurring.
Although these accidents are rare, they cannot just have a negative impact on the environment, but also cost your business lots of money. Most breaches of environmental law are criminal offences and carry penalties of a fine and/or imprisonment. For cases tried in the Magistrates’ Court, the maximum penalty is a fine of up to £50,000 and/or six months’ imprisonment, whilst cases tried in the Crown Court could incur an unlimited fine and/or two years imprisonment.
To learn more about environmental risks, how you mitigate them and the penalties that could fall your way, check out this article on managing environmental risks.
If you’re interested in having your business checked over against Environmental regulations to reduce the risk of an event ever happening, check out our Worksafe Pro package here.