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
Workplace comfort and indoor air quality are important issues for today’s employees, and there is an increasing amount of legislation in these areas that are open to misinterpretation. This has led to much confusion over what needs to be done in order to comply with legislation whilst making sure that safe air and a healthy environment are provided for staff.
There is currently no legal requirement to have an air quality monitoring regime in place within your workplace. However, there are legal stipulations as to office environment provided to your staff and occupants. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations state that ‘Effective and suitable provision shall be made to ensure that every enclosed workplace is ventilated by a sufficient quantity of fresh or purified air’. Section 6 details that ‘Enclosed workplaces should be sufficiently well ventilated so that stale air, and air which is hot or humid because of the processes or equipment in the workplace, is replaced at a reasonable rate.’ Additionally, ‘The air which is introduced should, as far as possible, be free of any impurity which is likely to be offensive or cause ill health.’
Section 7 of the Workplace (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations states that the ‘temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable’.The HSE have guidelines as to the recommended lower temperature parameters. Conversely, no meaningful figure is given to the upper indoor temperature parameter, only that employers have an obligation to ensure that it is ‘reasonable’.
The document EH40 contains the list of workplace exposure limits for use with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. These are the legal limits set by the HSE at which individuals should be exposed to at work, ranging from dust to carbon dioxide.
So although there is no legal requirement to have an air quality monitoring regime in place, it will provide you with the key evidence needed to demonstrate that you are complying with legislation and making sure that a healthy environment is provided to staff.
A fire strategy is a document that sets the basis for fire safety control measures from the design of a building. It demonstrates compliance with Building Regulations, covering means of fire detection, warning and escape, the internal fire spread (linings and structure), the external fire spread as well as accessibility and facilities provided for the fire service. Typically, a fire strategy will be produced at the design stage in conjunction with architectural plans and is required as part of a building control submission. The document will also provide details of occupancy levels permitted within the building against the provision of horizontal and vertical means of escape and levels of compartmentation.
The requirement for a fire strategy is not only applicable to new-builds, but they can also be produced for existing buildings. These are often known as ‘retrospective fire strategies’. Fire strategies of this kind are often carried out in accordance with PAS 911. This document provides guidance on the recommended process to follow and provides guidance on property protection, environmental factors, the safety of life and business continuity.
A fire strategy document forms an essential basis on which to conduct the Fire Risk Assessment. This will allow the ‘responsible person’ to plan, manage and co-ordinate the appropriate fire safety precautions to minimise the risk of fire and ensure the safety of occupants.
Fire strategies can only be produced by qualified and competent fire engineers. Further detail can be found on The Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) website under ‘find a UK fire engineer’ directory.
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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.
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