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Health and safety in the workplace
Hardly a day goes by where you don’t hear a mention of ‘health and safety’ somewhere. That’s no surprise when you consider health and safety is a necessity for every organisation. Your health and safety policy should clearly define your commitment to health and safety in the workplace. It should include:
- Details of who is responsible for what
- A written statement that shows your commitment to health and safety
- A statement that shows how you intend to control the hazards identified by your risk assessment
No matter how large or small your business is, you should have a health and safety policy in place to show how you intend to minimise the risks of health hazards, accidents, and injuries in your workplace. If your business has five or more employees, then your policy needs to be written down. More information can be found on health and safety in the workplace on the HSE Website.
Risk assessments and risk management
Risk assessments and risk management are key elements of health and safety in the workplace. They need to be carried out to identify such things as:
- Apparent hazards and risks
- Who could be harmed
- How employees could be harmed
Proper assessment and risk management will leave you safe in the knowledge that you’re doing all you can to minimise the risk of accident and injury.
Neither you nor your employees are going to want an accident to happen in the workplace. The nature of your business will determine how likely it is for accidents to happen. However, accidents can happen almost anywhere (except maybe padded rooms) and in most cases, they can be prevented with attention to health and safety in the workplace.
Training and educating your employees about health and safety in the workplace will help minimise the risk of accident and injury. It’s not rocket science. If people know the risks and how to avoid them, then they’ll be less likely to have an accident.
How we can help
As much as we love health and safety in the workplace, we’ve found a company that enjoys it even more than we do. So, in order to do things the PES way and give you the best possible service, we use them to help you:
- Properly assess all the risks in your workplace
- Enforce measures that minimise risk
- Reduce the chance of accident and injury
- Avoid unnecessary situations
Aside from everything mentioned above, they also cover a wide range of further health and safety services which includes:
- Safety Training (including Accredited IOSH Training, Manual Handling, Fire Awareness, Asbestos Awareness, Stress, and more…)
- Workstation (DSE) assessments
- Fire Risk Assessments for your building
- Accident Investigation services
- HSG 65 Audit of your Health and Safety Compliance
- And even your PAT testing!
Nowadays, health and safety in the workplace is more important than ever. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 was brought into effect in April 2008. This new legislation can now see senior managers and directors held directly accountable for accidents at work. If found guilty of Corporate Manslaughter, your company can not only face a huge fine, but senior management and directors can even be convicted and sent to prison.
If you’re unsure about your current health and safety policy, then give us a call and let our experts take a look.
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