10 Health & Safety tips for the workplace

Health and Safety is a vital part of any business. As part of an employee Duty of Care, it is their legal obligation to make sure that the safety of employees and the public is not put at risk and that they are safe from harm.

Not only it is a legal and social responsibility, but it also makes good business sense.

1. Weigh up the risks

Carry out a risk assessment of your business and any potential threats. You can then make an informed decision about which risks are a priority and how to address them

2. Keep a written record

Write down the health and safety measures you are taking as a company. Write a health and safety policy and keep a record of all risk assessments. Keep an accident log of any accidents or near misses.

3. Gather Ideas from your team

Consult with your staff on health and safety. Talking to your employees can be a really useful tool to make your workplace a safer and more productive place.

4. Training

Training sessions, or health and safety workshops, may be a helpful way of making sure everyone in the company understands the role they play in creating a healthy and safe workplace.

5. Keep it tidy

One of the easiest ways of reducing the risk of accident in an office, workshop or industrial unit is to keep it clean and tidy

6. Conduct fire drills

Regular fire drills are essential and should be carried out at least once a year. Staff need to know exactly what they should do in the event of a fire.

7. Perform routine Maintenance

Make sure any equipment is regularly serviced and that any necessary repairs are carried out promptly, make sure everything, including your premises, remains in good condition.

8. First Aid

Keep a well stocked first aid kit and make sure it contains all the necessary items for dealing with an incident requiring first aid. Also ensure that enough members of staff received first aid training.

9. Identify Vulnerable Workers

Make sure you identify any workers that could be considered vulnerable, such as young or pregnant staff. Carry out a risk assessment specifically for them to make sure you are protecting their health and safety properly.

10. Look at ways of keeping stress levels down

Stress is one of the major reasons people take time off work so taking measures to make your workplace a happier and more relaxed place is important.

20 Health & Safety tips for the Home

1. Avoid overloading Electrical outlets

2. Unplug appliances when not in use to save energy and minimize the risk of shock or fire

3. Regularly inspect electrical cords and extension cords for damage

4. Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis

5. Never plug a space heater or fan into an extension cord or power strip

6. Never run cords under rugs or carpets, doors, or windows

7. Plug in smartly. Make sure cords do not become tripping hazards

8. Keep papers and other potential combustibles at least three feet away from space heaters and other heat sources

9. Make sure you use proper wattage for lamps / lighting

10. Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Test them monthly, change batteries yearly, and replace the unit every 10 years

11. Do not leave water in buckets or tubs for your children’s safety

12. Do not use electrical appliances while in contact with water

13. Use rubber matts or wear non slip shoes in wet areas to avoid slipping

14. Stay away from windows and doors during lightning storms

15. Switch off all electrical appliances during lightning storms

16. Install fire alarms in all areas of your home

17. Do not wear loose long sleeved dress while cooking

18. Keep a wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher in the kitchen

19. Do not leave pan on the stove unattended for a long time

20. Make sure you keep a first aid box and keep it well maintained