Health and safety in the workplace should always be a top priority and should focus on managing risks in order to protect your workers, as well as your business. After all, this should always be the main focus of any business owner and it’s essential that all workers, regardless of the environment that they work in, return home safe and healthy at the end of every working day.
But that’s not all… practicing good health and safety is also law and it’s not just your staff that health and safety is important for, it’s also in place to protect any visitors, customers, sub-contractors, as well as the wider public.
So, why is H&S essential in the workplace?
All businesses, operating across a diverse range of sectors have a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to adhere to all health and safety laws. And, failure to adhere to these laws can result in lower retention rates, reduced profitability, as well as higher recruitment costs.
At the same time, poor health and safety can also result in serious injury, illness or death, leaving businesses open to prosecution if they are found guilty of neglecting health and safety.
Why is it important?
Employees health and wellbeing
Workplace health and safety is incredibly important for maintaining your employees’ general health and wellbeing. After all, employees that feel safe and happy at work are also more likely to perform better in their role.
By having a tight hold on your health and safety procedures, it will not only help to protect your workers, but it will also help to reduce absences too! This means that you can continue to oversee a happy, healthy and productive workforce. And, there has been a significant amount of research that has proven that employees are far more productive in workplaces that are committed to health and safety.
Ultimately, healthy and safety procedures are in place to keeps everyone safe in the workplace!
How to promote good health and safety in the workplace
Have a written policy
All businesses should have a health and safety document which can be easily accessed when needed. All employees should also know who is responsible for health and safety in the workplace so they can report to them if needed.
Have a Health and Safety training programme in place
All staff should be fully trained in health and safety and this should be an integral part of their induction and seen as a top priority. As a general rule of thumb, all employees should also participate in refresher training on a regular basis, especially when new policies are implemented.
Ensure your staff have the right equipment
Finally, in order to manage any risks, you should also ensure that all staff have the correct equipment to do their job safely and productively. The correct signage and protective uniform should also be in place when required. This will reduce the risk of any accidents.
If you need policies or risk assessments, contact us to see how we can help your business become compliant.