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Health & Safety Documentation
Ensuring your business has relevant and up-to-date documentation is key to effectively managing your health and safety responsibilities and legal obligations as a business.
Howarths provides expert support to help SMEs create, review and maintain health and safety documentation, including creating health and safety policies, staff handbooks and risk assessments.
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Health & Safety Policy creation
The Howarths team will create a range of Health and Safety policy documents for businesses that are tailored and specific to them. Some examples include manual handling, fire safety, access and egress, lone working and more.
There is a legal obligation for businesses to have a Health and Safety policy when it has 5 or more employees. This policy must be updated regularly, and it is recommended annually, or when things change within the business.
We create the necessary policies for a range of different businesses across all sectors. Whilst in certain sectors Health and Safety is particularly important, all businesses in all sectors must be aware of their obligations and have the necessary paperwork in place.
First and foremost, having an expert tailor your documentation ensures it is relevant to your business and meets with the relevant legal requirements. Further, having a policy that includes all the pertinent risks within your business helps prevent accidents and incidents initially, but also offers the business protection in the event of an incident occurring.
Safety Handbook for employees
Safety handbook is a really important part of an employers paperwork and is used to communicate to employees their responsibilities and help them understand their own obligations.
An employee safety handbook will be drafted specifically for each organisation, and will contain provisions that employees must follow when at work ranging from DSE equipment to manual handling and anything in between.
The obligation is that an employer has a policy and communicates it to their employees, in doing so making them aware of their own responsibilities and helping the company stay compliant. A handbook is a simple and effective way to communicate this in further detail and specifically to employees.
The Howarths Health and Safety team create safety handbooks for a range of different businesses across all sectors including manufacturing, logistics and retail, to name just a few.
Having an expert tailor your handbook ensures it is relevant to your business and allows you to easily communicate expectations and responsibilities to employees. From there, having a handbook that includes all risks within your business helps prevent accidents and incidents initially but also offers the business some protection in the event of an incident occurring.
Risk assessment support (guidance, reviewing current provision, support)
The Howarths Health and Safety team will provide risk assessment templates which support businesses in meeting their obligations. The team will advise clients through how to complete it and what should be included. These can also be reviewed periodically to ensure ongoing compliance.
Risk assessments should be reviewed regulary (recommended annually ) but also, if there was an accident or near miss, or if things change within the business.
A word from our clients...
“With over 40 retail stores across the UK and employing over 200 staff, it is extremely important that we are supported by a professional and competent team. Moda In Pelle have been working with Howarths for over 9 years now and their pragmatic, commercially focused legal support has been crucial in adding value to our business operations.”
Moda In Pelle
“The team at Howarths are always available to talk to and offer clear advice and have supported us through some tough periods of change. I would recommend Howarths for all of your employment law, HR and H&S needs.”
“At Howarths we get exactly what we need - a personal service, tailored to our needs. All the team at Howarths are great and we know that when we do have a query that we will get the most appropriate advice, in a timely manner that is easy to understand. We would not hesitate in recommending Howarths.”
``The knowledge base, commitment and attention to detail are second to none; it's refreshing to partner such a forward thinking, competent HR provider who delivers real value to our organisation.”
``Howarths' knowledge and skill can always be relied upon. Just as importantly, their friendly and personal touch instills confidence at all times.”
Kirklees Stadium Development Limited
``We have found the support and advice from Howarths invaluable. I would highly recommend the Howarths team to any company. You never know when you may need them.”
The Pink Link
“Howarths provide an invaluable service and provide a level of reassurance that professional advice is always on hand at a time when the business needs it.”
“The team at Howarths offer you professional advice, support and comfort in your HR needs when you need it and you know that the advice will be accurate and above all within the current guidelines due to their excellent background in Employment Law. They are also a great source of training in all aspects of HR and it's all delivered in an easy to understand manner for myself and my team”.
“A competent, honest and highly professional company. The staff are passionate about their jobs, welcoming and supportive. The advice they give both verbally and in writing is always promptly delivered and instils me with confidence, even in the most difficult of situations”.
Wakefield Independent School
“We have used Howarths for several years now and to know that we have such a reliable, professional and knowledgeable organisation at the end of the telephone who can advise and guide us in all aspects of HR is worth its weight in gold”.
Robert Watts Estate Agents
“We know that should an issue arise, we can rely on them for step-by-step advice on how to deal with it. In our dealings with Howarths we have found that issues are dealt with promptly and with utmost professionalism”.
R&L Enterprises Ltd
“Howarths has become an invaluable asset to the essential smooth running of our business and in safeguarding our employee relationships; the friendly, professional service has become a cost-effective “can’t do without” business tool”.
“Howarths have been supporting Children’s Place’s employment practice for the past 7 years. We have always been impressed by how positive and professional all members of the team are. The support we receive is invaluable, as it is always effective and dealt with in an efficient timely manner. With a staff team of around 200, Howarths really do support our employment practice in all aspects of delivery”.
Children’s Place Ltd
“Aztek International has been a happy client of the Howarth Partnership for over ten years. On the rare occasion where you need their service, they react immediately, and it is good to have someone who is on your side. They will always guide you down the right track and make sure you do not make any impulsive mistakes. It is great to have someone you can have an open conversation with, and get great advice back”.
“Having been successfully supported by the team at Howarths for nearly five years now, we can confidently say that the highly tailored advice, guidance, documentation and most importantly, practical solutions offered to us by all its team members has always been of the highest standard and extremely responsive. A relationship with Howarths is therefore a must-have for all businesses in this day and age!”
“Howarths have been supporting us and our clients for many years. We have always received expert practical advice. No problem or quick question is too small or too much trouble”.
GL Barker Accountants
Although our current providers drastically reduced their rates I knew that from the moment Tracey arrived, and had then gone through what they could offer, Howarths seemed the right kind of people for us”
``As we have grown over the past couple of years, our relationship with Howarths has become a key part of the business. They are both pro-active and re-active to events happening in the world and our business, and have become a key member of the group”.
“We had been using the services of Howarths for several years on an ad-hoc basis until Gavin advised we would be better off using their yearly contract package. We now sign up every year safe in the knowledge that Gavin and his team will be there when we need them for all of our employment related questions. Excellent service and advice always given.”
“I would not hesitate in using / recommending Howarths – a dedicated, reliable and honest company across the board”.
John Alderson & Son
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