Or would you like to be case study in my next training session?
When the (HSE) Inspector calls – what you should know, turned out to be a packed session at yesterday’s Construction Leaders Club meeting with a very attentive audience. Why? Because being a duty holder means you have a variety of responsibilities and there are legal safety and health essentials you need to know. Not least ensuring that your operatives (who may not have English as their first language) fully understand both verbal and written safety procedures.
Having discussed the HSE Inspectors right of entry – their right to destroy or render harmless anything they find that could pose a serious health and safety issue – all the documentation that you must hold – we then looked at the possibility of unlimited fines and custodial sentencing – alongside disqualification as a Director and of course, the Publicity Order (this is where my case study comes in) where you are all over the news, Facebook and Twitter.
The very new ‘Modern Slavery Act’ of October also raised a few eyebrows, as the supply chain will affect SMEs too, because the ‘big boys’ with a turnover of £35m or more have a duty to look at their contractors too.
Welfare facilities were also discussed, as hygienic facilities and potable drinking water must be freely available to your workforce.
What is ‘out there’ to help you?
Fortunately you are in luck – Chambers & Young deliver a series of renowned IOSH safety and health courses tailored to meet your business needs, including the new IOSH Leading safely.
If you would like a quote on this essential session for business owners, key decision makers and leaders, ask Sheila Young CMIOSH about this 4-5 hour session, delivered in-house at a time to suit your business needs – or watch the YouTube video on the home page.
Remember – ignorance is no excuse once you are in court!
(Leading safely is only delivered by Chartered Members of IOSH)
Who will be next? Are you just a role of the dice away from prosecution? Don’t take chances – ensure you know what your responsibilities are and the possible consequences for non-compliance with the law.