5 Steps to Reduce Accidents at Work
In last weeks blog we looked at the way in which peoples attitudes have changed in relation to making personal injury claims in the UK and Northern Ireland. From this analysis we saw that only 25% of personal injury victims across the UK actually followed through with claims.
These figures prompted us to look at whether there had been a reduction in actual injuries and not just a reduction in claims. Figures from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment suggest that workplace injuries are falling (excuse the pun) but we hope this is because of better heath and safety procedures and not just because less people are making claims.
The importance of employee health and safety cannot be understated. Poor standards in this regard will not only see staff suffering injuries but also low moral, motivation and a high staff turnover. Other drawbacks would be the cost of compensation claims and increased staff absence among a host of other issues.
So what steps can you take in your business to ensure you are doing all you can to help reduce the risk of accidents? Our list below should give you a strong framework to build a safer and healthier working environment by putting preventative processes in place.
The first step should always be to plan. Look at how your business operates and conduct a risk assessment to establish what needs to be done and what measures need to be put in place. If you use machinery in your business look at how it works and whether you have directions and health and safety procedures in place.
2. Develop Procedures:
Once a plan is put in place it must be acted on. Having identified problem areas detailed practices and procedures should be put together. Compliance is important in all industries and these procedures should be measurable and in line with regulatory standards.
Having a pile of health and safety documents sitting in a drawer or even posted on the walls is a well and good but will not really achieve anything if not communicated to staff. Staff should be fully aware of your companies health and safety procedures and trained around the use of machinery, fire safety, manual handling and any other procedures that are relevant to your business.
4. Regular Maintenance/Safety Checks:
Checking up on equipment, machinery and general safety standards is an important part of the process and ensures that employees are working in a safe environment.
Top Tip: A good way of ensuring standards are kept is to appoint a staff members to specific health and safety tasks e.g. Fire Warden. This not only ensures check ups are done but also empowers employees and adds accountability to each area.
The development of health and safety in the workplace is ongoing and must be developed over time. Conducting regular reviews will keep the business up to date with the latest regulatory standards and identify any issues that may have arisen.
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