Spring is synonymous with fresh starts and new beginnings, and there’s something about the season that compels us to tidy up and get organised. So, what better time for your clients to review their current health and safety practices, to make sure they’re taking sufficient steps to limit risk while meeting legal requirements?
We have put together our Health and Safety Risk Management Guide to help business owners ensure that they’ve ticked all the boxes when it comes to keeping themselves, their staff, and anyone who comes into contact with the business, safe.
Below are five tips taken from the guide that brokers can share with their clients.
These can assist them in spring cleaning their health and safety practices.
- Draw up a policy
Do you have five or more employees? If so, you need to have a written health and safety policy, which is likely to be checked by a HSE inspector. The policy should outline responsibilities and contain a list of procedures in place. You must make every staff member aware of the document, which should be supplemented by a HSE poster outlining your responsibilities as an employer.
- Conduct risk assessments
You need to evaluate possible health and safety risks within the workplace – from working at heights to manual handling – and outline how employees can minimise them. The more meticulous you are with this process, the better; and if you have more than five members of staff working for you, any significant findings from risk assessments must be written down.
- Provide adequate training
Lack of training increases the likelihood of serious accidents occurring within the workplace. Rules need to be put in place which outline your expectations of staff, as well as what they are and are not authorised to do. Certain types of work require specific training or qualifications and should only be carried out by competent persons; and you provide new training whenever new processes or equipment are introduced.
- Supply staff with the correct protective clothing
Chances are, some of the work your staff undertake requires them to wear protective clothing – and it’s your duty to supply it to them, free of charge. From hard hats to goggles and ear protection, you are responsible for maintaining and replacing all equipment, and making sure that it is worn by staff at all times whenever necessary.
- Maintain and inspect equipment
Regular maintenance is key to keeping equipment in tip-top condition. In most cases, this will entail basic checks; however, things like gas and pressure systems require specialist inspection. Bear in mind that if any staff provide their own tools and equipment, they still need to be safety checked and approved.