Health and safety

A comprehensive service to help ensure regulatory compliance, whatever your business.

Regulation has placed an increasingly difficult burden on business which will continue in the coming years. The change in the court’s approach to sentencing following new guidelines which came into force in February 2016 now means that the stakes are higher than ever.  Weightmans can help you meet your legal obligations and avoid incurring heavy penalties – morally, legally and financially.

Our health and safety consultancy unit offers a seamless service, from advice through to training, and works closely with our team of expert health and safety lawyers to provide a seamless service should you need legal advice and representation.

This service is available as either a one-off project or as an annual retainer as part of a service level agreement, which is bespoke to your business's needs.

In terms of prevention, we offer a full range of advisory services, including on site inspections and audits, risk assessment work, advice regarding documentary procedures and safety management systems.

Services include:

  • General consultation on H&S matters
  • Developing and drafting safety policies and procedures 
  • Inspection and auditing to HSG65 standards 
  • Qualitative and quantitative risk assessment 
  • Accident Investigation 
  • Crisis management 
  • 24/7 emergency advice line

We also offer bespoke health and safety training solutions, fully tailored to your individual needs. In Chambers guide to the legal profession we were described in 2014 as 'the market leaders for innovative health and safety training'.

Our ability to combine the talents of our nationally recognised lawyers, a former Principal Inspector with the HSE, a dual-qualified lawyer/EHO  and a serving Assistant Coroner, based at offices in the south, midlands, north and Scotland, mean that we have the strength, depth and breadth to meet all of  your training and advisory needs.

Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP introduces tougher regulatory system for building safety

On Tuesday 18 December the Government announced its commitment to a ‘tougher regulatory system for building safety’. The programme of change has been…

Paul Lowe
Paul Lowe Associate
Updated Building Regulations

The government has pushed through some updated Building Regulations amending the previous 2010 version (“the 2010 Regulations”)

Crispin Kenyon
Crispin Kenyon Partner

Should employers get weighed down by new manual handling research?

A recent medical study casts doubt on long-established thinking on manual handling and employers' liability risks.

Peter Forshaw
Peter Forshaw Partner

Outdoor events: planning for the rainy day

Those planning outdoor events have much more to consider than just the weather.

Crispin Kenyon
Crispin Kenyon Partner

Workplace wellbeing

Until now the focus of workplace health and safety has always been on safeguarding employees against risk of physical harm.

Crispin Kenyon
Crispin Kenyon Partner

The low road, the high road or the highway to hell?

The inherent risks of a sporting event and competitor conduct remain crucial when establishing liability.

Bruce Ralston
Bruce Ralston Partner

Forum shopping in asbestos claims

Court of Session ruling prioritises place of manifestation above place of exposure when determining legal jurisdiction in a recent asbestos case.

Duty of care and parental supervision

At first instance SSR succeeded against Bosworth but failed in his claim against J’s parents. The Trust appealed the finding against it and SSR…

Peter Wake
Peter Wake Partner

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