Overview of health & safety services

Effective health and safety management is an absolute must for both property owners and tenants. But often, important regulations such as fire safety, security, employers’ liability and other legal requirements can seem highly complex and difficult to implement. Our process of review, risk assessment and policy and procedure preparation can assist you in complying with all the statutory requirements and compliances to help you avoid damaging and costly incidents.

We can tailor our services to suit individual requirements exactly, ensuring everything is straightforward and relevant, in order to keep your property both commercially sound and totally safe. We possess the required skills and accreditations to put all the necessary policies and procedures in place to minimise the risk of any health and safety issues becoming a problem. We also closely monitor government legislation as it changes so that clients can always be confident that current regulations are being complied with at all times.

Fire Risk Assessment

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order requires all non-domestic premises to hold a current Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) which is regularly reviewed. Our qualified and experienced advisors will work with the ‘Responsible Person’ or ‘Duty Holder’ to consider the range of hazards associated with the location and activities in question, as well as current management arrangements, preventative measures and emergency response procedures. We will then produce your FRA with prioritised recommended actions to enable compliance.

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Health & Safety Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is the cornerstone of positive health and safety and is an essential process that can prevent occupational accidents and ill health. As an employer or duty holder, you are legally obliged under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to carry out an assessment of the significant risks existing in your workplace or business. Our qualified and experienced advisors will undertake a comprehensive review and record the key findings that require actioning.

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HL Professional Service’s surveys adhere to HSG 264 (a guide to asbestos surveying that places responsibility on both the dutyholder and the surveyor).

There are two types of asbestos survey:`

Management Asbestos Survey (formerly a Type 2 survey)
This is the minimum survey usually carried out within a building and covers the general daily activities likely to occur within a property.

Asbestos Management Surveys can cover every day and simple maintenance work. However the duty holder should be aware that where 'more extensive' maintenance or repair work is required, a management survey may not provide adequate information to enable the works. More intrusive investigation may be required in the form of an asbestos refurbishment survey. An Asbestos Refurbishment Survey or an Asbestos Demolition Survey should be undertaken prior to any works which disturbs the fabric of the building.

Refurbishment/Demolition Asbestos Survey (formerly a Type 3 survey)
This type of survey is required prior to any demolition, refurbishment or ‘significant’ works to a property. ‘Significant’ could mean removing walls, doors, windows etc. or installing new equipment.

HL Professional Services can help you decide which type of survey you need to meet HSE regulations, help you manage any risk and liability and give you recommendations of what to do next.

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CDM Coordinator

CDM Coordinators are responsible for advising and assisting clients to comply with their duties under current regulations. In particular to ensure a project is properly managed and that competent designers and contractors are selected.

As your appointed CDM-C, HL Professional Services will:

  • Advise and assist you with your duties
  • Notify the HSE of the project details
  • Coordinate health and safety aspects of design and cooperate with others involved
  • Facilitate good communication between client, designers and contractors
  • Liaise with principal contractors regarding on-going design
  • Identify, collect and pass on pre-construction information
  • Prepare/update health and safety files

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Policies and Procedures

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSWA) section 2(3) requires that anyone employing five or more persons must:

  • Prepare a written statement of policy
  • Set out organisation and arrangement for implementing policy
  • Revise and update as necessary
  • Bring the policy and arrangements to the notice of all employees

HL Professional Services can assist you with the development or updating of your health and safety policy and all supporting procedures and documents. These policies and procedures will be designed to reflect the nature of your organisation and its activities.

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Specific Risk Assessments

HL Professional Services will identify the range of potential hazards associated with your particular activities before completing a risk assessment based on your current management processes and recommending additional actions to manage the risk and maintain it at levels that meet all the legal guidelines.

If required, specific risk assessments of particular hazards or activities can be carried out. These can include hazardous substances (COSHH), lone working, manual handling, young persons, maternity, workstation and DSE plus many other activities and situations as requested.

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