H&S Overview

Compliance with all statutory Health and Safety acts and regulations is a mandatory requirement for all organisations and duty holders. The HSE can, and in most cases, will prosecute organisations that breach Health and Safety regulations.

If legal obligations are not met, penalties can include heavy or unlimited fines and more. An individual or organisation may be liable to pay compensation, loss of production and the cost of finding additional resources. Furthermore, non-compliant organisations may risk a loss of business and reputation, and in the most serious cases, are at risk of enforced action and even imprisonment. Therefore, it is recommended and, of course, a legal requirement for any organisation to have suitable Health & Safety advice be it from an internal or external source.

Not only is having competent health and safety advice a legal requirement, but it can also benefit your business in several of the following ways:

  • Provide your organisation with peace of mind that you are legally compliant
  • Reduce the likelihood of accidents and incidents
  • reduce damage and/or loss to assets
  • decrease absence because of sickness or accidents
  • mitigate risk of fines or prosecution
  • increase staff morale through assurance of better work practices and quality of environment
  • ensure comprehensive risk management across the organisation

Why You Should Choose a Consultancy 

The Law requires businesses to either employ internally or seek external specialist advice. This ensures that you comply with your legal duties under the Health & Safety etc. Act 1974 and associated legislation.

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 places large responsibilities with the company directors to protect their employees and others working on their site from health and safety risks. However, some may not have the experience or skills to carry out these duties properly. Therefore, advice and services from external qualified industry experts is essential.

Henry Riley Health & Safety Professionals

Henry Riley is committed to achieving and maintaining a fully legal and safe environment for our staff, clients, their contractors and employees. Our Health and Safety Consultants have extensive knowledge of the construction industry and Health and Safety legislation. They are highly experienced, always deliver the highest standards, and can advise on all aspects of health & safety matters that affect your construction projects.

Our Health and Safety professionals immerse themselves in clients’ organisations in order to gain deep insight and understanding of your business. This allows them to provide a tailored health and safety service, ensuring all legal obligations are met in the most efficient and cost-effective way.

We can liaise with the HSE where necessary on your behalf, safeguard the health and safety of your employees, and provide assurance to your organisation that your obligations are being met, allowing you the peace of mind to focus on your business.

We also carry out independent audits, activity compliance inspections, compile (or complete) relevant paperwork, and produce reports – all of which allows us to bring you up to full compliance as quickly as possible and help protect everybody involved with your construction project.

Our Health & Safety/CDM advisors have the necessary skills to work to mitigate risks in the most appropriate and cost-effective way. In addition, we also provide CDM Advisor and Principal Designer Services. Find out more about our CDM Advisor and Principal Designer services.

We have worked closely with clients such as Virgin Active, Kier Property Developments Ltd and Caffe Nero Group Ltd. See each case study for an insight into our industry experience.

Contact Henry Riley if you are seeking professional Health and Safety advice.

Useful links:

  1. Employers responsibilities for Health & Safety - http://www.hse.gov.uk/business/areyou/employer.htm
  1. The Health & Safety at Work etc. Act of 1974 - http://www.hse.gov.uk/legislation/hswa.htm
  1. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 - http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/cdm/2015/index.htm
  1. What do I need to do? – http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/cdm/2015/responsibilities.htm
  1. Summary of duties under CDM - http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/cdm/2015/summary.htm
  1. Frequently asked questions - http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/cdm/faq/index.htm