If your health & safety precautions are taken lightly, then businesses across the country are on course for a huge wake-up call, including small business owners.
It is the duty of the business owner or director, no matter how big or small, to ensure that the right procedures are in place for workers. As a business owner you need to facilitate the safe and comfortable working conditions for your staff, this includes the maintenance and up keep of machinery as well as the safe guards put in place for their use.
By carrying out regular risk assessments and providing rigorous health and safety training courses for every staff member you are creating a safe environment, this is the best way to reduce injuries and incidents in your business. We have some other advice for business owners which we feel should be considered, including:
- Risk Assessments: There are so many hazards at work that you wouldn’t have even considered before. Employ a professional to review your premises.
- Get Employees First Aid Trained: The importance of qualified first aid people in the office could literally save lives
- Implement emergency procedures: These include evacuation procedures in the event of a fire or even what to do if someone at work becomes injured.
- Get the necessary facilities: Your staff deserve first class supplies when it comes to their safety. Such as safe bathrooms, suitable ventilation and proper first aid kit.
Even if you bequeath the duties to someone else on your behalf it is still in the interest of you, your staff and the business overall to take a personal interest in these issues. Horrific incidents can easily be avoided with the implementation of better safety standards.
One of the most important laws for business regarding health and safety in the UK reads as the following from Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974:
“It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.”
This law is just one of the ways in which workers are protected from dangerous working conditions in the workplace. If the standards which are set out by law are not met there can be serious consequences, not only for the owners and directors of businesses in terms of fines and prison sentences, but more importantly for the workers themselves.
Avoidable incidents such as these have previously ended in fatalities. Without the correct safety precautions and training for staff in the workplace incidents will occur, and one incident is an incident too many.