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A Brief Guide to Health & Safety in the Workplace to help you simplify managing Health and Safety.
It is always worth to remember you that, businesses in Uk with more than five employees are legally required to have a formal health and safety policy. It does not have to be complicated; you must take control and act on your health and safety policy for it to be effective.
1. Identify the risks
Carry out a risk assessment of your business and any potential threats. You must look at what measures could be taken to reduce the risks and weigh up how effective they are likely to be.
2. Gather ideas from your team
It is a legal requirement to consult with your staff on health and safety. Talking to your employees can be a really useful tool to make your workplace a safer and more productive place.
Also, you must legally appoint a ‘competent person’ to help you meet health and safety obligations. This person does not have to be a professional and can be yourself, your workers or someone from outside the business.
3. Keep a written record
If you’re a small business then there is no need to get too bogged down in paperwork. But while you may not need a long and complicated health and safety policy, you do need to write down the health and safety measures you are taking as a company. If an accident does happen or a claim is made against you, it is important that you have a written record so you can show the steps you have taken to protect staff. Write a health and safety policy, even if it is very short and simple, and keep a record of all risk assessments.
You should also keep an accident book and make a detailed note of all accidents and near misses.
4. Understanding is vital
There is no point coming up with a health and safety policy if none of your employees understand it. Some simple training sessions or health and safety workshops may be a helpful tool!
5. Keep the workplace clean and tidy. Also, set a time to regularly check the condition of your building and equipment.
6. Carry out fire drills
Regular fire drills are essential and should be carried out at least once a year. Your staff need to know exactly what they should do if a fire starts. Also, make sure your fire exits and routes to the exits are kept clear at all times.
7. Keep a first aid box
Whatever the size of your business, you need to make sure you have a properly-stocked first aid box. It always contains the necessary items for dealing with an incident requiring first aid.
8. Identify vulnerable workers
If any of your staff are disabled, pregnant or suffering from a long-term health problem, it is a good idea to carry out a risk assessment specifically for them to make sure you are protecting their health and safety properly.
9. Look at ways of keeping stress levels down
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