Health and safety: What’s not to love?

Health and safety: What’s not to love?
Alastair Barrett
Alastair BarrettWhat no Safety Services Ltd

Posted: Wed 20th Apr 2022

In the first of three articles on the key points to protect your business, I will guide you through what you need to be doing to protect your business, staff and reputation through a sustained and systematic approach to ensure you hold onto what you have worked so hard to build.

Good health and safety is good business

The law says that you have to have good health and safety arrangements (Regulation 5 Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulation 1999).

To give a structure to this, the Health and Safety Executive created a guide called Managing for Health and Safety (HSG 65) - this is known as the Plan, Do, Check, Act model.


Starting with PLAN, if you employ more than five people, you need to have a safety policy.

This is where we start the safety journey, as the policy sets the direction of travel of how you as a business will organise and arrange compliance.

Consider changes and foreseeable threats to your business in this element.

Plan some targets you want to achieve and put some dates to these. Don’t just say we will reduce accidents, think about positive measures like training days for your staff, inspections of equipment.


Parts two and three of this series will detail the DO section: how to set up a risk assessment machine and how Swiss Cheese features in your controls.

This will help you to identify the hazards to your business and what you can do to prevent them from causing harm to people, plants, property and the environment (all of these issues potentially impact your bottom line).

In the implementation section, you need to think about how you are going to consult with your workforce (safety briefings, formal 1–2–1s) and communicate, including training, verbal chats, written down procedures and the use of posters.


We as business owners know that what gets measured gets done, so where you have set some targets, how do you CHECK that they are being achieved?

Inspections and audits, as well as accident and near-miss investigations, fit into this section.


Showing that you respond to issues raised in a business is how we survive.

If a client is unhappy, we adapt and change our working practices. Health and safety is no different; if you note an issue, then learn those lesson and ACT upon them.

How do I act? Well, you form a new PLAN and round we go again.

Therefore, the purpose of the model is to achieve continuous improvement in your business, so even if you only implement one new thing, this will lead to a 1% improvement and slowly that 1% becomes 10%, and you start to sleep better, business turnover improves, and your staff feel loved and appreciated.

What’s not to love?

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Alastair Barrett
Alastair BarrettWhat no Safety Services Ltd
What No Safety Services Ltd is a health and safety consultancy looking to create a bespoke advisory and training service tailoring practical and cost effective solutions to the problems that businesses face on a day-to-day basis.  Services include accident investigation, property audits and inspections to ensure legal compliance, Construction (Design and Management) Coordinator’s and the creation of risk assessments. Question, what can you do for me? In essence, businesses must identify key working activities, identify the hazards, which arise from those activities, assess the likelihood of those hazards occurring in reality and thus the level of risk that arises.  Then, managers can decide on priorities for controlling those risks and form an action plan for implementing and maintaining effective risk control into the future to include training and monitoring. What No Safety Services Ltd aims to assist by providing auditing, training and advice to help you achive this simple as that.

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