We’ll soon be launching a comprehensive range of risk assessment documents suited to businesses operating in a broad range of sectors.

As well as being easy to understand, they’ll also be affordably priced, making them a user-friendly and cost-effective option for businesses looking for this type of health and safety support. You’ll be able to choose from a range of different documents, helping you to assess the dangers of a host of different scenarios that are common to many workplaces. Watch this space for further details!

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Take it from someone who knows

Published: 06/07/2017

No company wants a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector turning up at its door and demanding a site inspection, but they have the powers to do just that! What’s more, they can also close part or all of the workplace down if they believe there is serious risk of injury to someone. Ensuring that you’ve met the relevant health and safety requirements is key to the welfare of your staff.  Here’s how to make sure you comply with current legislation:

  1. Don’t panic: Health and safety doesn’t have to be complicated, but you need to be aware that the number of staff and nature of your work impacts on what you need to do.
  2. Know the law: If you employ more than five people, it’s a legal requirement to have evidence of your health and safety procedures and policies.
  3. Keep things simple: There’s no need to use scare tactics or confuse staff with health and safety jargon. It’s simply about having clear and effective procedures and policies in place.
  4. Make time for health and safety: It’s all too easy to let documents and policies go past their review date. Set aside time to conduct an annual review of your health and safety policy, and book an annual refresher course for your staff.
  5. Stay one step ahead: Whether you work in a food establishment or in construction, it’s important to understand the legislation that applies to your industry. The world of health and safety is constantly changing, but there’s no need to be afraid of this.
  6. Change your ways: As health and safety advisors, we often hear people say things like ‘well, I’ve done it this way for so many years’. Doing something a certain way for many years doesn’t always make it right.
  7. Read your documents: It’s down to you, the employer, and each member of staff to ensure that documentation is read and fully understood. Picture the scenario - you’ve just won a large contract to carry out some roofing maintenance work. The client is happy with the risk assessment and method statement you’ve provided. Your staff sign both documents to say they agree with the method of work, and are aware of the risks and how to minimise them. Great; good work so far! However, a member of your team falls from the roof and is critically injured. Before starting work, your staff signed the risk assessment and method statement, but how many of them actually read it? Did they know they were supposed to be using a harness? Did they complete their harness checks? Have they been trained in how to wear a harness? 
  8. Invest in your team: By investing time and money in your staff, you’re developing a more knowledgeable and proactive workforce. Provide your team with the training, skills and knowledge they need to help them do their job safely, confidently and with job satisfaction. Training courses such as the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) Working Safely and Managing Safely are a great way to help your staff understand health and safety, covering everything from completing risk assessments to understanding where you stand with the law on health and safety matters.
  9. Put health and safety at the heart of your business: Investing money into training your staff will come back to you tenfold through enhanced morale, productivity and customer satisfaction.
  10. Be open to advice: Whether you’re looking for ongoing practical support or just need to ask a question in relation to current legislation, there’s no shame in asking for expert help and advice.

 

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We’re delighted to be working with kitchen manufacturer Wren once again.

We’ve been guiding ten members of staff at the company’s Barton site through their Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Managing Safely qualifications. This takes the total number of Wren employees who have completed the classroom-based IOSH training with us up to 88!

IOSH managing safely is aimed at managers in any organisation or sector who are required to manage risk and resources in the workplace. The course works through modules that cover:

  • Assessing risks
  • Controlling risks
  • Understanding responsibilities
  • Understanding hazards
  • Investigating incidents
  • Measuring performance

We can deliver the course over 3 or 4 days in our dedicated training facility at our Goole headquarters or in the workplace, depending on a customer’s requirements.

To find out more, call us on 01405 752440 or contact us via our website.

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More courses on offer than ever before!

We're now offering a broader range of training courses than ever before for people working across a variety of different sectors.

What's more, our great value 'pick and mix' offer means that there’s never been a better time to enhance your own personal skill set or invest in a programme of training for your workforce.

Data protection training, drug and alcohol awareness, general workshop safety, health and safety for homeworkers, manual handling (including tyres), and new and expectant mothers in the workplace are among the new courses on offer. We offer 55 accredited courses in all, including specialist training, such as face fit testing for those who wear respiratory protection equipment in the course of their work.

Our training courses can be delivered in your workplace, at our dedicated training centre in Goole, East Yorkshire or online, depending on your requirements.

We're constantly reviewing and developing the range of courses on offer to give our customers an even greater degree of flexibility.

Our online training courses are usually priced at £20 each, but our 'pick and mix' deal enables you to choose any two for £35, three for £50 or four for £65. ex VAT

What are you waiting for?

Browse our excellent range of training cousres here and call us on 01405 752440 to get your 'pick and mix' discount. 

 

 

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Well December has arrived and with it comes temperatures below freezing, waking up earlier to defrost the car and the saying “the sky’s full of it!"

So many workers brave the cold outside weather on a seasonal basis, from groundworkers and construction operatives to the guys who put the Christmas lights up in your city. We wanted to give you ten top tips to working safely outside this winter to make sure you spend Christmas with your loved ones. 

1) Keep your hands and feet dry as well as choosing waterproof, breathable clothing that doesn’t retain perspiration.

2) Keep your head covered with a hat or if wearing a hard hat use a helmet liner to help retain heat. Did you know 40% of your body heat escapes through your head?

3) Wear slip resistant shoes where possible to minimise the risk of slips, trips and falls.

4) Take regular breaks inside from the cold to warm your body.

5) Wear UV eye protection on sunny days to avoid winter glare.

6) Drink plenty of fluids to keep your body hydrated.

7) Know the symptoms of frostbite and the first aid requirements needed to address it.

8) Working in teams will enable you to ensure the wellbeing of your work colleagues.

9) If possible, try to avoid carrying heavy items as underfoot conditions may increase the risk of unstable balance, slips, trips and falls.

10. Eat warm, high calorie foods such as pasta to keep your body fuelled in the winter months.

And there we have it! Of course, there are many other ways of survivng the winter outside, but these are just a few!

Let us know in the comments below your tips for keeping warm (and safe) in the winter months. 

 

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Members of the MNA team have shown competence and knowledge in the delivery of their services ensuring that all requirements were easily understood.
Stuart Smith
Factory Manager,
Wren Kitchens
We feel that MNA are a valuable addition to our business team and raise our profile with current and prospective clients.
Johnny Kirk
Director,
Bowkirk Joinery Ltd
I would recommend MNA Group Limited to any business that wants a reliable and professional company to take care of their health and safety issues.
Richard Stockdale
Operations Manager,
Olam Food Ingredients Ltd
MNA Group has provided our employees with Quantitative Face Fit Testing and Harness Training, which we were more than pleased with.
Sean Kellett
General Manager,
Goole Welding Ltd
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