Employee safety is paramount

Managing a business means managing safety and it’s not just about legal compliance. Yes, there are safety regulations and occupational safety standards that need to be complied with, but when it comes to people, their welfare should always come first. Someone pays the price when safety isn’t managed well; it may be the employer who gets hit with the financial costs of fines, poor productivity or increased insurance claims. However an injured employee often pays the price through long-term ill health, reduced earnings and a poor quality of life. Family life and social life can change forever, and a good employer should ensure that this doesn’t happen.

Call us for help with any stage of your journey

Clients come to us for all sorts of reasons. Some get in touch because they have had a surprise visit and improvement notice from an Enforcement Officer; others need to complete the health and safety section for a pre-qualification tender submission. It’s not unusual for clients to get in touch because there has been an accident at work and they need help, but most contact us because they know that good business means good safety management and they want to ensure that they are getting it right.  No matter where you are in your journey, you can always chat to us.  From small steps to great steps, we are with you all the way.

A comprehensive range of services to suit your individual needs

Health and safety can be a serious business, but we make sure it’s relevant and engaging. We work with small companies that only need simple, relevant safety policies and procedures. We also work with large companies that need a comprehensive and integrated safety management system. A small selection of our services include preparing policies and procedures, risk assessments, training, inspections, audits, accident investigations and telephone support. Your ultimate goal may be to achieve OHSAS 18001 certification. We can guide you through implementation and assessment. Our aim is to provide you with what you need, and to ensure that you are covered morally, legally and financially.

We can be your nominated competent person or your safety adviser, if you already have in-house experience. We even provide maternity or long-term sick leave cover.

Tailor made solutions for your company

We don’t believe that one-size-fits all. What we do believe is that every company is unique and has different needs, and we can provide tailor made solutions to meet your individual requirements. We can work with you on a project basis or a fixed term contract and we won’t lock you into a contract. Even our fixed term contract gives you an option for one month’s notice. We will adapt to your needs, and as your company grows we will work alongside you to achieve your goals.

Small Steps and Small Steps Plus for Safety

We offer Small Steps for small, low risk companies and Small Steps Plus for small, higher risk companies to ensure that you have safety covered.

For a small monthly fee to help you spread the cost, we will:

  • visit your company once a year and provide a clear report that helps you prioritise actions
  • provide a set of documents so we are all talking the same language and update them if they change
  • provide a place on a health and safety course
  • provide a place on a first aiders appointed course
  • provide half a day’s PAT testing
  • allocate you your own Account Manager and provide a help line
  • send you ‘Touchstone’, our Stepping Stones for Business newsletter

With a set monthly fee, you know how much your safety management will cost, and if there’s an emergency or a special requirement we offer Great Steps bespoke services to help overcome the crisis.

Great Steps for Safety

Larger businesses or small, higher risk companies need more support and we can offer a range of services to help them manage their health and safety obligations.

Policies and procedures

Stepping Stones for Business can provide a simple or comprehensive safety policy and procedures manual, written around your business. We don’t believe in the principle of one-size fits all. That’s what makes us different.

Audits and inspections

Audits and inspections provide the benchmark for improvement. We provide reports that tell you what’s right, what’s wrong and guidance on what to do about it.

Risk Assessments

We’ll mentor you so you can do your own risk assessments, or we will do them for you. Whether it’s a workstation assessment, special site assessment, COSHH or Fire, we have the experience to help you to identify the hazards and come up with solutions to put it right.

Ergonomic Equipment

With years of experience in ergonomic solutions, we can provide the right equipment quickly and at competitive prices.

Method Statements and Permits-to-Work

Some businesses need help with site visits, method statements and permits-to-work. We have the resources to make sure that we are with you when you need extra help.


All companies are required to provide appropriate training. We offer both in-house and public courses. Whether you need General Awareness Training, Manual Handling Training, First Aid Training or IOSH Managing Safely, we’ve got it covered.

Accident Investigation

After a serious accident it’s important to carry out an investigation and implement changes to make sure it doesn’t happen again. We can do that for you, or guide you through the process. After a serious accident, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or Environmental Health Inspector may visit you. We can be there too, to help you and provide moral support.

Specialist Advice and Expert Witness

We have specialist advisors in PAT, COSHH, Fire Safety, CDM, Asbestos and more.

If an incident results in a court case, we have access to expert witnesses in a range of specialist areas.

Lone Workers

In partnership with a national personal safety company, we can offer staff who are at risk through working in remote locations, or jobs that present threatening situations, the reassurance that they can have back-up – and fast.

PAT and electrical installations

Routine inspection and testing of portable appliances (PAT) and electrical installations should form part of the routine safety management in any organisation, and can help cut insurance premiums too. We work in partnership with a number of companies to ensure cost effective and responsible PAT and electrical installation checks.

Competitive Tender Submissions

Most large contracts go out to competitive tender and require information on quality and safety management. We can help you complete your submission and provide on-going support to ensure that you continue to meet the standards required.

Why Choose SSFB?

  • Advice and support at any stage
  • A comprehensive range of services
  • OHSAS 18001 certification
  • Personal service guarantee
  • Your competent person
  • Tailor made solutions
  • Flexible contracts, no surprises

Did you know?

Did you know that the HSE has estimated that over 30 million working days are lost each year due to workplace accidents?

Stepping Stones for Business, Old British School, 16 High Street, Goring on Thames, Oxon RG8 9AR
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