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Tips for improving health and safety in the workplace

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How to improve workplace health and safety

As an employer, you'll know all about the importance of health and safety in the workplace. While you won't always be able to prevent issues such as sickness absences, there are measures you can put in place to help reduce the occurrence of workplace-related injury.

Every workplace must comply to certain health and safety regulations, but some organisations do this better than others.

If you feel that your company could brush up on its health and safety practices, but aren't sure how to go about doing so, why not follow these tips?

Inspect your workplace

The first thing to do is carry out a full inspection on your workplace. You should call in a registered health and safety officer to help with this, as they will be better placed to identify any potential hazards or pitfalls in your workplace layout.

The last thing you should do is perform an inspection by yourself, as this could see you missing a crucial element in the workplace that could lead to one of your employees getting injured in the future.

Once the health and safety officer has identified the hazards, you can begin taking steps to rectify them.

Create a plan

This is when you should create a safety plan to help control and eliminate workplace hazards. At this point, it is important to inform your employees of the steps you are taking to boost health and safety levels.

Factors such as keeping a communal first aid kit in an easily accessible location and making sure your workers have a full understanding of the fire drill procedure will help to contribute towards a safer work environment.

Train employees

Providing your employees with training is an effective way to enhance workplace health and safety. This is particularly important in labour-intensive jobs where a person is more at risk of injury.

Training should take place within working hours and should not come at a cost to your employees. Decide how much training is necessary depending on whether you are a low-risk or high-risk business.

Inform your staff about any hazards and risks they may face, how to follow any emergency procedures and the measures that are in place to diminish potential hazards. It may even be worth providing your employees with first aid training so they can deal with any emergencies calmly and efficiently.

Hold regular meetings

Following the training, you should hold regular meetings with your employees. This will give them an opportunity to voice their opinions, raising any concerns or problems they might have.

You'll also be able to see how effective the training was and whether you need to carry out any additional measures.

Maintain records

Throughout the health and safety implementation process, you should keep hold of any records, making a note of the dates any inspections and training took place, as well as the outcomes.

This will enable you to identify any trends in workplace conditions, allowing you to take appropriate action.

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