Health, safety and employee wellbeing have never been more important, so we’ve popped together a few tips for ensuring that you’re doing everything possible to prevent accidents and mishaps.
Remove all trip hazards
Countless instances of absenteeism are due to a member of staff slipping or tripping whilst in the workplace, so this is a great place to start. Trips are usually caused by loose carpet tiles and furniture that juts out, all of which can be easily rectified. Another common issue is wires and cables that trail out from under desks, which can be quickly and effectively secured using a cable tidy.
Larger problems include sections of an office that aren’t adequately lit, as well as poorly marked steps and raised areas. By fixing these hazards right away, you could potentially prevent multiple trips and falls.
Is your equipment safe?
Look around your working environment and you’re bound to see numerous electrical appliances. From PCs, laptops and printers to shredders, laminators and desk fans, all of these devices need to be PAT tested on a regular basis.
On top of this, it’s crucial that all team members have been shown how to use electrical equipment in a safe and responsible manner.
It’s amazing how many accidents are caused by staff room kettles, toasters and other commonplace devices, all of which can be prevented through proper orientation and signage where appropriate, such as a warning next to taps that dispense boiling hot water.
Invest time into training
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.
This isn’t where the training ends, as some employees may access certain areas only very occasionally. To ensure that everyone knows how to act appropriately in areas that contain dangerous equipment or tight spaces, invest time into refresher sessions and place signs, diagrams or crib sheets in key locations. Aside from helping your staff to stay safe, this also means that your business will remain compliant.
Welcome ideas and feedback
As a business owner, you may be based in a small section of your commercial premises for most of the week. However, your employees access every part of the building between them on a daily basis, making them more likely to spot health and safety issues as they arise. This information is invaluable, which is why all members of staff should be actively encouraged to report any problems immediately so that they can be nipped in the bud. It could be worth appointing a Health and Safety Champion, as that way everyone knows who to go to.
Have a clear out
Some accidents are caused simply because a workplace is cluttered. It could be superfluous furniture, precarious piles of paperwork or even just a stray pencil on the floor. By promoting a culture of tidiness and accountability, you can improve wellbeing and efficiency as well as health and safety levels.
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