We’re sure that health and safety practices in your workplace are of a high standard already, but with a new year about to begin it’s the perfect time to reassess everything. We’ve popped together a few tips to get you started.
Slips, trips and falls are major causes of long-term employee sickness and all of them can be easily prevented. Trips are usually as a result of uneven surfaces, loose carpet tiles and mats, and wires from electrical equipment trailing out from under desks.
However, it could also be a case of badly positioned furniture, unnecessary clutter, poorly marked steps or raised areas, and even stray items that have been dropped on the floor accidentally (it’s amazing how a simple pencil can cause all kinds of mishaps).
Is your equipment reliable?
Depending on the nature of your workplace, you could have a wide range of equipment spread throughout the premises. Even the smallest offices usually have a few computers, a kettle and a fridge, whilst industrial sites will most likely contain heavy-duty machinery.
Providing that everything is PAT tested, looked after and used correctly, accidents will be prevented as much as possible. If in doubt, a printed warning (such as for very hot water or to not block a vent) and instructions for how to use more complex items will remove any doubts.
Train and refresh
Every member of staff should be given a tour of the building on their first day, including being shown all fire exits, assembly points and the location of fire extinguishers and first aid kits.
It’s easy for staff to forget these details after just a few short weeks, so make it for them to remember key details. This could be repeat tours of the building, a digestible crib sheet, visual diagrams in key places such as the staff room, and a monthly email newsletter to refresh their memories.
Encourage staff to speak up
Your employees are usually the first ones to spot health and safety hazards, as between them they use every part of the building on a daily basis. Make it clear that open communications are welcome and that any H&S issues or potential problem areas should be reported immediately.
Have a clear out
Many accidents occur due to superfluous furniture, paperwork and other items cramming spaces to capacity and beyond. By getting everyone involved in a spring clean, you can improve wellbeing and efficiency as well as health and safety levels.
Share your ideas
This list is by no means exhaustive. If you have any tips that you’d like to share, start a conversation with us on Twitter.