Health & Safety Essentials



The QG Health & Safety Management Standard, Health & Safety Essentials has been written using the principles of OHSAS 18001 which helps SME’s understand their health & safety management system and then gives them an opportunity to implement a fit for purpose foundation system into their company. The standards are recognised as an externally accredited health & safety management system and can be used to gain business through PQQ’s and tenders.

The QG system has two levels of assurance;

  • Health & Safety Essentials
  • Health & Safety Essentials PLUS

You define which level of assurance you require by utilising the risk matrix below……

Then give QG a call on 01228 631681 and we’ll talk you through the process.

Assurance Levels

To qualify for  your Health & Safety Essentials Certificate you are required to provide evidence that you meet the Health & Safety Essentials Requirements. We have made this easy for you by providing a Health & Safety Essentials Questionnaire that asks you the relevant questions, you’ll need to attach some items such as screen grabs or policy notes to evidence compliance. On completing the questionnaire to our satisfaction you will be awarded your Health & Safety Essentials Certificate. The successful completion of the QG Health & Safety Management template* meets this requirement.

You may be required to provide further assurance to your customers that you meet the requirements of the Health & Safety Essentials programme. This is called Health & Safety Essentials PLUS and involves an audit at your premises of your management systems as well as the completion of your questionnaire.

Risk Matrix


QG Health & Safety Management Standard



If you require support implementing your Health & Safety Management System there are QG Accredited Practitioners who have been trained by ourselves in the implementation of the QG Health & Safety Management Standard.  They each use the QG Management template to build and document your health & safety management system and will provide a system fully compliant with the QG Health & Safety Management Standard.

It would not be right for Practitioners to do this alone, whilst they’ll give you guidance to produce the documentation you are required to implement the system into your own organisation. When systems are combined such as Quality and Environment only one document will be produced to combine the systems.

QG Accredited Practitioners are independent to QG Business Solutions the operator of the scheme. Practitioner support can be a combination of onsite and offsite support.


The QG Health & Safety Management Template is a copyrighted document used by QG Accredited Practitioners to implement systems to the QG Health & Safety Standard. Use of the template and practitioners can often be more cost effective than doing it yourself as systems are generally compliant first time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the QG Occupational Health & Safety Management Standard?

QG Business Solutions Ltd offer organisations, large and small, the opportunity to obtain external recognition of their Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems prior to them gaining an OHSAS 18001 accreditation. The standard is recognised as an ‘ externally accredited Occupational Health & Safety Management System, as a great number of organisations ask for in their PQQ’s and Tender documentation. The QG–OHSMS sits somewhere between no formal health & safety system and OHSAS 18001 and is there to ensure that a practical system is in place, fit for purpose, and not over engineered if you are a low risk, low impact business. It also creates a stepping stone if you so wish to progress to a full UKAS OHSAS 18001 accreditation, where our consultants are there ready to help you on your way.

How does this help when ‘working towards OHSAS 18000’?

The QG Standard has been written using the principles of OHSAS 18000 and gives formal recognition to businesses who have implemented an Occupational Health & Safety Management System but have not yet obtained enough evidence to meet the full OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health & Safety Management Standard. Some businesses currently use a consultants’ letter as evidence of ‘working towards OHSAS 18001’, this standard gives external recognition to this process.

Why does this work for SME’s?

The QG standards were first developed in 1994 by Cumbria Enterprise Agency to assist SME’s achieve BS5750, 80% of BS5750 for 20% of the cost. In recent years that same policy of assisting SMEs has grown to include the OHSAS 18001 so that large businesses can attract local SME’s break into their supply chain and thus meeting local political and economic targets. This standard works for SME’s because it is specifically designed for SME’s at the same time as meeting larger businesses need for the conformance with an ‘externally accredited Occupational Health & Safety Management Standard’.

Why implement an Occupational Health & Safety Management System?

Large organisations in the public and private sector ask in their tender documents ‘have you an externally accredited Occupational Health & Safety Management System’ Organisations expect these to follow the principles of OHSAS 18001 therefore we have designed a standard that sits somewhere between no formal; health and safety system and OHSAS 18001 depending on your circumstances and risk profile.

What happens when I grow?

Some businesses keep to the QG Occupational Health & Safety Management Standard and never go for accreditation to the OHSAS 18001 standard. However, if you decide you need to progress and achieve the OHSAS 18001 standard we are with you all the way. Our associates are qualified to assist you in achieving the appropriate standard.
How long will it take to achieve the QG standard?

This depends on what you already have in place. Unique to the QG standards is that we look at how you operate the business and document it. Providing what you do meets all ten areas of the QG Occupational Health & Safety Management Standard then you meet the standard. If you don’t then we will tell you what’s required, you implement it for a period of time and then achieve the standard.

How do I know what to put in my Occupational Health & Safety Policy?

At the present time many contractors are just looking for you to provide an Occupational Health & Safety policy, how long this will last is anybody’s guess. What QG is able to offer is for an external Occupational Health & Safety specialist to work with you not only to develop a fit for purpose Occupational Health & Safety Policy but to encapsulate it into an accredited Quality Management System which conforms to the QG Occupational Health & Safety Management Standard. You could of course google ‘Occupational Health & Safety Management Policy’ and copy another companies, but will this actually work for you if something goes wrong?


QG Business Solutions Ltd

Westwinds, Lambley Bank,
Scotby, Carlisle

t 01228 631681