Health and Safety Recommendations

All employers are legally obliged to provide a safe workplace. The best way to ensure that you are meeting your obligations is to conduct regular risk assessments and offer a programme of health surveillance appropriate to the needs of your business.

Acorn Occupational Health can assess and advise you on the risk associated with your industry.

Acorn Occupational Health will provide an independent recommendation on your health surveillance requirements, including the type and frequency of health surveillance/assessments and assist with the implementation of the health surveillance programmes throughout your workplace.

An employer who has not made an appointment of a competent person is in breach of a statutory duty under health and safety legislation.

Appointing Acorn Occupational Health Ltd to take on the competent person role is probably the most significant move you will make in managing the health and safety of your business effectively.

Your appointed safety consultant will liaise with you as the employer and provide competent health and safety advice on an on-going basis. It is essential that you keep them informed of all aspects of the company’s activities – the easiest way to achieve this is through regular audits (available as an individual service or part of a package).

REMEMBER – A competent person is someone who has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities that allow them to assist you properly. The level of competence required will depend on the complexity of the situation and the particular help you need.

Noise monitoring for workplaces and machinery

Noise at work can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss. Noise can also create stress and can be a safety hazard at work, interfering with communication and making warnings harder to hear.

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 requires employers to undertake a regular noise assessment to identify the following:

  • Source of noise exposure
  • Adequacy of risk assessment
  • Those persons affected
  • The effectiveness of existing control measures
  • The improvements or additional controls that can be implemented

Current legislation places specific responsibilities on employers to prevent or minimise any exposure to workplace noise. This is a key element in the compliance of a noise risk assessment and action plan.

Competent Person for Health and Safety Support and Advice

Management (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations, Regulation 7, requires that as an employer you are required to:

Appoint a Competent Person (or Persons) to assist you in meeting your legal health and safety obligations by providing sound advice.


The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states ‘it is the duty of every employer, so far as is reasonably practicable, to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees.’

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Section 2, requires the provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure the health and safety at work of employees.

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 defines the actual need for the management of the organisation’s health and safety procedures and systems:

  • Planning
  • Organisation
  • Control
  • Monitoring, and
  • Review

Respiratory Protective Equipment Face Fit Testing

Where respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is used as a control measure under Health and Safety Legislation, it is vital that the selected RPE is adequate and suitable. RPE must reduce exposure to as low as reasonably practicable, and in any case to an acceptable level (e.g. below any applicable Workplace Exposure Limits or Control Limits). To ensure that the selected RPE has the potential to provide adequate protection for individual wearers, tight-fitting RPE must be fit tested as part of the selection process. This will help to ensure that inadequately fitting facepieces are not selected for use. Ill-fitting facepieces can create inward leakages of airborne contaminants.

Acorn can assist you by providing Face Fit Testing.