ENSURING HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK PLACE PCC Global Health July 19, 2022

ENSURING HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK PLACE

Two things are clear. Workplace health and safety is about promoting positive wellbeing, in terms of their comfort, happiness and contentment not simply preventing people from getting ill and having accidents. And it places several serious responsibilities on employers.

Occupational health and safety focus on:

  • Promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social wellbeing of workers in all occupations
  • Prevention of worker absence due to poor health caused by their working conditions
  • Protection of workers in their employment from risks resulting from factors adverse to health
  • Assessment of an employee’s occupational environment, and adapting to their physiological and psychological capabilities

EMPLOYERS’ HEALTH AND SAFETY DUTIES

Employers have a legal duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees whilst at work. All businesses must identify the hazards within the workplace and assess the risks from those hazards and implement control measures to mitigate those risks. This is defined in law under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. All businesses must carry out risk assessments, however, where you have 5 employees or less these do not have to be written down. It is generally best practice do document this though in order to be able to communicate it effectively.

Employers must provide the relevant training as part of the implementation process. For most small, low-risk businesses just a few straightforward measures are all that’s needed.

 

“One key reason for a business to look after the well-being of its employees is that it can enhance productivity and loyalty”

 

CONDUCTING HEALTH AND SAFETY RISK ASSESSMENT

A risk assessment is not just a means to ensure you are complying with the law. It is a 5-step process:

  • Identify all the things within your business that could cause a person harm (the hazards)
  • Identify who could be harmed and assess how they could be harmed (the risk)
  • Implement control measures to mitigate those risks (what are you going to do to prevent the harm)
  • Review the risk assessment when there are any changes
  • Record your findings

A risk assessment is not a one-off process and must be completed with the employees and you must

The main purpose of carrying out risk assessment is to communicate hazards and risks to your employees, to highlight awareness so people understand these hazards and what preventative steps you have done to stop them from happening.

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