The sessions are being held to help these businesses consider a range of important health and safety issues such as:

 

 

 

 

 

  • risk assessments
  • workplace transport, for example forklift trucks
  • COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) assessments
  • asbestos management
  • manual handling assessments, and
  • stress management.

The council has invested more than £6,000 in the training following a request from councillors to organise a series of courses aimed specifically at businesses located on the district's industrial estates.

"We take health and safety in the district extremely seriously," says Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council. "People tend to think that accidents do not happen, or won't happen to them, but in the past couple of years we have dealt with some extremely serious cases such as someone being run over by a forklift truck and a gas explosion at a pub. These were so serious we decided to prosecute.

"Health and safety incidents can have a huge economic impact on a business - and even force it to close. We want to work with firms and companies on the industrial estates across our district to help them identify any potential risks and any further training needs so that actions can be put in place to prevent anything serious happening in future.

"Steps taken now mean that not only employees and customers are safe, but it also protects the long-term viability of a business. We hope that as many businesses as possible take up this free opportunity."

Training sessions are being offered in July and September, with the first courses taking place on 20 July. The sessions will take place at either the district council offices in East Pallant House, Chichester, or at The Grange Community and Leisure Centre, Midhurst.

Each session lasts for 50 minutes and each business in the district can send up to two employees to each module.

Training will be given by council enforcement officers experienced in health and safety inspection and accident investigation. There will be the chance to ask questions and look at real life examples. Certificates will be presented to participants at the end of each course.

As well as the courses, the district council is also offering free 30-minute health and safety consultation visits to these businesses.  The visits are an opportunity for businesses to discuss how significant hazards can be controlled. They can also seek advice regarding health and safety compliance with our enforcement officers, as well as discussing future training needs.

Businesses interested in attending can find out more from the council's health protection team

Date of release: 27 June 2018                                                   

Reference: 3817