Have you ever stopped to wonder whether the conditions you work in are completely safe? Thankfully the vast majority of workers in the UK today are indeed perfectly safe in their workplace, wherever this might be. The health and safety rules brought in and regulated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have led to a huge drop in accidents and fatalities in workplaces across the country in the decades since they were first initiated. This is great news as it means far fewer people will be affected in this way.
We still occasionally hear of people who have been injured or killed as a result of unsafe work conditions. These cases tend to hit the headlines since they are thankfully rare and the companies involved are typically fined for breaching health and safety laws.
Clearly there is an ongoing need for all businesses to ensure they adhere to all the health and safety procedures in place that are designed to ensure their employees stay safe. By performing risk assessments for all tasks it is much easier to ensure this is the case and that potential dangers are averted.
What might constitute unsafe work conditions?
There might be all kinds of instances where a workplace may potentially become unsafe. For example a floor might be slippery when wet, yet there are no warning signs indicating this. There could be fumes or dust in the air in a certain place and yet no breathing equipment or protective gear is provided to minimise the potential danger. In another situation a person may be asked to work at height when there is no real need to do so, and the potential hazards associated with a fall have not been attended to.
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Date Published: February 22, 2015
Author: David Brown