Health and safety for your business – Know the basics

The safety of your employees should be priority number one for every business, unfortunately many business owners are not aware of what this entails. Below are a few basic health and safety guidelines that will help you to know what is expected of your company in terms of ensuring you have a safe workplace.

First Aid Arrangements

Even the safest workplaces can experience accident and injuries, which is why it’s essential to have first aid arrangements in place. The type of first aid arrangements required will depend on your particular circumstances and these vary depending on the number of staff and nature of work undertaken. At the very least you should always have an appointed person in charge of first-aid arrangements, and a suitably stocked first-aid kit; you will also want to provide detailed information to all employees regarding your first aid arrangements. Having suitable first aid arrangements can not only save lives, they can also prevent minor injuries from escalating to serious ones.

Provide Information and Training to Employees

One of the best defences against workplace accidents and injuries is keeping your staff informed on how to work safely. It is very important to provide clear and easy to understand instructions, as well as ensure that they have been adequately trained. It is also a good idea to keep training records to help you determine when follow up or refresher training may be necessary. If you hire self-employed or contracted help it is important to run through your safety requirements before allowing them to begin a job.

Make sure Health and Safety Law Posters are Easily Visible to All Employees

Regardless of whether you have one employee or 100 employees, the health and safety law poster must be displayed at your business at all times. If your business does not have a fixed address that employees report to then you will want to provide each of your employees with a copy of the equivalent health and safety pocket card for their reference. This poster/pocket card clearly outlines British health and safety laws, and includes a straightforward list informing employees of what they and their employers need to do in terms of keeping a health and safety compliant workplace.

Choose a Professional to Help With Your Health and Safety Duties

As an employer it’s your responsibility to appoint a competent individual to assist you in meeting your health and safety duties. This means appointing someone who is knowledgeable and experienced in managing health and safety. Low risk businesses can usually get away with appointing a non-expert to handle health and safety duties, but only if you and the appointed person are completely confident in what this role entails. If you are not confident or unclear on what you need to do to handle your health and safety in house, you are better off reaching out to a professional. High-risk businesses on the other hand should avoid handling their health and safety needs in house all together, and look to a qualified professional to handle health and safety. Here at Synergos Consultancy, we’re well equipped to help with your Health and Safety needs, from taking on the responsibilities of writing your health and safety policy, to a full health and safety service, ensuring that your business remains compliant. Why not contact us on 01484 817 444 or email for more details?

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Steve Kilburn
Steve Kilburn
I initially trained as an industrial chemist working in a variety of manufacturing environments eventually moving into quality management which grew to encompass environmental and occupational health and safety management systems. I hold a Masters Degree in Health and Safety law and Environmental Law and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Waste Management and I am a Graduate Level Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). In my spare time I enjoy reading, my favourite author is Stephen King, and listening to music, generally from the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
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