Top tips for safety in the workplace 

Top tips for safety in the workplace Midlands Health and Safety Consultancy

Workplace safety issues can be present in any field but are particularly prevalent in industries such as transportation, manufacturing, and construction. However, the work doesn’t have to be of a physical nature to present a risk. Offices, schools, and retail outlets all have their own set of hazards. What’s essential is promoting workplace safety programs and safety awareness, and following through with these policies to ensure a safe work culture. Our top tips for safety in the workplace include:-

Educating new employees

Health and Safety training is a legal requirement for all new members of staff. It is therefore imperative to ensure that all new employees are given sufficient information, instruction and training to enable them to carry out their duties in safety and with minimum risk to themselves and others. A safety induction is conducted to not only welcome new employees to the company and prepare them for their new role, but to ensure they are fully informed about the organisation and are aware of their work and responsibilities. It serves as a starting point for an organisation to introduce a culture of safety in the workplace.

Safety equipment

You increase your chances of injury when you fail to wear the correct safety equipment for the job. Your job may require equipment such as a full-face mask, gloves, safety goggles, hard hat and ear protection. PPE means personal protective equipment or equipment you use to guarantee your (own) safety. Use PPE always and anywhere where necessary, remembering to observe the instructions for use. Always remember to maintain them well and check regularly if they still offer sufficient protection.

Maintain good posture

Another important top tip for safety in the workplace is simply maintaining good posture to prevent back injuries. Manual handling injuries can have serious implications for the employer and the person who has been injured. They can occur almost anywhere in the workplace and heavy manual labour, awkward postures, repetitive movements of arms, legs and back or previous/existing injury can increase the risk. A course on manual handling can help prevent injuries and teach employees the correct way to lift.

Taking breaks

Breaks are essential to employee morale. Studies have shown that breaks lead to higher productivity, higher job satisfaction, a more balanced emotional health, and a stronger desire to go above and beyond.

Taking breaks at work can:

  • Help you re-evaluate goals
  • Increase productivity and help the mind refocus
  • Lessen injuries, body aches, and pains
  • Improve creativity
  • Reduce stress
  • Boost employee engagement
  • Improve mental health

First aid training

First aid in the workplace is of the utmost importance as it helps to maintain the safety of all employees if they fall ill or encounter a sudden injury whilst at work. Your organisation needs to establish a thorough first aid procedure, to not only comply to UK legislation, but to ensure that there is a safe environment and a commitment to protecting employees.

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