“An incident is just the tip of an iceberg, a sign of a much larger problem below the surface.” -Don Brown- Author.
Every corporation will have a special system that reflects its operations, workplace risks, and policies for managing the health and safety of its people. A robust safety culture needs to be actively fostered and promoted by organizations all year round to become ingrained in the fabric of the business.
Risks or workplace hazards must be identified as early as possible. Doing so becomes especially important if the organization is part of London’s construction, manufacturing, or hospitality industry.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss London business owners’ steps to refine their workplace safety.
Use Tools, Machinery, And Electrical Equipment Properly
According to the Labour Force Survey, nearly 441,000 people will experience work-related injuries in 2020-21. Unfortunately, these injuries could have been easily prevented with the proper use of company tools, machinery, and electrical equipment.
Employees must be trained and acquire necessary certifications before using the tools or equipment. Machines must be used for their intended purpose and repaired frequently to prolong their life and safety.
Additionally, businesses must conduct Portable Appliance Testing (also known as Electrical Equipment Testing). It includes inspection and testing of electrical devices, including heavy plants and fixed appliances up to 400v.
When looking for PAT Testing London professionals, ensure they comply with government safety guidelines. Also, remember that qualified engineers should only carry out this work.
Identify And Report Hazardous Conditions
Regular workplace inspection is necessary to identify dangerous conditions before they challenge the organization. Examples of the unsafe condition include:
- Fire hazards
- Defective equipment
- Slippery & cultured floor
- Lack of safety warning systems
- Exposure to chemical hazards such as pesticides, flammable liquids, acids, etc.,
- Extreme temperatures and radiation.
These conditions have jobs and livelihoods at stake. Therefore, it is critical to take appropriate steps to mitigate the risk. Report these conditions to the superior and accountable parties as soon as identified. Also, consider formulating company safety policies to avoid the recurrence of these issues.
Stay Updated With Government Regulations
Employee and workplace safety is one of the prime concerns of the government. That’s why they make necessary amendments to the prevailing laws and encourage the companies to follow safety practices.
Some of the acts entrepreneurs must be well-versed in:
- Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
- The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999
Compliance with the regulations stated in these acts will ensure that employees are working under safe conditions. It builds the company’s credibility and encourages its competitors to abide by the rules.
To Sum It All Up
Ensuring workplace safety should not be a hassle for entrepreneurs. Instead, it should be the organization’s quality to take utmost care of its physical assets, offering a safe and serene environment.