In case of accidents
What must I do in the event of a workplace accident?
Martin Mulholland of TGF Consultants replies: by calling 0845 300 9923 or sending a fax to
0845 300 9924. Should anything ‘reportable’
All workplace accidents, including those occur, you must notify the enforcing authority
requiring only local first aid treatment, should without delay. Confirmation of the occurrence
be entered in the Accident Book (Form should be put in writing within 10 days.
BI 510). This process helps to ensure that Beyond your legal obligations, analysis of
sufficient details are gathered to enable you your accidents can help to reduce incidence
to undertake an investigation if required. rates, increase safety performance and reduce
As their name suggests, the Reporting of costs.
Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences
Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) require you to TGF Consultants Ltd prepares the FPB’s Health
report specific types of incident. Forms that & Safety Guide and provides health and safety
specify what you should report are available for services to small and medium-sized businesses
online completion at the HSE RIDDOR website across a wide range of industry sectors. www.
or by sending an email to tgfconsultants.co
.uk; 01925 758900.
. They are also available
Don’t do it yourself
My staff can’t do a job properly, to time or to quality – it’s simply quicker to do it myself. But then I
end up neglecting other important tasks. How can I escape from this ‘vicious circle’?
Dean Maragh, Principal of The Watershed, training session. Make sure they’re updated
replies: when necessary. Making sure your team know
what’s expected of them and have the right
Showing staff how to do a job well is one thing skills and support can increase your efficiency,
– helping them understand it and embedding make you more money and stop you from
it is another. Decide what is essential for the being diverted from running your business.
job and take a ‘bite-sized’ approach – show
your staff what to do at a pace that suits them The Watershed works with small businesses,
and is compatible with the demands of your providing business and enterprise development
business. Check that they’ve fully understood and qualifications. www.the-watershed.co
– perhaps by providing a quiz at the end of the 0800 068 0897.
Too highly rated?
Will the recent fall in property values mean that my business rates will go down when the new
Rating List comes into force on 1 April 2010?
Richard Smith, Director of Fifield Glyn, replies: is meant to correctly apportion between
businesses the liability of the rate return to
Every five years the Government adjusts central Government – not the rates payable,
rateable values for businesses to align the which are determined by the Government
rates levied with whatever changes in property through setting the Multiplier/Uniform
prices have taken place in the commercial Business Rate.
market. These are broadly based on rental
values around 1 April 2008, so the full effect of Fifield Glyn Ltd is a firm of commercial chartered
the drop in values as a result of the recession surveyors, property consultants and real estate
may not be reflected in the new Rating List. valuers with offices in London and Cheshire.
It must be remembered that the Rating List www.fifieldglyn.com; 01606 351351.
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