The importance of health and safety in the workplace is undeniable, for reasons which go beyond just reducing the annual bill. As an employer the safety of your staff should be at the forefront of your plans. Experts in accident at work claims, True Solicitors, explore the measures a business can put in place to secure the safety of their employees and the public, and to prevent the risk of workplace fatal and non-fatal injuries that can cost your company money in the long-term.

Safety Equipment

In construction a hard helmet is a requisite on any work site for the protection your head from any falling debris and bumps, scrapes, electrical exposure, and impacts. If your staff fails to wear the required hard-hat they could suffer any one of those injuries as a direct effect of not wearing the correct safety equipment. Protective glasses also need to be worn by ground-level employees exposed to debris, bright lights and dust that could inflict damage on the employees’ sight.

Other protective clothing that may be required, within working environments like construction and manufacturing, includes steel toe cap boots, hi-visibility clothing, safety gloves as well as noise cancelling headphones. Implementing a work policy that requires your staff to wear safety clothing and equipment makes for the first step to preventing workplace injuries that could lead to fatal deaths or long-term work absences, and these can cost your company money.

Training

In some industries special training is required 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. In the manufacturing industry, which comes in as the third most dangerous environment for fatal injuries in the workplace, certain job roles require particular training and qualifications for the operation of machinery.

In some cases, employers must 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.

Safety Regulations

Slipping and tripping is 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 and poor lighting. All of these can be prevented or marked out safely if regulations properly are followed.

As a legal obligation, businesses must follow 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.

Under the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996, businesses are also legally required 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 the majority of companies, there are specific legal safety regulations in place to follow – it is worth looking up the regulations for your sector to maintain the safety of your staff.

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