We Need Health and Safety in the Workplace
You may have been to a meeting or safety precaution class for a particular job that you have worked at in the past or that you might currently work at right now. These meetings mostly happen when you are working in places that are prone to having potential hazards happen such as warehouses and clean rooms. It is important to follow all safety rules no matter where you are working because you could be held reliable for any rules that you don’t follow that might cause you or someone else to get harmed.
It is not only those that work in particular place that need to follow rules of safety, but also customers that come into the workplace as well. If there is safety precaution signs out to warn them about particular areas of the workplace and they break those precautions then the blame would be on them and the work place would not be reliable for any accidents as long as there was a warning sign.
Just like you need to take responsible for your own health and hygiene in order to enjoy a pleasant and long life, your business as well should have rules of safety to cleanliness and the health of others. No one wants to walk into a business where it is filthy and it not well maintained because they fear that they might easily catch a sickness from other people.
Businesses need to stay clean and sanitary. Food businesses have to really be careful about staying sanitary and making sure that the food that they serve to customer is fresh and well cooked so that they do not get sick from eating it. A clean and safe business promotes a good reputation while a filthy and unsafe one can promote a bad reputation which could result in the business getting closed down.
Workers will be a lot happier to come to work in an environment that is clean and safe as well as the customers being happier as well because they will most likely get better customer service. Another benefit is that the workers will be healthier and less hazard accidents will happen if the business is responsible enough to keep warning signs in areas that they need to be in. People want to know that their safety and health is important to a business because it is in this that people will have a lot more respect for the business.
There are many workplace safety products from safety signs to protective clothing that is often required in hazardous working environments
Writing a Health & Safety Policy from scratch
Any organisation with five or more employees is legally required to have a written Health & Safety Policy (Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 section 2(3)). It shouldn’t be a complicated document but it does need to be a concise summary, stating how your business manages safety.
If you’re thinking about writing your own Health and Safety Policy there are a few things you’ll need to consider. Your Policy should clearly set out how you manage Health and Safety, who is responsible and when things must be done. Starting a policy from scratch isn’t easy, particularly if you haven’t written one before and you don’t have access to professional advisors.
Some of the things you need to consider are:
* A general statement
* Health and safety risks
* Consultation with employees
* Safe plant and equipment
* Safe handling and use of substances
* Information, instruction and supervision
* Competency for tasks
* Accidents, first aid and work related ill health
* Monitoring – accidents and work related sickness
* Emergency procedures
Updating an existing Health & Safety Policy
Once a Health and Safety policy has been written it’s important that it’s regularly reviewed and not just left on the shelf. This should be done whenever changes occur within the business and on a regular basis (at least annually).
Examples of when a Health and Safety Policy will need reviewing include:
* If the work process changes
* At the introduction of new technology or equipment
* When any organisational changes occur
* When Changes in legislation occur
Health & Safety in your Workplace
The HSE website advises: “It is an employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, and other people who might be affected by their business”, and that “the employer must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this.”
Good management of workplace safety represents not only good business practice, but also it can improve both performance of staff and the business in general. Unfortunately whilst complying and keeping pace with statutory change is extremely time consuming – especially given the growth of the compensation culture – it is essential to ensure you are not left exposed in the event of an accident or injury in your workplace.
Guide to LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations)
Your obligations as an employer
The LOLER Regulations aim to reduce risks to people’s Health and Safety from lifting equipment provided for use at work. To further complicate matters, any lifting equipment used is also subject to the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).
LOLER – requirements of LOLER
The LOLER Regulations require that equipment used is strong and stable enough for the particular use and marked to indicate safe working loads, positioned and installed to minimize any risks. Unfortunately though without Health and Safety Experts in-house, it’s difficult to know where to start.
Health and Safety advisors and consultants providing cost-effective risk management.