The rules and regulations around health and safety in the workplace can be complicated, but they are there for a good reason, too, as we found out when we recently attended a very important CPD course, you might find the following of interest.
If one of your employees, or a member
of the public get hurt on your premises and it turns out that you have not
fully complied with your Health and Safety responsibilities, the consequences
can be very serious.
Amongst other things employers should
consider, the following are the key points in relation to Health and Safety
Legislation and good practice to avoid prosecution by enforcing authorities
preparation of a General Health and Safety Policy Document:
Arrange for an inspection to be carried out to identify areas
Put a framework in place to establish and publicise the
company Health and Safety Policy and Procedures for your employees.
Identify any special arrangements and/or emergency procedures
relation to your workplace.
Establish a means for risk assessments to be carried out,
recorded and reviewed.
Establish a workplace inspection procedure and monitoring
audit trail, maintenance of risk registers.
Liaise with Insurance Brokers to ensure adequate insurances
are in place.
preparation of a Health and Safety Policy and Procedures Handbook:
Health and Safety General Policy.
Organisation structure for the implementation of the Policy.
Management Responsibilities and Individual Responsibilities.
Keeping Record sheets and Action Logs.
Ensuring specific arrangements are catered for.
of Safety Records:
Accidents, incidents or dangerous occurrences.
Accident and investigation reports.
Fire procedures reviews.
Provision of training on a periodic basis and retain evidence
of same – Informed employees are safer employees.
Ensuring employees know their responsibilities too.