Health and Safety Consultancy

HSW Ltd has particular expertise within the technology and science research fields, including developing CoSHH systems for research, biosafety and laboratory safety together with substantial knowledge of both the DSEAR, REACH regulations and CHIP regulations including the production of Material Safety Data Sheets.

Health and Safety Audit

A health and safety audit provides an independent, objective review of existing safety management across your organisation.

Our audit outlines health and safety legislation that applies to your business and gives a clear and thorough report highlighting where best practice is demonstrated and where there are shortfalls in current procedures.

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Risk Assessment

Assessing risk is one of the primary obligations set out within the Health and Safety at Work regulations 1999. We can work with you to understand and control the risks associated with your business, providing straight forward, easy to understand advice and action plans.

Creating a safer working environment with informed and empowered employees reduces staff absences and increases productivity.

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Health and Safety Training

As accredited IOSH trainers, Health and Safety Works provide a range of courses designed to support your business in understanding health and safety legislation and ensuring best practice.

From Health and Safety courses for Managers and Senior executives through to Manual Handling courses, Laboratory Safety, Risk Assessment, Introduction to DSEAR, Cryogenic Gas Safety and Asbestos Awareness our courses are designed to ensure your business is working safely.

We can also give general awareness seminars on many topics and have delivered these to local safety groups.

We provide the training facilities and all course materials and courses can even be run at your premises to gain greater discounts.

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Benefits of Health and Safety

Putting good H&S in place should not be seen as a regulatory burden; it offers significant business benefits.

  • reduced costs, less downtime due to accidents, plant breakdowns, lower insurance
  • reduced risks, greater company stability and sustainability
  • lower employee absence and turnover rates equals financial savings
  • fewer accidents;
  • Best practice
  • reduced possibility of legal action
  • reduced possibility of Fines and/or imprisonment in criminal prosecutions
  • reduced possibility of Compensation claims from injured staff in civil cases
  • improved standing among your business partners e.g. suppliers and partners;
  • better reputation for corporate responsibility among investors, customers and communities;
  • increased productivity, staff are healthier, happier and better motivated.

Health and Safety Projects

Dermal Labs

We continue to work with Dermal Laboratories 2 days a week to implement a Health & Safety Management System across their 3 sites, which included manufacturing, warehousing, offices and laboratories. A lot of work has gone into developing and producing new Safety Policies and supporting documents for the whole Group. This documentation has then been backed up with specific Risk Assessment, CoSHH and DSEAR training.

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Laboratory Safety IOSH Accredited Course

Laboratory Safety

We are now the only Company in the UK to provide a IOSH credited Laboratory Safety Course.

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Summer 2013

We have been very busy over the last year, so we have had little time to upate this section of the website,

We are still working with  a pharmaceutical company  in developing their safety management system over their three sites. We are implementing a computer based CoSHH system that will help to ensure all SDS's are mainitained on line and up to date. This should safe a lot of time with the management of SDS's.

We have aslo been involved in property surveys and construction projects at Cambridge Colleges, these included boiler installations and lead roof work.

Earlier this year we were approached Cranfield University School Of applied science to look at their CoSHH procedures and practices.

This involved assessing CoSHH related safety in a variety of research environments:-

  • Research Welding,
  • Vehicle traction testing on loose surfaces,
  • Soil, household waste and sewage sample dust exposure,
  • Nanoparticle research
  • Fermentation and analysis of sewage
  • Exposure powdered metal coatings, this included exposure to silica, alumina, nickel and chrome.
  • Testing to destruction of Formula One carbon fibre body structures.

We assessed the current procedures and controls and submitted a report with recommendations.  As can be seen from the Research involved this was not a straight forward application of the COSHH regulations.

  • Along with the report we produced documentation to cover,
  • Chemical Storage
  • CoSHH Health Surveillance
  • CoSHH Exposure Monitoring
  • Guidance on Fume Cupboard and Microbiological Safety Cabinet Use
  • Use of Nano Materials
  • PPE Guidance

The Cranfield School of Biological Science’s aim was to obtain certification to OHSAS18001 which we are pleased to say that with our input to their CoSHH systems they achieved in April with only 3 minor non-conformities.


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Health & Safety Works provide health and safety consultancy, support and training to companies across East Anglia: