About Us

Hello!  

I’m Andrea,

Managing Director, SHEQ Consultant, Lead Auditor, and Trainer at SHEQworx Ltd

I’ve been leading, managing, and supporting other business owners, managers, workers, and contractors with their risk management and legal compliance since 1999.

I totally understand “Health and Safety” has a bad reputation, and it’s something I’ve been working hard to change for as long as I’ve been doing this.  It’s great when I hear comments like:  “she’s one of the good ones”, “a breath of fresh air”, or “the safety professional the lads actually want to work with, not run and hide from”.

I’ve held senior manager roles for some large corporations in the UK in addition to holding Strategic Lead positions whilst working for Principal Contractors on Major Projects involving CDM.

Thankfully my career has played to my natural skills and abilities, including an interest in business and the law, and I enjoy it.  I’ve part-completed a law degree so I understand Business Law, Contract and Tort – personal injury, negligence, etc.

Consulting with managers and workers is a key part of what we do – especially when developing strategies, policies, and procedures.

Health & Safety’s always been about helping people, problem-solving, and listening to what people are telling me so that I can understand what they’re trying to achieve, before jointly agreeing on a workable solution.

I’ve never been one to stop a job and walk away.

Our clients appreciate the time we take to get to know them, their business operations, risks, and challenges, and that we provide practical, realistic solutions that comply with the law and ultimately offer a decent level of protection from harm and business disruption.

It doesn’t go unnoticed when they tell us that they appreciate our independent perspective, how approachable and knowledgeable we are, and that we take the time to explain why they need to do something a certain way – giving them the confidence to refer to us as their very own compliance department!

During the current climate of Covid-19, we’ve helped small, local businesses become “covid-secure” workplaces, enabling them to stay open, or (re)open with confidence – giving business owners and their customers much needed peace of mind.

What makes us different?

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SHEQworx is an independent consultancy specialising in risk management and legal compliance specialising in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), Environment, Quality (SHEQ), and other business related matters such as GDPR, Modern Slavery, etc

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High-risk, safety critical environments such as Rail and construction are our key areas of competence, including CDM projects, and we use our combined skills, knowledge and experience to support you

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We work closely with you to make sure we understand your business risks, challenges, and goals to meet your needs and provide workable solutions that are realistic, flexible, and legally compliant

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We understand the challenges of balancing health and safety with the need to get the job done and make sales. Between us, we'll be able to figure out a workable solution that doesn't compromise anyone's health and safety, and may even reduce your costs

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The health and wellbeing of your workers are of paramount importance. We believe mental health (and gut health) is as crucial as physical health, so we provide a proactive and holistic approach which can improve workers' productivity and engagement in your organisation

Nobody ever leaves home expecting to get killed or harmed at work

– According to HSE’s stats for 2019/2020:

  • 1.6 million work-related ill-health cases (new or long-standing) were recorded
  • 0.7 million workers sustained a non-fatal injury (evidence based on self-reports from the Labour Force Survey)
  • 65,427 non-fatal injuries to employees were reported by employers (RIDDOR reports)
  • 111 fatal injuries were to workers
  • 0.8 million work-related stress, depression or anxiety cases (new or long-standing) were recorded
  • 0.5 million work-related musculoskeletal disorder cases (new or long-standing) were recorded

Resulting in 

  • 38.8 million working days lost due to work-related ill health and non-fatal workplace injuries

In 2018/19 the financial costs were:

  • £10.6 billion – the annual costs of new cases or work-related ill health in 2018/19 excluding long-latency illness such as cancer
  • £5.6 billion – the annual cost of workplace injury
  • £16.2 billion – the annual cost of work-related injury and new cases of ill health, excluding long-latency illness such as cancer

Occupational Health and Safety, when applied properly, is about preventing accidents, incidents, and ill-health – both physical and mental.

 

Is your business prepared for the loss of a critical member of staff due to long-term sickness, or worse?

If you haven’t considered this already, emergency preparedness and business continuity planning should be part of your business management arrangements.

Get in touch if you’d like us to help you with this or any aspect of your SHEQ matters.

The secret is to manage the risk that remains after you’ve eliminated what you can.

Risk management is just one aspect of what we do, and safe systems of work including RAMS (Risk Assessments and Method Statements) are an almost daily feature.

If there’s something you need help with and we haven’t covered it on the website, or have a particular issue or problem you’d like help with, get in touch.