As a business leader, safety isn’t always at the top of priority list. We know that and we get it. There are just so many other things you have to focus on in order to have a successful business because, without a successful business, there’s no need to consider safety at all. However, failing on this front will be considered a management shortfall. Quite simply, prioritizing your health and safety standards isn’t just something you owe to your employees, it is something that can have a huge impact on your bottom line.
Each year, over 600,000 people are injured at work and these injuries equate to around £14 billion. That is a ton of money to risk by not dealing with your workplace risks. As such, we have come up with a few bits of advice you should consider immediately when it comes to the safety of your workplace:
Have Very Regular Checks In Place
What may have been absolutely adequate a couple of years back may fail safety standards now, and that means your business could be in jeopardy. Something as small as the microwave or kettle in your office kitchen could have an electrical fault that is putting so much at risk. That is why you should have regular checks in place, while you should start using test and tag services so that your employees know what is safe to use and what needs to be approached with caution.
Good Training Is Always Worthwhile
One of the best ways to ensure no unnecessary harm comes to your employees is to ensure they have the right training to suit their roles. General health and safety awareness is always a great thing to have, but the more specialized you can make your training the better. Update their training too. Let them know how to use certain equipment, what to do in the case of a fire and how to perform emergency procedures.
Make Sure Your Equipment Is In Order
There are certain bits of equipment that every business needs to have and every business to make sure are still working correctly. Following on from the devastating results of the Grenfell Tower, working fire door retainer, sprinkler systems and fire alarms are all crucial, and you should conduct monthly tests on this no matter what. Fire extinguishers and blankets are other examples of pieces of equipment you need to update, albeit annually; the same goes for your first aid kits. Preventative measures and forewarnings are as important in safety as anything else, so treat them this way.
Hold Open Discussions With your Employees
Your employees are best placed to spot any concerns they may be when it comes to health, safety, and even security. That’s why it is so important that you make real use of this resource and hold a monthly discussion to see what is worrying people, write it in your logbook and then decide how you can work to solve any issues that do arise. Not only will this ensure that you keep on top of any risks, but it will let your employees know that you really do care about their well-being.