HSTS shares tips on staying safe at work

Published: Friday 28th April 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. We’ve rounded up some basic tips on how to stay healthy and safe when doing your job.

Whether you’re the owner of a business, a part-time member of staff or anything in-between, everyone in the workplace needs to stay safe. This includes ensuring those around us are protected from accidents when carrying out their duties.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but here are a few simple ways to make sure that staff and visitors avoid unnecessary hazards.

Know the health and safety policies

Every person working in the building should know the basic policies of health and safety, as well as more specific regulations applicable to their line of work.

If you are a business owner, ensure that every member of staff is trained within the first couple of days of starting. This could include sharing a handbook or giving a tour of the building and showing them fire exits, first aid kits and assembly points.

“It’s a requirement by law to have someone trained in first aid at any workplace,” Andrew Harbert, Managing Director of Health and Safety Training Services (HSTS), tells us.

“If there’s an accident at work, it’s important that someone is there that knows how to deal with the situation.”

“Be sure to refresh your team’s memory every once in a while. There’s a lot to remember when you first start a job, and basic safety can soon be forgotten.”

Meanwhile, if you are an employee, take responsibility to flick through the rules every couple of months. It can be surprising how little details can slip your mind.

“Having the correct training in health and safety could be the difference between life and death,” Andrew continues.

“We’ve been providing first aid courses for 25 years and had countless customers contact us to say that our training has saved a life.”

Solve small hazards before they cause a serious accident

During your working day, be on the lookout for possible safety risks to yourself or employees. If you work in a kitchen or restaurant, this might include spilt food, oil or other trip hazards.

Floors can often become uneven, especially if a loose carpet tile is raised. Busy offices can also mean a lot of wires trailing across surfaces. Keep them tidy and away from main walkways.

A pen that has fallen on the floor may seem trivial, but it could result in a member of staff slipping and having to take several weeks off work.

Get rid of unnecessary items

The aforementioned hazards can often be avoided if you have a regular clearout around your workspace.

If you’re an employer, get rid of any unused furniture, paperwork and other equipment. This will free up space and allow your staff to move around without risk of injury.

Don’t be afraid to flag up issues

If you’re an employee, don’t hesitate to ask questions and speak up about health and safety hazards. This is especially important if something is occurring that is clearly forbidden in your workplace’s H&S handbook.

At the end of the day, you have the right to work in safe surroundings.

Simultaneously, employers should create and maintain an environment that welcomes open conversation and the reporting of problems.

Ensure that you have the correct safety gear

Depending on your job, you may require correct clothing and safety equipment.

If you hire members of staff for a job that requires proper safety garments, you must, by law, provide them and ensure their use.

Alternatively, if you are working for someone on a self-employed basis, it is your responsibility to buy and wear the protective gear.

Invest in safety

HSTS provides courses that range from first aid and fire safety to diabetes awareness and food safety.

To find out more, get in touch on 01482 330510 or visit their website.

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Published: Friday 28th April 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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