For all employers looking to meet the health and safety requirements laid out by the government, the first thing they should do is carry out an assessment of the health and safety risks in their organization. The findings of this assessment should demonstrate those areas which need to be improved, in order to ensure that the safety of workers and the public is not put at risk. If attention isn’t paid to any issues that may have arisen then you may find yourself paying out for work accident claims in the case of an accident involving an employee. These are some basic safety measures for the workplace which should be carried out by businesses where relevant.
Floors and passageways
It is important to ensure that areas for walking and maneuvering vehicles are kept tidy and clear of obstructions. Areas in question include doorways, stairs, gateways, ramps and loading bays. There also needs to be a sufficient number of these, with the right amount of height and width, to ensure that both vehicles and people have ease of movement. Furthermore, for safety reasons it is best if the areas for people and vehicles are kept separate.
Transparent doors, walls or windows
Any surfaces for doors, windows, walls, partitions or gates which are made of transparent material should also, where there is a risk to health and safety, be made of safe material. Furthermore, if it is in an area where people may accidentally come into contact with it, there should be writing on the surface to make its presence apparent. Windows should also be designed so that they are able to be opened and cleaned without risk to the safety of those performing these tasks.
Dangerous chemicals and/or liquids
While obviously this does not apply to a great many workplaces, if a business involves dealing with dangerous chemicals or liquids these must be stored safely and employees provided with the appropriate safety clothing and equipment. Areas where such liquids or chemicals are stored need to be securely sealed off and clearly labelled, while the routes to and from these areas should also be fenced in a secure manner.
Guest post provided by The Accidents At Work Site.