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DIY Safety Kits - Overview

For those companies which prefer to "go it alone" or who do not wish to pay a consultant to prepare safety management systems, I have produced a range of highly cost-effective, extremely detailed & comprehensive DIY Kits aimed at enabling small to medium size companies up to, say, 500 employees, to comply to a high standard with their ever expanding health & safety management responsibilities.
My systems aim to demystify the safety management process by using the extensive knowledge of health & safety gained over 38 years spent in HM Factory Inspectorate, insurance companies as claims investigators & risk advisers including 9 years spent as a Consultant developing & refining these systems. They are akin to buying a ready made chilled meal from Marks & Spencer; all the work in formulating the recipe, mixing, preparing & packing it has been done for you; all you have to do is reheat it & serve.
ALL KITS ARE:-

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"Get up and go" systems; unlike most other paper or software systems that require the user to input most if not all of the hazards; my Kits have most if not all relevant hazards listed as standard, to save both time & effort; usually, little legal or technical knowledge is needed as the Kits guide you around each topic. However, do please read the simple instructions as they will make your task easier as well as save you both time and effort.

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Modular in structure, enabling you to undertake just one aspect of health and safety at a time to avoid being overwhelmed & to become familiar with the system; you can spend all day using the forms or devote the odd hour as and when you can find spare time available. Once started, any module can be saved & put away, and be taken up again later without losing any train of thought.

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Phrased so that the questions seek relevant hazards and usually indicate or infer the necessary "correct solution or response". In this way, you can see if you have the particular hazard present, check whether it has been addressed properly, or if not, the question often suggests the best solution. Where there are technical considerations, the answer can usually be found in the over 50 page regularly expanded Technical Appendix included with downloaded or CD versions. As it is not practical to include every single hazard for all trades, there is space, or, you can create it, to expand the forms to cover these particular hazards.

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Regularly updated to reflect new legalisation, codes of practice and safety product development.

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Easy to complete, as there will be at least one fully worked example or specimen for each module, and comprehensive notes will usually also be included, where relevant.

NB. HELP WITH USING THESE KITS

As with any safety management system, the final result depends on the amount of time & effort that is put into completing the task; no system, not even mine, will be worthwhile or effective if it can be completed in minutes by merely ticking a few boxes or answering a few questions.

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free helpline on using these Kits; just ring me on 01842 811435 or 07932 066952 or send me an email using the Contact form. I will endeavour to provide sound advice & tips as well as a shoulder to cry on!

* In addition, I can produce a hybrid service whereby I supply the Kits & also provide staff training on how to use them for an additional fee. This service will still prove to be far less expensive than using a consultant as it will be your own staff who undertake the task with my active assistance both on & off-site. Details are set out at the end of this leaflet.

MECHANICS OF SYSTEM

Three formats can be supplied; emailed, burned onto CD or pre-printed. The last can be manually transferred later into any word processor if you want printed rather than hand written documents.

The emailed version

· The emailed version should be downloaded & saved as a renamed folder in “My documents” which should be backed up in another folder or drive in case of “mishap”. When this named folder is opened, it will reveal all the individual modules which should ideally, be opened one at a time in “MS Word” for ease of use & then “saved as” with a new file name for the working document. Always open the “Read me” file first!

Each blank file can be opened, printed out and completed by hand on site so that you can then easily and quickly transfer the information into a blank screen form before printing out each module in turn as you go along.

The CD version

· The CD version can be either run from the CD using “Word” or loaded as one folder onto your “C” drive “My Documents” folder which, when opened, reveals all the individual modules. One file at a time should be loaded into Word 2003 or later as a renamed ”saved as” file so that you can save it at regular intervals; if you rename the file only at the end of the working period, you risk losing it all in a computer crash.

Always open the “Read me” file first!

Each file can be opened, printed out and completed by hand on site so that you can then easily and quickly transfer the information into a blank screen form before printing out each module in turn as you go along.

The pre-printed blank version

Each pre-printed blank module should be photocopied to provide a practical working document that can be completed by hand on site. Where several copies are required, say, for VDU, Manual Handling & PUWER Assessments, make enough additional copies to suit your needs. You can also print out relevant example modules to use when completing your own assessments. On return to the office, each hand written assessment can be copied neatly or typed into another photocopy, as appropriate, to produce the final set of Risk Assessment Modules.

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Proprietor: Andrew W Kapherr, BA (Dual Hons), CMIOSH, Chartered Safety & Health Practitioner.

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