Friday, October 7, 2022

Support for businesses on health, safety and fire issues

THURROCK’S small businesses will be among the first to be able to take advantage of a new programme focusing on education and awareness of health, safety, fire and environment issues.

The Estates Excellence scheme is a partnership project between companies, councils, regulators and other organisations working together to guide small businesses and improve their ability to manage health, safety and fire risks.

Thurrock Council’s Health and Safety team will be supporting the project in conjunction with Essex Fire and Rescue Service and the Health and Safety Executive.

Thurrock has been selected as the first area to deliver the programme following a pilot project and will be targeting the small businesses in West Thurrock.

The partnership approach means businesses can use experts from other companies and organisations to help them manage their health and safety requirements.

Estates Excellence has a number of parts including initial invitations but key is the provision of free training sessions close by. Training courses being provided in West Thurrock include manual handling, risk assessment, and fire safety.

Tony Sprackling, Thurrock Council’s principal officer for Health and Safety said: “Estates Excellence has already shown it works during the pilot schemes.

“It helps businesses manage risks proportionately without being a burden. Central to the ethos is informing and supporting businesses, helping help them to prevent harm to their workers. We want businesses in Thurrock to be healthy and safe”.

Any small or medium size business which would like to know more about Estates Excellence should contact the Estates Excellence project team on 01245 706278 or e-mail estates.excellence@hse.gsi.gov.uk

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