Coronavirus – Our Policy

Dear Colleagues,

We all find ourselves in an unprecedented situation as a result of the fast developing situation with Covid-19. At HCS Safety our duty is to provide a professional, friendly and practical service to our clients, and at the same time to look after the welfare of our staff. The following policy has been put in place as a proportionate response to risk in these difficult times. It is likely that we will need to update this policy frequently as the situation develops, so please continue to consult this website for the latest on training and our other services. However the situation develops, we will be here to advise and support you as we have been for the last 20 years.

 

Annual Review Meetings

We are able to conduct these remotely using Microsoft teams. This will keep your legal obligations intact and we have found it very easy to use. Please chat to us at the office about how to obtain this software and we can talk you through it.

Site Safety Inspections

We will continue to conduct site safety inspections as long as our clients require them, although we do have some limitations in place.  All site inspections must have an intial COVID-19 specific inspection to execute your duty of care to ensure the safety of not only your staff, but the safety of HCS Safety’s staff too.

Thank you for your support.

 

Training with HCS Safety during COVID-19 Pandemic

Training

From the 8th June, we will be opening our doors to our now fully COVID-19 Compliant training centre.  We have undertaken thorough risk assessments and ensured that suitable measures have been taken to enable a safe learning environment. Naturally this means that we have reduced class sizes by at least a third, so please bear this in mind when booking your courses.

We are able to offer remote training for CITB courses; this includes the CITB Health and Safety Awareness course (for the green CSCS labourer card), SMSTS, SSSTS and Refresher courses for SMSTS and SSSTS.

If you have staff who are furloughed, we believe they are able to attend training in order to keep their role current, although we strongly advise you to take separate advice on this matter.

What will I need to carry out the training?

All of our training is being carried out remotely using Microsoft Teams; a free to use software that allows the delegates to view the presentation whilst listening to their trainer and sharing ideas with the rest of the class- essentially as close as we can be to a real classroom environment.

To download Microsoft Teams for free, click here.   You are required to set up an account free of charge if you do not already have one.

You will also need to have access to the following equipment:

  • A reliable broadband internet connection or wireless connection via 3G/4G
  • A laptop, personal computer or tablet with the Microsoft Teams App installed.
  • Integrated, USB connected or Wireless speakers to be able to hear the presentation and your trainer.
  • An integrated microphone or one that is connected by USB
  • An integrated Webcam or one that is connected by USB (The option to switch the camera on or off is given as you enter the course via Microsoft Teams).

Full instructions will be provided with your booking confirmation.  If you have any queries about the use of Microsoft Teams before the course starts, please do not hesitate to contact us- we will be happy to talk you through the process.

What do we do?

If you are looking for a health and safety consultant that gives you straight answers regarding safety requirements and advice then look no further.

At HCS Safety, we provide a comprehensive health and safety training and consultancy service. We aim to be professional, friendly and down to earth at all times. We provide common sense and practical advice and solutions to your safety requirements.

We can visit your workplace and give you an honest appraisal of how you are doing for as little as £125.00 – check out our Safety Inspection page for details. If you’d like a more in depth examination of your standards, then please call us to discuss a company Safety Audit.

Our unique Membership Service provides over 300 companies with access to the best safety department around. We look after businesses within many different industries, and we would love to help yours too.

Our safety training courses are written and designed with our hardworking delegates in mind. The classroom may be unfamiliar territory for some – our most rewarding task is to encourage our course delegates to enjoy the feeling of knowledge gained in a memorable, engaging way, with plenty of interaction and humour.

Our courses are available from our training centre in Southampton, Hampshire or at your own premises anywhere in the UK.

London site visits from £220

Testimonials

HCS Safety has taken Ridon Joinery to another level in the construction industry. This year we achieved 100% for all our health and safety reports on BAM and GallifordTry construction sites. We have also been awarded new contracts based on this achievement. Our factory side is now much more efficient with the H&S systems you have helped us put in place and currently the company is 35% more efficient in producing work.
Jason Prewitt
Ridon Joinery
Fantastic Trainer that engage with all attendees, regardless of previous experience or skill set.  Would highly recommend.
Ability Projects
IOSH Managing Safely
HCS Safety’s NEBOSH Construction Certificate course was extremely well run, the tutors were knowledgeable, helpful and informative and made the course enjoyable for all the delegates. The facilities, visual aids and the course materials were excellent. I have recommended this course and others run by HCS Safety to other colleagues and associates in the industry.
Joanne Cull
Brazier Interiors
As the owner of a company that employs 10 staff and works with over 300 contractors across various sites, I decided that I wanted to take a hands-on approach to our health and safety. The NEBOSH General course was well worth my time and I feel fully equipped to deal with any issues that arise in my organisation.
Stephanie Willkins
Home and Dry Cleaning and Laundry Services
Leon was very engaging with the course making it more enjoyable and the days went quick!
Brymor Construction
CITB SMSTS Refresher
Just a thank you note to HCS for my site inspections which got me such good comments from the HSE when they inspected – your visit, information, advice and guidance are invaluable.
Richard Bolton
D M Habens Ltd
The SMSTS refresher honestly is the best presented H&S course I have attended for a very long time and the topics covered with a highly knowledgeable level of detail around the subject.
Guy Shepherd
Warings Contractors Ltd
HCS are extraordinary because they consistently work to deliver projects on time, within budget and to specification.
Rusa Consulting Ltd
Very useful. It could save someone’s life knowing what you learn…
Vaughan Ltd
Abrasive Wheels
I found HCS to be an excellent learning centre and there is always someone there to help and assist.  Very knowledgeable tutors and a nice environment to learn in.

Face Fit Train the Tester
HCS support us with our health and safety duties and responsibilities, training, CDM and site inspection audits. Everyone we have dealt with at HCS has been professional, knowledgeable and we would not hesitate to recommend them.
Samantha Warman
Dwell Projects
We have found HCS Safety Ltd to be extremely reliable and efficient.
They took the time to understand our business and what we required from a Health & Safety Policy.
They were a great help in achieving our Achilles Certification.
Nici Golding
TJM

Contact Us

02380 894695

West Point House, 321 Millbrook Road West, Southampton, Hampshire, 
SO15 0HW, United Kingdom


Our Accreditations

COVID 19

During these unprecedented times, it is HCS Safety's aim to continue to provide the same professional, friendly and practical service that we have become known for over the past 20 years.  We have taken steps to ensure that we are here to support our clients wherever we can, ensuring that we continue to honour our duty of care not only to you, but to our staff and yours. After much consideration and assessment we have put the following in place to ensure we continue to deliver this service during this crisis and beyond:

COVID-19 Compliance Inspection

We are now able to offer a Covid-19 Compliance Inspection that will focus purely on this complex and significant risk. The report format is designed to check each aspect of the guidance has been implemented and to give you the peace of mind that you are doing what is required to comply with your legal duties under The Health and Safety at Work Act.

Training - in the classroom and remotely

As of 8th June, all of our courses (with exception to those CITB accredited) will be available in our training centre which we have risk assessed and adapted to be fully COVID-Compliant.

We are able to offer remote training for CITB accredited courses via Microsoft Teams.  Although face-to-face training is still the best learning option, this is the closest we feel we are able to recreate this learning environment.  You can interact with the tutor and the rest of the class as normal whilst viewing the presentation and listening to the tutor as if you were in a classroom- just instead you are in the comfort and safety of your own home.

Free COVID-19 Risk Assessment Download

Offices are a challenging area at this time, trying to run as normal whilst mitigating the risks and following social distancing guidelines.  HCS Safety have therefore produced a COVID-19 risk assessment guide and template which we are delighted to offer you free of charge - just download our editable word document here.

We are looking forward to coming out the other side of this crisis, even though the “new normal” may be very different.

In this situation, our business - just like yours -  is gearing up, innovating, and adapting to a new future. Our job is to help you get to the other side – if you need us, please call.