Being baffled by H&S talk or the fear of having to commit huge resource into getting Health & Safety right in your workplace is often the biggest barrier in getting anything done at all. The HSE have a general rule of thumb – the bigger the company and the more risk exposure to the safety of employees, then the higher the expectation is in doing more.
So, for smaller companies with little risk, the expectation or requirement to cover the basics is often quite minimal and can often be achieved simply by considering the “what would happen if..” scenario:
“Have I considered how we will evacuate our premises in the event of a fire?”
“Is that individual capable of carrying that load?”
“Do I need to get those items of electrical equipment tested?”
A common-sense approach, supported by simple documented evidence when needed, goes an awfully long way in demonstrating compliance.
Don’t be put off by the ghost in the cupboard that is workplace safety. DO SOMETHING, even a little goes a long way in keeping your employees and business safe.
Empower your employees.
It has become a legal requirement for all employees to think and act safely in the workplace. Gone are the days when it was a given that the employer is culpable for any workplace accident or incident.
Empower your employees to get them thinking about how they need to keep themselves safe at work. A sense of ownership brings a sense of pride and with this a drive to raise and deal with any H&S concerns.
It’s a win-win situation so don’t hesitate, get your employees involved!