Health and safety

Useful health and safety checklist.

At Ling Phipp we can provide businesses in the Nottingham area with advice and support on a wide range of business issues. Here is some useful guidance on health and safety, including a handy checklist.

Compliance with health and safety legislation isn't normally the first thing on your mind when faced with the stresses of running a business, but failing to give the subject sufficient attention could leave you open to severe penalties, should an accident happen at your workplace.

Here is a checklist detailing some of the steps you can take:

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Visit the Health and Safety Executive website at www.hse.gov.uk, and pay particular attention to the section for businesses.  
Carry out a risk assessment on your business. This will help you protect yourself from claims.  
Record in writing all safety actions which are taken.  
Create a 'safety manual' and then ask all staff to read it. Give them appropriate training and keep written records.  
Ensure your safety policy is complied with by both staff and others (e.g. visitors and subcontractors) on the company's premises or using its equipment.  
Don't forget your office, it must be safe too. The particular risk areas are electrical items, fire safety and hazardous substances.  
Put a paragraph in your contract of employment requiring compliance with the firm's safety policy. If employees refuse to comply, you may have to discipline them.  
Keep up to date. Check out the HSE website periodically for major changes  
You may also need a substance abuse policy in your contract of employment, particularly if you are in an industry involving transport or the use of dangerous machinery.  

If you are in the Nottingham area and are looking for support from an experienced firm of accountants and business advisers, please contact Ling Phipp.

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About us

Ling Phipp was founded in 1974 and nowadays has two partners, five managers plus trainees and support staff.

We serve clients in the East Midlands and all over the UK. Our out-of-town location, with easy parking, close to the M1 junction 25 (Nottingham/Derby - A52), is very convenient.

Company details

0115 949 6838

Ling Phipp, Cliffe Hill House, 22-26 Nottingham Road, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 8AA


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