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Safety, Health, Environment, & Quality (SHEQ) Matters!

Hello!  I’m Andrea,

SHEQ Consultant, Auditor, and Trainer here 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’ll be the first to admit, it’s not sexy, and it won’t make you tonnes of money, but it can keep you, your workers and your business healthier and safer – and even more efficient – saving you time and money, maybe even increasing your productivity!

Much of my experience has been gained in high-risk, safety-critical industries, both on site and in project offices where I’ve been able to practically apply my skills.

I’ve also been a senior manager for some large businesses which meant I helped create and implement strategic Policy changes across the businesses focusing on Occupational Health and Safety.

Over the years I’ve worked for Principal Contractors as their SHE Manager on a number of major projects involving CDM.  For a while, I also worked for an architect’s firm as a CDM Co-ordinator on a number of hospital refurbishment and new-build contracts and urban regeneration development schemes.

I’ve been described as “one of the good ones”, and “the safety professional the lads actually want to work with, not run and hide from!” with much of my experience gained on site balanced with time spent in the office reviewing stats and processes, and developing OHS strategies, policies and procedures.

I have an interest in the law.  A few years ago I part-completed a law degree, so I have a decent understanding of Contract, Commercial and the Law of Torts (including negligence, personal injury, etc).  Finishing the law degree is on my to-do list!

For me, Health & Safety’s always been about helping people, problem-solving, (and crucially) listening to what people are telling me so that I can understand what they’re trying to achieve, their challenges etc before figuring out a workable solution – with their agreement.

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

SHEQworx Ltd was formed on the heels of SHEQ Management Systems – a company I established in 2009 (during the global financial crisis) to help other business owners and senior managers with their SHEQ requirements.

Our clients are confident that their needs and expectations are met (or exceeded).  They’re confident we understand their business operations, risks, and challenges, and that we provide practical, workable, realistic solutions that comply with the law, and protect their people and their business.

During the current climate of Covid-19, we’ve helped small, local businesses become “covid-secure” workplaces, which has enabled 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, further broken down to cover Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), Environment, and Quality matters (SHEQ)

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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 il-health – both physical and mental.

Don’t forget, anyone using a computer can be at risk of suffering excrutiating pain in their neck, shoulders, and/or back, and this can become a long-term life-changing injury.

How would you cope if you lost a critical member of staff?

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.

SHEQworx offers a range of OHS, Quality and Environmental services encompassed under the larger umbrella of risk management and legal compliance.

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.