People have a right to work in a relatively safe environment. While it is true that you can never entirely remove the risk of injuries in the workplace, it is possible to reduce the likelihood of injuries.
With a few simple tips companies can make their working environments safer places for their employees.
Health and Safety in Industrial Environments
Industrial environments are naturally a bit more dangerous than offices as machinery can often have sharp parts that move quickly. In addition, if you are working for long periods of time it increases the risk of people injuring themselves due to tiredness. This is why people need to work in the right way and use machinery only as directed by health and safety guidelines.
Companies also need to provide protective clothing and equipment as recommended by health and safety legislation. For example if you are working with chemical gases then there ought to be masks available to prevent people from breathing in those gases. Protective clothing can also prevent chemical burns.
With construction work there is the danger of people falling off platforms, damage by dropped tools and so on. This is why any workers and any people visiting or inspecting a construction site need to wear hard hats in order to minimise the risk of injury by falling items.
Health and Safety in the Office
It is important to remember that although there are fewer risks of injury in an office there are still certain accidents that can occur. For example people need to remember to take regular breaks in order to reduce the risk of developing conditions such as RSI.
First Aid Kits
In recent years, first aid kits have fallen under new health and safety legislation. It is important to check that you have the right contents to meet current legal standards. Small standard kits are ideal for office use while larger ones are best suited for factories and other industrial environments.
Ideally in any working environment there should be someone who is trained in first aid to treat people if necessary meaning that if an accident does happen, there is somebody there to handle the situation and make the decision whether the injured person requires medical attention.
If you have more than 10 employees then accidents need to be recorded in an accident log book.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
If an accident happens at work that was not your fault and you were not compensated for lost working hours then you should contact Accident Advice Helpline. We can give you guidance on how the claims process works and how much compensation you could be entitled to. Accident Advice Helpline is a 24 hour helpline so there is always someone there to talk to and give you more advice on what to do.
Contact us today on – 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile – to see what we can do for you!