Your guide to raising safety standards in the workplace

As an employer, safety should always be at the forefront of your mind.

If you let risk management standards lapse, even briefly, you could endanger your personnel and you may end up facing expensive and damaging legal action.

Raising safety standards can seem like a challenge, but there are in fact relatively simple steps you can take to achieve this, and here are a few of the most important.

Make sure your employees are properly trained

Thorough employee training is essential from a safety perspective. Your personnel must have the knowledge and skills they need to perform their roles without endangering themselves. This is particularly important if there is a specific risk of injury connected to their jobs. As well as providing in-house training that is tailored to your workers, you may benefit from enlisting the help of external safety training specialists. From IOSH Managing Safely to the NEBOSH General Certificate, there are a variety of courses on offer and you can also take advantage of flexible training options. For example, safety experts SHEilds Ltd offer both classroom-based and online courses. You can research your options over the web.

Bear in mind that as well as ensuring new members of staff receive the information and instruction they need to perform their roles safely and confidently, it’s important to keep the skills of existing employees up to date.

Conduct thorough and regular risk assessments

Effective risk assessments are the backbone of any safety strategy. These procedures involve analysing the hazards that your employees and any visitors to your premises may face, determining the level of risk posed and who may be affected and coming up with clear plans to mitigate these dangers. You should keep a record of your findings and update these documents on a regular basis. For example, each time there are changes to your working practices or equipment, it’s vital that you run new risk assessments.

Maintain safety records

Keeping a detailed record of any health and safety-related issues, including your training activities, inspections and accidents and illnesses, is imperative too. As well as being a legal requirement, this will help you to spot any trends in unsafe procedures or conditions. Ultimately, this can help you to reduce risks in your workplace and keep your employees safe.

Health and safety can feel like a minefield, but as long as you’re logical and rigorous in your approach to this issue, and you follow all the relevant legislation, you should be able to maintain high standards.