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Health & Safety Guidance for Businesses

Builders Merchant Project with MAST Self Assessment Matrix/Form

We are currently running a project to help Builders Merchants manage their health and safety.  Builders Merchants have been chosen to participate in this project due to the number of accidents and actual risks involved with the work activity at these types of premise.  

You are required to complete a self assessment of the management of health and safety at your business using the Management Assessment toolkit (MAST).

The self assessment matrix or form is supplied in a

Please use this version rather than the HSE version that is given on the the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website. The HSE provide further guidance and background information to assist you as a duty holder to assess the performance of the management of health and safety within your business:     

Advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 

You must manage the health and safety risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what, in your business, might cause harm to people and decide whether you are doing enough to prevent that harm. This is known as a risk assessment. Once you have identified the risks, you need to decide how to control them and put the appropriate measures in place

Visit the Health and Safety Executive website for more information on how to manage Health and Safety in your workplace.

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Safe Start Up

Safestartup has an online tool to help small businesses with health and safety law.

It is produced by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and supported by the Health and Safety Executive and the Small Business Service.

Take the Safe Start Up Interactive Tour. This is a step by step guide to help you identify what you need to do for health and safety and is based on your type of business and how many people you employ.

Safe Start Up can help small businesses and new companies starting up to comply with health, safety and environmental regulations.

The online tour covers:

  • Registering  your business

  • Producing a health and safety policy

  • Insurance

  • Reporting  accidents

  • Welfare facilities and fire safety

  • Risk assessment

  • Specific guidance for different business types

To view the full interactive tour you will need a minimum of Adobe Flash Player Version 7. An alternative accessible version with no Flash is also available.

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Routefinder Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment Routefinder is a free web-based tool to help small businesses find out the best way to assess any risks to their business.  

The toolkit will help you to:

  • identify the hazards your business faces and the changes you need to make to deal with them.

  • manage your risks better and improve your chance of running a successful business.

  • have a clearer idea on how to use your resources efficiently to control risks.

  • improve the safety culture in your business and create a record of the risk assessment decisions you’ve made.  

The Routefinder tool uses a ‘sat nav’ concept to take you on your journey towards getting a risk map of your organisation.  It aims to take the strain out of risk assessment, helping make the process easier and better understand the hazards faced. It is graphically appealing and provides an easy-to-use system which people will find very straightforward.  With Routefinder you can start from a number of positions in your ‘risk assessment journey’. So whether you’re new to risk assessment, or an old hand, the Routefinder can help you.

Among these positions are

  • 'pre-journey check', which allows you to see how complete your process is;
  • ‘full check’, which takes a step-by-step approach, helping you develop your own risk map; and the
  • 'direct route' which uses a search engine to help you sort out an urgent problem.

Clicking on a route gives access to a series of questionnaires intended to stimulate group discussion and which can be downloaded and printed or completed on screen and saved to your hard drive. You can also access ‘signposts’, small case studies giving more information and additional web links.

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