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A work-related safety program is an ongoing and complex process that can change rapidly or be influenced by legal requirements. As an employer, you are ultimately responsible for everyone inside the building, even if you are not responsible for the safety systems at the leased properties. Consequently, you must ensure that employees are as safe as possible.
Licenses and Qualifications
To maximize safety in hazardous environments, credentials and licenses are required. Mandatory legal training is not always needed. But you should ensure that every employee at your business has received training in the proper use of any equipment they use and holds the appropriate licensing and qualifications. For example, anyone working on your UK construction site must pass a CSCS test for health and safety. And if a catastrophe occurs, you are responsible.
Health & Safety Training
A significant issue of our time is the safety of workers. Businesses across the United States alone lose over $170 billion to slips, trips, and falls each year. Nevertheless, many of them can be prevented by simply educating employees about correct procedures for everyday occurrences. Some examples are safe storing bags and coats in the office, placing signs on wet floors, and establishing rules about eating and drinking close to electrical equipment. Of course, it is also essential to have in-depth training for specific jobs, such as operating forklift trucks or CNC machines.
Your hazard prevention systems may be the best in the world, but if your workers don’t know what to do when they go off, they are worthless. If the worst happens, regular fire drills are a simple act that will prevent unnecessary incidents. Additionally, each employee should know basic safety procedures and what to do in a given situation. When real fires or floods occur, regular fire exit training will reduce the chance of unintended consequences. There may not be the capacity to conduct live fire drills in some businesses, such as a grocery store. So, all employees should be reminded of the correct procedures as often as possible.
Workplaces can suffer from various hazards, and the dangers of fire, floods, gas leaks and earthquakes, are all real. Hazard safety is the responsibility of the property owner. As a business owner or manager, you should ensure that your business’s fire prevention systems and safety alarms and systems are of top quality. In addition, you should make sure that the systems work correctly. Unlike home hazard prevention systems, you have a legal responsibility to ensure all systems are in correct working order in case the worst happens.
It is almost impossible for some businesses to run without machinery or equipment. And it is crucial to maintain these. Electric PAT testing, for instance, can detect degrading electrical items early on. Additionally, you should perform a regular FLOWER check for reducing problems with cars, vans, and trucks. Vehicles should have their lights, tires, and engines checked regularly. Furthermore, all emergency equipment should at least be examined every week. Fire alarms should be tested, the extinguishers should be checked for defects, and any security cameras should be inspected as well.