On Saturday 16th April Sue and Bob Chandler and Sandra Forbes attended Kids In Action 20th Birthday party to represent LB Connect Business Networking Group.

Last year Kids In Action was LB Connects nominated charity of the year. In October last year LB Connect presented a cheque for over £4,000 to the charity and part of the birthday celebrations was Kids In Action saying ‘Thank You’ to their supporters.

Bob, as chair of LB Connect, accepted a plaque from Paul Bowen-James expressing Kids In Action’s thanks for LB Connects fund raising.

LB Connect is a business networking group based in Leighton Buzzard helping businesses in the local area grow their business. As a not-for-profit organisation LB Connect donate their ‘profits’ to charity each year. This year the group are supporting KidsOut.

Kids In Action party T1

We are glad to be members of LB Connect

HASCAT Safety has been a member of LB Connect from the start of the group and it’s helped us with our business.

What a great Business Networking group LB Connect is! Apart from all the great contacts you develop, the friends you make, the relaxed atmosphere of the meetings and charity work we do the members have done over £12,000 of business in 3 weeks.

All this has been due to referrals by members to their fellow members.

The group is run by members for members and is a not-for-profit organisation so fees are low and excess funds go to local charities each year.

LB ConnectRun a business and looking to increase your revenue? Then why not try LB Connect? See www.lbconnect.co.uk for more details


Changes to the Sentencing Guidelines will increase health & safety fines

Criminal courts have the power of unlimited fines for health & safety offences but follow guidelines. Those guidelines are about to change. New guidelines from the Sentencing Council starting on 1st February 2016 will mean fines imposed for health & safety offences will rise.

The fines imposed will be based on a range of factors which include business turnover and the degree of harm. The guidelines intend for fines to be deliberately punitive and to remove any economic gain that may be derived from poor health and safety.

The Courts will have to determine the offence by category by looking at various factors. Then the turnover of the business is considered to determine a starting point for the appropriate level of fine.

The next stage involves considering of whether the fine suggested by the previous steps is “proportionate to the means of the offender”. The court might take into account things like the profitability of the business before tax, directors’ / owners’ remuneration and the assets of the business to do this.

The fourth step considers of any other factors that may warrant an adjustment of the proposed fine.

The court should adjust the fine in light of any aggravating and mitigating factors, which are likely to relate to the wider circumstances of the offence and also include factors relating to the offender. Examples of aggravating factors include cost cutting at the expense of safety and a poor health and safety record. Mitigating factors could include no of previous convictions and having effective health and safety procedures in place.

Conviction rates for individuals who turn a blind eye to unsafe practice or sacrifice health & safety for profit are also set to rise. Unless the risk of harm is very low, courts will be directed that all cases of a deliberate breach of health & safety requirements should result in a prison sentence of up to 2 years, for the most serious offences.

So businesses must ask themselves if their management of health & safety is appropriately managed for their size and type of business.

Unsure? Then give us a call at HASCAT Safety

NEW E-Learning courses now availiable

Our new e-learning courses are now available.

Please see our e-learning page on our website for details and costs.

Courses available:

  • Basic Fire Safety
  • Working Safely
  • Abrasive Wheels
  • Manual Handling
  • DSE Awareness
  • Assessing DSE
  • Working at Heights
  • Fire Marshal
  • Basic Fire Safety for Care Homes
  • Fire Marshal for Care Homes
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Food Safety Level 1 and Level 2 (Catering)
  • Food Safety Level 1 and Level 2 (Manufacturing)
  • Food Safety Level 1 and Level 2 (Retail)
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Asbestos Awareness for Architects & Designers
  • Legionella Awareness
  • Safeguarding for Adults
  • Safeguarding for Children

LB Connect 5th Birthday

As a proud members of LB Connect, Leighton Buzzard’s premier business networking group, Bob and Sue Chandler of HASCAT Safety Ltd will be attending their 5th Birthday celebration.

The celebration is being held at Astral Park, Leighton Buzzard on Friday 2nd October 18:00 to 20:00. If you are a business person in Leighton Buzzard and the surrounding area and would like to meet other business people why not come along?

Andrew Selous MP plus Cllr Ray Berry Leighton-Linslade Mayor are attending.

If you are interested please email bob@hascat.co.uk as places are going fast.

Employers do you want value for money from your health and safety training?

Yes of course you do!

The best way to do this is find a training organisation with trainers with the right qualifications in the subject and the fact that the trainers have themselves been trained how to train.

A good trainer will make the course relevant and interesting to their delegates by interacting with them, get them to share their experiences and job knowledge then tie these in with the course. The trainer has to be enthusiastic about what they are teaching making the course enjoyable for those involved.

This way the delegates are more likely to apply what they have learned in the workplace because the see it’s relevant and they have gained from the experience.

This in turn means the employer gets maximum value from the training they’ve provided.

At HASCAT Safety we only use trainers who are themselves trained but are committed to making the learning experience relevant, interesting and an enjoyable experience for all the delegates.

Years of voluntary work in the local community have earned HASCAT Safety a nomination as finalist in a prestigious business award competition.

Bob Chandler and his wife Sue, who launched HASCAT Safety in 2005, have supported Keech Hospice Care for many years by developing and running zero-cost training days for their staff. Now this work has been officially recognised, with HASCAT Safety being a finalist in the Community Business of the Year category in the 2015 Business Awards organised by the Bedfordshire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

“A lot of big businesses talk about corporate responsibility but we believe small business should also play their part,” explains Bob. “Keech does such incredible work and is extremely satisfying to know that in some small way we are helping others with the difficulties they face.”

HASCAT has recently started to support two other charities, Rennie Grove Hospice and Florence Nightingale Hospice, by supplying  training ‘at cost’.

But its community work does not end there; Bob is the chairman of LB Connect, Leighton Buzzard’s premier business networking group, which donates thousands of pounds to local charities every year.

Keech Hospice Care

Keech Hospice Care

Finalist Certificate

Finalist Certificate

Finalist in the FSB Bedfordshire Business Awards 2015

We are very pleased to be a finalist in the FSB Bedfordshire Business Awards 2015.

The finals are being held at Center Parcs, Woburn on 25th June. We have been selected as a finalist in the Community Business of the Year category for the voluntary work we do with Keech Hospice Care.

We donate our time to them each year to provide their health and safety induction training and health and safety refresher training.

Keech Hospice Care provides emotional and practical support for adults and children diagnosed with a life-limiting condition. Their aim is to help patients enjoy the highest quality of life, while also providing vital support for their family and friends.