In a day and age where health and safety is at the forefront of our minds, you and your business will regularly be considering ways to increase and improve your safety procedures at work. All businesses and organisations have a legal obligation to put into place suitable arrangements to manage and monitor health and safety. Regardless of the size of your business it’s important to have effective leadership and management, fully trained staff and an environment where everyone is trusted and involved. Our checklist shows what should be considered when thinking about health and safety at work:

Equipment – Ensure that all staff have access to suitable equipment for them to be able to complete their tasks. Provide staff with carts and trolleys and equipment fitted with castors to make operations more efficient and improve safety. Click here to see the types of castors available for use in the workplace from Tente. Different types of castors are suitable for specific jobs. Staff may also need to be provided with items such as safety goggles, helmets, steel-capped boots, high visibility clothing and much more, depending on the task. After equipment has been provided it must be regularly checked and maintained to keep it safe to use. Put up signs around the workplace to remind people they must wear the equipment when required.

Training – Training is an essential element for any business, especially when it comes to keeping all your employees safe and if their job has potential risks of injury. The most basic training that should be completed on a regular basis is first aid. It is important that all staff are adequately trained in emergency procedures. Prepare written instructions and work practices so that all employees have a reference point for completing tasks once they have finished their training. Make sure that staff are supervised and regularly monitored to check that they are performing tasks properly and safely.

Planning – Assessing risks to employees is a crucial aspect of identifying hazards in your workplace. Once hazards are established it is easier to develop a safety plan. From this initial assessment it will be clear what needs to be done to ensure that the workplace follows correct procedures. Once your safety plan has been formed and shared with your staff it will be necessary to regularly check all areas of the workplace, including equipment and staff. Have regular staff meetings and discussions where health and safety matters are addressed to encourage employees to share their thoughts as they may have spotted something you have not thought about.

Monitoring – When incidents occur, even if they are minor, you will need to conduct an incident investigation to help determine why it happened so that you can take steps to ensure it does not occur again. Make sure that records are kept for all first aid treatment, inspections, incident investigations, and training activities. This information can help you and your business to identify trends in unsafe conditions or work procedures and help you take steps to reduce any further risks.

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