The Importance of Health and Safety in the Workplace

Why bother with health and safety at work?

Protective clothing and equipment should always be provided, and workers should be trained in its correct use

With the increase of no-win-no-fee personal injury lawyers, and the increasingly stringent government legislation, it is now more important than ever to make sure that your company has the correct health and safety policies and procedures in place. Failure to do so can result in costly compensation claims if a worker has an accident or becomes ill, as well as the possibility of government fines and penalties, which may be severely damaging for the firm's financial position.

As wealth as concentrating on its on workforce, health and safety legislation also exists to protect the public that the firm must be aware of. This includes the removal and/or storage of hazardous waste products, noise levels, toxic and greenhouse gas emissions etc.

A healthy and happy workforce is a productive workforce

But organisations should not only seek to implement health and safety provisions just to avoid fines and compensation claims. It is also in the best interests of a firm to provide a safe working environment, as minor accidents and illness can lead to staff having to take time off work, along with lower motivation and morale. This will have a negative impact on the firm's output and productivity, which again ultimately leads to the firm losing money.

What kind of health and safety provisions do I need?

Different industries will have different health and safety training requirements, for example office workers will not have the same needs as a hazardous waste disposal team. Nevertheless, what they all have in common is that the ultimate goal is to provide a working environment which is safe and, as much as is reasonably possible, prevents accidents and illness caused by the equipment the person uses and the products/raw materials they are required to deal with in their job.

Some examples in which a firm can ensure a safer working environment include:

  • Providing, and then ensuring sufficient maintenance of, protective clothing and equipment
  • Regular and sufficient cleaning of the work area
  • Providing adequate break and rest periods to prevent fatigue which can lead to mistakes
  • Frequent risk assessments of the working environment and processes
  • The provision in sufficient number and location of remedies in case an accident or incident does occur (e.g. fire extinguishers, bandages, eye wash etc.)
  • Frequent fire and evacuation procedure drills

What can I do now to improve health and safety at my organisation?

Here at Sterling Safety Training, we offer a variety of health and safety courses, as well as providing a comprehensive health and safety consultancy service for organisations of many different sizes and in a variety of industries. As well as accredited courses such as the IOSH Managing Safely and the NEBOSH General Certificate, we also offer our own health and safety training courses on a number of topics such as General Safety Awareness, Manual Handling, and Risk Assessment. To see the complete list of our own health and safety courses, please click here. To find out more about our accredited health and safety courses, just use the blue buttons on the left hand side of every page to read about our IOSH, NEBOSH and CITB/CSkills courses, including our new NEBOSH Fire Certificate and NEBOSH Construction Certificate courses.

If you would like to talk to one of our health and safety experts about your requirements, or for some advice on what would be best for you and your business, call us on 0844 800 3295, or click on the "Contact Us" button on the left menu.

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