Health and safety law

Every business owner wants to ensure that their employees leave the workplace in the same healthy condition as when they arrived.  At Talbots Law, we are well versed on health and safety regulations and can provide you with straightforward, practical advice to minimise the risk of harm occurring to your staff.

Health and safety law has evolved rapidly over recent years. Our employment team is alive to all health and safety developments and are dedicated to keeping our clients informed and up to date. We write regular articles on the subject and run seminars for businesses so they can be confident that they are in full compliance with up-to-date regulations. If an incident does occur, we provide a 24 hour, 7 day a week emergency response.

Why choose Talbots Law for health and safety matters?

Like you, we want to protect your organisation’s biggest asset: its people.  When it comes to our work, we choose quality over quantity every time.  On the other hand, we understand the time and budget pressures businesses face.  That’s why our solicitors will help prepare health and safety strategies and advice, in a simple way that can be rolled-out across your organisation.

But most importantly, we never let the process get in the way of our humanity.  If tragedy strikes, we are fully aware that a life may have been lost, or changed forever.  Our employment lawyers are adept at handling the PR side of health and safety matters with sincerity and compassion. We will provide you with expert advice when it comes to attending coroner’s hearings, dealing with the media and making representations in court.

Robust representation

Our health and safety solicitors have a strong reputation for representing clients robustly and effectively in HSE investigations and court proceedings.  We have cultivated relationships with the top barristers in the health and safety area, and work with them to ensure our clients receive competent, professional representation.

We will advise you throughout the investigation and provide support by attending interviews under caution, undertaking negotiations and presenting appeals on your behalf against the HSE and Local Authorities with the sole objective of defending and protecting you and your business.

We can undertake our own independent reviews and investigations of health and safety incidents and communicate effectively to authorities that changes have been made and lessons have been learned.  This proactive approach has led to many cases where our clients have had fines reduced.

Health and safety FAQs

How do I assess health and safety risks in my workplace?
Every employer and self-employed person is required to make a ‘suitable and sufficient’ assessment of the health and safety risks arising out of their work, in order to identify what needs to be done to control health and safety risks.

An employer only needs to record the assessment in writing if there are five or more employees.

There is a general duty to assess the level of risk, the adequacy of existing precautions and the costs of additional precautions in order to determine what is ‘reasonably practicable’. There are also more specific risk assessment requirements, for example in relation to:

  • asbestos
  • noise
  • vibration
  • manual handling operations
  • personal protective equipment
  • display screen equipment
  • pregnant employees, new mothers and their babies
  • night workers

What should I do if an employee is injured at work?
The first thing to do is care for the injured worker and seek medical attention as quickly as possible.  In the event of a serious accident, you need to secure the scene so a proper investigation can take place.  An internal incident report should be completed and you will need to report the accident to your insurer.

A RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences) report must be made if a workplace accident has caused serious injury or death.

Next, speak to a specialist employment lawyer for advice on how to proceed in your specific circumstances.

If you need guidance on a health and safety matter please speak to the business solicitors at Talbots Law on 0800 118 1500 for advice today.

 

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