Every employer, or any person providing a workplace or managing a work activity, has a duty to ensure that they comply with Health & safety law.
Managing health and safety in your workplace doesn’t always have to be complicated, costly or time-consuming. All the authorities want to see is that you have taken reasonable steps to prevent accidents or harm to your employees.
For many businesses, all that’s required is a sensible look at the activities which your employees undertake with a view of how they can be made safer.
Specifically, Workplace Health & Safety law states that every employer must:
Assess the risks to which employees, visitors and contractors are exposed along with any other people who could be affected by your workplace activities. Which means that;
you need to conduct regular Risk Assessments of workplace activities.
Have a Health and Safety policy which must be a written statement if you employ five or more people. Which means that;
you need to state your intentions to keep your working environment safe and the people affected free from harm.
Arrange for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of preventive and protective measures. Which means that;
you need to plan and prepare for any known scenario which could cause harm to employees. This includes all the usual day-to day tasks which you pay your employees to undertake.
Ensure you have access to competent health and safety advice. Which means that;
you need to be able to demonstrate that you continually gain Health & Safety advice from a competent source. This could be through Health & Safety sign-ups, accessing relevant Health & Safety legislation updates or through engagement with a Health & Safety professional.
Consult employees and other interested parties about the risks at work to which they may become exposed and what plans you have to reduce or prevent accidents happening. Which means that;
you need to be able to demonstrate employee engagement relating to Health & Safety at work. Also, be able to demonstrate that you are communicating your Health & Safety issues to all interested parties or anyone who could be affected including contractors, cleaners or other site visitors.