Businesses on Fish Island in Tower Hamlets are being offered free training, support and guidance as part of a joint initiative to improve health and safety in the workplace.
The Estates Excellence initiative, launching in early January, will offer a series of practical programmes for small and medium sized businesses in the area, delivered through Tower Hamlets Council, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and partners.
Businesses can take advantage of an expert initial assessment of their specific fire safety, food safety and health and safety training needs, before booking onto a range of free workshops. They will also have access to occupational health professionals, and a series of networking opportunities.
Topics to be covered include fire risk assessments, control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH), manual handling, working at height, machinery safety workplace transport and event management.
Tim Galloway, HSE Director for the London and the South East, explained: “The focus is on helping businesses to shape and commit to a practical health and safety programme that suits their individual needs.
“It is not about checking standards with a view to enforcing changes, it is wholly voluntary and we are urging businesses to get involved because they want to make improvements.”
Stephen Capper, Managing Director of Dyn-Metal Ltd, took part in a successful Estates Excellence programme in Park Royal earlier this year. He said: “Estates Excellence was a huge opportunity for me to get my staff trained up in additional health and safety areas. As a small business it’s easy to think that the cost of training is prohibitive and tempting to put off to another time. Estates Excellence is a great way to address this issue.
“I believe you can’t train too much in health and safety matters and the training offered through Estates Excellence was of a very high standard. I would recommend this programme to all small businesses; my company and staff benefitted positively from taking part.”
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, said: “All businesses have a commitment to meet in regard to health and safety, both to their employees and the public. Estates Excellence will provide the expert advice to ensure that everything is in order and address any areas that need assistance at no cost to the business.”
Cllr Shahed Ali, cabinet member for clean and green, said: “We are committed to ensuring a strong health and safety ethos across Fish Island and Tower Hamlets as a whole. By working in partnership with local employers through the Estates Excellence project we aim to provide a greater awareness of health and safety issues and instigate a long term legacy in this area.”
The Estates Excellence team will be visiting businesses in Fish Island over the next few weeks to explain the services they can offer. If a business wants to take part, a formal assessment will then be arranged before final training programmes are agreed and delivered.
Partners supporting the initiative include Veolia, Forman’s, Attic Storage, East London Business Place (ELBP), Riney, 3G Printers, Asphaltic, Public Health England, London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police and other local businesses.
For further information visit www.hse.gov.uk/estatesexcellence or contact the council’s Consumer and Business Regulations Service – Health and Safety team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org