Occupational Health & Safety

Well managed occupational health and safety not only avoids injury or ill health to individuals, but can also save avoidable expenses to businesses, communities, the economy and the health care system. The financial cost of injury or ill health can include fines, compensation, legal expenses, downtime and lost productivity, increased insurance premiums, damaged reputation and loss of business.

Increasingly today, the ability to demonstrate good health and safety management also provides organisations with a competitive advantage in markets where customers require their suppliers to manage health and safety effectively.  

Therefore, businesses that manage occupational health and safety effectively are not only looking after their employees, but also helping to protect their bottom line. 

Occupational health and safety is a broad specialism. It can be difficult for businesses to be ‘the expert’ in all areas and to find time to implement, maintain and record the comprehensive measures required to keep people safe. Newground understands that for health and safety advice and management systems to be effective, they must also be practical, user friendly, and simple wherever possible. 

How we help:

Newground provides a broad range of advice and assistance to our clients, including as outlined below:

  • Practical common sense advice and assistance concerning management of particular health and safety issues, with a view to keeping people safe and healthy.
  • Technical advice and assistance in identifying and understanding legal requirements and/or best practice which apply to a particular business, or business activity.
  • External verification/audits to assess whether existing health and safety arrangements are compliant with legal requirements.
  • Review of existing health and safety management systems and gap analysis against standards such as OHSAS 18001.
  • Assistance in development of health and safety management systems and procedures, whether to cover specific issues (e.g. management of contractors), or integrated management systems (e.g. to comply with OHSAS 18001).
  • Assistance with preparation for OHSAS 18001 certification audits;
  • Assistance with accident and incident investigation.
  • Advice and assistance with identification of key risks and completion of risk assessments.
  • Help with the development of other documents and records which facilitate proper management of health and safety.
  • Guidance on how to determine useful key performance indicators.
  • Assistance developing objectives, targets and management plans to improve performance.
  • Development and delivery of bespoke staff health and safety training.
  • Assistance in locating specialist services where required such as e.g. asbestos surveyors, legionella consultants, explosion risk consultants, etc.    
  • Advice on how to establish and maintain a health and safety culture.
  • Competent person service: provision of a qualified, experienced consultant who gives tailored occupational health and safety support to businesses that may have a lack of resources, in-house knowledge or simply too short on time to manage the particulars.

Key health and safety issues and risk areas

Newground advises our clients on a wide range of issues including (but not limited to):

  • Risk assessment
  • Accident/investigation reporting
  • Contractor safety
  • Hazardous substances
  • COMAH site requirements
  • Fire and explosion risk
  • First aid
  • Work at height
  • Manual handling
  • Occupiers liability
  • Display screen equipment (DSE)
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Electrical safety
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Legionella
  • Vibration
  • Ionising and non-ionising radiation
  • Food safety
  • Hazardous substances
  • Performance monitoring
  • Lifting equipment
  • Information, instruction, training & supervision
  • New & expectant mothers
  • Noise
  • Premises maintenance
  • Smoke free premises
  • Stress
  • Work equipment
  • Work-related road safety
  • Working in confined spaces
  • Young persons

Sourcing Technical Specialists

If a business requires specialist technical assistance, Newground can identify the specialism required and assist the client in sourcing an appropriate specialist, including:

  • Asbestos surveyors
  • Occupational hygienists (to conduct workplace air monitoring)
  • Noise surveyors
  • Explosion risk assessors
  • Process safety consultants (e.g. to conduct HAZOPs, HAZIDs, etc)
  • Legionella consultants
  • Occupational health providers (for health occupational health assessments including lung function, hearing, skin tests etc)

Documents and records

  • Preparation of bespoke health and safety policies including a policy statement, organisation and responsibilities, and health and safety arrangements.
  • Development of documents (e.g. procedures, method statements and checklists) and records that help the business maintain suitable and sufficient arrangements for occupational health and safety.