As an employer, it is likely that you will want to create a safer workplace, to ensure an optimum occupational setting for your employees. Not only can this minimise the risk of accidents at work, creating a comfortable environment, it also reduces the chance of you, as an employer, being held liable for any work-related accidents and injuries.
Beyond slips and trips: Creating a safer workplace
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a number of recommended actions to improve workplace conditions, minimising the risk of slips, trips and falls and other work-related accidents.
The HSE suggests that you must do the following, among other sector-specific suggestions:
- make sure buildings are in good repair – including general maintenance and season specific requirements such as minimising risk of slips and falls caused by snow and ice or wet flooring
- repair any dangerous defects immediately, taking steps to protect employees at risk of work-related accident, injury or illness
- provide enough space for safe movement and access
- make sure that spaces are clear of obstructions which could cause trips and falls, including bins, cabinets and cables
- ensure windows can be opened
- provide a well-lit environment, suitable for the employee task in hand
- have level flooring, free from issues such as corrosion or holes
- provide a clean environment including flooring, equipment, furniture and fittings – waste should be cleared regularly and spills cleaned up immediately to avoid slips and falls
- offer clean toilets, drinking water and a rest room outside of the typical workspace where employees can eat lunch or take breaks
- maintain a reasonable working temperature throughout the workplace
For a more comprehensive list of advisable actions, see the HSE’s guide to creating A Safe Place of Work. Undertake workplace assessments to create the basis for a business-specific health and safety strategy.
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice