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The Great Fire of London Anniversary – Are your Health and Safety Practices adequate?

Yesterday saw the anniversary celebrations of the Great Fire of London.  The 350th anniversary was marked with the burning of a massive wooden replica of 17th Century London, and was part of a wider series of events to mark the anniversary of the inferno.

Nick Bodger, head of Cultural and Visitor Development for the City of London said, “Three hundred and 50 years ago, when embers from a baker’s oven sparked one of the most catastrophic events in the capital has ever witnessed, London’s economic prowess almost came to a fiery end.  A renewed sense of purpose saw the great city we enjoy today rise from those ashes, develop and thrive.”

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The historical fire raged for 3 days and destroyed 80% of the mostly wooden buildings in the walled inner city.  By the time the fire was extinguished, a total of 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches and Saint Paul’s Cathedral had been destroyed.

Since 1666, its safe to say that developments safety practices at work have been introduced in a bid to avoid such damaging destruction.  The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (also referred to as HSAW, the HSW Act, the 1974 Act or HASAWA) is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain.

All workers are entitled to work in environments where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled.  Under health and safety law, the primary responsibility for this is down to employers.  Employers have a duty to consult with their employees, or their representatives, on health and safety matters.  Employers must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this.  They also have duties to assess risks in the workplace, and address any issues that might cause harm in the workplace.

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If workers think their employer is exposing them to risks or is not carrying out their legal duties regarding health and safety, and if this has been pointed out to them but no satisfactory response given, workers can make a complaint against them.

Health and Safety can be an incredibly complex subject due to the legislative and compliance regulations that must be adhered to by all businesses.  However, if approached in the right way, Health and Safety can be integrated into the culture of any organisation.

Each and every organisation is different and unique, while each and every individual is unique.  Because of this, the only way to establish a positive system and culture for health and safety is to develop it from the ground up – bespoke to that organisation and unique to the people who work within.

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We offer HSE compliant safety advice and consultation through NEBOSH and Tech IOSH certified Health & Safety professionals.  We offer scalable safety packages that can be adapted to your specific needs and requirements to ensure you receive the safety advice to maintain a truly positive safety culture and compliant health and safety delivery.  We provide regular updates on statutory regulation and legislation and the training you need to ensure both employee and customer welfare is safeguarded.

If you would like to discuss how C4HR can work with your business then please contact us by clicking HERE.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Once completed, you will receive two feedback reports detailing the areas of your business that maybe at potential risk. The answers to the questions you clicked NO to will be shown. These are for guidance purposes.  You will also receive your Business Health Check Scores

You will receive two scores:

  • For questions in the business critical section you will receive a score based on your answers relating to business critical HR processes
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