Health and Safety regulations can be confusing and difficult to keep up with in the current climate. The Health and Safety Executive have a website www.hse.gov.uk which is full of useful information for businesses of all types and size.
Many accidents at work could be prevented if someone takes responsibility for ensuring the work place is in order and processes and policies are in place to prove a business owner has taken note of the companies Health and Safety (H&S) responsibilities. With the H&S Executives having authority to hand out fines for work place accidents it is so essential any businesses employing staff follow the basic guidelines and then look at specifics depending on the business sector they work with.
• Delegate a specific person(s) as the company H&S representative
• Display the latest H&S poster
• Have a written H&S policy in place
• Do a risk assessment
• Provide training and information for all staff
• Provide the right workplace facilities
• Ensure you have first aid arrangements in place including a first aid kit and a nominated and trained first aider
• Have in place Employee Liability Insurance
• Ensure you keep up to date with current legislation
Depending on the industry you work in will decide on specific H&S cover required to stay on the right side of the law. Offsite working, equipment, manufacturing, food, the environment, healthcare, transport, public accessible businesses etc. all have different H&S staff training requirements.
Britannia Training offers over 450 courses’ and 20 trainers delivering a wide range of accredited training courses across the UK. They have training centres’ in Norfolk and Lincolnshire as well as mobile trainers across the country. Visitbritanniaits.com for more information. The customer service team at Britannia are at the end of a phone to offer free advice on your business H&S requirements. Telephone 01953 878604 and speak to Emily or Tanya.
Stay safe and prosper, every good wish for 2014