As an employer or business owner, it is your responsibility (both legally and morally) to ensure that you create a safe working environment for your employees. Failing to do so puts your business at risk in more ways than one.

Why is workplace health and safety important? 

There are many reasons why workplace health and safety should be considered a priority among employers. For example: 

  • A proper workplace safety policy helps to protect your employee’s health and well-being. Not only can this prevent accidents and injury, but it also shows your employees that they are valued and respected. This, in turn, can improve retention rates.
  • Businesses without property safety policies in place face severe legal consequences if an accident occurs. 
  • Safe working environments are often the most productive, helping you to scale your business accordingly. 

Four Ways to improve workplace health and safety. 

  1. Proper employee training. 

Proper employee training is one of the easiest ways to prevent on-site safety incidents. After all, it means that your team knows how to use any equipment safely and that they are upholding your workplace safety policies. 

As such, health and safety regulations should form a crucial aspect of any employee onboarding process. However, you should also ensure that current employees receive refresher training every few years and whenever new equipment is introduced. 

  1. Invest in specialist equipment.

You can also improve health and safety in the workplace by investing in tools and equipment that address industry-related safety concerns that you may face in your day-to-day operations. For example, if you work in a laboratory environment, you should install air systems that reduce air pollution and the risk of contamination. 

  1. Ensure PPE is used. 

Wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is a requirement across many different industries. Despite this, many preventable injuries take place due to the improper use (or complete disregard) of PPE. 

As such, you should stress the importance of using this equipment with your employees and carefully monitor its usage on-site. Whenever you see an employee not wearing their PPE, have a discussion with them where you highlight its importance. If they have a specific reason for avoiding wearing it, such as discomfort, look into potential alternatives. 

  1. Carry out regular risk assessments. 

 

You likely conducted a thorough risk assessment when your business first opened its doors. However, you should ensure that you carry out these assessments on an annual basis (or whenever you introduce new equipment). This ensures that all of the information is accurate and up-to-date and that you are doing everything you can to protect your team. 

As this can be a time-consuming task, you may want to delegate this task to another member of your team by appointing them to be the health and safety manager. 

Either way, you should ensure that your risk assessments are as detailed and comprehensive as possible. This way, you can rest easy knowing that all potential hazards are addressed and the proper preventative measures are in place.