Did you know?

If you employ PAYE staff, you must have written employment contracts in place to ensure compliance with ever evolving UK employment laws, and that a written employee handbook is made available to each employee every time an update is made.

If you employ more than four (4) staff members (comprising of all Directors, PAYE staff, Temporary and/or Self Employed workers), you must have a fully documented Health & Safety management programme in place, which is periodically reviewed (to ensure continued compliance with any changes in UK law), updated regularly where necessary and communicated to all employees.

You must provide all required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to each employee, and that a written record is kept of when such equipment is provided and when the appropriate training was received/attended by each employee.

All Plant/Machinery must be inspected by a “competent person” in accordance with statutory requirements, such as
– Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (motorised fixed machinery, generators, etc), and
– Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (Fork Lift Trucks, Passenger/Goods Lifts, chains and pulleys etc), and
– Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (presses, steam pressure boilers, compressors, Commercial Coffee machines etc), and
– Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (Local Exhaust Ventilation for dust and fume extraction).

The Electrical Installation (wiring, fuse boxes etc) within the property must be inspected every 5 years by a NICEIC Approved Contractor in accordance with IEE regulations, and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.

Written risk assessments must be made and recorded before starting work on any new contract or at any location (even if previously visited), and that all employees (both PAYE and Labour Only Subcontractors) are made aware of the risk assessment before starting work.

A Fire Risk Assessment must be carried out at your premises by a ‘competent person’, recorded in writing and updated periodically.

To help our business insurance clients with the minefield of Employment Law and/or Health & Safety issues they may face, we are pleased to offer an introduction to Peninsula Business Services Ltd.

Business Owners, Directors and Senior Managers are often so completely involved in running their businesses that staff or safety related issues can easily be overlooked, and can sometimes be seen as an unwanted distraction. However, one thing that none of us can ignore is the continuous increase in or updating of Government Legislation, and the responsibilities that are put upon all employers to conform.

Did you know:
• since February 2016, the fines that can be imposed on businesses failing in their duties under Health & Safety legislation are now based upon a percentage of the total turnover of the parent company, rather than on the Gross Profit of the offending Subsidiary?
• if the HSE are called in to investigate a nearby competitor or other business in the same industry sector as yours, they will likely visit each and every similar business within a 30-mile radius to perform a spot-check on Health & Safety management programmes to ensure compliance with relevant legislation?

Peninsula can provide you with a 5-year, full Employment Law and/or Health & Safety management programme,
• keeping you up to date with changes in the relevant laws or legislation,
• reminders to keep you up to date with your record keeping and reporting,
• assistance with written employment contracts and training manuals,
• help you develop and record your risk assessments, and
• provide compliant reports to help you when dealing with the HSE or Employment tribunals.
They will also provide site investigations should an incident occur requiring attendance by the HSE.

Please contact us on 01460 76810 to request a call back from Peninsula, to discuss how their specialist Employment Law and/or Health & Safety services can be of benefit to your business.