FAQs

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What are the benefits of appointing a health and safety advisor?

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One benefit is compliance with health and safety legislation. Another is it could help achieve better health and safety management and reduce the risk of harm to those who could be affected by your operations. This can result in improved morale, productivity, reduced absenteeism and make it less likely to be involved in legal action.

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Why do I need a safety advisor?

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Employers have a legal duty to appoint a competent person to provide health and safety advice to ensure they fully understand their legal duties and responsibilities. This does not have to be a consultant it can be an internal resource.  If  an internal resource is not available an external advisor can be appointed.

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What can a safety advisor do for my business?

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This will depend on the advisors' skill sets. However, they should be able to identify whether your operation is compliant with current health and safety legislation.  If you are deemed non compliant they can help develop systems to achieve compliance. It is important that you select an advisor who has the skill sets appropriate for your business.

FWB offers a wide range of services including training, audits, surveys and environmental advice. (See Services for more information)

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What are the consequences of not appointing a safety advisor?

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Employers who do not appoint a safety advisor will be in breach of health and safety legislation and could potentially be subject to legal action from the enforcing authorities.

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Who are the enforcing authorities?

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The responsibility for enforcing health and safety legislation is shared between the Health and Safety Executive (mainly industrial workplaces) and the Local Authority (mainly commercial workplaces). The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) is responsible for enforcing environmental legislation in Scotland.  In England this responsibility is mainly shared between the Environment Agency (EA) and Local Authorities.

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What are the financial costs of appointing a safety advisor?

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This will vary depending on the size and risk element of the business and how much an employer is prepared to invest in health and safety. Most advisors will have a variety of packages which should meet the needs of most businesses. Employers should select the most appropriate package for their business.  The least expensive package may not necessarily be the most suitable.

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Is there environmental legislation?

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Yes there is. Environmental legislation has a similar structure to health and safety legislation and non compliance can also be subject to legal action from the enforcing authorities.

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Will environmental advice be an additional cost?

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Not necessarily, this will depend on whether the health and safety advisor is qualified to offer environmental advice or not. If not qualified you may have to pay for the services of another external advisor. However, FWB is qualified to give health, safety and environmental advice and this may form part of the package.