Everyone deserves a safe work environment, which is why health and safety measures are an integral part of any business. These procedures ensure a smooth day-to-day work for employees, whether in the office or on the construction site. Therefore, Reece Safety, a provider of vital safety products, has discovered eight essential health and safety items that every workplace should have.
All companies are legally obliged to carry out risk assessments in the workplace. All hazards must be identified with an action plan starting with the most important hazards. Risk assessments can often lead to business improvements by finding long-term solutions to the problems that pose the greatest risk to employee health, such as slip and fall prevention.
While it may seem obvious, good lighting in workplaces and around the building or workplace is essential for the safety of employees. If necessary, suitable forms of lighting should be used for various manual activities, e.g. fluorescent lamps that do not receive any natural light.
Good hygiene and cleanliness.
A clean workplace is required for all employees. Make sure your building and work area, floors, fixtures and furniture are cleaned efficiently to prevent the build-up of bacteria and germs that can cause disease to spread among employees.
Fire protection protocol
A fire risk assessment identifies fire hazards and people at risk. An information and evacuation process must be carried out with every employee when they join the company. There should also be someone in charge of evacuating the building or area in the event of a fire, keeping a record of those present and calling 999.
Manual occupational safety
Manual labor often involves lifting and using machines and ladders, so it is important to have safety procedures that must be followed closely. Ensure that the device is used safely and kept in a safe place by using the lock and tag system or combination locks to prevent access to specific devices.
Acceptable noise level
Noise problems in the workplace can be intrusive and annoying. If you need to raise your voice to have a conversation or if outside noise is entering your workplace, you may need to discuss this with your employer. Be sure to wear hearing protection when working with devices or using noisy devices.
Electrical equipment must be properly installed and tested, along with a full electrical hazard assessment. For electrical machines, a switch or isolator should be placed near each machine to cut off the power supply in an emergency. If you find any broken cables or connectors in your work area, cover them, mark them as “unused” and replace them.
Employee health is of the utmost importance to any company. It is therefore important to ensure that employees seek help when they need it. Make sure your company has a human resources department ready to address mental health and general wellbeing issues to promote a healthy work culture.
Ultimately, we need to keep our environment safe and clean to make it work better. Because after home, our second home is our office. So we have to clean our environment safely for others as well. Based on the above points, if we follow these points, we can improve our position to do the job smartly and safely.