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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Member Blog: What are your 'Scores on the Doors'?

If a 'Scores on the Doors' rating scheme was introduced in all businesses in the Stockport borough, what would the results be? How many would achieve a level  5 on the first audit? Michelle Hay of Michelle Hay Training Ltd is campaigning for the scheme to be introduced:

I believe that it should be compulsory for all businesses to sign up to the rating scheme.  But there are a large number of local businesses that have no systems or training in place to safeguard their employees and visitors.

I am keen to talk to all kinds of industries about this initiative and gain some support. As a glass half full kind of person, I hope that at the very least, those that do walk the talk and demonstrate health and safety in the workplace will get in touch, and put the system to the test.  I am looking for volunteers for a pilot.

After all, whenever we go out and about, we take it for granted that we will be protected by ‘elf and safety’. It seems that there are double standards and lip service going on in and around Stockport. Be careful you don’t trip over them!

After the success of the ‘Take the Health and Safety Challenge’ at the North West Expo, I was left horrified at the lack of knowledge and training that the majority of visitors to my stand had. Besides the questionnaire the I posed to people, many people admitted that they had never received any form of safety training at their place of work. Not even fire training.

The latest changes to the fines that can be imposed for failings are to be based on a company’s turnover and profitability. So the more financially successful the company is, there’s more reason to get your health and safety house in order.

At the very least all employees must be trained in fire safety including:

- What to do in the event of a fire
- What to do if they discover a fire
- How to avoid fire happening in the workplace

From someone who has been training staff in fire safety, and all the other compliance training for the last 25 years, it is almost inconceivable that people would not bother to train their employees in fire safety awareness. I’m not talking about fighting fires, (I wouldn’t encourage that), just basic what to do when the alarm sounds, where to go and who does what. Who wants their business to go up in flames?

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states that employers must:

- Develop suitable and sufficient emergency procedures
- Provide health and safety information to their employees and others
- Provide employees with adequate and relevant health and safety training
- Undertake suitable and sufficient written risk assessments - identifying risks and controls

If you want to take part because you already have a good looking Health and Safety Management System in place, get in touch with Michelle on 0161 298 1040. If you don’t know what you should be doing, also get in touch. The safety courses that Michelle Hay provides are for the following sectors: 
Office – Retail – Manufacturing – Hospitality – Trades – Healthcare

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