In the United Kingdom, like many of the other countries in Europe (and the rest of the world), the government has done a fine job of implementing regulations which are intended to make workplaces a lot more secure and safe for employees. Not only that, there are in fact many of these regulations which also extent to beyond the employees, even protecting their families and love ones – although this is especially dependent on what kind of industry the worker is in.
Unfortunately, by classification alone, hazards are considered to be something that can indeed cause harm (or varying lengths). In many instances, these will be considered to be uncontrolled hazards, often at the fault of an individual or a process.
The workplace is relatively easy to categorize types of hazards, with environmental, physical, biological or even chemical being frequently used. A typical example of an environmental hazard cold be as simple as the temperature of the workspace, perhaps it could be considered to be to hot, or even too cold. In terms of physical hazards, it could be an object which could cause an injury, or it could even be a vibration of sorts.
In order to help to reduce the amount of hazards in a workplace, or in better cases to completely remove them, many companies will look to appoint an in house Health and Safety Consultant. Although this scenario is often considered to be ideal, not every company has the resources in terms of finance, or even workload to be able to do this.
In these cases, the higher ups in the business will simply look to call upon the services of third party Health and Safety Consultants in order to fulfill the obligations. This can work out superbly for a business as they can rely upon the expertise at price when they need it, at a reasonable price.