Every business within England must ensure the safety and well being of their employees and customers. If any harm is caused to employees or customers, due to poor health and safety (H and S), you could find yourself in big trouble. It is therefore vital that you have procedures in place, to ensure the environment is safe. This is usually completed through risk assessments within the workplace. Employers have a responsibility to abide by the health and safety at work act, which is in place to protect employers, employees and the general public.
One solution for all of your H and S solutions, is to ensure you have a H and S representative within your business. It may be worth going on a health and safety course, or asking one of your employees to go, this way you ensure one of you are qualified, to deal with the H and S within your business. This ensuring everyone who enters your business environment is protected. A positive approach to your health and safety, is to make sure you have set out procedures for everything you do within your business, then monitor these on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Yo can determine who takes control of the H and S within your business, even if you do it yourself. You should analyze who would best suit the job, you might be to busy and therefore require the help of another employee.
You should have procedures in place for every task you carry out. It is essential that you are always monitoring these procedures. If the procedure has changed, you should ensure you alter the procedure. Whenever anything is modified for example, new equipment has been brought into the business, you should carry out a risk assessment, to highlight any health and safety issues. If you need any equipment to help you with the H and S, it can be hired or purchased depending on your budget.
H and S can affect your reputation. Your H and S approach, plays a big role in building up a reputation for your business. Companies providing good health and safety practice, have become very successful from this. Playing a role and putting procedures in place to ensure a safe working environment, show to both customers and employees that you care.
It is important you keep up to date with health and safety equipment, procedures and new regulations that are put into place. Health and safety courses help to highlight the new regulations being brought into place. These courses will identify the effects of these new regulations on the workplace and will highlight the key issues, facing millions of businesses within England.
H and S is there for a reason. Serious injury’s can occur, when health and safety is ignored. Some can also gain problems later on in life due to poor working conditions, such as low lighting levels. Remember a good reputation can be gained from good health and safety, which means an increase in business. It also gives customers and employees a sense of well being, as it shows that you care about the conditions they are susceptible to.