EXPERTS from a Tees Valley college are urging local companies of all sizes to ensure that their health and safety provision is up to date and meeting with government guidelines.
Health and safety lecturers at Redcar and Cleveland College are advising that the consequences of a health and safety breach could prove to be disastrous for some companies, with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) having the ability to initiate prosecutions that could result in unlimited fines or even prison sentences.
The management of Health and Safety at Work regulations requires that all organisations ensure that they have access to a competent person who is responsible for health and safety compliance.
Colin Willis, health and safety course leader at Redcar and Cleveland College, said that there are many ways that this requirement can be met: "Many firms appoint a specialist consultancy to ensure that they are complying with the requirements set out in law, whilst others choose to fulfil their obligations through staff members completing an accredited training course. "There are advantages in having a staff member qualified in health and safety, not least that they will have a much better understanding of the individual needs and processes that are unique to their workplace and will be able to tailor and monitor procedures on a day to day basis. …