Saturday, October 27, 2012

It's All Down to Education

In the past week, there have been attempts to introduce new legislation to try and help prevent work accidents. This news was met with cautious acceptance by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents; with one leading campaigner stating that more pressure should be on should be on business leaders to improve safety standards in the work place.
Many before have also said that providing employers with the correct information on how to make the work place safer is the best way to help provide a safer healthier and ultimately happier work place.
So the big question that all employers will be asking is what can I do to improve safety, well here are a few tips for employers to improve safety in the workplace.
Educate, Educate, Educate.
Tony Blair's once famous catchphrase is applicable in many different arenas including work places. The key message here is to educate and train employers and employees, it may sound simple but you can't expect employees to carry out simple safety procedures if they haven't been trained. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents offers plenty of courses for you and your employees if you feel they need them. They describe the courses as such "Our Management courses are designed to ensure that everyone from directors to first-line supervisors and managers are aware of best practice, and their responsibilities. RoSPA's Skills Courses provide employees with training required to do their job safely and effectively". These training courses could prove to be invaluable.
Evaluate your place of business
Whether you own a shop or a pub or you just run your business from a small office; it pays to make sure that the area you work in is safe. This is especially important if you run a business which deals with members of the public, as if you can show that you have taken steps to improve the safety of your business then it is likely to reduce your public liability premiums.
To improve the safety of your workplace it's pretty simple, all you need to do is ensure that any potential risks are neutralised. This means repairing any damaged floorboards and rickety shelves, basically this is reducing any chance of injury due to wear and tear. Although it may cost to get all potential dangers fixed the money saved by compensating injured employees as well as finding cover for the injured employee.
Finally don't take workplace safety lightly
Work place safety may not seem like it is that important in the grand scheme of things but there are so many benefits. The original cost of training and implementing good workplace safety is minuscule compared to any compensation you may have to pay out. The other major benefit of having a safe work place is a happier work force, and with a happy work force you should have a happy business.