Workplace health, safety and environment rules are among the most important parts of running a business, if not the most important. Human life cannot be replaced with money, regardless of how successful your company is. There is a pattern for these rules, regardless of what type of company you are running and paying attention to these is advised by professionals for a reason. In order to keep your workers safe and healthy, both in short-term and long run, you should pay attention to these rules.
Health and Safety
Minimum health and safety standards must be met, regardless of the type of business you are in. In order to fulfill these standards, a risk assessment has to be carried out. Pay attention to places, substances and general activities that could cause injury or sickness in your workers.
Safety hazards should be noted; potential dangers, such as loose floor tiles, spillages and cables, which might cause someone to slip or trip and fall. In addition to the general human aspect of trying to avoid these potential troubles, if you do not pay attention to these, you could be risking more than a lawsuit. Excessive noise, fire risks and moving vehicles should also be kept in mind.
After the risk assessment is done and findings recorded, you should decide on what action to take. Hiring professionals to tackle these potential hazards is always advisable.
Your Employees’ Health and Safety Right
If you haven’t yet started your business, finding out what obligations you are under, when it comes to safeguarding your employees’ welfare should be done before you’ve hired your first worker. These include clean toilets, hand basins, soap and a means to dry hands, drinking water, good lighting and proper ventilation, when it comes to facilities.
Regular waste removal should be employed and the working areas kept clean.
Keep in mind the minimal necessary temperature of at least 16ºC if your employees are stationary and 13ºC in case your workers move around while working.
A rest area is an obligation, as well as an advised changing room (obligatory if your employees wear specific uniforms). An external area for smoking is also advised.
Most offices come already built with fire safety in mind, but it is you who needs to make sure that each room has an easily-accessible fire extinguisher, axe and a fire alarm. Additionally, each room has to be equipped with an evacuation diagram, with clearly outlined evacuation routes.
Every room within your office should come equipped with an easily-openable windows and doors.
As a businessman, it is your responsibility that you make sure that you can guarantee the physical safety of your employees at any time of day. Although hiring a security company to guard your premises isn’t obligatory, it is more than advised – setting aside a part of your budget for this is definitely worth it.
Security cameras are yet another optional feature that can protect your company from dangers coming from the outside, as well from within the building.
It is a good idea to assign an employee that you trust with safety duties, such as notifying the security personnel of any suspicious activity and maintaining an oversight on goings on within the workspace.
Make sure that you’ve equipped your employees with ID cards, in order to avoid potential breaches – anyone not wearing one of these is a potential security threat.
Some of the mentioned items are obligatory, while others come as advised. In order to make sure that your workspace is safe, secure and hazard-free, you should aim at meeting all of the outlined advice.