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HSH Motor Group

Fire Risk Assessment

HSH Motor Group was established in 1991; they are a family-owned Dealer Group with three dealerships in Bristol, Bath and Cardiff, UK, selling both new and approved Honda and MG vehicles to retail and commercial customers.

They are now one of the UK's top dealership groups, and their friendly team provide their customers with the highest quality of service and aftersales support.

As all business owners and senior managers responsible for Fire Risk and Health and Safety will know how important it is to have total faith and trust in the people, you entrust in keeping customers, staff, and members of the public safe while in or near your business premises.

HSH Motor Group has been in partnership with CPI for 4 years and we have forged a strong relationship with Matthew and his team, a relationship built on trust, honesty, and reliability.

Since our initial meeting with Matthew, he has demonstrated his passion for all things H&S and Fire Risk related. With his professionalism and clear and direct communication, HSH Motor Group now manages the day-to-day Fire Risk and Health and Safety responsibilities with ease. With regular site visits and having Matthew and his team always available to answer questions, it has been a welcome relief to those managers who take safety at work as paramount importance in their day to day working life.

Thank you, Critical Path, and we all look forward to many years in partnership.

Scott Smith

Dealer Principal

The Challenge

HSH Motor Group carry out dangerous works in the vehicle repairs workshop, increasing the risk of safety hazards and accidents to employees, visitors, suppliers, and the general public.

Due to the nature of work, it is vital to evaluate various risks to prevent accidents from occurring in the workshop and vehicle showroom.

Our team worked closely with the after-sales Director, Paul and the internal Health and Safety Manager, Robin, to provide external consultancy support to implement a robust Health and Safety Management System.

How We Helped

We carried out an onsite review of all operational areas of the site, and we spoke to staff to ensure a good culture of control could be seen.

In addition, we asked employees specific questions regarding Staff Training, Fire Drills and Personal Protective Equipment policies to collate information required for building a bespoke Health and Safety Management System.

Fire & Hot Works Risk Assessments

We worked closely with the after-sales Director covering all three dealerships to conduct fire risk assessments in the following areas:

  • Fire alarm zones
  • Occupied areas/rooms
  • Essential structural features
  • Location of firefighting equipment
  • Fire alarm panel and call points
  • Establishment of control valves for fire systems
  • Location of primary services isolation points
  • Escape routes and designated fire exits
  • Designated fire refuges/places of safety
  • Muster/fire assembly points
  • Locations of any hazardous substances, including compressed gases
  • Area of the communications system
  • Where known, any underground rooms, voids, or drains
  • Overhead and underground cables/services

In this instance, the vehicle workshop hot works included the use of oxyacetylene torches, thermal coupling, heat wands and heat guns.

Heat is created by general process activities that include cutting materials, welding, grinding, and sawing. These generate heat, flames and sparks and are carried out daily in the vehicle workshops.

We conducted a risk assessment in the following areas:

  • Ensure all appropriate staff have received manual handling training
  • Ensure all airbag inflator units are correctly stored
  • Ensure workshop compressor & lines have been serviced & undergone a thorough examination as required
  • Ensure the monthly visual inspections of workshop electrical equipment are completed & recorded
  • Ensure all compressed air hoses undergo a monthly inspection
  • Ensure all workshop lifting equipment has been serviced and undergone comprehensive tests as required
  • Segregation and safe storage of petrol and diesel, flammable liquids, compressed gases, and chemicals and solvents

Results Achieved

HSH Motor Group has achieved a Health and Safety Management System with our support to ease day-to-day managing operations for the vehicle workshop and showroom at all three premises.

They have subscribed to Health and Safety consultancy support, and our team carries out a quarterly review at their premises.

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