It's easy and cost-effective to prevent accidents at your company. There are three things you can do to help make your workplace safer.
Put in place a management system
Carry out regular risk assessments
- Plan: work with your employees to identify potential problem areas and set goals for improvement.
- Train: give your employees the knowledge to identify and take action over potential risks.
- Organise: make employees, including cleaning and contract staff, responsible for specific areas.
- Control: ensure working practices and processes are being carried out properly and keep a record of all cleaning and maintenance work.
- Monitor and review: talk to your employees so they can feedback on how measures are working.
Know the law
- Look out for hazards like lighting, uneven floors and trailing cables.
- Decide who might be harmed and how, especially older people or disabled people.
- Consider the risks, note any potential problems and do something about them.
- Record your findings.
- Regularly review the assessment.
It's a good idea to read up and be aware of:
- Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999)
- Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations (1992)