The figures are stark.
- 142 workers were killed at work in 2020/21.
- 441,000 workers reported a non-fatal injury in 2020/21.
- 850,000 workers suffered from a new case of work-related ill health in 2020/21.
If you’re running your own business, you’ll know it’s your moral and legal duty to keep your staff safe.
Aside from the personal cost to individuals, accidents in the workplace cost companies huge amounts in terms of sickness pay, lost productivity and personal injury claims.
The biggest causes of accidents in the workplace, according to HSE.Gov.UK are as follows: slips, trips and falls from heights; machinery and equipment operating injuries, and manual handling injuries.
Good news is, we’ve got this and we’re here to help.
Your seven-point safety plan for 2022.
1. Conduct regular risk assessments.
- Conduct risk assessments for all the physical hazards mentioned above, as standard.
- Assess for health and wellbeing issues, too. Long working hours and heavy workloads can result in stress and burnout in staff. Check for chemical hazards such as asbestos, cleaning agents, pesticides etc. And if you’re in a medical setting, assess for biological hazards.
- Once you’ve identified the risks, see who in your organisation is most at risk and how –eliminate that risk by implementing safe working practices and procedures, and regularly carrying out and updating your risk assessments.
2. Ensure all machinery and equipment is regularly inspected and maintained.
3. Deliver regular and up-to-date training.
Ensure staff can safely do their jobs by providing regular training – including how to operate machinery. Ensure your team follows the training at work and aren’t tempted to take shortcuts which could lead to accidents, or worse.
4. Provide appropriate safety wear and equipment.
Comfortable, well-fitting hard hats, ear defenders, safety glasses, steel capped boots, gloves and other types of PPE are essential. Check out our range here.
5. Keep workspaces clean.
Spillages, loose wires and general mess and clutter increase the likelihood of an accident, so keep your environment clean and tidy, store away personal items, and cable-tie loose wires.
6. Use the correct signage.
As soon as a hazard presents itself, get a sign in place to warn your staff. Wet floor; Trip hazard; Head/ear/eye/foot/hand protection must be worn; Flammable materials – let them know.
7. Report every accident and close shave.
Record every incident in the company accident book. This helps to identify risk and work out what needs to be done to stop other incidents like it happening in the future.
Are there any other safety tips and advice you’d add to our seven-point list? Let us know.