Who are Foresight?

Wisdom is easily acquired with the benefit of hindsight, unfortunately hindsight is sometimes a luxury we can't afford. Foresight is the wise choice.

With more than 20 years experience, Foresight Health and Safety Consultants have gained extensive knowledge and experience in both public and private sector organisations, focusing primarily on:

  • Education
  • Social Care
  • Beauty and hairdressing
  • Construction
  • The management of asbestos
  • Event management
  • Resilience and emergency planning
  • Water hygiene (the control of legionella)
  • Fixed outdoor play equipment
  • Infection control
  • Facilities management
  • The prevention of workplace violence and aggression
  • Project management
  • Fire safety

Based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, Foresight Health and Safety Consultants' philosophy is to apply a sensible risk management approach based upon proportion of risk, by promoting a positive H&S culture through visible leadership with transformational results. Foresight is recognised for developing effective robust safety management systems that demonstrate statutory compliance,and stand up to scrutiny from external bodies for example the HSE.

Foresight is a forward thinking organisation focusing on creativity, with the provision of solution based results, with energy being based on significant risk as opposed to trivia.

When developing or reviewing safety management systems Foresight are absolutely clear on the fact that management and employee engagement is paramount. Every organisation is different and the unique selling point of Foresight is that that there must be a clear understanding of the organisation requirements in order to influence outcomes which add value. 

Foresight focus on removing technical jargon, placing clarity on the achievable objectives that demonstrate statutory  health and safety compliance and a positive culture shift. This is achieved with the use of H&S practitioners who have demonstrated through the rigorous IOSH membership route that they have been accredited to Chartered membership status (CMIOSH). CMIOSH status demonstrates a high level of health and safety competence which is constantly being scrutinised via individuals continual professional development plans. All practitioners are up to date with current legislation in addition to having a thorough understanding of application. 

Contact Number 07960 621980

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Policies and Guidance

Many organisations over complicate their safety management systems, with the development complex documentation that are either full of jargon, not relevant or simply to long! Foresight have extensive knowledge and experience with writing policies and guidance that can assist you with documentation that is specific, meeting the needs of your organisation. 

Your company health and safety policy should form the basis of your company safety management system. Companies who employ five or more people should have a documented health and safety policy that is subject to regular review and revision. The policy is usually divided into three sections

  • Policy Statement of Intent
  • Organisation (roles & responsibilities)
  • Arrangements for H&S

The health and safety policy should provide your overarching safety management system and influence your work activities, including:

  • Your organisational health and safety aims and objectives
  • The recruitment of  employees and access to competent health and safety advice and guidance
  • The provision of definitive  health and safety roles and responsibilities
  • The selection of equipment and materials and the processes you adopt for work activity
  • The design and provision of goods and services
  • The appropriate assessment of hazards and the development of remedial controls.

 Guidance documents play a significant role in your safety systems and should be developed to support the information outlined in your Health and Safety policy.

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Health & Safety Audit

Audits can help you achieve high standards of health and safety, identify areas of good practice in addition to establishing areas of improvements. Going through the structured audit  process will assist you with demonstrating statutory compliance with the establishment of robust safety management systems.

 Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 all employers have a legal obligation to:

Manage H&S

Assess all significant risks

Control any risks that cannot be removed as far as is reasonably practical.

We offer a range of audits to help you, including:

  • H&S management system audit - which compares your H&S management systems with legal standards and best practice, identifying what you do well, and what needs to be improved.

  • Premise or site audit - checking and measuring one area of your business, identifying areas of good practice in addition to establishing what needs to be done to improve your H&S management systems.

  • Topic audits - critically examining one specific area, of safety management following trend analysis which has identified non or poor compliance.

 

Our approach

  • Practical, sensible,  tailor made solutions to meet each client's unique business requirements

  • Structured process, often using specifically developed checklists which can include inspection, observation, interviews and document analysis

  • H&S management reviewed at three levels:

    • the organisation

    • the task

    • individual employee behaviour

Benefits

  • Re-assurance - we will tell you how to meet your legal obligations in a practical, cost effective manner

  • Best practice -  All audits are undertaken following extensive research to provide the client with the satisfaction that you receive the most up-to-date advice to improve your business performance

  • Documentation - A full executive summary report and action plan is provided following each audit undertaken

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Risk Assessment

What is a risk assessment?

Risk assessments form an integral part of the risk management process and are included in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.

A risk assessment is the process of  identifying  what hazards currently exist or may appear in the workplace, and defines what is likely to cause harm to employees and visitors,  through the process of elimination risk assessments identify what the required control measures are to manage and minimise any residual risk .

Risk assessments are designed to be sensible, proportionate and focus on significant risk that exists within the environment, organisation or activity being undertaken.

What does a risk assessment include?

Risks need to be considered in all aspects of the working environment for example:

  • Hazards: electrical safety, fire safety, manual handling, hazardous substances, risk factors for repetitive strain injury, stress, violence;
  • Tasks: cleaning with chemical substances, maintenance work or dealing with the public.
  • Working with children

 

Which companies need to conduct a risk assessment?

By law, every employer must conduct risk assessments on the work their employees do.  If the company or organisation employs more than five employees, then the results must be recorded with details of any groups of employees particularly at risk.

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Accident Investigation

Foresight have extensive experience in undertaking accident investigations, with the outcomes being scrutinised by regulatory bodies for example the HSE, Ofsted and CQC. In addition Foresight have undertaken accident, incident and assault investigations forming part of the employers evidence to defend compensation claims. 

The basic objective of any investigation is to prevent a recurrence.  In order to do this the first step is to gather information to determine the chain of events leading up to the accident/incident; the root causes of the accident/incident and any contributory factors that affected the scale of the consequences and; the remedial actions necessary to prevent a recurrence. We can assist in undertaking any investigation and formulating (and instigating) plans to prevent recurrence.

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Culture Change

Creating a Safety Culture

Developing strong safety cultures has the single greatest impact on injury reduction of any process. For this reason, developing a safety culture should be a top priority for all businesses. The safety culture of many organisations is "we do it this way because we always have", a positive culture is created by demonstration of effective visible leadership with safety being built in as an integral part daily activity, as opposed to an add on.

Best Practices and Creating a Safety Culture

A positive culture takes time and effort in best practice being "the way we do it here" "safely"

In a strong safety culture, everyone feels responsible for safety; employees go beyond the call of duty to identify unsafe conditions and behaviours and intervene to correct them. For instance, in a strong safety culture, any worker would feel comfortable reminding a senior manager or owner to wear safety glasses.

The active engagement of employers and and managers is essential to the establishment and implementation of an effective safety and health program. Management must:

  • Establish and communicate policies

  • Guide their team and employees to set safety and health goals and objectives

  • Provide needed resources including money, machines, materials, methods, staffing and time; and they must motivate personnel through active participation in and support of safety and health activities.

How can Foresight assist with the development

Foresight have extensive knowledge and experience with culture shift programs which have resulted in accident reduction, increased productivity with the use of  and employee engagement and ownership. Culture is the atmosphere created by those beliefs, attitudes, of employees that that shape behaviour. 

A fundamental requirement of all Foresight Health and Safety Practitioners is their exceptional communication and influencing skills. These attributes are required at all levels and our practitioners work will with your employees to fully understand your 

  • Management and employee attitudes

  • Values, myths, and stories

  • Policies and procedures

  • Priorities, pressures, responsibilities, and accountability

  • Action or lack of action to correct unsafe behaviours

  • Employee training and motivation

  • Employee involvement or buy-in

The result of developing a positive safety culture will be ownership and pride. Over time the norms and beliefs of the organisation shift focus from eliminating hazards to eliminating unsafe actions and building systems that proactively improve safety and health conditions. Employee safety and doing something the right way takes precedence over short-term production pressures. Simultaneously, production does not suffer but is enhanced due to the level of excellence developed within the organisation.

Past Associations

Here are a few companies that we have worked for or with over that past 20 years.

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Health & Safety Training

Our training courses are a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical sessions that are designed to develop ability and most importantly practical confidence.

We are committed to delivering high quality H&S training and tailor our approach to suit the needs of the client. We use the very best instructors all of whom have a wealth of knowledge and a relevant occupational background to enable the best delivery of our H&S courses.