Any good employer will want their staff to feel safe, secure and comfortable in the workplace. In fact, we recently discussed how many businesses now aim to have an eco-friendly workplace, as staff who work in a sustainable office feel their wants and needs are valued and as a result, are more proactive workers.
Factoring in your staff’s happiness and security at work will not only help performance, it will also aid in avoiding catastrophes – not to mention hefty lawsuits. It is a legal requirement that all workplaces are fit to be inhabited, and equipped with all the necessary safety precautions for any eventuality.
With this in mind, we at Cuuver are here today to make sure you’ve furnished your business with all the essential safety measures to make it fit for your team to work in, safely.
- Safety signs
It’s not enough to just hammer two blocks of wood together and sellotape a piece of paper with “wet floor” written on it; you need to invest in proper signs which adhere to work safety regulations. Failure to do so means you could be liable to being sued if one of your employees slips at work.
- Appoint a First Aid person
This can be easier said than done, as many employees are reluctant to undertake this responsibility, but if your workplace involves using heavy machinery or other potentially hazardous equipment, you will need to have a trained first-aider working in the building. If, on the other hand, you work in an office where risk is smaller, you should at the very least still have a well-stocked first aid kit in the building, as well as an appointed person to take charge of these arrangements.
- Keep your employees in the know
All persons at your premises should know the safety procedures; where they need to go in the event of a fire, where the first aid kit is, where the fire extinguisher/alarm is – they should be aware of all these things. Set aside 20 minutes to talk them through these matters. It’s also a good idea to incorporate all health and safety information and procedures in the employee handbook and email this around to all workers.
- Keep your workplace clean
A clean workplace, free of clutter and dust, makes it far less likely to pose a health and safety risk. If you have the budget, it’s best to invest in a cleaner. However, for smaller companies, you should enforce a tidy office policy; mop up spills to avoid workers slipping; vacuum and dust to to help asthmatic co-workers out, and keep clutter to a minimum to prevent accidents.
- Make sure employees take breaks
It’s a legal requirement that all employees are given adequate time in a working day to take a break from their workstation. It doesn’t matter whether your workers are sat in front of a computer all day or are working outside on a building site, you should ensure they are all aware of their break times, and make certain they take them. Allowing workers to disassociate from work during the day will help them to stay focused during work time, helping to avoid accidents and health risks, such as sitting down/standing up for too long.
This should not be constructed as advice and is guidance only.