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The Importance of Regular Risk Assessments

For any business owner, there is always a real emphasis put on being able to keep people safe and secure when they come to visit your business. This, typically, takes a lot of time and patience and will usually require you to do a fair amount of back and forth work to get right. The best way to keep on top of things and ensure you are delivering the kind of performance demanded with regards to keeping workers safe is to have regular risk assessments carried out. This makes a massive difference, in general, to your safety performance and your reputation within the community.

If you have more than five employees, make sure assessments are put down in writing. An inability to make this clear to your staff can have a serious list of consequences down the line, not least because it can make things difficult for everyone to manage and prepare for.

Regular risk assessments are vital for a variety of reasons. As manager you have a responsibility towards health and safety, and hold the legal responsibility to make sure everything is up to scratch, so therefore it's vital to undertake these regular assessments. The last thing you want to do is put anyone associated with your business in danger. So, the best thing you can do is to carry out these regular risk assessment examinations - they will help you spot potential problems and dangers to health.

Likewise, the environmental impact of your business simply cannot be understated and this is something that you need to control and manage moving forward. Carrying out regular risk assessments both for the way that your business could endanger people today as well as the long-term is going to be vital to making sure you can retain the kind of reputation and standards that you would have hoped to have upheld until now. The best way to do this, then, is to go through a risk management structure that establishes a clear policy that must be adhered to at all times.

Regular checks of the premises and their overall conditions and quality is absolutely pivotal to taking things forward and giving yourself the best chance at creating and maintaining a safe workplace now and for the future. It will take some time to get things right, of course, but ensuring that frequent checks are carried out both inside and outside - as well as on your staff and their own capabilities - is going to make a massive difference going forward to your chances of legitimate success.




Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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