What must you, as an employer do to make sure that your business complies with health and safety law?
Health and safety laws are there to protect you as an employer, your employees and the public from any workplace hazards or dangers.
Managing health and safety is simple! If the injury or illness was caused after 1 October 2013 and you have taken reasonable steps to prevent harm to your employees, you should not have to pay compensation.
All businesses owners or any self-employed person, needs to comply with health and safety laws and are responsible for all aspects of health and safety within your business. For most small and low risk businesses, the steps you need to take are a lot more straightforward than you think. However, if you are too busy, not confident enough to manage you health and safety yourself or a higher-risk business, you may require some external help or advice, which is where we can help!
Write a health and safety policy for your business
Do you express you commitment to health and safety in front of your employees, clients or guests?
Making others aware how you will manage your health and safety in your business shows great professionalism. It also shows your staff and your customers your commitment to health and safety. Our consultants can help you create a written copy including who does what, when and how they do it. This will become your health and safety policy.
Control the risks in your business
What might cause harm to people in your workplace and what steps have you taken to prevent that harm?
As an employee, you need to create a risk assessment to identify sensible measure to prevent harm and to control the risks within your workplace.
Employers often find themselves questioning whether or not they have taken all of the reasonable steps and covered all that they need to in order to prevent harm. Our consultants here at The British Occupational Health and Safety Agency can help you identify sensible measures to control the risks within your workplace and record the information into a professional document.
How will the risks be assessed in my workplace?
We would simply walk around your workplace to check for any hazards that may cause harm to your staff, customers or any other visitors and decide whether the chance or harm is high, moderate or low and how serious the harm could be.
Once we have identified the risks we would discuss with you those that are most likely to cause harm, what you need to do to control them and the appropriate measures you should put into place. We would then put everything onto paperwork to create an essential piece of documentation for you business.
Consult your employees
Have you consulted all of your employees on health and safety?
As an employer you should be responsible for making sure that your employees are aware about all aspects of health and safety, how the risks are controlled and the best ways of providing information and training to any new employer.
Your staff should know who to consult if they feel that they need to raise any concerns regarding health and safety. Involving them in the decision making process shows your commitment on health and safety and will encourage them to take it seriously.
Provide training and information
Have you provided adequate training for your employees so that they know how to work safely without risks?
You must provide clear information and adequate training so that every single employee has an understanding on how to work safely without risks to their health. They will need to understand the hazards and risks they may face within the workplace, the measures that have been put into place to decrease the chance of those hazards causing them harm and finally, how to follow any emergency procedures.
BOHSA can provide your business with excellent health and safety training, however it is law that training must take place during working hours and it must not be paid for by employers.
Provide the right workplace facilities
Have you provided the right workplace facilities for everyone in your workplace?
It is important that the appropriate facilities are put into place for everyone involved with your business, including people with disabilities.
Our consultants are qualified to ensure that all of the necessary facilities are available to protect your employees well-being.
Essential things you must provide as an employer:
• Clean drinking water
• A toilet, sink, soap and towels/hand-dryer.
• Good ventilation
• A room temperature of at least 16 degrees (13 degrees for strenuous work)
• Somewhere to replenish and consume food/water.
• A clean environment with appropriate storage for waste
• Suitable work stations, lighting and seating
Make arrangements for first aid, accidents and ill health
Do you have the appropriate first-aid arrangements within your workplace?
As an employer, ensuring that your employees receive immediate and effective attention if they are injured or taken ill at work is your responsibility.
First aid can save lives and prevent minor incidents from becoming major incidents, so it is important that your staff are trained up and know exactly what to do in the event of an emergency. A first-aid kit stocked up with the appropriate equipment must be supplied and a suitable employee must be appointed to take charge of any first-aid arrangements.
For more information regarding what your first-aid arrangements should involve, or advice on keeping a legal record of any injuries, incidents or work related diseases – speak to one of our consultants.
Keep your business up to date
Do you have access to all of the changes within the Health and Safety industry?
The British Occupational Health and Safety Agency will keep you up to date when there are any changes to the laws of health and safety. We will help keep all of your policies and risk assessments up to date and notify you when your certificates and legal documentation expire.