HSE’s statistics show that in 2014/15 businesses across Great Britain lost an astounding total of 27.3 million working days due to work-related health issues and injuries. A combined number of 687,000 injuries and 144 deaths were reported as a result of work-related accidents. In 2013/14, the British economy faced an overwhelming loss of £14.3 billion as a result of increased workplace injuries.
Workplace-related health issues and injuries are not the only culprits that cost businesses millions of pounds every year. In many cases, it is the businesses themselves who end up paying hefty fines because of their failure to comply with health and safety laws. A reflection on HSE’s statics highlight that there were 1,211 prosecutions of health and safety breaches in 2014/15, 86% of which were convictions – that’s a staggering 1,047 offences.
Here are five simple ways you can improve the health and safety of your employees while ensuring your business saves money and time:
1. Display health and safety posters
Health and Safety posters are essential. The law requires you to display an approved health and safety poster within the workplace at all times. Regardless of the size of your business, the law requires you to display an approved health and safety poster within the workplace at all times. You can also ensure that your employees have a copy of the health and safety leaflet. The health and safety poster gives your business a full disclosure while regularly reminding your employees of the safety measures which they should be practising.
2. Ensure provision of first aid
In serious cases, failing to provide the correct first aid kit can result in death. Under law, it’s your duty as an employer to ensure that this does not happen. First aid arrangements in your workplace will enable you to provide immediate attention to accidents and injuries while reducing their severities and promoting recovery. Legally, every business must provide an appropriately stocked first aid kit, appoint an individual who is in charge of first aid arrangements, and ensure that all employees are aware of these arrangements. Businesses are also required to keep a record of any work-related injuries and incidents. This is one of the most effective ways you can identify risks and put measures in place to prevent them from recurring.
3. Carry out and participate in emergency drills
Knowing the correct emergency procedures for your building is crucial to your employees’ safety in an incident. Emergency procedures work best when the individuals in charge of them are well trained and have a clear idea of their responsibilities. They should have a thorough understanding of the business’s emergency plans and be aware of the actions that need to be taken in the event of an emergency incident.
4. Listen to your employees
Management of health and safety in your workplace simply starts with your employees. Show your employees that you are serious about their health and wellbeing by listening and talking to them about the workplace risks. Your employees have a better understanding of the hazards and risks involved in your workplace because they work around them every day, so where possible involve them in making decisions related to workplace health and safety. Consulting with your employees can help you to come up with plans that are best for providing information, training and controlling risks in the workplace.
5. Appoint a health and safety competent person
It is essential for every business to appoint a competent person who can help to meet its health and safety obligations. A competent person is an individual who has the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to manage workplace-related health and safety issues. They are the ideal expert who can help you from fines while ensuring reductions and prevention of risks and injuries. Many businesses hire a full-time competent person who works in-house to ensure that their organisation and its employees are adhering to the health and safety regulations. Other businesses that may not have the capacity to employ an in-house competent person use an external adviser who provides support on an on-going basis.
RSC are extensively trained and experienced professionals who can help to ensure that your business operates in line with industry specific health and safety regulations.
If you need assistance with your health and safety strategy or require the help of our competent person service, contact RSC on 01623 726 243 today or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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