Health and Safety

Health and Safety

Health and Safety compliance is vital for garage businesses. It ensures the safety and protection of you, your staff and your customers. Negligence can cost your business, so don’t pay the price!

The RMI’s Health and Safety Service aims to ensure all of its members full comply with the many complex legislative demands placed upon modern repair businesses.

We provide a structured assessment and monitoring system designed to cater specifically for all sectors of the motor vehicle industry. We carry out assessments and generate an action place to help you comply with Health & Safety and environmental legislation.

Once we have set up your system, your dedicated Health & Safety assessor will carry out regular and on-going visits to update your documentation, keep you up to date with latest legislation and proactively develop the safety culture in your business.

Our Services Include:

  • Risk Assessment
  • COSHH Assessment
  • Fire Risk Assessment
  • Health & Safety Accident Book
  • Health & Safety Legislation updates
  • Health & Safety policy and statement
  • PPE form
  • Health & Safety recommendations
  • Health & Safety helpline
  • Fire Log

HSE and Fee for Intervention costs

Maintaining an active Health and Safety presence is more important for garages than ever, as a HSE inspection can be a costly expense. HSE rules mean that an inspection could potentially cost £129 per hour for any contraventions – eating into your business’ profits. HSE’s website states:

“The fee payable by dutyholders found to be in material breach of the law is £129 per hour. The total amount to be recovered will be based on the amount of time it takes HSE to identify and conclude its regulatory action, in relation to the material breach (including associated office work), multiplied by the relevant hourly rate. This will include part hours.” HSE.gov.uk.

Due to these heavy charges, if your garage does not keep on top of the latest legislation, a visit from HSE could become very costly, very quickly. However, the RMI are dedicated to ensuring independent garages stay ahead of any Health and Safety issues and operate at their best.

For more information on general Health and Safety guidance, HSE provides an in-depth guide to best Health and Safety practices for vehicle repair and MOT testing businesses on their website. Click here and explore the drop-down menu to read about common risks specific to your garage and regulations for each category.

If you’d like to find out more about our Health & Safety Service, call the IGA Member Helpline on 0845 305 4230.