12 Essentials to a quality Health Safety environment


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The workplace is where we spend a large part of our lives, so it’s only natural to want to be safe and healthy when in that environment. By taking care of your health in the workplace you’ll only have a positive impact on yourself and those around you.

Here are some of the essentials to health safety Environment.

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Open Door Policy

Ensure that all staff members are provided with a safe and healthy working environment, with a free flow of communication between employees and their supervisors.

Safety Committee

Implement a safety committee to ensure that all members of staff have a say in the direction that safety initiatives are going to take place, as well as management being open to all suggestions from its workforce.

Job Rotation

A regular change of tasks is good for your health! It keeps things interesting and means that there’s less chance of you getting bored or complacent about how you go about doing things. Your brain will also stay sharp with the constant change!

Supplied PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

This is a must if your company policies state that certain equipment needs to be worn at work, make sure that employees have easy access to it and that there is a reasonable amount of spares available.

Supplied Tools

Equipment Ensure that your workers are provided with all the tools they need for their work, if you’re providing employers with equipment such as power tools or ladders then make sure they’re in safe working order. Don’t forget things like protective goggles and earplugs! Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere so protect your eyes and ears!

Employee Training

Make sure all staff members know what hazards might be present at their place of work, and how to go about dealing with them safely should an accident occur. Your insurance company will thank you for it too because not knowing how to use something properly, can often lead to an accident.

Housekeeping

Keep the workplace clean and tidy, it may not seem like a big deal but if there’s rubbish lying around then somebody is going to trip over it and potentially hurt themselves. A safe and healthy work environment should be spick and span!

First Aid Training

Make sure all staff members know how to administer first aid in the event of an emergency. You can never be too prepared!

Reporting System

Implement a reporting system for any accidents or near misses that occur in your workplace, this will help you to analyze where potential hazards may lie and take steps to rectify them.

Health & Safety Policy

Make sure that employees are aware of your company’s health and safety policy and that they understand the consequences of not adhering to it.

Emergency Procedures

Make sure that all workers know what to do in case of a fire, evacuation procedures as well as how to deal with electrical hazards and potential chemical emergencies.

Keep Records

All accidents, near misses or reports, should be documented somewhere so you have an accurate record of what’s been happening recently. This will also be useful for your insurance company when compiling accident statistics at the end of each financial period (for bonus payments).

Conclusion

Keeping employees healthy and safe at work is a team effort, management should always strive to promote a safe and healthy environment for their workers as well as provide the tools needed to achieve this. Employees also have a responsibility in keeping themselves safe, doing the right thing, and reporting hazards that they come across.

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