Every work environment has its own inherent dangers. However, there will often be preventative measures that you can do to dramatically reduce the risk of having injuries in your place of work.
We’ve chosen 5 very simple tips to help you make the working environment as safe a place as possible. These tips can be applied to pretty much any working environment:
1 – When designing the workspace, keep safety in mind.
From the very start, safety should be at the forefront of the whole design process of a workspace. Plan ahead and visualise how people will be likely to use the space. Where will machines be positioned? Where will materials be stored? Will workers be able to move freely?
In addition, if you think about the space in this way, you could actually create a more productive workplace.
2 – Get to grips with how employees use the space.
If you’re responsible for a company’s health and safety, the chances are that you don’t work on the floor. Without being amongst the workforce for a considerable amount of time, you have no way of knowing what the hazards are that need to be avoided.
To find out what areas need to be addressed, in terms of safety, you’ll need to observe the workspace regularly, or rely o feedback from your staff. No one knows about the dangers of their job better than them!
3 – Ensure that all equipment is in good working order.
It is up to the employer to ensure that all machinery and equipment is in safe working order. Regular checks should be made and maintenance carried out on a regular basis. Don’t just meet the minimum requirement for safety checks – there’s no reason not to check more frequently! Plus, if you spot any problems with any equipment, no matter how insignificant the defect may seem, report it immediately and make other workers aware of the defect.
4 – Keep your safety guidelines up to date.
Every business provides safety guidelines to employees, and these must be kept up to date. If new working practices, new machinery or new equipment is brought in regularly, you must update your safety guidelines accordingly.
5 – A clean workplace is a safe workplace.
It is imperative that you keep your workspace clean and tidy at all times. An untidy workplace means that there are unnecessary hazards present, making for an unsafe working environment.