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Craven Safety Services Training Courses

Here at Craven Safety Services we run classroom based training courses. The different courses we run are: Fire awareness, Manual handling, Risk assessments and Conflict management.

The next dates will be in July for all 4 courses with the fire awareness and manual handling taking place on Tuesday 10th both being half day courses, Risk assessments will be on Thursday 12th and will be a full day course and The Conflict management course will be on Tuesday 17th also running all day.

Depending on how many people we book onto the courses it could be at our office or it may be at a venue in the Skipton area.

You can find the prices and book through or you can ring us on 01756 860600.


Asbestos Management Plans

The best and safest thing to do with asbestos is to pay for it to be removed by qualified professionals; if you don’t get it removed then you will have to create an Asbestos Management plan. Today we will be talking about Asbestos Management Plans, why to make one and what should be in it.

Why do we have Asbestos Management Plans?

The main goal of these plans is to prevent the release of asbestos fibres until the ACM (Asbestos-Containing Material) in a building is scheduled to be professionally removed.

Content of the plan

In your Plan you should include: The person responsible for managing asbestos; an asbestos register; plans for work on asbestos materials and the schedule for monitoring the materials condition. You should also be telling people about the decisions that you’re making.

For more information visit the Craven Safety Services Website

Look After Your Musculoskeletal System!

We all do it, twisting, pulling, pushing, lifting, putting strain on our bodies, especially our backs! But do we do it correctly? And do we actually do as much as we can to prevent injury?

Musculoskeletal disorders occur when we push our bodies to the limit through manual handling to the point our bodies could become permanently injured, it affects the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nervous system etc. Bad manual handling is a slippery slope and you should take action before damage is made.

Back injury can be quite serious not only can it cause extreme pain it can also cause sleep disturbances, limit your ability to move and do activities, cause fatigue and reduce your mobility which could then lead to you not being able to do your job which then could lead to financial and lifestyle issues.

We advise that when you undertake activities that can put strain on your body, like lifting, pushing, pulling and twisting, to use proper manual handling techniques to reduce the risk of injury. The best way to do this is to undertake a manual handling course either for yourself or employees. Courses can be great and very informative about how to protect yourself.

Craven Safety Services Ltd offer manual handling courses online and classroom based, they are a great base to making yourself or employees aware of risk factors, potential injuries and how these can be avoided by adopting correct lifting methods and movements. If you would like to enquire about the training then please visit our ‘Training’ page on the website.

Let's Be Clear About Risk Assessments

Risk Assessments are pretty much the basic go-to for the start of any Health and Safety set up, not only do they help eliminate accidents happening in your work environment, they also prompt you to be thorough, therefore highlighting risks you may not have even known were there in the first place.

The reason you are required to do Risk Assessments are ‘the obvious’ removing or reducing of the risk, leading to a safer working environment and fewer accidents. Did you know that Risk Assessments are a company’s LEGAL REQUIREMENT? As stated in The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, it is an employers duty to undertake Risk Assessment to keep employees safe in the workplace.

So how do we carry out a Risk Assessment? Firstly, we recommend having a walk around your workplace and writing down anything that shows itself as ‘a potential to cause harm’, a good idea is to ask your employees what they also consider to be a risk. Remember that risks aren’t just always an obvious tripping hazard you spot or something that could fall, hazards include things like the chemicals (even cleaning products) that you keep, electrical equipment, tools etc. So be sure to be eagle eyed!

From this you can then work out how to reduce the potential of the risk actually causing harm.
Once you have done this you will then move on to scoring the risk, this is done using the ‘risk matrix’, you start by picking out the likelihood of an accident actually occurring on a 1-5 rating, 1 being the least likely to happen, then pick the severity of the outcome if the accident was to happen, 1 being very little harm and 5 being serious, combining these will give you your overall score. We advise that if the score falls into the orange or red area, go back to reducing the potential of the risk and try to see if there is anymore you can do. We have a copy of the risk matrix available in our free download section.

We hope this helps you to understand Risk Assessments a little bit more, if you are still in doubt then we can offer our advice if you contact us or call 01756860600.