Ensuring health and safety for your employees is not only a legal requirement but it also creates a better working environment for a more productive business. Over one million people are injured in the workplace each year causing companies to not only lose employees but also have to provide financial compensation for their neglect. When health and safety regulations are put in place and adhered to by ensuring that everyone is well-informed, the workplace becomes a more harmonious place to work and a secure hub for conducting effective business. Here are a couple of ways that you can make sure that your business is meeting health and safety standards and is encouraging people to work with you.
In order to have regulations in place, you will first need to assess the number and type of potential risks in your workplace. However, this doesn’t mean you have to drown yourself in paranoia by covering all the plug sockets, but instead just make sure that they are PAT tested. The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) states that ‘you do not have to take measures… if the time, trouble or cost of the measures would be grossly disproportionate to the risk’ which means that you have to consult your own judgement on what risk reduction measure to take.
It is important that a certain number of employees have the appropriate health and safety training. First Aid qualified individuals are a must, particularly if you have employees with potential harmful illnesses such as asthma. As well as this, in a risk-assessed fire safety procedure, ensure that responsible members of certain teams are trained as fire marshals to carry out the appropriate procedures if there should be a fire.
Many companies think that fire alarms, exits and extinguishers are enough for a fire safety procedure. However, you have to ensure that all bases are covered. Inform your employees of where the fire assembly point is outside during their induction training. It is also crucial that smoke control systems are in place to protect the health of employees, keep escape routes clear and provide safe access to the building for the fire brigade. You can buy a range of different systems from suppliers such as Rocburn Limited depending on the type, size and location of your business.
Be sure to get the appropriate employers liability insurance too to include in your company’s T&C’s. Health and safety is integral to professional business practice and employees will feel that the company cares about their personal welfare, making them happier to work and give their best.