At first glance, health and safety can seem a bit like Halloween. There are things that can lurk around corners and go bump in the night (and the day).
In reality, health and safety is usually just misunderstood.
In this article we are going to briefly cover some of the most ‘frightening’ elements of health and safety, and give you the power to control these issues in your workplace.
Perhaps one of the most terrifying things in the health and safety world, Asbestos has been responsible for the deaths of around 5,000 workers each year.
Luckily, use of all forms of Asbestos are now banned. However, some buildings still may contain asbestos materials so workers need to be aware of it.
You may be in a building every day that contains asbestos and you are perfectly safe. It is only dangerous if it is disturbed or damaged, for example removing asbestos cement products such as roof sheeting where the material will be substantially damaged or broken up.
We have an article here which covers Asbestos in more detail. We also have an online Asbestos Awareness course which provides you with an understanding of Asbestos, where it can be found and what to do in the event of exposure to Asbestos.
Another terrifying force in the world of health and safety is fire. Fires can cause significant damage to people, buildings and organisations. However, most fires are preventable.
Some of the key things you can do to minimise the risk of fire include:
Ensure a fire risk assessment is undertaken - this needs to be done by a competent person. Safetyboss can do this for you.
Provide all staff with suitable fire training - we have an online Fire Awareness course which covers the importance of fire safety awareness and management in the workplace.
Ensure specific emergency arrangements are in place – we have a fire emergency plan template that you can download and use here.
3. Lone Working
Lone working is often missed as a health and safety issue in workplaces.
Although it is usually perfectly safe to work alone, there are many risks which can affect lone workers, particularly those in high-risk industries.
If you have any workers who regularly work alone, we would recommend they undertake our online Lone Working course. This course enables you to understand the problems you could face when lone working, and practical steps you can take to keep safe.
You may have the capacity to manage many of these issues yourselves, but sometimes you just need reassurance that you are doing everything you need to keep you and your workforce safe. This is where we come in.
If you would like further advice on any of the issues we have discussed do not hesitate to contact us on 01394 389683 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help.