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At Acorn Safety Services, we work in partnership with our clients to provide health and safety consultancy services, including CDM, fire risk assessments, and legionella risk management, both on schedule and within budget. We address all health and safety challenges without extra expenses, delays, or unwelcome surprises. Our consultancy services are designed to advise and support our clients, helping them to understand and meet their legal obligations regarding the management of health and safety risks.

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CLIENT PROFILE

Who are IBO Construction Ltd

IBO Construction boasts a wealth of experience in the UK construction sector, overseeing both new construction and renovation projects from the initial concept to the final completion. They possess deep expertise in several key sectors, including:

  • The food industry (covering ambient, refrigerated, and frozen storage)
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • The pharmaceutical sector

IBO Construction prioritises a collaborative approach with its clients, ensuring that every project meets the client’s expectations in terms of timing, budget, and quality. Their dedication to client satisfaction has consistently resulted in multiple repeat assignments.

PROJECT PROFILE

Acorn Safety Services provided expert health and safety consultancy to IBO Construction, a principal contractor with extensive knowledge of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. IBO Construction is dedicated to planning, managing, and overseeing their construction projects to ensure they proceed safely and without health hazards.

The need arose when their client requested a detailed health and safety report for project meetings. Although IBO Construction had a capable site management team, they recognised the benefit of obtaining an independent assessment of their project. They believed that an external review could provide valuable insights into improving their operational procedures.

SOLUTION

Acorn Safety Services was invited by IBO Construction to conduct a trial health and safety assessment on one of their sites. This initial evaluation was comprehensive, including photographic evidence to highlight both strengths and areas for improvement. Impressed by the thoroughness and insights provided in the report, IBO Construction decided to extend Acorn Safety Services’ consultancy across all their projects. Over the past three years, Acorn has successfully completed more than twelve projects for IBO Construction, demonstrating the ongoing value of their services.

One of the key outcomes of this partnership has been a notable enhancement in IBO Construction’s health and safety record. Since the collaboration began, there have been no incidents reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), a testament to the efficacy of implementing rigorous health and safety standards.

Acorn Safety Services has also contributed significantly to improving the documentation used by IBO Construction’s site management teams for daily health and safety (H&S) record-keeping. This has streamlined the process, ensuring that all necessary information is accurately and efficiently recorded.

Acorn Safety Services now conducts regular audits on all IBO Construction sites as an independent health and safety consultancy. These audits are comprehensive, covering all aspects of site safety from access and egress arrangements, document management, and Contractor Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAMS), to site signage, Toolbox Talks (TBTs), inductions, material storage, and welfare facilities. Through these audits, Acorn advises on compliance with UK health and safety regulations, ensuring that IBO Construction not only meets but exceeds statutory requirements.

BENEFITS

IBO Construction has seen a tangible improvement in its health and safety performance, demonstrating the value of independent, expert consultancy in maintaining high standards of safety and compliance on construction sites. This partnership not only enhances the safety and well-being of all site personnel but also contributes to the overall success and reputation of IBO Construction in the competitive UK construction industry.

Projects Include

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Location: Warrington
Contract Value: £6,000,000
Duration: 12-month programme
Project Description: Internal fit out of warehouse structure to include conveyor systems, lighting and power, sprinklers, fire a
Ibo Construction 1
Location: Dorking
Contract Value: £5,500,000
Duration: 8-month programme
Project Description: Construction of a single-storey factory unit incorporating three-storey offices and external works.
Ibo Construction 2
Location: Coalville
Contract Value: £7,200.000
Duration: 16-month programme
Project Description:

IBO acted as Principal Contractor with Acorn Safety Services as Health & Safety Consultant. On this project, we also acted as an incident investigation consultant where the builder of the building shell caused damage whilst undertaking completion works

CASE STUDY – CLIENT CONFIDENTIAL – PLANNED PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE – NURSERY SCHOOL

We at Acorn Health and Safety undertake Planned Preventative Maintenance or PPM in a variety of commercial properties and locations. Remedial work is many times more expensive than prevention. One such client was a Nursery School that takes a proactive, responsible attitude to Legionella prevention. This establishment has never tested positive for Legionella but takes the attitude of ‘lets keep it that way’. Whilst our client remains confidential, we can give you the details of the work that we undertook to ensure that all the water systems in the school building were correctly flushed out and maintained.

The Initial Consultation on Planned Preventative Maintenance

At Acorn Health and Safety we believe in active client involvement, this starts from the moment of first contact. We attended at the school premises and conducted an in-depth initial discussion of what our client wanted, why this was needed, when they wanted the work to start and how we would fit in with our client’s needs with minimum disruption to the day to day activities within the school. Our Senior Manager then inspected and surveyed the premises with a thorough write up of the work that was to take place. This was then agreed by the client.

The Day of the Planned Preventative Maintenance

What we did

We were asked by the client to act as their ‘one stop shop’ therefore we engaged a specialist subcontractor to undertake the physical work whilst we supervised this work and updated the Risk Assessments and Certifications which we forwarded to our client on completion. We attended to the site at the agreed time and did a fresh visual check of the work ensuring that all personnel were aware of what was being completed, how it was to be completed and addressing any concerns about that day’s activity. With the subcontractor, we did another walk round looking at all the areas that had to be worked on and discussed any problem areas and solutions. We work with RAMS (Risk Assessment Method Statement) and ensure that they were adhered to, as we do in all our work.

Throughout the day we monitored the work activities and photographed before and after.

The first item to be identified and then isolated was the water tank and pump.

The Water Pump And Tank During The Planned Preventative Maintenance

The technicians then identified, removed, drained and cleaned the expansion vessels.

Picture Of An Expansion Vessel During The Planned Preventative Maintenance
Dismantling And Cleaning An Expansion Vessel During The Planned Preventative Maintenance

Most importantly the water tank had to be drained, disinfected and then refilled with potable water. As you can this was done in an area of very limited access.

Emptying The Water Tank During The Planned Preventative Maintenance

The next items to be worked on were the taps. The highest priority is to clean any scale that has accumulated as well at to change the internal filter.

A Tap Filter For Replacement During The Planned Preventative Maintenance

Having completed all the above work the water system can be refilled. Everything can then be Certified and the school can be sure of never having a problem with Legionella.

What did the Client have to say about Acorn and Planned Preventative Maintenance?

‘After the works had been carried out, it was a weight off my shoulders. Having to look after children with all kinds of susceptibility ranges it is of paramount importance that we do everything we can to eliminate risk. Adam and his team organised different quotes from companies to carry out the necessary works from the Legionella risk assessment, they then introduced us to the engineers and walked us both around the site and let the engineers know exactly what was required and what was expected of them. He then liaised with me and my team hourly and the engineers to make sure all ran smoothly. Once the engineers had completed the works and reinstated supply throughout the areas were all made clean and safe for the children and staff to return. Adam Project managed the site and has sent me the completion certificates of all works carried out.

We chose Acorn due to their prompt response and clear communication and were not disappointed.

Going forward we will always use Acorn’

The Finished Pharmacy Project

CDM Consultancy – Case Study

At Acorn Safety Services, we work in partnership with our clients to provide health and safety consultancy services, including CDM, fire risk assessments, and legionella risk management, both on schedule and within budget. We address all health and safety challenges without extra expenses, delays, or unwelcome surprises. Our consultancy services are designed to advise and support our clients, helping them to understand and meet their legal obligations regarding the management of health and safety risks.

Pharmacy robots are installed at Northampton General Hospital 

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CLIENT PROFILE

Who are Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust?

Northampton General Hospital (NGH) offers general acute healthcare services to a community of 426,500 in West Northamptonshire, along with specialised hyper-acute stroke, vascular, and renal care for the entire Northamptonshire population.

As an accredited cancer centre, the hospital extends its cancer care services to an expanded demographic of 880,000 individuals residing in Northamptonshire and certain areas of Buckinghamshire. Beyond its primary location near the heart of Northampton, NGH also facilitates outpatient and day surgery services at Danetre Hospital in Daventry.

NGH delivers a comprehensive suite of services including outpatient, diagnostic, inpatient, and day case elective and emergency treatments, alongside an increasing variety of specialist procedures that set it apart from many district general hospitals. Additionally, the hospital offers a limited selection of healthcare services to private patients.

Ongoing Installation Of Robotic System At Northampton General During Cdm Consultancy Project

PROJECT PROFILE

Northampton General Hospital’s pharmacy is an integral part of the hospital’s infrastructure providing medicines to around 800 in-patients every day. 

Ensuring those medicines are delivered to the right place at the right time quickly and securely is vital, with the hospital relying on automated systems to ensure this process happens smoothly. 

How did we help Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust?

Acorn Safety Services were approached by the hospital to embark on a complex project to design and install a new, fully automated storage system, robot and conveyor into the hospital’s main pharmacy. A full CDM consultancy project.

The CDM Consultancy also included the installation of new lighting, an air conditioning system and IT points and the safe, secure removal of existing asbestos tiles.  

The Finished Filled Robot At Northampton General At The End Of The Cdm Project

SOLUTION

Acorn’s Role as the CDM Consultants.

In their role as CDM (Construction Design and Management) consultants for this significant project, Acorn Safety’s team of health and safety specialists served as the principal contractors. They were the primary point of contact for the hospital’s internal team and all external contractors, ensuring a streamlined and efficient process throughout the project’s duration.

The project began with Acorn Safety providing the hospital with a detailed scope of work. This comprehensive plan outlined every phase of the project, from its initial conception and planning stages, through the design process, to the final execution and installation. This meticulous planning was crucial in ensuring that every detail was considered and managed effectively.

While Acorn Safety Services oversaw the asbestos removal from a CDM perspective, the actual removal work was carried out by specialised contractors. Acorn’s expertise in health and safety, particularly in managing hazardous materials, was pivotal in overseeing this complex task. They ensured that the asbestos removal was conducted safely, adhering to strict safety protocols to prevent contamination and exposure, thus safeguarding the health of hospital staff, patients, and the construction teams.

Beyond the asbestos removal, Acorn Safety Services also supervised the comprehensive refurbishment of the pharmacy. This included the soft stripping of existing furnishings, the installation of new ceilings, walls, and flooring, and the redecoration of the space. A significant aspect of the refurbishment was the dismantling of the existing drug dispensing robot and the installation of a new, larger, and more modern drug dispensing robot and conveyor. This upgrade was a critical component of the project, enhancing the efficiency and capacity of the pharmacy’s operations.

The successful completion of the project to the highest standards is a testament to Acorn Safety’s commitment to excellence and its holistic approach to project management. By overseeing every aspect of the project, from the safe removal of hazardous materials to the extensive refurbishment of the pharmacy, Acorn Safety not only met, but exceeded the hospital’s expectations. Their ability to manage a project of this scale and complexity, ensuring timely completion within budget while upholding the highest standards of safety and quality, underscores their expertise and reliability as a leading CDM consultant in the health and safety sector.

CLIENT FEEDBACK

What they said about us?

Northampton General Hospital’s Chief Pharmacy Technician, Giovanni Facchiano, described working with Acorn Safety Services as ‘excellent’. He said: “John and his team were very flexible and easy to work with. The building element of our project ran according to schedule and often ahead of schedule.” 

Legionella Testing Is An Essential Part Of Health And Safety

HELD each year since 1993, World Water Day on March 22 is an important day for many, focussing on the importance of access to fresh water.

According to the UN, which organises the annual event, as many as 2.2 billion people around the world don’t have access to clean water. Alongside its partners, the UN is taking action to avoid a global crisis.

For the team at Acorn Safety Services, World Water Day presents a unique opportunity to spread the word about legionella and answer some common questions about the bacteria which can be deadly if it is not identified and dealt with quickly.

What is legionella bacteria?

Legionella bacteria is a microscopic bacteria which thrives in warm, damp conditions – particularly in pipework, boilers, showers and air conditioning units. It can be a significant threat for people living and working in any premises which have been left empty for a long period of time.

In affected premises, legionella bacteria is present in water droplets which can then be inhaled by anyone nearby. This is a particular threat to the elderly or those whose immune systems are compromised. Many will go on to develop Legionnaire’s Disease – an illness very similar to pneumonia, which can be deadly.

The key to protecting workplaces from legionella bacteria lies in regular risk assessments, which should be carried out by a trained professional as part of your regular health and safety checks.

What temperature does legionella bacteria grow in?

Any water systems where water is stored between 20–45 °C are at greatest risk of developing legionella bacteria. There is also an increased risk if the water is stored or re-circulated, or if rust, sludge and organic matters are also present.

While legionella bacteria is often found in many rivers, streams or water courses, it becomes dangerous when it finds it way into domestic homes or businesses.

It is the responsibility of the employer or dutyholder to ensure the latest health and safety guidelines are adhered to and that everyone using an office or building is kept safe.

How is legionella bacteria treated?

Once legionella bacteria is identified through a risk assessment, remediation can take a number of forms.

Most commonly, chlorine will be flushed through the water system to kill the bacteria before fresh water is then run through to clean the system thoroughly. Alternatively, water will be heated to extremely high temperatures to ensure the bacteria cannot survive.

Full training is also given by our team of highly-trained legionella consultants while our logbooks and dashboard provide a simple way of storing essential health and safety documents and logging regular water temperature readings.

In some circumstances, it might also be necessary to alter plumbing to avoid problem areas -such as dead legs – where bacteria can collect.

Why choose Acorn Safety Services for legionella testing?

As one of the UK’s leading independent health and safety consultancies, Acorn Safety Services can support you with all of your health and safety needs.

Our team of experts support clients right across the UK and offer a seamless service, from making your appointment, right through to issuing a full and comprehensive report and providing advice and support on our remediation services should legionella bacteria be found on your premises.

Our new logbooks and dashboard make it even easier to stay on track with your documents and any readings which are requested by your dedicated consultant.

In addition, we also offer training and a wide range of helpful resources and information sheets which can all be found on our dedicated website, www.legionellarisks.co.uk

For all your health and safety needs visit https://acornhealthandsafety.co.uk/ today or contact us at info@acornhealthandsafety.co.uk or on 01604 930380.

Fire Doors

Fire doors are crucial for ensuring safety. They act as a protective barrier, preventing the spread of fire and protecting people from its harmful effects. Despite their importance, fire door safety is often neglected or not fully understood. This blog explores the key elements of fire door safety, highlighting their vital role in saving lives and property. Fire doors only work when shut.

Purpose of Fire Doors

Fire doors have two functions; a) to resist and contain fire and smoke, b) provide a safe escape route for the people in the building. They are built to withstand fire and heat for a set number of minutes depending upon the type of door installed. This is determined by a specific rating for the door. This rating, denoted in minutes (e.g., FD30, FD60), indicates the duration for which the door can maintain its integrity and perform its protective functions in the event of a fire. Never forget it is smoke inhalation that kills or seriously injures most victims in a fire. A shut fire door allows time to escape the toxic gases a fire produces.

Fire door A Complex Structure

Fire doors are complete systems which have different parts that work together to withstand fire and smoke. These parts are the door leaf, the frame, seals, the hinges and the closing mechanism. For instance the seals expand with heat to close any gaps between the door and the frame. A fire door only works when it is shut, is properly maintained and the people in the building are aware of their locations.

Fire door Installation and Maintenance

Fire doors must be properly installed, they need regular inspections and must be maintained promptly to ensure your safety. It is essential to use qualified professionals for the installation, inspection and maintenance of your doors. You never know when your life might depend on it. Regular inspections will make sure that all the essential parts of your doors are in good condition and working properly.

Fire Door Regulation

Fire door safety is a legal obligation in the UK. The regulations state that fire doors must be installed in specific areas of a building for instance escape routes and fire risk areas. Fire door safety should be a priority to comply with UK regulations. This will mean that all the people in the building are protected and you will have minimised any legal risk should an unfortunate fire incident happen.

Fire Door Education

As well as fire door inspections regular fire drills will help educate people on the use of fire doors, it is vital that no fire door should be propped open they only work when they are shut. Fire drills will also help people become familiar with the evacuation routes in your building as well as how to properly use fire doors in an emergency.

Fire doors are more than just features in buildings; they are a safeguard against the destructive forces of fire and smoke. Know their importance, ensure correct placement and upkeep, educate your people, you will have then improved fire safety measures and reduced the chances of harm to people and property. Always use qualified professionals to inspect and maintain your fire doors.

Fire doors give you vital time to safe your life. They are your first line of defence.

We all take these doors for granted, we even prop them open sometimes, these examples, above and below, show why we should never even consider doing this.

The UK government has set specific regulations that fire doors must meet. These regulations are designed to ensure that fire doors can withstand the impact of fire and heat for a certain length of time, allowing occupants time to evacuate safely. Failure to comply with these regulations can lead to legal action, fines, or even imprisonment in the event of a serious fire.

Sometimes we assume that a fire door is a fire door when it isn’t. We at Acorn Safety Services have seen many examples of this. Do you know the difference and how to check this?

At Acorn Safety Services we specialise in Fire Safety Inspections so that you and your employees can have peace of mind.

REMEMBER THEY ONLY WORK WHEN SHUT.

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To deliver the highest levels of fire safety and fire door inspections to our clients across the UK, we ensure that our company meets the requirements of the association and relevant health and safety organisations.

Protect Lives and Your Property – Schedule Your Fire Door Inspection Today!

Don’t wait until it’s too late – Ensure your building’s safety with our expert inspection service

Call 01604 930380

Fire photographs courtesy of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. www.bedsfire.gov.uk

Adam Midson Has Been Providing Legionella Assessments To Northampton Hope Centre

FOR anyone facing hardship, hunger or homelessness in Northamptonshire, Northampton Hope Centre is an important lifeline offering emotional and practical support to those in need.

Last year, Acorn Safety Services was very proud to be able to support the charity by carrying out legionella testing at its John Smith Centre. Since then, our Legionella and Fire Manager, Adam Midson, been asked to support on a new project, carrying out legionella risk assessments at Northampton Hope Centre’s new night shelter, set-up to help the vulnerable through the cold winter months.

Offering health and safety support where it is needed most

Adam said: “We are delighted to be able to help Northampton Hope Centre in any way we can. The charity does so much to help people across Northamptonshire, particularly at a time when many are facing hardship.

“Left undetected, legionella bacteria in water supplies can cause serious illness, particularly in the immunocompromised or the elderly. Carrying out regular risk assessments is the only way to protect people from the risks.”

Kyra Williams, Marketing Manager for the Hope Centre said: “We have seen a rise in numbers of homelessness, many of which are new to homelessness.

“These are people that are simply not used to rough-sleeping, the temporary shelter means we have been able to make assessments quicker, provide the support needed and move people into permanent and secure accommodation quicker.

“In carrying out our Legionella risk assessment in such a timely manner, Acorn Safety Services enabled us to safely get the doors to the shelter open.”

Your first choice for support with legionella risk assessments

So what is legionella and why is it so important to ensure water systems, air conditioning units pipes are kept free of bacteria?

Put simply, legionella is a microscopic bacterium which thrives in warm damp spaces. It’s common in water courses, streams and rivers where it can do little harm, but if it finds its way inside offices, premises and homes, it can prove deadly, particularly if tiny droplets containing the bacteria are inhaled by vulnerable people or the elderly, who are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill.

If you are an employer, or a dutyholder, it is a legal requirement to carry out regular checks to protect your teams from the dangers of legionella. Not doing so could put you at risk of prosecution and costly fines.

You’re in safe hands with Acorn Safety Services

Risk assessments are a quick and easy way of checking for the presence of legionella bacteria in your water systems.

Carried out by our team of professional legionella assessors, risk assessments involve a thorough inspection of your premises to identify any potential sources of risk and assess the effectiveness of existing control measures. This may also include reviewing service records, cleaning and monitoring regimes, and the level of training and awareness among staff. The assessor will also provide recommendations for any remedial actions needed to reduce the risk of exposure.

The results from the risk assessments are shared with you and logged in our bespoke reports and logs – we can also provide legionella awareness training to ensure your teams are fully informed and you’ll have 24 access to our team of consultants who will be able to support you with more information or advice as and when you need it.

Further information about all our legionella services is available on our dedicated website www.legionellarisks.co.uk or in our best-selling book, Legionella: The Dark Arts which is available to buy now on Amazon.

For all your health and safety needs visit https://acornhealthandsafety.co.uk/ today or contact us at info@acornhealthandsafety.co.uk or on 01604 930380.

Hiring A Safety Consultant

In today’s business environment, ensuring workplace safety is not just about compliance; it’s a critical component of operational success and sustainability. Hiring a safety consultant can provide a wide range of benefits to a company, from enhancing safety protocols to ensuring legal compliance and developing a culture of safety among employees.

In this article below, we expand on the eight key benefits of hiring a safety consultant, highlighting the importance of this role in the modern workplace.

Hiring a Safety Consultant for Expertise and Specialised Knowledge

Safety consultants come equipped with a deep understanding of health and safety regulations, which can vary significantly across different sectors. Their expertise is built on a foundation of formal education, professional certifications, and real-world experience. This specialised knowledge allows them to effectively navigate the complexities of safety legislation, ensuring that your business not only meets but exceeds industry standards. For example, in the UK, the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 sets out the general duties which employers have towards employees and members of the public, and employees have to themselves and to each other.

A safety consultant can and will interpret these legal requirements in the context of your specific business operations, providing tailored advice that addresses the unique challenges and risks your company faces.

Hiring a Safety Consultant for Cost Savings

The financial benefits of hiring a safety consultant are multifaceted. Initially, it might seem like an added expense, but the long-term savings can be substantial. By identifying potential hazards and implementing preventative measures, safety consultants can help you avoid the high costs associated with workplace accidents, including medical expenses, compensation claims, and increased insurance premiums. In addition, by advising on efficient safety practices and equipment, they can help reduce overhead costs. For instance, implementing energy-efficient lighting in hazardous areas can reduce energy costs while ensuring a safer working environment.

Hiring a Safety Consultant for Objective Perspective

Hiring a safety consultant who is external to the business or organisation can provide a fresh, unbiased perspective on your company’s safety practices. Internal reviews often run the risk of being influenced by internal politics or the familiarity staff have with their environment, potentially leading to complacency or oversight of risks. A safety consultant, with their objective viewpoint, can identify overlooked hazards and propose effective solutions without the constraints of internal bias. This objective assessment can be crucial in challenging and improving existing safety protocols, ensuring they are as robust and effective as possible.

Hiring a Safety Consultant for Enhanced Safety Culture

A strong safety culture is vital for any business, promoting a shared commitment among employees at all levels to prioritise and actively participate in safety practices. Safety consultants play a key role in building and nurturing this culture. They can lead by example, demonstrating a professional commitment to safety that inspires others. Through targeted training sessions and workshops, they can empower employees with the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to a safer workplace. This not only improves safety outcomes but also enhances overall employee engagement and job satisfaction.

The legal landscape of health and safety is ever-evolving, with new regulations and guidelines being introduced regularly. Keeping abreast of these changes can be challenging for businesses. Safety consultants specialise in understanding and interpreting these regulations, providing guidance to ensure your business remains compliant. This is particularly important, where failure to adhere to health and safety laws can result in significant fines, legal action, and damage to your company’s reputation. A safety consultant can conduct regular audits and reviews to ensure that your business operations are in line with the latest legal requirements, helping to mitigate the risk of legal issues.

Hiring a Safety Consultant for Risk Management

Effective risk management involves identifying potential hazards, assessing the likelihood and impact of those risks, and implementing strategies to mitigate them. Safety consultants are trained to carry out comprehensive risk assessments, utilising their expertise to identify not only obvious risks but also less apparent ones that could have serious implications for safety. They can then prioritise these risks and develop a strategic approach to managing them, ensuring that resources are allocated effectively to address the most significant threats. This proactive approach to risk management is essential for maintaining a safe working environment and protecting your business from the potential fallout of unaddressed hazards.

Hiring a Safety Consultant for Safety Training and Development

One of the most direct ways safety consultants can impact your business is through the delivery of safety training and development programs. These programs are designed to educate employees on the importance of safety, the specific risks associated with their roles, and the correct procedures for mitigating these risks. Training can cover a wide range of topics, from basic health and safety awareness to more specialised subjects such as manual handling, fire safety, and risk assessment training. By enhancing employees’ safety knowledge and skills, safety consultants help create a workforce that is not only more capable of identifying and responding to risks but also more invested in maintaining a safe work environment.

Hiring a Safety Consultant for Improved Business Continuity

Finally, hiring a safety consultant contributes to improved business continuity. Workplace accidents and health-related absences can cause significant disruptions to operational activities, reduce productivity, and cause potential financial losses. A safety consultant’s role in mitigating these risks ensures that operations continue smoothly, without interruption. This stability is crucial for maintaining productivity, meeting customer expectations, and protecting your bottom line. Additionally, a reputation for safety can enhance your company’s image, making it a more attractive place to work. This can help attract and retain top talent, further contributing to business continuity and success.

How to hire a safety Consultant

The benefits of hiring a safety consultant are clear. From providing specialised knowledge and ensuring compliance with legal requirements to developing a strong safety culture and improving business continuity, a safety consultant is a valuable asset to any organisation. Their expertise and objective perspective can help identify and mitigate risks before they escalate, saving costs and enhancing the overall safety of the workplace. By investing in the services of a safety consultant, businesses can protect their employees, their reputation, and their bottom line.

If you think you might need some help, here at Acorn Safety Services we offer a comprehensive suite of health and safety consultant services designed to address your unique safety challenges, ensuring compliance, enhancing culture, and protecting your bottom line.

If you’re looking to improve your workplace safety standards, mitigate risks, and ensure a healthier, safer working environment, contact Acorn Safety Services today or get a quote here. Our team of experts are ready to provide the specialised support your business needs to thrive.

New Fire Safety Book Is A Must-Read.

WITH Government statistics showing that fire incidents rose by as much as 6% in the six months to October 2023 it has never been more important to protect yourself from the dangers of fire.

At Acorn Safety Services we offer support on all elements of fire safety – whether you need help with regular fire risk assessments, personal evacuation plans or even fire door inspections.

This week has also seen the launch of our new book, Fire Risk: The Dark Arts, the third part of our health and safety trilogy which is a must-have for health and safety officers or anyone involved in facilities management.

Here, we explain more about the book and the steps you can take to improve the safety of your workplace and those around you – today.

Fire Risk: The Dark Arts: Much more than just a guide

Written by health and safety experts and directors of Acorn Safety Services, Ian Stone and Neil Munro, Fire Risk: The Dark Arts is structured to address specific areas of fire safety, from the importance of risk assessments, identifying fire hazards, roles and responsibilities and how to apply it to real-life situations.

Forget the jargon – this book is friendly and easy to read whether you’re experienced in health and safety or just getting started.

Ian said: “Fire Risk: The Dark Arts is an essential tool in your fire safety toolkit. It is our hope that this book not only informs but also empowers you to take actionable steps towards ensuring fire safety in your environment, ultimately contributing to the wellbeing and security of communities and workplaces. Let’s embark on this journey to a safer future, one where the risk of fire is acknowledged, understood, and effectively managed.”

A health and safety trilogy for everyone

Fire Risk: The Dark Arts is the latest book to be published by Ian and Neil who have been writing health and safety guides since 2020.

Their first book, Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety was published in 2020 offering expert advice about how to cut through the red tape, avoid hazards and costly fines, while Legionella: The Dark Arts followed in 2023, quickly becoming an Amazon best seller and earning a number of five-star reviews from health and safety professionals across the UK.

Ian said: “The purpose of our latest book is to provide an in-depth exploration of fire risk assessments, an integral component of fire safety management. It serves as a crucial reference for business owners, safety professionals, risk assessors, and anyone responsible for fire safety within an organisation.

“Whether you are looking to refine existing fire safety practices or developing them from scratch, this book offers comprehensive insights into creating and maintaining effective fire safety protocols.”

Acorn Safety Services – fire safety made simple

For those looking for even more support with their health and safety headaches, help is at hand from the team at Acorn Safety Services.

With clients the length and breadth of the UK, Acorn Safety Services has established itself as the go-to consultancy, offering a complete health and safety antidote to ensure you stay compliant with the latest rules and regulations.

As well as specialising in legionella and fire safety risk assessments and additional services including advice on CDM and work on-site, Acorn Safety Services can take you from non-compliance to complete compliance in five simple steps, all with the support of a dedicated health and safety professional.

So if health and safety is taking up far too much of your precious time get in touch today to find out we can put you on the path to health and safety happiness – today.

For all your health and safety needs visit https://acornhealthandsafety.co.uk/ today or contact us at info@acornhealthandsafety.co.uk or on 01604 930380.

The Acorn Safety Services Team Have Some Top Health And Safety Tips

WITH the end of the year fast approaching thoughts are turning to January and the ways in which we can all make a positive start to 2024.

For many businesses and organisations that can mean finally getting on top of health and safety, particularly for those which have seen a significant increase in headcount or moved to new premises during the past few months.

To help you, the team at Acorn Safety Services has come up with some new year health and safety resolutions to ensure you can start 2024 in the best way possible.

Health and safety resolution #1 – get tested for Legionella Bacteria

Acorn Safety Services Legionella and Fire Manager, Adam Midson says: “Many businesses and organisations will be closing their doors for the Christmas holidays next week meaning they could well be empty for up to a fortnight.

“Water supplies which haven’t been used for a while are a breeding ground for legionella bacteria which could go on to cause Legionnaires Disease in some people.

“With that in mind, it makes sense to book a legionella risk assessment for early January, particularly if you haven’t had one, or its overdue.

“Risk assessments are quick, easy and carried out by one of our highly-skilled consultants with very little disruption. It makes to tick it off your health and safety to-do list as soon as possible.”

Learn more by visiting our dedicated website at www.legionellarisks.co.uk

Health and safety resolution #2 – don’t take a risk with fire safety

Protecting your premises and your team from fire is probably one of the simplest health and safety tasks, but often the one that many businesses get wrong.

Legionella and Fire Consultant, Nathon Freezer said: “Poor signage, fire extinguishers which don’t work, blocked emergency exits – we’ve seen it all. But ensuring you comply with the latest fire safety regulations is a legal requirement and is something which should be taken seriously.

“If you’ve recently moved into a new office, had a change of headcount or have employees with additional needs making sure you have a up-to-date fire risk assessment is absolutely essential. We can also help with personal evacuation plans and fire door inspections which could make all the difference should the worst happen.” You can learn more about the steps you need to take by visiting Fire Risk Assessments – Fire Safety – Acorn Safety Services (acornhealthandsafety.co.uk)

Health and safety resolution #3 – get the lowdown on CDM

Did you know that CDM regulations apply as soon as the idea for a construction project is formed?

For any successful project, it should be one of the first things you consider, ensuring that the project and its site is safe and secure and that everyone involved has the right skills and experience to be able to do their job to the very highest standards.

Health and Safety Manager, John Crockett says: “If you’ve got construction plans for 2024 it makes sense to get the very latest information about CDM now.

“At Acorn Safety Services we work with clients of all sizes to ensure their projects go without a hitch and that everyone on-site is safe and protected.

“We have decades of experience in the field and we’re the perfect choice when it comes to acting as a CDM partner on your site. Get in touch today to learn more about the ways in which we can help get your construction project off the ground in the new year.”

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For all your health and safety needs visit https://acornhealthandsafety.co.uk/ today or contact us at info@acornhealthandsafety.co.uk or on 01604 930380.

Let Acorn Safety Services Help You To Understand The Abc Of Cdm Regulations

IF you’re involved in construction there’s every chance you’ll be aware of CDM regulations – or The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 to give them their full title.

This important health and safety legislation is there to protect workers involved in construction projects and has played a key role in driving down the number of serious injuries since they were first introduced way back in 1994.

In this article, we’ll explain more about the CDM regulations, when they apply and what to do if you need support with your next project.

CDM regulations – what are they?

The first version of the CDM regulations was introduced by the UK Government in 1994 as part of an EU directive. They were revised in 2007 and most recently in 2015.

Put simply, the CDM regulations underpin all on-site health and safety helping contractors to identify and manage any risks associated with construction.

The key elements are:

  • Manage the risks by applying the general principles of prevention;
  • Appoint the right people and organisations at the right time;
  • Make sure everyone has the information, instruction, training and supervision they need to carry out their jobs in a way that secures health and safety;
  • Ensure that duty holders are cooperating and communicating with each other and coordinating their work;
  • Consult with all workers and engage with them to promote and develop effective measures to secure health, safety and welfare.

The regulations are now well established as a beacon of good practice in workplace health and safety and form an essential part of planning construction work of any kind.

When do CDM regulations apply?

CDM regulations apply to every construction project, whether it’s the development of a new housing estate, work on a factory or even an extension on your own home.

They cover the whole process, from a project’s planning and conception right through to its completion. They ensure that any risks are mitigated or avoided altogether and that there are clear lines of communication between all the relevant parties.

Particular attention is paid to ensuring that everyone working on-site has, or is working towards, the relevant qualifications to ensure they have the right skills, knowledge, experience and training (SKET) to execute their role to the very highest standards. They are also rules in place to ensure that the right people are brought onto site at the right time to ensure maximum safety and efficiency.

Any breaches of CDM regulations could prove costly, not only in financial terms but also when it comes to the health, safety and wellbeing of those working on-site.

Acorn Safety Services – trusted experts in CDM

At Acorn Safety Services we have decades of experience in CDM, working alongside some of the biggest names in construction to ensure their projects are handled safely.

Over the years we’ve worked on a wide range of projects covering many different industries including education, residential, aviation, rail, commercial, retail, healthcare and leisure.

From the very start of your project, our highly-trained consultants will work with the CDM Duty Holders be they, Client, Principal Designer, Principal Contractor or Contractor at every stage giving you the confidence and reassurance you need that it will be handled carefully and will be fully-compliant with the latest regulations.

Our consultants are either members of the Association for Project Safety (APS), International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) or the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to ensure we deliver the right advice and that we adhere to the very highest safety standards.

With us, your next project is safe hands. Contact us today to find more about the services we offer and the ways in which we can help.

For all your health and safety needs visit https://acornhealthandsafety.co.uk/ today or contact us at info@acornhealthandsafety.co.uk or on 01604 930380.