Responsible businesses always act to ensure that their premises are as safe for work as possible. To fully brief their employees on what is expected of them, many choose to send staff on health and safety training days to teach them how to be safe and responsible within the workplace. Failure to notify employees of the potential dangers within a company can result in various accidents occurring, some of which can be of serious detriment to either employee or company.
All companies should have members of staff that are fully trained to deal with emergencies and any workplace issues involving health or safety. Responsible members of your team should be first aid trained in order to deal with illness or injury, however, health and safety training for your staff should minimise the likelihood of these problems occurring.
These training courses teach employees how to be proactive in order to maintain a safe working environment and also how to be reactive when something does go wrong. Proactive steps include risk assessment and hazard spotting, safety inspections and carrying out tests and various procedures. Some workplaces are clearly at higher risk than others, although there is no such thing as a risk-free workplace and no company should ever get complacent about its safety record. Accidents can happen in the most innocuous circumstances and can nearly always be avoided. When they do occur it is important that they are recorded and steps are taken to learn from them and implement changes to the workplace as necessary.
Office environments can be just as dangerous as building sites and warehouses if the correct steps aren’t taken to secure the premises for health and safety. On a building site, workers are always completely focused on carefully going about their work in a safe manner as the working environment and equipment they use are conducive to serious injuries. In an office environment, employee safety is not always at the forefront of people’s minds. However, failure to carry out proper health and safety training can result in carelessness amongst employees. A simple mistake such as leaving a stray wire dangling across a gangway can result in a nasty trip for a member of staff and a painful fall.
Currently, there is a significant rise in the number of people who attempt to sue their employers if they are injured in the workplace, regardless of how trivial the injury suffered might be. It is important to protect your business against this possibility by ensuring that you are as compliant with health and safety law as possible.