Health and safety at work is of paramount importance, which is why it’s crucial to make your premises as secure as possible.You can do this by carrying out a risk assessment to identify potential hazards before implementing a strategy to improve your working environment. A few small changes can make a big difference and the following health and safety essentials are a must for many companies.
Safety underfoot is key with anti slip products such as paint, non-slip stair treads, decking strips and other specialised products offering protection for employees. Floor paint, for instance, creates a textured surface and provides extra grip wherever anti-slip properties are essential. Paints are also available in many different hues allowing you to stick to the colour scheme of your premises.
Personal Protective Equipment
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) makes it clear that personal protective equipment (PPE) such as helmets, high-visibility clothing, safety harnesses, protective footwear and such like should be worn to reduce the risk of harm to employees. While PPE can be used as a last resort, it’s wise to ensure those who need equipment have it from day one to prevent them being hurt in any way.
According to the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals Regulations) 1996, employers must provide specific safety signs whenever there is a risk that has not been avoided or controlled by other means. Fire safety signs in particular are crucial and must clearly label exits and escape rooms to help keep employees and visitors as safe as possible. Again, one of the best ways to identify the signage you need is to make yourself aware of potential dangers through a risk assessment.
First aid kit
No matter how hard you try, sometimes accidents can’t be prevented which is why having a first aid kit on standby is a good idea. This should include all the basics such as plasters, bandages, antiseptic and wipes as well as a few extras like pain relief and slings. Before giving staff any medication, however, make sure they are not allergic to anything and if you’re in any doubt refer them to a doctor. If the accident is really serious, always call for an ambulance.
The Health and Safety Executive’s poster
When it comes to health and safety there are many rules to abide by. One of them is that if you employ people you must display the HSE’s poster Health and Safety Law – what you should know, or give staff members the equivalent pocket card. The poster and pocket card tell people what to do if there’s a problem. An updated poster was introduced in 2009, so make sure you have the latest version up on the wall.
There are many things to think about regarding health and safety, but implementing correct procedures and making your workplace secure should not only protect employees but will stop you from being tangled up with expensive lawsuits should an accident occur.