Getting your own house in order

Responsibilities towards health and safety will always increase as soon as staff are employed or the property is opened to members of the public.

A health and safety consultant should be asked to advise you on your responsibilities, and what you can do to mitigate them.
This will cost less than you might think and you will usually receive practical and helpful advice. Remember that the consultant is there to help, not to catch you out.

Rather than creating a "can’t do that" environment, the point is to prevent accidents. An appraisal from a third-party expert can help to identify areas where working or living practices can be made safer through simple changes in routine or procedure. This could limit the potential for catastrophe in the home.

Where members of the public might be present on or adjacent to the property, it is your obligation, as the occupier to safeguard them. Trees and escaped livestock, including horses, present the most common of risks to the passing public and these should be managed appropriately.

Good practical advice and a sensible approach to health and safety management can save you a lot of money and distress, in the same way that an insurance policy might.

The difference is that good health and safety management can help prevent the accident happening in the first place. In some cases, the financial cost can be insignificant when compared to the trauma of personal loss. A good policy will help protect you and yours, and not just your property.

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