The importance of health and safety in the workplace is as clear as daylight, but for reasons that transcend the mere reduction of the annual bill. As an employer the safety of your staff should be a top priority. Accident at work solicitor, True Solicitors, takes us through the measures a business can effect to secure the safety of their employees as well as the public, and to prevent the risk of workplace injuries (both fatal and non-fatal) that can cost your company money in the long-term.
A hard hat helmet is a requisite on any work site in the construction industry, for the protection of your head against any falling debris and bumps, scrapes, electrical exposure, and impacts. In the event that your staff fails to wear the required hard-hat, they may suffer any one of those injuries as a direct consequence of not wearing the correct safety equipment. Protective glasses are also a requirement, to be worn by ground-level employees exposed to debris, bright lights and dust that could deal some damage to the employees’ sight.
Other protective clothing that makes up the list of likely requirements, within working environments like construction and manufacturing, includes steel toe cap boots, hi-vis clothing, safety gloves as well as noise cancelling headphones. The implementation of a work policy that requires your staff to wear safety clothing and equipment makes for the first step to prevent workplace injuries that could lead to fatal deaths or long-term work absences, which can cost your company money.
In certain industries special training is a requirement in order to ensure all employees are fully qualified for their working environment. However, it is not just fire safety procedures that the staff needs to be trained for. The manufacturing industry comes in as the third most dangerous environment for fatal injuries in the workplace, which accounts for the reason why certain job roles require particular training and qualifications for the operation of machinery.
In some instances, employers need to make sure that their employees have the correct certification to be able to safely carry out procedures. For instance, in the construction industry, any employee who will assume the responsibility of navigating a crane will require a Construction Plant Competency Scheme (CPCS) licence.
Slipping and tripping makes for one of the main causes of non-fatal injuries, the main causes of these slips, trips and falls in the workplace being uneven floor surfaces, unsuitable floor coverings, wet floors, level-changes, trailing cables as well as poor lighting. These can all be prevented or marked out safely if regulations are properly followed.
As a legal responsibility, businesses must adhere to The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. It stipulates that employers must ensure that floor spaces are in good condition and free from obstructions.
As part of the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996, businesses are also required by law to provide and display the appropriate safety signs when there is a potential risk, whether that would be a wet floor sign, or signs indicating loose cables or exposed electric cables.
For many companies, there are specific legal safety regulations in place which need to be followed, therefore it is worth looking up the regulations for your sector to maintain the safety of your staff.