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Regardless of the sort of business you run, you need to be on the ball with your workplace health and safety policies. Health and safety isn’t just for people in dangerous jobs. Working in construction and jobs that come with a lot of risks often have more stringent health and safety policies, but every job has to have a level of safety involved.
Whatever type of workplace you are in, there is always a possibility of an accident. You can come across hazards at a desk job, and if you are training your staff correctly, they can be covered should there be an issue at work. Safety preventions at work have been developed over a number of decades and unfortunately, for the most part, it takes an accident at work for a workplace to learn from their mistakes. Risk assessments for all staff on a regular basis can make a difference between whether you have to cope with an accident or not.
Failing to correctly train your staff in the health and safety procedures leaves you open to liability at work and a claim on your insurance. Paying attention to health and safety doesn’t just make you a caring employer, it makes good business sense! It can be difficult to work out what health and safety procedures will work for your particular business, but you have to ensure that where you can, you keep your employees safe. There are certain steps you need to do to follow the right procedures, and we’ve listed these for you here:
- Health and safety management is important in the office. This should include fire safety testing on a regular basis, first aid training for the management team and clearly shown procedures on the wall in the event of fire or flood at work. If the management team is properly trained, they can lead the remaining employees through when there is a hazard.
- Before you even get started with health and safety in the office, you need to identify the hazards that are there. This is everything from ergonomic furniture to trips and falls on the stairs.
- Assessing all the risks in the office and recording those results is very important. Risk assessment will allow you as an employer to decide what exactly needs to be done in the office and if you have procedures and policy in the company handbook, available at all times, your employees can feel secure in their safety.
- Schedule regular training sessions for your employees. When they are in their probationary period, they should complete an initial training session. Repeat the training every three months so that employees are aware of any health and safety changes that happen during their time in your company.
Health and safety is vital for the smooth running of an office. People need to know what to do and regular fire drills are important to keeping the staff safe. Accidents and first aid training are important so ensure you have this in your budget!