Our risk managers’ extensive experience includes:

Machinery Risk Assessments
The most significant risks in a manufacturing company are likely to be those associated with the use and maintenance of machinery. We will work closely with your management and machine operators alike to establish your health & safety risks and then ensuring that the appropriate safe systems of work are implemented and that they comply with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998.

Noise Assessments
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 specify that employers must carry out an assessment of noise in workplaces where personnel are exposed to noise levels in excess of 80 decibels over a full working day or week. Our highly qualified assessors carry out assessments to ensure that you’re meeting legislative requirements and provide you with a full report and advice on practical solutions for resolving any workplace noise issues.

Storage and Handling Chemicals
Most manufacturers store and handle hazardous substances, something that, particularly where large quantities are involved, can have serious health, safety and environmental implications. Weighty regulations apply where sites are subject to the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations 2015 or the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2015.

Businesses handling large quantities of hazardous substances must comply with regulatory notification requirements, obtain relevant permits or consents and update the Safety Report.

Sites producing, using or storing large quantities of dangerous substances must take steps to prevent major accidents and limit harm to people and to the environment. Inappropriate storage and handling also increases the risk of fire and explosion significantly. Such sites must therefore have robust emergency procedures in place and ensure that leaks cannot escape site boundaries.

DSEAR Risk Assessments
The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2012 (DSEAR) require employers to control the risks to safety from fire, explosions and substances corrosive to metals. Our fire safety consultant is qualified to undertake DSEAR assessments in SMEs, covering extraction systems, spray booths, storage of flammable/combustible substances etc.

Electrics must be maintained under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. British Standard BS 7671 specifies that a detailed inspection of electrical wiring should be carried out in manufacturing premises every three years.

Similar issues arise with gas and water and water distribution and cooling systems may require detailed Legionella management.

Occupational Health
Potential health hazards in manufacturing include:

  • Airborne hazardous chemicals
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Industrial noise
  • Ionising radiation

Specific exposure limits and other management requirements are set out in the following legislation:

  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002
  • Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
  • Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005
  • High Risk Activities
  • Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999.

Activities with very high risk to workers, such as working at height or in confined spaces, have stricter regulatory controls under the following regulations:

  • Confined Spaces Regulations 1997
  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005.

The Health & Safety Executive may prosecute or take enforcement action if it believes the health & safety management at your site is inadequate.

Certain accidents, illnesses and dangerous events must be reported to authorities under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences at Work Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013.