With current statistics of accidents in the workplace on the rise, it is imperative that as an employer, you are putting adequate preventative measures in place to ensure health and safety in the workplace, at all times.
Simple tactics, such as putting up reminder posters and safety alerts, can help combat work-related injury.
It is important to be vigilant on practices and procedures carried out by workers, especially in industries such as forestry, construction and transport.
Here are a few of the numerous steps you can take, to ensure diligent health and safety in your workplace:
Minor/Major Accident Reporting
Ensure all accidents, whether minor or major, are all recorded. This helps in the event of any follow up or a bigger injury as a result of a smaller one. Ensure a RIDDOR report is submitted to the HSE for any major or serious work-related accidents, and any sufficient follow up is followed through.
Risk Assessment / Audit
Frequent risk audits should be conducted for all potentially hazardous situations, and appropriate risk prevention carried out as applicable. It is your duty to identify any risk factors associated with the tasks your workers are required to carry out.
Identifying and Reporting Procedure of Potential Hazards
It is handy to train staff in being able to identify potential hazards and risks. This educates them in being observant and having the ability to judge their own safety in related situations. Furthermore, this can help them troubleshoot when confronted with certain implications.
You could prepare a laminated list of basic guidelines relevant to your industry for your employees to adhere to whilst at work. This ensures they have a constant safety reminder at all times.
Maintenance of Equipment
Regular service and maintenance of machinery and equipment is essential. It is your duty to ensure the equipment provided by you is performing to the standard that it should.
Provide adequate protection to your employees as and where needed. For example; hard hats for those working at height, protection boots and gloves for those working with machinery, etc.
Training / Qualifications
Last but not least, it is imperative that your workforce is suitably qualified to carry out the work they are required to do.
Ensuring you have covered all areas possible to ensure safety in your workplace is beneficial to both yourself and your staff.
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