Founded in 1986
Employ over 80 people
ISO 14001 certificated
ISO 9001 certificated
OHSAS 18001 certificated
Leading experts in our sector
Totally independent company
Accredited by UKAS for air and water
Primary Authority (Co-ordinated partnership) Assured Advice certificated
Extensive Employers Liability, Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance
Accredited by UKAS for our legionella risk assessments to BS 8580:2010
If profit and loss determine the financial success of an organisation, it is the culture that determines it from a legal, moral and reputational perspective. When done well, health safety and environmental compliance is an investment in all these areas, which is why Assurity Consulting is the UK's leading independent workplace health, safety and environmental consultancy.
Established for over 30 years we are the automatic first choice for responsible and ambitious organisations across 1,000s of buildings, and we occupy a unique position in the marketplace by giving you:
- Truly independent advice and support – as we do not offer or provide remedial services, products or treatments, or cross-sell our services within a wider group, you can be assured of truly unbiased advice with no vested interest;
- Best in class accreditations – Working to a standard or accreditation, is not the same as working from/achieving it. And having been amongst the first, and in some instances the only organisation, in our industry to achieve a range of them;
- Service focused and directly employed consultants – Building long term relationships, trust and consistency of service is not something easily, if ever, achieved through an associate business model, so we don’t use one. All our consultants are directly employed and so have the freedom, time and responsibility to focus totally on your situation and your needs;
- A wealth of experience – Our specialist consultants and subject matter experts cover everything from access to zinc whiskers (with asbestos, environment, fire, food safety, health and safety, Legionella, noise and indoor environment quality (air, water, comfort) along the way). Producing over 4,000 reports a year, we have worked in 1,000’s of buildings across the UK and beyond, so the chances are we’ve already delivered the successful solution you might be looking for;
- Understanding of your needs - the detailed information and impartial advice we provide helps you demonstrate that your organisation is compliant, your employees are safe and comfortable, your processes are cost-effective, and your management team can be confident that you are in control of your workplace compliance; and
- Support when and where you need it – With our own UKAS accredited laboratory and an entire in-house team providing support services to you, we pride ourselves on building trust, being there when you need us and mutually beneficial working relationships.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- It may no longer be valid.
- There have been changes made to the area/s under your control e.g. structural changes, new installations.
- You have had a fire or near miss.
- Findings from a fire evacuation drill identify the need for a change.
- There has been a change to the type of work being done on the premises that may affect areas under your control e.g. introduced a manufacturing process to an office environment.
- Changes to the types of persons employed, you are now employing workers with disabilities or young workers e.g. introduced staff covered under the equality act.
The Health and Safety at Work Act section 2(3) and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 article 9, both require employers with 5 or more employees to provide a written risk assessment for significant risks and review them those risks.
The responsible person for the premises (the individual identified as having control over part or all of the premises) must regularly review and keep it up to date.
Your fire risk assessment must be reviewed if:
Your independent fire risk assessor would advise a review date. It is good practice to fully review a Fire Risk Assessment every two years if this has not needed to be done in the interim.
Thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) should only be installed as a preventative to scalding to those susceptible, for example in healthcare premises or for vulnerable individuals. TMVs blend hot and cold water, so there is a potential increased risk of Legionella proliferation as temperatures typically range between 37°C and 46°C in pipework before the valve.
To help manage this risk, TMVs should be sited as closely as possible to the point of use and flushed regularly. TMVs should also be inspected on an annual basis as a functionality check, with any strainers cleaned to remove scale, debris, etc. that may be present. A drop test, if applicable, should be carried out also.
It is important to obtain temperatures of both the hot and cold water which supplies the TMVs, to confirm that water is being supplied at the correct temperature. This can be achieved by temperature testing nearby outlets (on the same hot and cold water system), installing test points on the pipework, or alternatively, you can use a touch probe. It must be noted, that correct training should be given when using a touch probe, as there are numerous variables to take into account (e.g. whether the pipework has been painted).
A whole science of its own, health and safety is a fundamental part of all business activities, or at least should be.
Dependent on the nature of your business, the list of activities you undertake and the impact they have will vary. Breaking down these activities is the key to understanding how they support the business.
We offer an array of solutions from strategic, high-level policy issues to specific operational controls, covering reviews, risk assessments and training, as well as documentation and policy development or support that can all help you to achieve your aims.
Complaints around the workplace environment could be the result of a number of issues, so your initial approach must be to gather accurate and verifiable information. It could stem from something as simple as temperature control or lighting, but could also have a more deep-rooted cause (layout, occupation levels, system imbalance).
Without an accurate assessment of your building, you may be forever chasing symptoms, and not reaching a full solution. Our workplace environmental assessments will test all aspects of your workplace comfort conditions and give you an independent overview of what could be causing the issues and what you need to do to rectify them.
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