Most accidents may happen in the home but that doesn’t mean that we don’t need to observe basic health and safety considerations. What should you do regularly to ensure that you’re operating safely at work?
Health and safety
Having a health and safety policy is not optional if you have five or more employees, ideally reviewed and updated annually. Even if you have fewer than five employees, it’s useful to have a written policy. The Health and Safety Executive, https://www.hse.gov.uk gives full details of how to do this. Make sure that you check the health and safety legislation that applies to the size of your company and the sector in which you operate.
Health and safety champions
Call them what you will, even in a small company, you will probably need help to check everything is operating correctly. By law, we all have a responsibility for health and safety. Champions need to do things like checking that your processes work properly, no food or drink is brought into the work area, there are no slips, trips or fall hazards. It’s worth getting your champions trained in a recognised qualification like NEBOSH so they are fully aware of what they are looking out for.
Check your equipment regularly
Set up a schedule for checking your equipment. The regularity of checking will vary depending on what sort of equipment you use. For example, the ubiquitous spiral duct, used in heating and ventilation is pretty sturdy, but should still be checked periodically for leaks. Rather than repairing any problems, which can cause issues, go to a reputable supplier and get them replaced. An online check will reveal some companies that can help you such as https://www.dustspares.co.uk/ductwork-parts/galvanised-ducting/galvanised-steel-spiral-duct.html.
If your staff make complaints make sure you look into them in a timely fashion. The people using the equipment are best placed to know whether there are any issues. Get it replaced or repaired depending on the nature of the equipment and manufacturer’s recommendation. Yes, it may be expensive, but not as expensive as an accident.
Make sure that your staff are properly trained in the operation of the equipment they use. Some equipment will have a warranty that is nullified if used by untrained people. Make sure you factor in refresher training, especially for equipment that is used less frequently.