We are developing our Health, Safety and Environment services in Rural industries, Conservation and Heritage. Our focus is on the provision of advice, guidance, audit and training. We have an RPII registered playground inspector and can provide, Playground inspections, procedures and safe systems.

Forestry and agriculture are known to be among the most hazardous industries in the UK. Handling large and complex plant and equipment in remote areas, on gradients and uneven ground, working in adverse weather conditions and dealing with livestock. Hydrosafe are developing their portfolio in this area and are able to offer Health and Safety advice and guidance in:

Operation and use of forestry equipment;

Managing public access, securing work-sites;

Vehicle and heavy plant record keeping maintenance programmes;

Lone working systems;

Chainsaw and harvest machinery safety;

Bridge inspections;

Pesticide safety;

Manual Handling;

Zoonosis;

Managing public events.

The management of Health and Safety in the countryside is vast, varied and diverse, however, two dominant themes are;  worker safety and managing your liabilities as a landowner or land manager.

 Hydrosafe can offer advice and guidance in the following areas:

Deer control and firearm safety;

Wildfire and muirburn;

Lone working;

COSHH and chemical transport, handling and storage;

Footpath, small bridge and outdoor structure inspection;

Construction  (Design and Management) CDM and its

application to rural construction work;

Visitor safety in the countryside, risk assessment;

Working with helicopters in conservation;

Management of dog access;

Tree management and inspection.

Having an RPII registered playground inspector allows us to provide, playground inspections, procedures and safe systems.

Historic buildings can present management challenges when implementing Health and Safety control measures. Legal duties are placed upon the owner to protect and preserve the fabric of the historic building whilst balancing the requirements of the enforcing authorities such as SEPA, Building Control, HSE, Fire Safety Inspectors and local authority inspectors. Add to that the needs of the workforce and it is easy to understand that you may require help, guidance and support from Hydrosafe. Some examples of the areas where we can help are:

Resolving compliance issues with current building regulations;

Risk Assessment and control in the historic environment;

Fire Safety and property evacuation;

Site and collection Security;

Collections care issues such as manual handling, chemical exposure, dusts and fungal spores;

MEWP’s, scaffolds and working at height;

Slips Trips and Falls associated with uneven floors in historic buildings;

Extremes of working temperatures;

Excavations and archaeological operations;

Garden safety;

Footpath, small bridge and garden structure design and inspection.

We can conduct HSE audits, inspections and safety tours;

Undertake audits of your Health and Safety Management System and review its effectiveness;

Review your contractor competence;

Audit contractor performance;

Provide Health, Safety and Environmental Due diligence inspections and reports for purchasers or transfer of ownership;

Provide COSHH and chemical management audits and support with carriage of dangerous goods;

Assist you in setting up test  regimes, and inspections programmes for Lifting Equipment, Local Exhaust Ventilation; Legionella, Asbestos, Pesticides, Machinery and agricultural equipment;

We can also provide workplace Ergonomic audits, First Aid risk assessments, Fire Safety audits and Fire Safety risk assessments, Manual Handling advice and risk assessment;

We can arrange and provide a variety of Health Surveillance, sampling and atmospheric monitoring;

Playground inspections, procedures and safe systems.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires you to provide whatever information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of your employees.

Besides being a legal duty the provision of Health and Safety training helps you to develop a culture where working safely is second nature.

We can provide the following training courses:

Managing Safely;

Emergency Response, Emergency Planning and Crisis Management;

CDM Awareness

Lone working;

Fire Warden and Fire Extinguisher;

COSHH and Chemical handling;

Manual Handling;

Risk Assessment;

Permit to Work Systems;

Confined Space Working;

Noise and HAVs awareness and management

Working at Heights.

These training courses can be modified to your bespoke requirements, personalised for your business. We can develop new and specific training for your staff and contractors.

Much of the work in rural setting carries increased risks due to remote locations, lone working activity, hazardous terrain and adverse weather conditions. Your Health and Safety Management Systems should reflect this increased risk. Having the correct policies, procedures and documentation to implement your system is the foundation for safe systems of work and demonstrates your commitment to good health and safety at work.

We can create and help implement your Policies, Procedures and provide the forms and documents required. We can ensure that your systems meet the requirements for OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001and 9001 certification.

We can help you build your HSMS and can cover subjects such as:

Governance and responsibilities;

Emergency Planning and Control;

Safe systems of work such as lone working and machinery operation;

Accident and Incident reporting;

General operations and project specific Risk Assessment and Method Statement preparation;

We can help you develop bespoke programmes and procedures to cover specific topics like, COSHH, Asbestos, Legionella, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment (LOLER), Vehicle safety, Provision and Use of Work Equipment (PUWER), Machinery inspection logs, Training records and competence logs.