Essential Health & Safety
Health and safety in the workplace is made up from different legal requirements, regulations and laws. Failure to comply with these can result in prosecution. It is so important to practice good health and safety in the workplace to help minimise accidents for your employees and visitors.
- System in place to Manage Health & Safety
- Identify hazards
- Assess Risk
- Risk Control Measures
- Report and record accidents
- Provide certain basic workplace, first aid and welfare facilities
- Have employers' liability insurance
- Notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Local Authority of your existence
- Consult your workforce and their representatives
- When staff practice good health & safety it helps prevent injuries in the workplace.
- Staff are more likely to have better health thus resulting in less sick leave.
- If you reduce staff absence due to illness or accidents at work, you will save the time and costs of recruiting and training a new member of staff.
- Good health and safety measures will help you to build a positive reputation with your clients and staff and their friends and associates. The resulting good public relations could help to increase sales and generate more leads.
- Good health and safety measures mean that your staff can do their work more easily and safely. This will boost morale, increase productivity and reduce costs.
- A good standard of health and safety in the workplace can reduce your insurance premiums, as well as the costs of accidents that aren't covered by your insurance, such as sick pay, production delays or repairs to plant or equipment. Uninsured costs can be greater than insured costs, and they have to be paid out of your business' income.
The responsibilities of a Health & Safety Reprasentative are very important for a workplace. They are trained to help employees with all aspects of health and safety.
Health and Safety Representative have the right to:
- attend meetings of safety committees.
- investigating the causes of accidents
- investigate potential and actual hazards and dangerous occurrences
- being consulted by the employer about issues relating to health and safety in the workplace
- investigate colleagues’ complaints
- present colleagues’ concerns to management
- carry out workplace inspections
- time off with pay as is necessary to carry out those functions and reasonable facilities and assistance
- paid time off for training as long as the training is ‘necessary’ and ‘reasonable’
- receive information relevant to any matter that might impact upon health, safety and welfare of the people the safety rep represents
- inspecting documents relevant to safety in the workplace
- making representations to the employer
- receiving information from HSE (Health and Safety Executive inspectors, and representing members
- interest in meetings with HSE inspectors
- receiving information from the employer
- to be consulted on the planning and organizing of any health and safety training