Health and safety is all about the processes, procedures and practices that keep you, your employees, contractors and members of the public safe. But it has for too long been used as an excuse not to hold activities or to stop something from happening. As a result, health and safety became somewhat of a ‘joke’, something that people poured scorn onto and failed to take seriously.
Taking health and safety seriously
The responsibilities of health and safety for an employer are several-fold. It is a heavy responsibility, but it is an unnerving fact that it is still treated as an afterthought by many, employers and employees alike, and that it is a motion to be gone through.
Thankfully, we are beginning to see the error of our ways and as such, health and safety is now considered an important tool for everyone to use to make the work environment safe for everyone concerned – and not as an excuse not to do something or for a task not to be completed in the correct way.
But how can an employer ensure that health and safety is not only taken seriously but relatable to employees and the work environment?
Include all your staff in health and safety
Inclusive practice is essential to making health and safety rules relatable. For example, working at height regulations stipulate that anyone who could injure themselves as a result of working above ground level (how high is not stated in the regulations) must have all the necessary training and equipment to complete the job safely.
For this reason, people are told they must be qualified to use a ladder. But this isn’t the case. Helping people to understand how regulations apply to the work place and how they can work within their boundaries are key to ensuring people see health and safety as a protective measure, protecting them – and not a measure to protect their employers from being sued for personal injury.
Make it routine but interesting
Health and safety should be an important facet of any business. It needs to be given the priority and emphasis it deserves but it also needs to be part and parcel of everything a company does, and everything its employees and contractors do too.
All too often, health and safety is seen as boring, which means people don’t engage with it as they should. Making training more engaging is clearly the ingredient needed to make it something that more people take an increased interest in.
Health and safety is nothing to be scared of
Yet so many employees feel that it can be used against them. Health and safety is essentially about improving the working environment, making sure that everyone stays safe at work, their mental and physical well being is supported and catered for.
It should be a positive force for good and for change – not for berating employees or contractors when something goes wrong. What ideas do you have to make health and safety more relatable and engaging?
How can we help you?
If you are in need of assistance with any aspect of Health and Safety management, here at Synergos we’d be delighted to help. Whether you have questions or are looking for advice and support to maintain standards, call 01484 666160 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.