Is Your Workplace as Safe as it Could be?

The question: Is Your Workplace as Safe as it Could be? Everyone deserves a safe working environment, right?

Which is why health and safety process and procedures are an essential part of any business.

These process and procedures ensure that day to day life at work runs fluently for employees whether the workplace is in an office or on a building site.

At HSQE Consultancy we believe that we all should be safe, as everyone has the right to go home safe every day.

Below we have outlined eight health and safety requirements that every workplace must have in place.

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Workplace safety refers to the working environment at a company and encompasses all factors that impact the safety, health, and well-being of employees.

 

Risk Assessments

Did you know by law, all businesses must conduct risk assessments where there are potential hazards within the workplace?

All hazards must be identified with a plan of action starting with the most important risks first.

Often, risk assessments can lead to the improvement of a business through finding long-term solutions to issues that pose the most risk to staff health, such as preventing falls or slips.

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A systematic process of evaluating the potential risks that may be involved in a projected activity or undertaking.

Sufficient and Adequate Lighting

While it may seem apparent, good lighting at work around the office, building or work site is essential for employee safety.

Suitable methods of lighting must be used for various manual tasks where appropriate and suitable, such as florescent lighting where natural light does not reach.

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sufficient for a specific need or requirement adequate time an amount of money adequate to supply their needs.

 

Good Hygiene and Cleanliness

Clean workspace is needed for each and every employee especially now where COVID-19 is present, we need to manage it adequately even more so.

Ensure that your office or work area, floors, fittings, and furniture are cleaned efficiently to avoid bacteria and germ build up that has the capability to result in illness being circulated between staff members.

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Personal hygiene is how you care for your body. This practice includes bathing, washing your hands, brushing your teeth, and more. Every day, you come into contact with millions of outside germs and viruses.

Fire Safety Protocol

A fire risk assessment is also a requirement and will identify fire hazards and the people at risk.

As part of effective communication an induction and evacuation process must be conducted with each employee as they enter the business.

There should also be a member of staff who is responsible (Fire Marshal) for evacuating the premises or area in the case of a fire.

That team member should also take a register of who was in the premises at the time of the evacuation and calling 999 or 112 if required.

Fire Safety
As a business owner, you probably already know that you are responsible to ensure your premises have fire extinguishers to be in line with UK fire safety legislation, it is a must…

Job Safety

Manual jobs often involve lifting and using machinery and ladders, so it is important to have safety procedures to follow thoroughly.

Ensure that equipment is safely used and correctly put away in a safe and sound place by using the Lockout Tagout system or combination padlocks to prevent access to specialist equipment.

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Job Safety should always be your priority, everyone has the right to go home safe and unharmed everyday “Network Rail”.

Acceptable Level of Noise

Noise problems in the workplace can be intrusive and distracting.  If you are having to raise your voice to have a chat or have outdoor noise coming into your workplace, this may need raising with your employer.

If you work with or use loud equipment, make sure to wear hearing protection.

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Keep the Noise to an acceptable level.

Electrical Safety

Electrical equipment should be professionally installed and tested alongside a full electrical risk assessment.

For electrical equipment, a switch or isolator should be located near each machine to cut off the power supply in an emergency.

If you come across any faulty cables or plug sockets in your workspace, they should be covered and marked as ‘do not use’ and replaced.

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Working Procedures Help Protect your Workers

Staff Wellbeing

The health of staff is vital for any business, so it is important to guarantee that a workforce is seeking help when needed.

Make sure your business has a HR department trained for dealing with issues surrounding the mental health and overall welfare of staff to encourage a healthy working culture.

Staff Wellbeing
Happy Employee is an effective Employee

Is Your Workplace as Safe as it Could be?