Health and Safety
Health and Safety is closely linked with employment law. It ranges from ensuring safe physical working practices to more discrete aspects like managing workplace stress and having the right facilities.
Disputes often arise out of health and safety related issues raised by employees. In some cases it will result in both whistleblowing and health and safety dismissal claims. If concerns raised by employees are legitimate then aside from any employment related claims, there is also the possiblity of intervention by the HSE leading to fines or, in serious cases, prosecution of company directors.
Without proper risk assessments and/or method statements it is usually extremely difficult for employers to rebut claims under the Health and Safety Act 1974. External advice is crucial therefore and employer liaiblity insurers will insist on it.
For organisations who need access to ad-hoc support and/or more detailed one-off assessments, Filor Solicitors can facilitate this via specialists all of whom are Chartered Safety Practitioners – some being ex-HSE Inspectors.
Whether the business requires immediate telephone support when the unexpected happens, or is looking for more strategic support, experienced and highly qualified professionals are always on hand to advise on best practice.
Advice and support include:
- H&S policy creation
- Risk assessments
- Acting as Competent Person
- Method Statements /CDM Health & Safety plans
- Pre-qualification Schemes – e.g. CHAS/SSIP
- Compliance audits
- Assistance with HSG65 and OSHAS 18001 planning and auditing
- Training needs analysis and training
- COSHH assessments
- Occupational hygiene services – e.g. audiometry, lead medicals
- Noise, vibration and miscellaneous hygiene monitoring
- Asbestos management advice
Support can be provided on a retainer basis (either singularly or as part of an employment law support package), whilst one-off projects are provided on an agreed fixed fee or daily rate.